Applied Mathematics in Action through Biostatistics

Gideon K. D. Zamba, PhD.
Professor of Biostatistics

Professor of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine

The University of Iowa

Applied mathematics is a field of constant adaptability to the world’s contingencies. Such
adaptability requires a solid training and a keen understanding of theoretical and pure
mathematical thinking—as the activity of applied thinking is vitally connected to research
in pure mathematics. One such applied mathematical field is the field of statistics. As the
world continues to rely more on data for inference and decision making, statistics and
associated data-driven fields have gained an increased recognition. The purpose of this talk
is to educate the audience about the field of statistics, about statistical involvements, and
provide examples of settings where statistical theory finds an application and where real-
world applications call for new statistical developments. The presentation further provides
some general guidance on the mathematical and computational skills needed for a
successful graduate work in Statistics or Biostatistics.