Monday 7 April, 2014

Baking bread by the numbers: Statistics in agriculture

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In the bread-making process, most of the key players (the farmer, miller, and baker) and their roles are obvious. But where does the statistician fit in? Statistics and agriculture have a long history together, and nowadays farmers work hand in hand with computational scientists to develop crops that are high-yielding, disease-resistant, and climate-adaptable.

Join Emma as she peeks behind the scenes at ways in which data and their analysis are used to improve our food supply. These range from preparing for future climate scenarios, to dissecting the factors that produce taller plants, to ultimately baking a better loaf of bread.

  • Time: 6:30 – 7:30pm, Monday 7 April, 2014.
  • Venue: The EdgeState Library of Queensland, South Brisbane.
  • Arrangements: Doors open at 6pm. No need to book – just show up!
  • Questions? For any further information please contact Andrew.

Dr. Emma Huang is a statistical geneticist and senior research scientist with CSIRO Computational Informatics and the Food Futures National Research Flagship. She received her doctorate in Biostatistics from the University of North Carolina in 2007 developing methods to map association between genes and disease in humans. Since moving to Brisbane in 2007, her research has focused on modernizing genetic analysis in crop plants such as sugarcane and wheat.

Dr Huang has received numerous awards in her career, including the Reynolds and Fryer Fellowships during her Ph.D. research; the Gertrude Cox Scholarship from the American Statistical Association; and an International Science Linkages Grant from the Australian Academy of Sciences. In 2011 she was awarded the Julius Career Award from CSIRO and a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award from the Australian Research Council to address the need for statistical methods to help produce wheat varieties that will contribute to Australian food security.

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