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Release: Oct. 30, 2000

UI hosts distinguished statistician as Ida Beam Lecturer Nov. 2-3

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Bruce Lindsay, Distinguished Professor of Statistics at Pennsylvania State University, will lecture on the use of statistics Nov. 2-3 at the University of Iowa as an Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor.

His free, public lecture, "Using Mixture Models to Assess Indirect Scientific Evidence," will be presented at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2 in Room 140 of Schaeffer Hall. Prior to the lecture, refreshments will be served in Room 302 of Schaeffer Hall.

He is also scheduled to deliver a more technical talk at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3 in Room 140 of Schaeffer Hall on "Statistical Distances as Tools in Scientific Work." Following the lecture, refreshments will be served in the conference room of the department of statistics and actuarial science, Room 241B of Schaeffer Hall.

Lindsay is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and the American Statistical Association and an elected member of the International Statistics Institute. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and is a co-winner of the Snedecor Award, given by the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies (COPSS) for the best paper in Biometrics in 1995-96.

His visit is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts department of statistics and actuarial science, the UI Office of the Provost and the Ida Cordelia Beam Visiting Professor Program. Ida Beam, a native of Vinton, willed her family farm to the UI Foundation in 1977. Her only university connection was a relative who graduated from the College of Medicine. With proceeds from the sale of the farm, the UI established a fund to bring a variety of top scholars to the university for lectures and discussions.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation in order to participate should contact the department of statistics and actuarial science at 335-0712.