Posted by Dr. Eric Vance -- Thu, 06/11/2015 - 6:01pm
I arrived in Tanzania (after a short layover in the Addis Ababa airport) from Nigeria at 2AM. I was grateful that a driver from my hotel was waiting for me with a sign with my name.
I stayed at the Blue Pearl Hotel in Dar es Salaam. Choosing that hotel was a minor crisis itself. My contact at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) recommended it for its proximity to UDSM, its security, and its price.
Posted by Dr. Eric Vance -- Wed, 06/10/2015 - 1:37pm
After spending one week at Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) and the SUALISA in Tanzania, I spent one week at Hawassa University and saw the first client of the newly created Statistical Collaboration Center there. Then I spent a week in Nigeria, visiting LISAC at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Ife, Nigeria and the UI-LISA at the University of Ibadan. For the past four days I’ve been in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Posted by Tonya Pruitt -- Fri, 06/05/2015 - 1:44pm
LISA, Virginia Tech’s Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis, is pleased to announce that the 2014 Outstanding LISA Collaborator of the Year is Ian Crandell, a third year statistics Ph.D. student from Valley Center, California.
Posted by Dr. Eric Vance -- Wed, 05/27/2015 - 2:05pm
Hawassa University (HwU) was created in 1999. I think it has six campuses around the city. The School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences is on the main campus. There are around 25,000 students and 1300 academic staff, of whom 18% have a Ph.D. There are 6 Ph.D. programs at HwU. One of them is in math. Another is in Statistics. The statistics program in the School of Math and Stat has around 350 Bachelor’s students in statistics, 50 Master’s students, and 15 Ph.D. students in two cohorts (Year 1 and Year 2) as their Ph.D. program is only two years old.
Posted by Dr. Eric Vance -- Wed, 05/27/2015 - 1:29pm
I arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Saturday night. Girma, a driver from Hawassa University, picked me up at my hotel at 7AM. The 4.5-hour drive from Addis to Hawassa provided my first surprise in Ethiopia. The roads were much, much, much better than I expected. The first main highway out of Addis Ababa was the best road I’ve been on in Africa.
Posted by Dr. Eric Vance -- Sun, 05/17/2015 - 6:00am
Yesterday I figured out my purpose and role for this trip. My purpose is to strengthen and grow the LISA 2020 Network. My role is to be a collaborative statistician who makes observations and asks questions to understand the problems, brainstorms methods to solve the problems, and helps implement solutions.
To be an effective, collaborative, traveling statistician one must be flexible. What I mean by “flexible” is not being annoyed by differences between one’s experience and one’s expectations.
Posted by Dr. Eric Vance -- Fri, 05/15/2015 - 3:58pm
I’m in Africa again, for the second time this year and my eighth time overall. With me is rising 3rd-year Statistics Ph.D. student Adam Edwards. He will be staying in Tanzania for 6+ months helping the Sokoine University of Agriculture Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis (SUALISA) grow and become sustainable. The SUALISA is the 2nd statistical collaboration laboratory (stat lab) in the LISA 2020 Network. The first was the LISAC (Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis and Collaboration) at Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Nigeria.
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.
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.
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).