Reed Institute Hosts Fall Statisticians Meeting

The Reed Institute for Applied Statistics will host the annual, fall meeting of the Southern California Chapter of the American Statistician Association on Saturday, Nov. 11. Featuring lecturer Ralph O’Brien ’71 of the Cleveland Clinic, the event begins with an 8:30 a.m. continental breakfast check-in in Founders Room, Bauer Center, followed by introductions at 9:45 a.m. in Bauer Forum, and a discussion by O’Brien on Using Critical Type I and Type II Error Rates in Planning and Interpreting Tests of Hypotheses.

The event is co-sponsored by the Reed Institute and is free and open to high school teachers and students of advanced placement statistics courses, as well as other college students. The day-long itinerary will include presentations from Reed Institute summer interns, a discussion by Janet Elashoff, adjunct professor of biomathematics at the University of California, Los Angeles, and recognition of longtime Southern California statistician chapter member Robert Newcomb for 30 years of service.

Concluding the event will be a reception at the home of Reed Institute director Janet Myhre, the Dengler-Dykema Professor of Mathematics and Mathematical Economics, and a 6 p.m., no-host dinner at Spaggi’s in Upland. Advance reservations are required for the dinner.

Since its inception in 1975, the Ruth K. and Joseph C. Reed Institute for Applied Statistics has emphasized applied statistics and practical experience in the education of students interested in business, the professions and public policy. Students learn to apply statistics to address “real world” problems such as those confronting professional executives every day. These problems are presented to Reed by government agencies and private firms that the institute serves on a consulting basis. In acting as consultants, students in Reed work in teams, developing complex models for the solution of problems in various disciplines and to apply the latest computer-assisted techniques of decision-making.

Reservations are required and there is a fee to attend the annual fall meeting. However, the suggested donation of $10 will be waived for students unable to pay to participate, Myhre says.

For more information: 909-621-8876, or e-mail: polly.baker@claremontmckenna.edu