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Newsletter Issue 2020-10 | March 5, 2020

LISA-LCWU Holds Workshop:
Data Visualization, Simulation, and Optimization of Generalized Linear Models through MATHEMATICA

LISA-LCWU organized its first one-week workshop on ‘Data Visualization, Simulation & Optimization of Generalized Linear Models through Mathematica’ from 24th to 28th February, 2020, under the umbrella of Statistics department LCWU and in collaboration with LISA 2020 network.

The resource person for the workshop was Dr. Sharqa Hashmi (Assistant Professor, LCWU, Lahore). The workshop was well attended (47 participants) by MS and BS Statistics students and faculty members of Statistics and Economics department of LCWU, Lahore, Pakistan.

The objective of the workshop was to familiarize students and faculty members with the application of the statistical software, Mathematica. It aimed to inform participants regarding the usage of the software efficiently. The workshop was conducted at two levels. The first level included, ‘Introduction’, ‘Data Visualization & Simulation’ and ‘Derivatives, Integration and handling equation’. The 2nd level included, ‘Generalized Linear Models’, and ‘Optimization & Likelihood’. The workshop may prove to be very helpful for attendees in their research work.

The closing ceremony was held on Feb 28th, 2020. Professor Dr. Ayesha Roohi (Former- Head of the department) was the chief guest of the event. At the end of the event, the participants were awarded the certificates.

In closing ceremony, Dr. Asifa Kamal (member LISA 2020) shared as coordinator of LISA-LCWU that the LISA-LCWU has planned to conduct more workshops for the capacity building and training of students and faculty members of LCWU under the umbrella of Statistics Departments. She emphasized the importance of trainings in building statistical analysis capacity. She also explained the role of LISA 2020 network and discussed the concept of collaboration in this context.

Ms. Mahnaz Makhdum, Head of Department, gave a vote of thanks in which she thanked the participants for their cooperation and LISA-LCWU for organizing a successful event with the help of Statistical Society. Congratulations to Dr. Asifa Kamal for organizing a successful first workshop for LISA-LCWU!

FUAM-LISA Hosts First Workshop

FUAM-LISA Stat Lab held her first Workshop Series on 28th February, 2020. The Workshop was titled "Potentials of Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis (LISA) 2020 Network and Statistical Computing with R" and focused on two main objectives:
(i) To expose participants to the potentials of LISA 2020 network
(ii) Begin a training on the use of R.

Dr. Monday Osagie Adenomon of NSUK-LISA Stat Lab was the lead facilitator and trainer. The talk was broken into three sessions:
Talk 1: Potentials of LISA 2020 network
Talk 2: Hands-on practical in R: This focused on the introduction to R, installing R/packages, R and descriptive statistics, random number generation and goodness-of-fit tests 
Talk 3: Hands-on practical in R: Correlation and Regression analysis
These sessions were interjected with question and answer times as well as group discussions.

The workshop was attended by 31 participants:
Ph.D students  -   3 (All males. Discipline: Industrial Mathematics, Statistics)
M.Sc students  -  16 (7 females and 10 Males. Discipline: Statistics)
PGD student   -    1 (Male. Discipline: Statistics)
Undergraduates -  7 (2 Females and 5 Males. Discipline: Statistics)
Staff                  -   4 (2 Females and 2 Males. Discipline: Statistics)
Also in attendance:

  • 2 staff from the Directorate of information, publication, protocol and public relation of Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi.
  • 1 security officer from the security unit of the university.

Most of the participants were unfamiliar with R because it is not one of the programing languages taught at any level of study (undergraduate and postgraduate) in the departments. A good knowledge of R by faculty members and students of the department has the potential to trigger a review of the curriculum of the department to include R instead of programming languages like Pascal.

The overall appraisal of the workshop was positive. Participants looked forward to having another workshop soon. Congratulations to Dr. Enobong Uduomoh and Dr. M.O. Adenomon for a successful workshop!

LISA 2020 TEACH Fund Key Dates Reminder

This is a reminder that TEACH Fund Concept Notes are due tomorrow Friday, 6 March 2020! For those labs who submit a Concept Note, we will notify you on 12 March as to whether you are invited to create a full proposal.

See details for the Concept Note.

Key Dates for TEACH Fund submissions:

  • 6 March 2020 – Due date for Concept Notes

  • 12 March 2020 – Notification of invited Full Proposals

  • 6 April 2020 – Due date for Full Proposals

  • 30 April 2020 – Teach Fund award announcements

  • 1 July 2020 – Tentative start date for awarded TEACH Fund projects

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