Anchor university inaugurates laboratory centre to boost research, data analysis
Head of Department, Biochemistry, Dr Olasupo Ilori (left); Dean, Natural and Applied Sciences, Prof Johnson Fatokun; guest lecturer from the University of Colorado, Prof Eric Vance; Coordinator, LISAC, OAU, Dr Olawale Awe; Head of Department, Urban and Regional Planning, OAU, Prof Abegunde Albert; Ag Librarian, Pastor Z.B.A Emmanuel; and Ag Bursar, Mr Femi Ayandokun, during the opening of the centre.
As part of efforts to boost statistical research and data analysis, Anchor University (AU) recently inaugurated a centre in partnership with Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis (LISA) of the institute of Colorado.
The laboratory will feature easy collection of data, analysis and the communication of its result for impactful research conclusion, improved business practices and empirically based policy decision aimed at sustainable growth and development in various fields of study.
In his remarks, the registrar, Mr Abimbola Olulesi explained that the centre will not only empower the students to get the theoretical training but also give them the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained in the classroom into solving real problems.
“It is also a centre where scientists, business people and policy experts can come for specific statistical expertise, so they can collaborate with statisticians to do better works”.
Professor Eric Vance, an Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Colorado and director of LISA applauded AU for positioning the institution as a world consultancy centre and its massive rush of data driven discoveries in the 21st century.
It calls for the need to understand the importance of high quality science aimed at improving human welfare worldwide.
On his part, the director of the institute, Prof Eric Vance stated that the centre is “high quality science to improve human welfare being,” using statistical research and data analysis to solve local and everyday problems as well as global problems at large.
“The LISA 2020 program seeks to maximize the extraordinary impact of data science and statistical collaboration by inspiring, training, mentoring, and supporting statisticians in developing countries to create statistic collaboration laboratories that train statisticians to become effective, interdisciplinary, who can move between theory and practice to solve problems for real impact”.
Professor Vance further added that the LISA 2020 programme was created in 2008, with AU as the seventh in Africa and the third in Nigeria, and identified the already existing institutions as Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) and University of Ibadan (UI).
He disclosed that LISA 2020 programme has solved 2770 projects around the world. The vice chancellor, Prof Joseph Afolayan enjoined the students to take advantage of the opportunity and come up with great ideas.
“Whether Anchor University has the fundamentals of statistics or not, we are courageous enough to show competence that we will use this laboratory to the point where LISA will be proud of the collaboration,” he said.
Source: The Guardian