Distinguished environmental analyst to speak

Dr. William F. Hunt Jr., a well-known environmental statistician, will visit campus from Oct. 4 to 8. He will deliver the Science Today lecture on environmental issues and statistics at 4 p.m. Oct. 6. This lecture is co-sponsored by the Oswego chapter of Sigma-Xi, the scientific research society.

During his visit, Hunt will also lecture to students on the applications of environmental statistics. In addition, he will help the mathematics department develop a new interdisciplinary course in environmental statistics. This new course will be part of the applied statistics minor.

Hunt will meet with the faculty members in the departments in the sciences, and he will give a talk on the use of environmental statistics to the faculty in mathematics. Hunt’s visit is sponsored by the mathematics department and the Science Today series.

Hunt is the former director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Emissions, Monitoring and Analysis Division in the Office of Air and Radiation. Over the past 35 years, Hunt has been in the forefront of advancing statistical practice in the analysis of environmental data.

He created the statistical group within the EPA’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards and served as the deputy team leader for the Persian Gulf Risk Evaluation Team, which dealt with the air pollution problem resulting from the Kuwait oil fires.

He has received numerous awards for his work including the 20th Century Distinguished Service Award for Work in Environmental Statistics and Ecological Statistics at the ninth Lukacs Symposium in 1999.

Hunt has extensive international experience. He served as the co-project leader of the United States/Russia Working Group, Statistical Analysis Methodology and Air Quality Trend Assessment from 1989 to 1999. He served as a consultant to the World Health Organization in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and provided technical assistance to the Chinese Institute of Environmental Health Monitoring in Beijing in 1990. He served as a Consultant to the Environment Directorate, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris in 1984. He conducted a workshop on the Pollutant Standards Index for the Association of South East Asian Nations in Singapore in 1993 and consulted with United Nations Environmental Program in Nairobi in 1994.

He has authored and co-authored over 100 publications.

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(Posted: Sep 22, 2004)