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Posted by Marcos Carzolio -- Wed, 05/22/2013 - 5:55pm
"Ah! Yes, yes, I know Washington, D.C. very well," said the not-so-sober South African professor beside me, a hint of whiskey in his words. On a stopover between two transcontinental flights - one from Spain to Qatar, then Qatar to South Africa - I settled down at Gate 21 to take advantage of the free WiFi prior to boarding for the next leg of my journey. Suddenly I found myself in a political conversation with a former Harvard lecturer, trying my best not to inform him of the school's poor reputation.
Posted by Dr. Eric Vance -- Wed, 05/22/2013 - 5:40pm
I believe in not sleeping much on overnight flights and feeling tired after traveling. I believe in napping when you’re tired, and getting out of bed to do something else if you’re tossing and turning at night. I do not believe in jet lag.
Posted by Dr. Eric Vance -- Tue, 05/21/2013 - 4:26pm
What to say while in Johannesburg about 28 hours of travel from Blacksburg to Roanoke to Washington D.C. to Dakar to Johannesburg to Maputo that isn’t quite over yet? Only that I’m grateful to have arrived in Joburg with my luggage intact and that Ralph scored us exit row seats on the flights from DC.
Posted by Tonya Pruitt -- Tue, 04/16/2013 - 3:35pm
On April 18th from 3:30-4:30 pm in 300 Seitz, Dr.Eric Vance, Director of LISA (Virginia Tech's Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis), will be presenting a colloquium in honor of the International Year of Statistics entitled “LISA 2020 and Ut Prosim: Building statistics capacity in developing countries.”
Posted by Tonya Pruitt -- Fri, 04/12/2013 - 4:11pm
In this video, Dr. Eric Vance and Dr. Ralph Hall at Virginia Tech describe how they developed the concept of an "on-the-ground statistician" to advance their data collection and cleaning practices in relation to large-scale household surveys.
Posted by Tonya Pruitt -- Mon, 04/08/2013 - 8:40am
When people think about LISA (Virginia Tech’s Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis), they often see statisticians answering quick Walk-In questions; teaching short courses; or helping faculty, staff, and students figure out how to answer their research questions with their data. These are, of course, our three main services, but there are many other hidden impacts of LISA’s assistance. A couple of examples of these can be seen in a recent issue of the VT Daily News.
Posted by Dr. Eric Vance -- Tue, 04/02/2013 - 8:55am
On March 27, 2013, Tonya Pruitt, the LISA Administrative Specialist, was honored as a nominee for the President's Awards for Excellence. She was also one of only eight nominees for the Governor's Awards for outstanding staff members. Here's a photo of her receiving her nomination certificate from Virginia Tech President Charles Steger in the President's Suite at Lane Stadium.