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ASA Chapter Meeting

The next meeting of the Kansas-Western Missouri chapter of the American Statistical Association will be held on Thursday, March 31, at 6:00pm in the Holiday Inn - Manhattan.  Professor James V. Zidek from the Department of Statistics, University of British Columbia, Canada will present the Keynote Address “Getting to the US 2008 0.075ppm standard for ozone and beyond: The statistician’s story”.

The cost to attend the chapter meeting is $30.00 ($20.00 for students), which includes dinner.  

  • KSU Statistics students should sign up in the main office, but do not pay the registration fee.    The department may be able to cover the cost for you.
  • For non-students, registration for this event can be done online at https://www.123signup.com/register?id=ppbck

Professor Zidek will also present a seminar at the Department of Statistics Kansas State University on “Preferential selection of environmental monitoring sites: origins, impacts and mitigation” at 4:00pm, Dickens Hall 207.

more information about the ASA chapter meeting (PDF) 

2015-2016 Scholarship Recipients

A hearty congratulations to the following scholarship recipients.  More information about these scholarships can be found on our assistantship page

Audrey Chang - Ronald and Rae Iman Scholarship
Xintong Li - Holly and Beth Fryer Scholarship 
Weijia Jia - Statistics Department Scholarship
Mengjiao Wu - Howard Siepman Memorial Scholarship

Seth Raithel publishes M.S. research 

A manuscript based on the research conducted by Seth Raithel (M.S., 2015) has been accepted for publication by BMC Genomics.  Seth's adviser was Dr. Nora Bello, and the title of the manuscript is "Inferential considerations for low-count RNA-seq transcripts: a case study on the dominant prairie grass Andropogon gerardii".  A full copy of his MS report can be found on K-REx.  

Wei-Wen Hsu receives A&S Award

Wei-Wen Hsu is the recipient of a Arts and Sciences Faculty Enhancement Award on Statistical Classification Models for Emerging Molecular Analysis in the Early Detection of Cancer.  

Early detection of cancers is a recurring challenge in medical research. One often cited justification is that for those very aggressive cancers such as ovarian and pancreatic cancers, there are often no significant symptoms or signs at very early stages. 

Owing to the advent of nanoplatform technology, the early detection of cancers is no longer impracticable. An in-vitro assay based on the Fe/Fe3O4-based nanoplatforms developed by Bossmann/Troyer groups at Kansas State University is particularly sensitive in protease detection and is anticipated to be successfully used in the early detection of solid tumors. This assay with a very low limit of detection (LOD) can effectively capture the protease activities in blood serum during the early stages of cancer development, which can dramatically improve the ability of identifying the early stage of cancer. However, there is no methodological, comprehensive study that rigorously evaluates the performance of this in-vitro screening assay on all types of cancers. Particularly, a general statistical classification model that can enhance the signals of the protease signatures to improve the classification rate has not been proposed and discussed.

The objective of this project is to develop a statistical methodology to study and evaluate the overall performance of the rapid screening in-vitro assay in detecting cancers. If successful, the new methodology which is expected to have a higher classification rate than other existing methods will facilitate the classification of patients at early stages of cancers using the promising in-vitro assay. The work will be conducted during the 2015-2016 academic year.


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