Twin Cities
of ASA

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August 16, 2006
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Past Events

         You are invited to HEALTHWORKS FAIR and PANEL DISCUSSION 


Thursday Feb 10th, 2005


10:00am - 2:00pm & 5:30pm - 8:30pm


Twin Cities ASA Chapter Members and Friends:


Please join us for the HealthWorks Fair at Coffman Memorial Union Great Hall on Thursday February 10 between 10am - 2pm!  Chapter members are invited to meet with community organizations, government agencies and private sector companies to learn about wonderful volunteer, internship and employment opportunities.The TC Chapter will host a table with information about careers in statistics and membership in the ASA.


For more information about the HealthWorks Fair, the employers attending, and location/parking, please follow these links:


Then stay on for a TC ASA Chapter special event from 5:30pm – 8:30pm at Coffman Memorial Union in the Mississippi Room!


·      5:30 - 6:30pm: A light dinner of sandwiches, salad, and beverages will be provided.

·      6:30 - 8:30pm: Panel discussion with a group of statisticians from industry, academic, and government organizations on “Education, Career and Experience”.  There will be time for questions from the audience for the panel members.

·      Invited panelists: Milo Schield (Augsburg College), Peihua Qiu (U of MN), John Fieberg (MN Natural Resources), David Breiter (Guidant Corp), Sarah Kogut (WL Gore), Blaine Morgan (3M).


The daytime HealthWorks Fair is free and no registration is required. Cost for the evening event: $5 - students, $8 - TC ASA Chapter members, and $12 - non-members


The evening event is open to the public. The HealthWorks Fair event is open to TC ASA Chapter members, U of M students, and U of M alumni.


For more information about this event or TC ASA membership, please contact

Stan Lipovetsky (Chapter Secretary/Treasurer) at, or

Zengri Wang (Chapter President) at; Tel: (763) 505-7401.






*** Please RSVP by Friday December 10 ***


The Twin Cities American Statistical Association TC ASA Chapter invites you to the December 14 meeting and holiday party!

You won't want to miss this opportunity for socializing with Twin Cities area statisticians plus enjoying a thought-provoking presentation by Prof. Arkady Shemyakin of University of St. Thomas.

Title: “Copula Models in Survival Analysis"

Abstract: Joint survival analysis plays an important role in such actuarial applications as pricing joint life policies. Last survivor insurance has become a major phenomenon in the U.S. as a result of the aging population. Last survivor policies are generally used by older couples for estate tax purposes and carry large amounts of insurance. As demonstrated by Parkes et al. (1969), Pruitt (1993), Luff and Vose (1994), there is an evidence of strong statistical dependence between the future lifetimes of the insured spouses. Ignoring this dependence may bring about a substantial under-pricing of the joint last survivor policies. Frees et al. (1996) introduced copula models to the construction of joint mortality functions. Shemyakin and Youn (2001) used Bayesian approach allowing for incorporation of prior information on individual mortalities. Youn, Shemyakin and Herman (2002) re-examined this construction. Further progress in model-building is presented. The models developed are applied to a database of approximately 15,000 joint annuity contracts from a large Canadian insurer and British actuarial tables.

Speaker: Prof. Arkady Shemyakin
Department of Mathematics
University of St. Thomas
For more info:

When: Tuesday, December 14, 2004
5:30-7:00 Social hour with complimentary refreshments
        (hot cider, soda, and beer)
7:00-7:45 Dinner and Chapter Business
7:45-8:30 Speaker
8:30-8:45 Questions

Members, $17;
Student members, $7
Non-members, $22 (includes price of TC Chapter membership for 2005)
Student non-members, $9 (full-time, please include your advisor's name, includes price of TC Chapter membership for 2005)

Note: TC Chapter membership does not require national ASA membership

Where: The Radisson Metrodome, Regent Room
615 Washington Ave. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Tel: 612-379-8888

Buffet dinner will be served.

Please RSVP to Stan Lipovetsky, Secretary/Treasurer, at

The chapter would appreciate your RSVP by December 10

(Friday) if possible.



Future Events:

Career Day with Panel Discussion: Thursday Feb. 10, 2005.

Location: Coffman Union (U of M)