Previous lunches from 2010.

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Wednesday 1 December 2010: Last lunch before Christmas holiday. Ingrid Hobæk Haff (NR) talks about her PhD project and her recent stay in the Kingdom of Belgium.

Wednesday 24 November 2010: Unni Olsbye will talk about the SFI inGAP: Innovative Natural Gas Processes and Products, where she is managing director. Welcome!

Wednesday 17 November 2010: André Teigland (NR) presents results from the mid life evaluation of (sfi)². Welcome!

Wednesday 10 November 2010: Ragnar Hauge (NR) will give an exciting overview of the activities in the Oil part of (sfi)²

Wednesday 3 November 2010: We discuss reading groups.

Wednesday 27 October 2010: Fred Espen Benth (Department of Mathematics, UiO) will talk about "Energy finance, seen from the east side of the T-bane". Welcome!

Wednesday 20 October 2010: We celebrate World Statistics Day.

Wednesday 13 October 2010: Professor Nils Christian Stenseth from the University of Oslo and CEES (Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis) will talk about the natural intersection, "Statistics and CEES".

Wednesday 6 October 2010: No lunch, due to autumn holiday.

Wednesday 29 September 2010: Kjersti Aas (NR) will give an overview of current and coming activities in the Finance part of (sfi)².

Wednesday 22 September 2010: Two (partly) new (sfi)² PhD students, Peter Nyangweso and Gabriele Martinelli, will present themselves.

Wednesday 15 September 2010: Today there is no presentation, and we will enjoy free chatting!

Wednesday 8 September 2010: Ingunn Fride Tvete (NR) will talk (briefly) about a (sfi)² project on meta analysis. Her title is "A joint analysis of clinical trials with different designs using individual patient data". Summary: Sometimes we wish to do a joint analysis of trials with different design. One or more trials may for instance include a run-in period to exclude certain patients prior to randomization while other trials might be conducted without a run-in period. It is not obvious how to do a joint analysis of such studies. We consider a model for individual patient data from a cross-over and a parallel trial, where the parallel trial has an active treatment run-in period.

Wednesday 1 September 2010: First lunch after the summer break. Professor Sylvia Richardson who works part time at (sfi)² and is visiting us this week, will present some of her current work. Welcome!

Wednesday 26 May 2010 : Marit Veierød will come to our lunch today. Marit is a leading figure in the theme ultraviolet radiation (UVR) and skin cancers. Today she will tell us about non-hodgkins lymfom (NHL) tumors that occur more often in individuals who also develop UVR-related skin cancers. Therefore it was first assumed that sun exposure was a risk factor also for the development of NHL. Results of ecological studies on ambient sun exposure and NHL have been mixed. The first two large case-control studies (2004,2005) found (surprisingly) inverse associations between NHL and measures of personal sun exposure, especially recreational sun exposure, with 20 to 40 % lower risk among the most heavily compared to the least exposed. Findings from later case-control studies have been mixed. We now study associations between risk of NHL and measures of UVR in a large cohort. More on this interesting and controversial story during the lunch seminar!

Wednesday 19 May 2010 : No lunch today (still in 17th of May mood).

Wednesday 12 May 2010 : Lunch at AvdC, organised by Ida Scheel. Inge Helland, Nils Hjort and Ørnulf Borgan will present their recently published books! Welcome.

Wednesday 5 May 2010 : Claudia Czado is visiting us and will introduce some of her research themes for us.

Wednesday 28 April 2010 : André Teigland (NR and (sfi)2) will be the speaker today. André has been leading one of the largest applied statistics research and consulting group in Europe, and his experience is of great value for the discipline. André will tell us about his philosophies, including how to see reserach-based statistics, how to run a group of statisticians, how to generate, monitor and run hundreds of projects, how to balance individual interests and project needs and more. Welcome!

Wednesday 21 April 2010 : Hjernevask: seen from the statistical side.- Group-discussion on genes/environment science/ethics tv/science. There will be a chairman, but otherwise take your thoughts with you.-

Wednesday 14 April 2010 : Lunch, welcome. Ole Christian Lingjærde will come to our lunch. He will think loud on how it is to work together with molecular biologists. Interesting!

Wednesday 7 April 2010 : Postdoc Geir Kjetil Sandve, who is one of the project leaders of our genomic hyperbrowser project, will present his views, as a computer scientists within bioinformatics, during our lunch. His title is: "Being a cuckoo in a statistician nest". Welcome!

Wednesday 31 March 2010 : No lunch due to Easter holiday

Wednesday 24 March 2010 : Today we will connect life to the Academy of Science, where the Abel prize 2010 will be announced. Abel Prize announcement As the ceremony starts at 12.00 sharp (and ends at 12.45), we start our lunch just a little before 12.00. We will discuss the winner after the announcement. Welcome!

Wednesday 17 March 2010 : Lunch, welcome. The programme today is organised by Lars Holden. Our guest will be Morten Dæhlen, chair of the Department of Informatics. Morten will tell us about the organisation of research in his department, on the new building which is growing on our side, on future plans for ifi. He also might touch on the relation between computer scientists and statistics, in a world where technologies are collecting more and more data.

Wednesday 10 March 2010 : Lunch, welcome. Today there is no presentation, and we will enjoy free chatting!

Wednesday 3 March 2010 : We celebrate Tore Schweder, who leaves his many years of collaboration with NR, by listening to ... a lecture by Tore, with the title "From blunders to confidence". Welcome! Abstract: "Fischer's biggest blunder" (fiducial distributions) is the start. My, and NR's biggest blunder in 1993 was an eye opener for the necessity of simulation testing new methods. Raftery's blunder in the IWC, where his abundance estimate of bowhead whale abundance was subject to Borel's paradox, suggested to me that distributional inference without priors would be good. Efron calls this (confidence distributions) "statistics for the 21st Century". At the end, some words on confidence from likelihood, even when no MLE exists - illustrated by abundance estimation of minke whales off West Greenland.

Wednesday 24 February 2010 : No lunch due to winter holiday

Wednesday 17 February 2010 : Lunch with Torbjørn Rognes (Joint Centre for Bioinformatics in Oslo) at Veglabben, Gaustadalléen 25, 4. etasje. Theme: New technologies for DNA sequencing and their computational challenges

Wednesday 10 February 2010 : Lunch, welcome. Peter Guttorp is visiting us, and we will use this lunch to discuss on the role of statistics in climate research, with particular focus on uncertainty in climate impact studies. Please join us with your ideas, suggestions and comments.

Wednesday 3 February 2010 : Eva Skovlund will visit us. Eva is Senior adviser at the Norwegian Medicines Agency (Statens Legemiddelverk) and Professor II at University of Oslo, Department of Pharmaceutical Biosciences, School of Pharmacy. Eva will tell us about the role of statistics in approving drugs, the challenges faced as statistician, and about her own work.

Wednesday 27 January 2010 : Arnt-Børre Salberg (NR) will present some of his exciting work on satellite images. We will learn about missing data produced by disturbing clouds and how statistical methods may be applied in classification and image restoration.

Wednesday 20 January 2010 : First lunch in 2010, welcome! Arnoldo will present a couple of videos on the perception of statistics

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