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UI statistics researchers receive federal grants
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Three University of Iowa researchers in the department
of statistics and actuarial science in the College of Liberal Arts recently
received federal research funding.
Dale Zimmerman, associate professor and director of graduate studies,
and Kate Cowles, assistant professor, are co-principal investigators for
a three-year, $200,000 project called, "Combining Environmental Data
Using Bayesian Hierarchical Space-Time Models." Funded by the Environmental
Protection Agency and the National Science Foundation (NSF), the project
considers statistical methods for combining environmental data from multiple
sources. The objective of the work is to allow environmental policy-makers
to make more well-informed decisions than would be possible using data
from only a single source.
Osnat Stramer, assistant professor, has received an 18-month, $75,000
NSF grant for a project titled "Dynamical MCMC methods with applications
to continuous time differential equation models." The objectives
of the research, which involves computer modeling, are two-fold: to make
contributions to statistical inference for stochastic continuous-time models
that describe many real world physical systems; and to develop highly efficient
computer algorithms for use in simulations.