Delaware Chapter, ASA

Dinner Meeting: November 2010


Meeting location: Courtyard Marriott located close to Claton Hall Conference Center on the University of Delaware Laird Campus. Marriott Courtyard    pictures

Speaker:   Dr. Jong-Soo Lee
Assistant Professor of Statistics
Department of Food and Resource Economics
University of Delaware
Title:   Robust Smoothing: Smoothing Parameter Selection and Applications to Fluorescence Spectroscopy


Fluorescence spectroscopy has emerged in recent years as an effective way to detect cervical cancer, but an investigation of the data preprocessing stage uncovered a need for a robust smoothing to extract the signal from the noise. We compare various robust smoothing methods for estimating fluorescence emission spectra and data driven methods for the selection of smoothing parameter. The methods currently implemented in R for smoothing parameter selection proved to be unsatisfactory and we present a computationally efficient procedure that approximates robust leave-one-out cross validation.


Dr. Lee is currently an Assistant Professor of Statistics at the University of Delaware. His research includes functional data analysis, nonparametric techniques, and application of statistics to many areas.

Date: Thursday, November 20, 2010

Social time -- 6:00 pm
Seated/order -- 6:20 pm
Dinner -- 6.:45 pm
Speaker -- 7:20 pm

Courtyard by Marriott, Newark University of Delaware
400 Pencader Way
Newark, DE   Directions/Map

Note: Please bring cash to streamline the logistics. Thanks.

All sandwiches come with your choice of any one of our special spuds or sides. French fries, Old Bay Fries, Garlic Butter Fries, Baked Potato, side salad, Vegetable of the day, Chips or a Fruit Salad. Add a bowl of hearty soup for $3.50.


  • Durango Chicken Sandwich $10.00: Breast of chicken, our Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce, melted cheese, tomatoes, and a pile of thick bacon on a brioche roll. Of course we plate it up with our tasty, golden fries.

  • Salmon Cake $10.00: Eight ounces of fresh Atlantic salmon cake, full of Omega 3, spring greens, thinly sliced red onions and tomato, on a brioche roll with a side of bayou mayo.

  • The Newark Harvest $11.00: A mix of young Mesclun field greens, local Milburn Orchard apples, brandied cranberries, blue cheese crumbles and healthy walnuts in a light raspberry vinaigrette. Add chicken, grilled shrimp or a 6 oz salmon filet for $5.00

  • Jumbo Lump Crab cake: $13.00 : Jumbo Lump Crabmeat, NO Fillers, pan-seared until golden brown Served with a Creole-style mustard sauce.


Cost: $10 for members/others, students $5 (plus dinner)
Reservations to: 

Irina Baldytcheva by Wednesday, November 17, 2010.
Phone: 302-885-9136
Email: Irina Baldytcheva.

Please note: Be sure to RSVP by this date.

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