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     May 29, 2002 Vol. 48 No. 2     
     Editor: Cheryl Bissett Spring 2002     


Statistics Seminars:
Monday June 3rd, 2002
David Maxwell Chickering, Department of Statistics, University of Washington
"Finding Optimal Bayesian Neetworks with Greedy Serch"
Communications 120 at 3:30 P.M.



Puget Sound ASA Meeting

Tuesday, June 4, 2002.

Where: ASEAN Eatery (formerly the 45th St. China First), 3 blocks from campus, 1121 NE 45th St., Seattle, WA

Social time: 6:00p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Dinner: 6:30 p.m.

Cost: $10 students, $15 non-students

Speaker: Norm Breslow, University of Washington, School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Title: Are Statistical Contributions to Medicine Undervalued?

RSVP: psasa@u.washington.edu


Welcome:

Moulinath Banerjee, Department of Statistics, University of Michigan and former graduate of UW Statistcs Ph.D. program. He is here to do research with Jon Wellner.


Out of town:

Judy McPhee, May 24-31, vacation.

Elizabeth Thompson, June 11-15, SCSU Summer Inst., Raleigh, NC; July 12-21, IBC, Freiburg, Germany.


Joint Math Sciences Picnic:

Joint Math, Applied Math and Statistics Picnic on Friday, May 31 at 5:00 p.m. at Ravenna Park.

Graduate students, undergraduate students, faculty, staff, significant others, children, and so on are all invited.

We'll be grilling up hamburgers, hot dogs and veggie burgers and we'll have drinks. Please consider bringing a side dish to feed a few people so we'll have more food and also more interesting food.

There is a playing field adjacent to the picnic area so bring frisbies, soccer balls, etc.

The picnic area itself is a bit difficult to find. It's at 20th Ave, N.E. and N.E. 58th St. It's about a mile north of the the campus and bus routes 48, 71, 72, 73 and 78 stop a few blocks away. Please make plans to come to the picnic and mingle with other mathematicians on campus.


UW Demography Center wins NIH Center Grant:

The UW Demography Center (CSDE) has just won one of the cveted Center Grants in Demography, awarded to only a small number of leading demography centers in the nation. Ourown Martina Morris is the PI and next CSDE Director, and led the development of the proposal. Mark Handcock is the Director of the Center's Statistical Core, which is one of the highlights of the proposal. CSDE's strong links to the statistical community on campus, and to our department in particular, formed an essential component of the proposal. This is a stunning achievement, and marks UW's rise as one of the leading places in demogrpahy nationwide. It also opens new opportunities for graduate students. Over the years, several Statistics graduate students have worked at CSDE, and all have worked in areas related to demography after graduation. The opportunities to do this are even greater now.

Congratulations to Martina and Mark!