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UI hosts June 4-6 conference on statistics and business

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa will host the 13th annual conference on "Making Statistics More Effective in Schools of Business" June 4-6 at the John Pappajohn Business Administration Building (PBAB).

The conference welcome will be given at 8:30 a.m., Friday, June 5 by Jim Broffitt, chair of the UI department of statistics and actuarial science, and will be followed by the first of three plenary talks (all in Room W10 PBAB): Roger Hoerl, quality program manager at General Electric Corporate Research and Development Center, Schenectady, N.Y., speaking on the topic of statistical thinking in business.

Other plenary sessions are: 1:30 p.m., Friday June 5, David Moore, of Purdue University and president of the American Statistical Association, speaking on statistical literacy; and 8:30 a.m., Saturday, June 6, Bob Lewis, InforWorld columnist and consultant for Perot Systems, speaking on the mis-measurement of business. The conference objective, according to UI statistics professor and conference organizer Jon Cryer, is to improve the teaching of statistics in business schools and the practice of statistics in the business world.

The conference is sponsored, in part, by the College of Business Administration, the University of Iowa, the Business and Economics and Quality and Productivity Sections of the American Statistical Association, and the UI Program in Quality Management and Productivity.

Further information is available at the conference Web page at: For registration questions, call (319) 335-1012 or email: