Archive for Marie Curie

Adrian Smith to head British replacement of ERC

Posted in Books, pictures, Statistics, University life with tags , , , , , , on April 14, 2019 by xi'an

Just read in Nature today that Adrian Smith (of MCMC fame!) was to head the search for a replacement to ERC and Marie Curie research funding in the UK. Adrian, whom I first met in Sherbrooke, Québec, in June 1989, when he delivered one of his first talks on MCMC, is currently the director of the Alan Turing Institute in London, of which Warwick is a constituent. (Just for the record, Chris Skimore is the current Science minister in Theresa May’s government and here is what he states and maybe even think about her Brexit deal: “It’s fantastic for science, it’s fantastic for universities, it’s fantastic for collaboration”) I am actually surprised at the notion of building a local alternative to the ERC when the ERC includes many countries outside the European Union and even outside Europe…

40 PhD fellowships in Paris

Posted in Travel, University life with tags , , , , , , , on January 28, 2019 by xi'an

beyond subjective and objective in Statistics

Posted in Books, Statistics, University life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 28, 2015 by xi'an

“At the level of discourse, we would like to move beyond a subjective vs. objective shouting match.” (p.30)

This paper by Andrew Gelman and Christian Hennig calls for the abandonment of the terms objective and subjective in (not solely Bayesian) statistics. And argue that there is more than mere prior information and data to the construction of a statistical analysis. The paper is articulated as the authors’ proposal, followed by four application examples, then a survey of the philosophy of science perspectives on objectivity and subjectivity in statistics and other sciences, next to a study of the subjective and objective aspects of the mainstream statistical streams, concluding with a discussion on the implementation of the proposed move. Continue reading

Marie Curie [3]

Posted in Books, University life with tags , on May 16, 2011 by xi'an

An xkcd webcomic about Marie Curie a wee on the heavy side of making a point…

Marie Curie Career Integration Grants

Posted in Statistics, University life with tags , on January 26, 2011 by xi'an

Another email I received yesterday is about the closing date (March 8) for the Marie Curie Career Integration Grants. Those grants are “intended to improve considerably the prospects for the permanent integration of researchers who are offered a stable research post in Europe after a mobility period in a country for at least 3 years –  a country that is neither an EU Member State nor an Associated Country… The duration of these grants is between 2 and 4 years” and the amount of each grant is 100,000 euros. Those grants seem to be aiming at recruiting new researchers outside the EU and/or bringing back EU researchers currently abroad.