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     May 16, 1997 Vol. 30 No. 2     
     Editor: Cheryl Bissett Spring 1997     

Statistics Seminars:
Friday, May 23, 1997
Peter Spirtes, Carnegie-Mellon University
"Recent Advances in Causal Modelling Using Directed Graphs."
Smith 120 at 12:30 P.M.

Thursday, May 29, 1997
Michael Hout, University of California, Berkeley
"Inequality by Design: Cracking the Bell Curve Myth."
Physics-Astronomy A110 at 7:30 P.M.


Sylvain Sardy and Dima Sardy on the birth of their new baby girl, Soleille Leila Sardy born on April 20th. Maya is a very happy sister.

Land Wu and Xiaowei Zhong on the birth of their new baby girl, Stephanie Wu born on April 25th.

Chris Bonar and Barbara Bonar on the birth of their new baby girl, Kimberly Jean Bonar born on May 13th.

Out of Town:
Connie Sugatan
5/15 - 5/16, Vacation
Tien Mai
5/22 - 5/23, Vacation
Judy McPhee
5/22 - 5/23, Vacation
Peter Guttorp
5/15 - 5/16, Interface Meeting, Houston
Elizabeth Thompson
8/18 - 8/26, 51st Session of the International Statistical Institute, Istanbul, Turkey

Graphical Markov Models Conference:

This summer we will be hosting one of the week-long Summer Research Conferences sponsored by the American Mathematical Society, on the topic of Graphical Markov Models. David Madigan and Michael Perlman are co-chairs. The dates are Sunday, June 29th through Thursday, July 3rd. We expect about 80 participants from the US and abroad, including a strong local contingent from the UW, Microsoft, and Boeing. Invited speakers include:

  • Steffen Lauritzen,
  • David Cox,
  • Nanny Wermuth,
  • Judea Pearl,
  • Jamie Robbins,
  • David Heckerman,
  • Peter Spirtes,
  • Steen Andersson, and
  • Milan Studeny.

Official registration is made through the American Mathematical Society (the registration fee is $40).

Upcoming Examinations:
Tuesday, May 27, 1997
General Examination
Ying Zhang
"Estimation for Counting Processes Based on Incomplete Data."
Advisor: Jon Wellner
Communications 332 at 3:30 P.M.

Friday, June 13, 1997
General Examination
Brandon J Whitcher
"Multiscale Testing of Physical Processes using the Discrete Wavelet Transform."
Advisor: Peter Guttorp and Don Percival
Loew 113 at 9:00 A.M.

Tuesday, June 10, 1997
Final Examination
Christopher T. Volinsky
"Bayesian Model Averaging in Censored Survival Models."
Advisor: Adrian Raftery
Thomson 335 at 11:30 A.M.