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Internationally known statistician to deliver Priestman Lecture

Author: Communications

Posted on Sep 12, 2012

Category: UNB Fredericton , myUNB

Dr. Christopher J. Wild, University of AucklandWe've moved from a world where we based our beliefs and decisions on small amounts of data to one where we're bombarded by information, both fact and fiction.

On Tuesday, Sept. 18, Dr. Christopher Wild, professor in the department of statistics at the University of Auckland, will discuss how data provides us with windows that we can use to inform our views and opinions when he delivers the 2012 Bryan Priestman Memorial Lecture at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton.

His talk, entitled It’s a great story, but is it true?, will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the MacLaggan Hall Auditorium, Room 105, at UNB Fredericton.

Dr. Wild is a New Zealand statistician who is internationally known for his work on methods for analysis data from complex biased sampling mechanisms and on statistics education.

The Priestman lectures are one of the premier lecture series at UNB and provide an opportunity for science to be communicated to a general audience.

The lecture series was initiated in 1951 in memory of Bryan Priestman, a physics professor who died on Nov. 11, 1945, while trying to save a boy from drowning in the St. John River.