College of Business professor to serve as program chair for international conference

Jun 16, 2011 | Business

Dr. James Cochran, Bank of Ruston Endowed Research Professor and associate professor of quantitative analysis at Louisiana Tech University, will serve as the program chair for the International Conference for Health Statistics in the Pacific Islands (ICHSPI), July 5-8 in Suva, Fiji.

Dr. James Cochran

The conference will bring together statistical experts from around the world, local statisticians from the Pacific Islands, and local health workers who are seeking to advance their knowledge of statistics to support their work in other health disciplines.  Sessions will focus heavily on statistical training and discussions by researchers about health projects in which they are currently involved and the role statistics is playing in these projects. Cochran, who received his Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Cincinnati in 1997, joined the Louisiana Tech College of Business in 2000.  He is considered a leading authority in the areas of sample based and Bayesian optimization, statistical methods, computational statistics, and statistical learning. In addition to serving as program chair, Cochran will also work with Conference Chair Mark Griffin of the University of Queensland to organize the conference, and will present workshops on integer and nonlinear optimization, effective communication with students, and the state of health statistics initiatives in developing countries. Conference partners include the American Statistical Association’s Friends of Australia and Health Policy Statistics Section, Statistics Without Borders, the Statistical Society of Australia, the International Chinese Statistical Association, and the Korean International Statistical Society.  ICHSPI was established in order to provide much-needed training in the field of statistics to health workers in the Pacific Islands nations and territories of Fiji, American Samoa, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, French Polynesia, Baker Island, Guam, Kiribati, Midway Islands, New Caledonia, Niue, Norfolk Island, Vanuatu, Nauru, Pitcairn Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Wake Island, Samoa, Solomon Island, Northern Mariana Island, Coral sea Islands, French Southern and Antarctic Lands, Howland Island, Clipperton Island, Johnston Atoll, Kingman Reef, Christmas Island, Palmyra Atoll, Marshall Islands, and Wallis and Futuna. For more information, please contact Debbie Van De Velde 318-257-3741 or Written by Debbie Van De Velde –