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     May 11, 1999 Vol. 38 No. 2     
     Editor: Cheryl Bissett Spring 1999     

Statistics Seminars:
Monday, May 17, 1999
Leo Breiman, Department of Statistics , University of California, Berkeley
"Reducing Bias and Variance Using Adaptive Bagging."
Communications 120 at 3:30 P.M.

Quality Assurance of Environmental Models Workshop:

The National Research Center for Statistics and the Environment (NRCSE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be sponsoring a workshop on Quality Assurance of Environmental Models at the University of Washington, Sept 7 - 10, 1999. There will be four sessions of talks, and they are: Quality Assurance, Techniques, Regulation and Model Assurance.

There will be breakout discussions and poster sessions. The workshop will bring together statisticians, scientists and regulators to discuss the evolution and use of environmental models in research and regulation.

Detailed information on the agenda, the principal invited speakers, and instructions for applying to participate in the workshop (limited to approximately 80 people) are posted on the website of the NRCSE at

The Second International Conference on High-Dimensional Probability will be held at the University of Washington from August 1 to 7, 1999. The organizing committee consists of Evarist Giné, David Mason, Michel Talagrand, and Jon Wellner. Those wishing to attend should see the information about the meeting on the web at:


There may be funds available to subsidize the participation of students.

General Examination:
Thursday, May 27, 1999
General Examination:
Barnali Das
"Global Covariance Modeling: A Deformation Approach to Anisotropy."
Advisor: Peter Guttorp
Electrical Engineering 218 at 9.15 A.M.

Special Probability Seminar for Ron Pyke:

Tuesday, May 25th at 3:30 P.M. in 205 Smith Hall.

This will be followed by a retirement dinner for Ron at the Faculty Club. The reception will be at 6:00 P.M. and dinner at 7:00 P.M.. Please RSVP dinner reservations to Lisa in the Math Department by phone 543-1150.


Joe Felsenstein has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Congratulations, Goodbye and Best Wishes:

Nilanjan Chatterjee has recieved his Ph.D and moved to Bethesda to accept a position at the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute of Bethesda, Maryland.


Eric Cantor of Delft University of Technology will be visiting until August to do research with Jon Wellner.

Out of Town:
Cliff Luneborg
2/15-5/15, Univ. of Melbourne & La Trobe Univ.
6/1 - 8/30, Univ. of Queensland & Queensland Univ. of Tech., Brisbane
9/1 - 11/30, MacQuarrie Univ., Sydney & Univ. of Sydney
12/1 - 2/15/00, Univ. of Western Australia & Murdoch Univ., Perth
David Poole
5/1 - 5/15, IWC Meeting, Grenada