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LISA 2020 in Nigeria Part #10: The Ooni Palace in Ile-Ife

Posted by Dr. Eric Vance -- Sun, 01/18/2015 - 10:49pm

There are many tribes in Nigeria. The dominant three are the Yorubans of the Southwest, the Igbo of the Southeast, and the Hausa of the North.

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LISA 2020 in Nigeria Part #9: Returning home from Nigeria

Posted by Dr. Eric Vance -- Sun, 01/18/2015 - 4:37pm

In the morning of my first full day in Nigeria 10 days ago, I had a strange thought. I kept quiet about the thought so as not to disrespect Olawale, the First LISA Fellow, or to scare Ian, the LISA Ambassador. That first day I thought, “OMG, I can’t wait to be back home already!”

At the time I didn’t know why I was thinking that. I wasn’t nervous about being in a developing country in Africa. I was excited about the purpose of the trip to work on building the network of LISA 2020 stat labs. I had no reason to feel that way.

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LISA 2020 in Nigeria Part #8: Appeal of LISA 2020 vision and challenges

Posted by Dr. Eric Vance -- Sat, 01/17/2015 - 5:02pm

Last night Dr. Olubusoye came over to my guest lodge again for further conversation. We talked about plans and next steps, why he likes the vision of LISA 2020, and the challenges he expects a stat lab to face at the University of Ibadan (UI).

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LISA 2020 in Nigeria Part #7: Second day at University of Ibadan

Posted by Dr. Eric Vance -- Sat, 01/17/2015 - 2:47pm

Yesterday was highlighted by a courtesy visit to meet the Dean of the Faculty of Science, my university-wide seminar on “LISA 2020: Sharing Experience of Virginia Tech with the University of Ibadan,” and a reception following the seminar.

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LISA 2020 in Nigeria Part #6: Brief recap of first day at University of Ibadan

Posted by Dr. Eric Vance -- Thu, 01/15/2015 - 7:18pm

My first day at University of Ibadan (UI) went very well today. UI is about an hour and a half drive from OAU, which Olawale made without too many troubles.

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LISA 2020 in Nigeria Part #5: Building momentum at OAU

Posted by Dr. Eric Vance -- Wed, 01/14/2015 - 6:25pm

This morning I was running late. I had just finished cooking my eggs when Olawale arrived at Ian’s house with a honk of his horn. Never be in a rush in Africa. I continued washing the pan and the chopping board, and then went into the living/dining room to sit down and eat my four eggs, chopped onion, chopped red round pepper, and slice of packaged cheese leftover from the Newark Airport United Club last week. Olawale came in and noticed I was eating while I noticed he was anxious to leave immediately.

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LISA 2020 in Nigeria Part #4: Second day visiting OAU

Posted by Dr. Eric Vance -- Tue, 01/13/2015 - 7:36pm

Yesterday I was frustrated by my lack of activity as an honored guest at Obafemi Awolowo University. I met the Dean of the Faculty of Science and the other Heads of Departments (HODs) and I met with the former HOD of the Department of Mathematics.

I wondered if there was anything I could do to increase the pace of activity so that my presence here these three days would be more useful to Olawale, Ian, and the Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis and Collaboration (LISAC-pronounced Lye-Sack). I had one idea.

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LISA 2020 in Nigeria Part #3: First official day at OAU

Posted by Dr. Eric Vance -- Mon, 01/12/2015 - 7:32pm

Today was a very frustrating day of indeterminate waiting, punctuated by bursts of incredible productivity, much like my experience of the internet here at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU). Today Ian and I endured lots of waiting, not really sure what we were waiting for, when in fact we actually weren’t waiting for anything. It’s like me waiting for the internet stick to work, when in fact the local internet tower is down and won’t be back up until I stop waiting on move on to something else.

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LISA 2020 in Nigeria Part #2: Visiting ABUAD

Posted by Dr. Eric Vance -- Sun, 01/11/2015 - 7:30pm

My student, the LISA Ambassador Ian Crandell, has a blog at icrandell.wordpress.com detailing his experience. Go ahead and read it (and comment, bloggers love comments!) for another perspective on our trip. I’m hoping Tonya can port some of his posts onto the LISA 2020 blog.

It’s late on Sunday night before my first official day at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU).

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LISA 2020 in Nigeria Part #1

Posted by Dr. Eric Vance -- Thu, 01/08/2015 - 2:08am

In a few minutes I will be landing in Lagos, the biggest city of Nigeria and the biggest city in Africa. I have visited 19 countries in Africa, and Nigeria will be my 20th. I’m here with Virginia Tech statistics graduate student Ian Crandell—the 2015 LISA Ambassador—to promote the LISA 2020 program.

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