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International Mathematics professors to speak at UWI

For Release Upon Receipt - March 9, 2010

St. Augustine

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science hosts week of Statistics


Two international Mathematics experts, Professor Ingram Olkin of Stanford University and Professor Winston Richards of Penn State University, will visit The University of the West Indies (UWI), as part of a Statistics Week to be hosted by the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science from March 8th to 12th.


An eminent statistician, Prof. Olkin has made substantial contributions to Multivariate Analysis, Reliability Theory, Survival Analysis and Meta-Analysis over the course of a long, distinguished career. He is scheduled to deliver three presentations. On Monday, March 8th at 1.30 p.m. at the Institute for Critical Thinking Building (Centre for Language Learning, top floor), he will speak on the interplay between theory and application in Statistics. This lecture is free and open to the public. The second lecture, titled, “An introduction to Meta-Analysis,” is a private event, by invitation only. The third talk will be on “Measures of Heterogeneity, Diversity and Inequality,” and will be delivered at the Faculty of Science and Agriculture (FSA) Seminar Room on Wednesday 10th March 10th at noon.


Prof. Richards is well known from his frequent visits over the years, and as he will be celebrating his 75th birthday during Statistics Week, he will be honoured for his contributions at a special dinner.


In addition to these international guests, there will be a lecture by Mr. Dave Clement, Director of the Central Statistical Office (CSO), which is currently preparing for the decennial population census of Trinidad and Tobago. The date and time of Mr Clement’s lecture are to be announced.


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