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The UPSTAT 2017 Statistics Conference gets underway tomorrow, April 21, at the college.

Canisius is hosting the Joint Conference of the Upstate Chapters of the American Statistical Association (UPSTAT-2017), which runs through Saturday, April 22. The conference will bring together faculty and students from several upstate universities to focus on the application of statistics and education.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Data Science, Statistics and The Environment.” The scope of environmental topics is quite broad and includes energy, sustainability, criminal justice and analysis of sports statistics.

The keynote speaker for this year’s conference is Robert Bell, PhD. Bell is a statistician in research and machine intelligence at Google and the winner of a $1,000,000 Netflix Prize in 2009. He will present on both days of the conference. Bell’s Friday presentation will be followed by a panel discussion on statistics and the environment, with representatives from both industry and academia.

Additional details about the conference, including registration fees, can be found at

If you have any questions, contact Mel Crotzer, PhD, adjunct professor of mathematics and statistics at; Adina Oprisan, PhD, assistant professor of mathematics and statistics, at; or Leonid Khinkis, PhD, professor of mathematics and statistics, at

Submitted by: M. E. Crotzer, PhD, adjunct professor, Mathematics and Statistics