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Blake  Whitten

Blake Whitten Economics

Lecturer

319-335-0937
blake-whitten@uiowa.edu
S306  John Pappajohn Bus Bldg
The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242-1994

Academic History

  • PhD in Statistics, Florida State University, 2001
  • MS in Statistics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1992
  • MS in Mathematics, Northern Arizona University, 1985
  • BS in Mathematics and Business Economics, Northern Arizona University, 1983

Expertise

  • EM algorithm
  • Markov random fields
  • MCMC simulation
  • Meta-analysis
  • Missing-data problems
  • Spatial and space-time statistics
  • Statistical computing

Awards

  • Tippie College of Business Faculty Member of the Year 2010, Tippie College of Business, May 2010
  • Winner, Yongyuan and Anna Li Award for Best Student Research Presentation, Florida State University Department of Statistics Colloquium Series, 2001
  • Winner, Yongyuan and Anna Li Award for Best Student Research Presentation in Florida State University Department of Statistics Colloquium Series, 1999
  • Recipient, Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, Florida State University, 1998
  • Selection, College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Fellow, University of Wisconsin, 1991

              Prior Positions

              • Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Statistics, The University of Iowa, 2004 - 2007
              • Visiting Assistant Professor, UCSB Department of Statistics, 2001 - 2003
              • Course Instructor and Teaching Assistant, Florida State University, 1992 - 2000
              • Teaching Assistant, University of Wisconsin, 1988 - 1992
              • Full-time Instructor, Northern Arizona University, 1985 - 1988

                  Presentations

                  • Using Lanschool Software to Boost Teaching in UI Computer Labs, 4Cast 2010 Technology In Teaching Conference, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, January 2010
                  • MBA-PM Quantitative and Excel Prep Workshop, UI Tippie School of Management, Cedar Rapids, IA, August 2007

                  Committees and Professional Service

                  • Economics Dept. Undergraduate Education Committee, 2011-current
                  • Phi Beta Lambda (Future Business Leaders of America) student organization, 2010-current
                  • Society of Actuaries (SOA), 2008-current
                  • TA Awards Committee, Department of Statistics, 2008-current

                  Additional Training

                  • Business Statistics Focus Group, Attended Conference, McGraw-Hill, Inc., 2012
                  • Tippie College Summit for Prerequisite and Core Undergraduate Courses, Workshop, Tippie College Undergraduate Program Office, 2011
                  • StatsPortal Focus Group, Attended Conference, W.H. Freeman Publishing Company, 2010
                  • Boston Business Statistics Forum, Attended Conference, Pearson Education, Inc., 2010
                  • Business Statistics Focus Group, Attended Conference, McGraw-Hill/Irwin, Inc., 2010
                  • Pearson Education/IBM Business Analytics Group Meeting, Attended Conference, Pearson Education, IBM, 2010
                  • WileyPLUS User's Conference, Attended Conference, Wiley, Inc., 2009
                  • Summit with Faculty Members who Teach Large Classes, Workshop, Office of the Provost, Center for Teaching, 2009
                  • WileyPLUS Power Users Conference, Attended Conference, John Wiley and Sons, Publishers, 2008
                  • Second Summit with Faculty Members who Teach Large Classes, Workshop, Tom Rocklin, UI Vice Provost, 2008