Thursday, May 5, 2011

Conference on Applied Statistics in Agriculture

This past Monday and Tuesday, Nausicaa Distribution had it's first appearance at a conference (or show of any sort), at the K-State Conference on Applied Statistics in Agriculture. We had a great time!

Sunday we helped Dr. Boyer set up the poster room and set up our own table. But I didn't have everything finished, so the table was a little bare. Not to worry! Sunday afternoon and night my mother-in-law and sister-in-law stayed up with me till about 1 am sewing, turning, and stuffing plushies! We finished 21 plushies Sunday.

Monday was the first day of the conference for us (there was a workshop Sunday, but we did not attend). It was great to hear live comments from people and to see what they thought. Not only could we see what people thought, but we had a great crowd of statisticians to get feedback from. One woman told us we would do great at JSM. I don't know if my little fingers can work fast enough for that, even figuring it'd be too late for the 2011 meeting. :)

Monday night there was a dinner event at Konza Prairie Research Center. Konza is set up to do long-term research about the tall-grass ecosystem. It's pretty impressive when you think about what they are doing out there. That night, there were dinner and tours. One tour was a walking tour of some research tools and set-ups. The other was a bus tour through the "bison lands." I'm not sure what it's actually called, but they have some 200+ bison in a 20+ square mile setting. The tour was sweet! We saw a lot of bison and some turkey and deer too.

Tuesday was the second (and last) day of the conference. We did some more visiting, promoting, and sales.

Over all, it was a great experience and we are so glad Dr. Boyer and Dr. Neil allowed us to come. We learned that the MCMC Hammer cross-stitch is well enjoyed by those in the know and that the Poisson distribution is among the most popular for agricultural statisticians (that's the only one we sold out of).

Hopefully we can attend again next year!