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launch a distributed math-
ematics institute, the Center 100 Show Up for StatFest 2008
for Intelligent Control
Systems. The center ran for
Kumer Pial Das and Nagambal Shah
15 years and involved 25
to 30 faculty members at
Brown, Harvard University,
and the Massachusetts
amar University—in
Beaumont, Texas—
was the host institu-
Institute of Technology,
tion for StatFest 2008, held
as well as many graduate
on October 4. In spite of the
students and postdoctoral
damages brought by the
researchers. As associate
most recent hurricanes,
director of the center,
Gustav and Ike, the univer-
McClure ran the center’s
sity showed great interest in
node at Brown, which was
and enthusiasm for bringing
concerned primarily with
the event to campus.
computational vision and
Kumer Pial Das, assistant
control theory. The center
professor of mathematics at
received three grants from
Lamar; Brenda Nichols, dean
the DoD and was phased
of the College of Arts and
out when the last one ended
Sciences; and Steve Doblin,
in 2001.
Lamar University’s provost,
In 1993, a consulting
spoke during the welcoming
company cofounded by
session, thanking the speakers
McClure, Mathematical
from around the country. Standing in front of the sculpture of Mirabeau B. Lamar are (from
Technologies, Inc., received a
Nagambal Shah of left) Nabendu Pal, Katrina Washington, Pam Arroway, Nagambal
grant through the Advanced
Spelman College and chair
Shah, DuBois Bowman, William B. Smith, Kumer Pial Das, and
Technology Program of
of the ASA Committee on
Derrick Rollins.
the National Institute of
Minorities in Statistics intro-
Standards and Technology to
duced the keynote speaker, government. Tianyue Zhou opportunities in statistics.
automate methods to restore
DuBois Bowman of Emory of sanofi-aventis, Brandon Shah, in her presentation,
digital film and video. Today,
University. In his talk, titled Wright of AIG, and Katrina discussed the why, what, and
this is the main focus of the
“Statistics: A Pathway to a Washington of the U.S. where of internship opportu-
company, which has about
Promising Future,” Bowman Census Bureau spoke about nities. Additionally, Angela
20 employees.
discussed exciting opportu- their experiences as statisti- Eaglin, a senior at Lamar
With his research accom-
nities and challenges avail- cians and encouraged stu- University, presented a talk
plishments, experience in
able for statisticians while dents to learn statistics. about triangular distribution.
both business and academic
highlighting some of his Nabendu Pal of the Dale Daniel of Lamar
administration, and exten-
own research projects as the University of Louisiana, University introduced the
sive knowledge of issues
director of the Center for Lafayette, moderated a ses- featured speaker, William
facing the mathematics
Biomedical Imaging Statistics sion titled “Graduate Studies B. Smith, professor emeritus
profession, McClure brings a
at Emory. in Statistics.” Pam Arroway of Texas A&M University
wealth of assets to the execu-
The session “Statistics of North Carolina State and former executive direc-
tive director position. “I
in Academia” was mod- University and Pal spoke tor of the ASA. He spoke of
am really excited about the
erated by Paul Chiou of about their graduate pro- his journey into statistics as
new position,” he remarked.
Lamar University. Derrick grams and invited students a Lamar University graduate
“My responsibilities and
K. Rollins Sr. of Iowa State to apply for graduate school. and former faculty member
efforts will be guided by the
University and Edythe Kirk Graduate students also con- of Lamar’s math department.
society’s mission to further
and Ashraf El-Houbi of ducted a panel discussion. Ted Mahavier of Lamar
mathematics research and
Lamar University presented. P. J. Couch of Lamar University adjourned the ses-
scholarship. The AMS has
Rollins discussed several col- University moderated the ses- sion and conference organiz-
a very positive impact on
laborative projects with engi- sion, while Curtis White of ers Das and Shah thanked all
mathematics worldwide.
neers and scientists in which Lamar University and Paul the attendees.
I look forward to working
he is involved. Elliot of Stephen F. Austin StatFest 2009 will be held
with the staff and leadership
After lunch, Kent Riggs of University participated. at Iowa State University in
to continue and expand the
Stephen F. Austin University Anada Bandulasiri of Sam the fall. For more informa-
AMS contributions.”
moderated a session on Houston University moder- tion, visit www.math.lamar.
statistics in industry and ated a session on internship edu/statfest. ■
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