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2014.1 Arriving in Manila

Posted by Dr. Eric Vance -- Sun, 08/31/2014 - 10:32am

Arriving in Manila

I haven’t written emails in a while. I used to be in the habit of writing emails, but not anymore. I think it’s an important habit to recreate.

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Mozambique Follow-up #8: On-the-ground statisticians return to Mozambique

Posted by Dr. Eric Vance -- Fri, 10/11/2013 - 8:47am

Having learned from previous statistical collaboration projects that a useful analysis of survey data requires useful survey data, LISA (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis) sent two statisticians back to Mozambique during the summer of 2013 to work as on-the-ground statisticians the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s (MCC) Rural Water Supply Activity impact evaluation.

Our team’s job was to evaluate the impact of the MCC’s water project that drilled boreholes and installed handpumps in villages that lacked access to clean water.

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Preparation for Additional Visits by Staff from OSUC institutions

Posted by Tonya Pruitt -- Thu, 09/26/2013 - 3:21pm

Dr. Eric Vance and Emanuel Msemo were recently mentioned in the latest issue of the iAgri News. See the highlight below and read the full news letter attached.

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Mozambique Follow-up #7: Briefly in Maputo

Posted by Dr. Eric Vance -- Mon, 09/09/2013 - 7:31am

“6:30AM. Do you have a residence in Nampula?”

“Yes. Are there any other flight options?”

“I think tomorrow night’s flight will be the same. The plane is going to Nairobi. Leaving on the flight this morning is your best option. That’s my honest advice.”

So I called Marcos to come pick me up again. He, Emily, and Kory had just at that moment arrived back at the house.

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LISA 2020 #2: Olawale has a ticket

Posted by Dr. Eric Vance -- Fri, 09/06/2013 - 11:19am

Yesterday I mentioned that Olawale Awe was having his visa interview with the US Consulate in Lagos, Nigeria. Well, he and his family got their visas approved!

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LISA 2020 #1: Race for the first stat lab

Posted by Dr. Eric Vance -- Wed, 09/04/2013 - 10:03am

Who will establish the first statistical collaboration laboratory in the LISA 2020 network? The race is on!

Today Olawale Awe has his visa interview at the US Consulate office in Lagos, Nigeria. Hopefully he will be able to come to Virginia Tech very soon to start his training as a LISA Fellow to communicate and collaborate with non-statisticians.

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International Year of Statistics press release for World Population Day

Posted by Tonya Pruitt -- Wed, 07/10/2013 - 9:32am

International Year of Statistics PRAISES CONTRIBUTIONS OF STATISTICIANS TO enumerating WORLD population

Statistics2013 participants join celebration of World Population Day

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The Discovery of Mozambique

Posted by Marcos Carzolio -- Thu, 06/13/2013 - 10:46am

In 1498, the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama landed on a small, 3km-long, 500m-wide island off the southeastern coast of Africa. There, da Gama and his crew discovered a bustling, long-established Arab port that traded pearls, ivory, wood, and gold for Chinese porcelain, Persian rubies, Indian spices, and textiles. The demographics of the island consisted of a mixture of natives and the lighter-skinned Arabs; both groups were Muslim.

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Mozambique Follow-up #6: Sample Frame

Posted by Dr. Eric Vance -- Sun, 06/09/2013 - 4:06am

I have been told that the blog posts I write about statistics are really boring. Actually, I was told that the posts about non-statistical things were “more interesting” than the ones about statistics.

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Nampula, Mozambique

Posted by Marcos Carzolio -- Wed, 06/05/2013 - 6:36pm

Upon arriving in Nampula (or “Nampooler” as British Ralph likes to pronounce it) at night, the first thing one notices – really the only noticeable thing – is the dust. On the short walk from the 100-person aircraft to the 45-person airport, the only view is that of a dusty concrete runway illuminated by a handful of street lamps. More revealing is the drive into the city itself, with massive potholes and stretches of paved or unpaved sandy road. Only an off-road vehicle is truly equipped to handle these conditions.

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