### About Me

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, mainly Seattle
and surrounding area. As an undergrad at the
University of Washington I studied Mathematics and
Computer Science. After graduating from UW, I
completed a masters degree in Mathematics at Western
Washington University in beautiful Bellingham, WA. I
am currently a Ph.D. student in Statistics at Iowa State University
in Ames, IA working under the direction of Dr. Zhengyuan
Zhu and Dr. Petrutza
Caragea. My main areas of research are in
spatial statistics, functional data analysis and their
intersection--spatially varying functional data. Iowa
State University has a large Statistics department
with a rich history in statistical research going back
to George Snedecor who developed the first statistical
laboratory in the country.

### The difference between Math and Statistics

"Statistics is the science of collecting and interpreting data. Dealing with uncertainty is a cornerstone of the the statistical method, and distinguishes it from the mathematical method. The mathematical method is deductive: its concern is the logical derivation of consequences from explicitly stated assumptions. The Statistical method is inferential: given empirical evidence in the form of data, its goal is to ask what underlying natural laws could have generated the data; and it is the imprecision or uncertainty in the data which makes the inferential process fundamentally different from mathematical deduction."

- from "Statistics and Scientific Method"