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Midwest Math and Stats Student Conference


Midwest Math and Stats Student Conference


  • Friday, February 28, 2020  |  1-5PM
    • An optional after hours networking function will be available for those ages 18 and up.
  • Saturday, February 29, 2020  |  9AM - NOON


Northwest-Kansas City
Northland Innovation Campus
6889 North Oak Trafficway
Gladstone, MO 64118

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$20.00 for both days; includes a conference t-shirt


Registration Open

RSVP required by Friday, February 21, 2020


Northwest Missouri State University and Washburn University have combined efforts to create the first ever math and stats conference for students. Undergraduates, graduates, and even high school students are invited to this inaugural event where students will associate with and learn from professionals within the mathematics, statistics, actuarial science, data science and computer science fields. This event is the original creation of students Jacob Talkin and Claire Mosier from Washburn University. Their desire to offer a forum where math and stat students, among others, can network with each other and professionals in their chosen career fields, while also having a fun, rewarding experience is what fueled their efforts to bring this conference to fruition.

Northwest Missouri State University logo Washburn Univesit logo

Career Fair Exhibitors

  • Kansas State University – Statistics Department

  • University of Kansas – Department of Biostatistics & Data Science

  • Lewis and Ellis

  • Security Benefit


A more detailed agenda will be available by January 2020

Day 1 - Friday, February 28, 2020

Time Activity
11:30AM - 1:00PM Registration and career fair open
1:00PM "Moving to a World Beyond p<.05"
Dr. Ronald L. Wasserstein
Executive Director, American Statistical Association
2:00PM "More Often Than Not: How understanding probability favors success"
Dr. Denise Case
Assistant Professor, Northwest Missouri State University
2:45PM Break
3:00PM "Mathematical Models to Predict, Analyze and Simulate"
Dr. Majid Bani-Yaghoub
Associate Professor, University of Missouri-Kansas City
4:00PM "Insurance Industry: Career Paths & Opportunities"
Mr. Doug Wolff
Security Benefit Life Insurance Company
5:00PM Daily wrap up and raffle. Instructions for the after-hours networking function tonight.
5:30PM Dinner and networking

Day 2 - Saturday, February 29, 2020

Time Activity
9:00AM Coffee and networking
10:00AM Mr. Terry M. Long, FSA, MAAA
Lewis and Ellis Actuaries and Consultants
11:00AM Break
11:15AM "Estimating Power for Clinical Trials with Patient Reported Outcomes Endpoints using Item Response Theory"
Dr. Jinxiang Hu
Assistant Professor, University of Kansas Medical Center
NOON Farewell and raffle


Ronald WassersteinDr. Ronald L. Wasserstein
Executive Director, American Statistical Association

Ronald L. (Ron) Wasserstein is the executive director of the American Statistical Association (ASA). Wasserstein assumed the ASA’s top staff leadership post in August 2007.

In this role, Wasserstein provides executive leadership and management for the association and is responsible for ensuring that the ASA fulfills its mission to promote the practice and profession of statistics. He also is responsible for a staff of 35 at the ASA’s headquarters in Alexandria, Va. As executive director, Wasserstein also is an official ASA spokesperson.

Prior to joining the ASA, Wasserstein was a mathematics and statistics department faculty member and administrator at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan., from 1984–2007. During his last seven years at the school, he served as the university’s vice president for academic affairs.

Wasserstein is a longtime member of the ASA, having joined the association in 1983, and has been active as a volunteer in the ASA for more than 20 years. He twice served as president of the Kansas-Western Missouri Chapter of the ASA. Wasserstein served as chair of two ASA sections—the ASA Section on Statistical Education and the ASA Section on Statistical Consulting. He also chaired the Council of Chapters Governing Board in 2006 and was a member of the ASA Board of Directors from 2001–2003.

Wasserstein is a Fellow of the ASA and American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was presented the John Ritchie Alumni Award and Muriel Clarke Student Life Award from Washburn University and the Manning Distinguished Service Award from the North American Association of Summer Schools.

Ron and his wife, Sherry, live in northern Virginia and enjoy movies, live theater, books, and doting on their children and grandchildren.

Denise CaseDr. Denise Case
Assistant Professor, Northwest Missouri State University

Dr. Denise Case applies mathematics and statistics in her work as a licensed professional engineer in the state of Kansas, as CEO of Case Consulting, and in her research and teaching as an assistant professor of Computer Science at Northwest Missouri State University. As a chemical engineer and project manager, she uses these powerful tools in strategic planning, risk analysis, big data, big analytics, and in reliability, availability, and maintainability (RAM) analysis for highly available systems. Her research includes systems of intelligent systems and their application to critical infrastructure industries such as electrical distribution and construction project management. She believes that mathematics is a truly universal language and looks forward to our chance to confirm this.

Dr. Majid Bani-YaghoubDr. Majid Bani-Yaghoub
Associate Professor, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Dr. Bani-Yaghoub is an applied mathematician with research interests in mathematical biology and differential equations. Mathematical modeling and analysis are important parts of his teaching and research. He uses partial, delay and ordinary differential equations for modeling and analysis of infectious diseases and population dynamics. He also uses statistical models for predicting and analyzing different factors in science and medicine.

Mr. Terry M. LongMr. Terry M. Long
Lewis and Ellis Actuaries and Consultants

As a Senior Vice President and Principal in the Kansas City office of Lewis and Ellis Actuaries and Consultants, Terry provides a broad range of actuarial knowledge to his clients. With more than 35 years in the life insurance company and consulting environment, his experience ranges from the traditional actuarial activities such as product development, reinsurance, statutory valuation, modeling and cash flow testing to more non-traditional activities such as regulatory consulting and expert testimony. Terry started the Kansas City office’s regulatory practice in the late 1980’s by providing the actuarial reviews in connection with the Michigan Insurance Bureau’s triennial examinations. Today, that practice has grown to include a number of state insurance departments who rely on L&E to provide them with professional actuarial advice. For the past 15 years, Terry has provided actuarial valuations in connection with class action settlements as well as provided expert testimony in other insurance-related cases.

Mr. Doug WolffMr. Doug Wolff
Security Benefit Life Insurance Company

As President of Security Benefit Life, Doug Wolff oversees product development, pricing and operations of Security Benefit Life, First Security Benefit Life of New York and Security Financial Resources. He brings over 30 years of experience in actuarial pricing, product development, financial consulting, marketing, investments, and strategy formulation to his role. Prior to joining Security Benefit in 2001, Wolff worked at Allstate Life Insurance Company where he held various product development and investment-oriented roles. He began his career as an actuary with Ernst & Young in Chicago. Wolff earned his Bachelor's of Science in Finance from the University of Illinois, where he graduated with honors. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Fellow in the Society of Actuaries. He also is a Member of the Association of Investment Management and Research, a Member of the Investment Analysts Society of Kansas City and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries. Also, an active community volunteer, Wolff served two terms as a Governor Appointed Trustee for the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System. He currently is a Trustee on the Go Topeka Board, and on the advisory council for Communities in Schools of Mid-America.

Dr. Jinxiang HuDr. Jinxiang Hu
Assistant Professor, University of Kansas Medical Center

Dr. Jinxiang Hu is an assistant professor of biostatistics and data science at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Her research focuses on patient reported outcome, health disparity, structural equation modeling, item response theory, longitudinal modeling, mixture modeling and machine learning.


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