“Like a family reunion, with good dialogue and … the latest developments”


I recently chatted with Lida Gharibvand, a doctoral student in applied statistics at the University of California, Riverside. She received a master’s degree in mathematics and statistics from the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). While at UNR, Lida worked as a statistics consultant at the Center for Research Design and Analysis.

As a SAS Student Ambassador, she’ll be presenting the paper Analysis of Survival Data with Recurrent or Cluster Event at SAS Global Forum.

What should we know about you?
I’m a Ph.D. student in Applied Statistics and a user of SAS analytical tools, and I have a special interest in the analysis of survival data. It’s very important for me to stay abreast of the latest innovations in the field of analytics. I must use state-of-the-art statistical analysis techniques to implement my projects efficiently. I am looking forward to Global Forum 2010 to learn about the latest SAS capabilities and all the useful technical tidbits which will undoubtedly save me time and energy.

Have you been to SAS Global Forum before?
Yes, this is my third year in a row, and my second year as a student ambassador. The conference atmosphere for me is now more like a family reunion with good dialogue and catching up with the latest developments. There are plenty of opportunities to communicate and network with other SAS professionals from around the world, and I always learn from the unique experiences and applications of other attendees.

Why do you keep coming back?
As a graduate student, I have been impressed with the ease of access to SAS experts from around the world as well as to SAS employees at the conference. The biggest advantage for me has been the opportunity to learn from both formal and informal venues which has helped to expand my analytical skills. Finally, SAS Global Forum is a good place to learn and have fun too!


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Michael Smith

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Michael H. Smith joined SAS in 1988. He has enjoyed working directly with SAS users groups throughout the US since 1995. He currently supports PharmaSUG and other special-interest groups. He has been blogging about SAS users groups since 2009.

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