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University of Iowa News Release

March 24, 2004

UI Statistics Lectures Scheduled April 8-9

The University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science will sponsor two free, public Allen T. Craig Lectures April 8-9 by Jim Berger, The Arts and Sciences Professor of Statistics and director of the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Science Institute (SAMSI) at Duke University, Durham, N.C.

Berger's first lecture, aimed at a general audience and titled "Objective Bayesian Analysis: its Uses in Practice and its Role in the Unification of Statistics," will be given at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 8, in Room 140 of Schaeffer Hall.

The second lecture, "Validation of Computer Models," will begin at 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 9, in Room 140 of Schaeffer Hall.

Berger, an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, is a recognized expert in Bayesian statistics. SAMSI is a national institute combining the use of statistical and applied mathematical sciences with disciplinary science "to confront the very hardest and most important data- and model-driven scientific challenges."

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. People requiring an accommodation in order to participate in this program are asked to contact in advance the UI Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at 319-335-0712.

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