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Prof. finds the missing pieces

Roderick Little is the Richard
D. Remington Distinguished Uni-
versity Professor of Biostatistics
in the School of Public Health. He
earned his undergraduate degree
from Cambridge University and
his Ph.D. from the University of
London before teaching at the
University of Michigan. His main
research involves the analysis of
data sets with missing values.
What piece of your
scholarship is the most
important to you and what are
you most proud of?
My main areas are in handling
missing data. So when you have
studies where you're collecting
data of differing values, there are

some things that people answer
questions on or holes in the data
sets. I have one of the first books
on that topic. It's quite highly
cited. I also do work on survey
sampling. Recently, at the Census
Bureau, I was working to set up
a research directorate under the
leadership of Robert Groves, who
is actually the census director
who came from Michigan.
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sets?
I ask you a question about
income and you don't want to
answer that question since you
think it's intrusive or some peo-
ple just don't have the informa-
tion readily at hand. Some people

don't respond to a surveybecause
they don't want to be bothered
with the time.
Whyis statistics and
biostatistics important?
Statistics is important because
good decisions rely on having
good information. Having good
information relies on having data
and making good inferences from
the data. Biostatistics works more
on the medical area. There's a
lot of interest in evidence-based
medicine where you try to make
rational decisions based on infor-
mation about various treatments
and biostatistics is really at the
forefront of creating evidence.
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LUNA NA N ANRCHEY/Daily
Music, Theatre & Dance junior Hillary Kooistra
rehearses for Friday's Chinese Classical Sword &
Water Sleeve Dance performance in the League
Monday.
CRIME NOTES

CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES

Stop... stop... Love in the air Athletes in
STOP! WHERE: Northwood II ;medicine

WHERE: Stone Road
WHEN: Sunday at about
11:30 a.m.
WHAT: Two subjects were
involved in a vehicle col-
lision, University Police
reported. One was cited for
failingto obey a stop sign.
No injuries were reported.

WHEN: Sunday at about
11:20 p.m.
WHAT: A subject claimed
she was assaulted by a
known individual on Feb.
14, and that the suspect
later broke into her resi-
dence, University Police
reported.
Drama at the

Friend or foe? theatre

WHERE: East Quad
WHEN: Sunday at about
10:30 p.m.
WHAT: A suspect was
allegedly assaulted by a
known individual, Univer-
sity Police reported. The
suhject reported the assault
occured around 7 p.m. The
alledged assailant was not
immediately located.

WHERE: Walgreen Drama
Center
WHEN: Sunday at about
7:20 p.m.
WHAT: Suspects reported
an apparent confrontation
hetween individuals in
the parking lot, Univer-
sity Police reported. One
66-year-old subject was
arrested for assault.

WHAT: Student athletes
interested in pursuing
careers in medicine are
invited to attend this infor-
mational workshop.
WHO: The Career Center
WHEN: Today, 8-10 p.m.
WHERE: Ross Academic
Center
When blooms
go b ad
WHAT: The public is
invited to attend this infor-
mational presentation on
the dangers of certain algae
hlooms for humans, animals
and water quality.
WHO: Sierra Cluh of Huron
Valley
WHEN: Today from 7:30 to
9 p.m.
WHERE: Matthaei Botani-
cal Gardens

Guitar concert
WHAT: One of Africa's
most well-known guitar-
ists and musicians, Habib
Koite, will perform some
of his unique, self-taught
melodies. His newest album
explores the strengths of
the African continent. Gen-
eral admission is $20.
WHO: Habib Koite
WHEN: Today at 8 p.m.
WHERE: The Ark
CORRECTIONS
*A previous version of
"Ancient fossils from India
on display in 'U' museum"
attributed a quote to Smith,
who was not quoted in the
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enviornmental sciences.
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This spring, astronomers
are expected, for the first
time, to witness a black,
hole as it envelops a cloud of
gas about 26,000 light-years
from Earth, The New York
Times reported. The event
could give insight into the
nature of cosmic phenomena.
Football recruit Law-
rence Marshall suf-
fered the loss of his
father and grandfather in the
two months before his senior
season. Still, he overcame
his loss and remained one of
Michigan's top commits.
>> FOR MORE, SEE SPORTS, PAGE 7
Members of the U.S.
armed forces used food
stamps to purchase
$103.6 million worth of gro-
ceries in fical year 2013, CBS
News reported. The spike
in food stamp usage may be
linked to high unemployment
rates among military spouses.

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Cognitive science major 'U,' city finalize plans for
opens to undergraduates new bike-sharing program

New concentrations
offer diverse options
within multiple
departments
By MAX RADWIN
Daily StaffReporter
Undecided about your major?
Well, the University may have
made the decision a little easier.
In addition to the Health and
Fitness Leadership major that
was created at the beginning of
the year in the School of Kinesi-
ology, the University is offering
a new Cognitive Science major
that is launching this semester.
The Cognitive Science major
is an interdepartmental major,
jointly administered by the
departments of linguistics,
philosophy and psychology.
A cognitive science executive
committee oversees student
progress toward completing
-H

major requirements.
"It doesn't respect depart-
mental or disciplinary boundar-
ies," said Linguistics Prof Sam
Epstein, who is in charge of
the new major and teaches the
gateway introductory course
Cognitive Science 200 with Psy-
chology Prof. Rick Louis. "It's a
multidisciplinary effort."
The major offers four differ-
ent tracks - computation and
cognition, decision, language
and philosophy of mind-and
students select one of them
when they declare the major. In
addition to the major's require-
ments, students must fulfill
course requirements and elec-
tives from their chosen track's
department.
"This is a really fast-emerg-
ing and new multidisciplinary
field of inquiry and we thought
it was important for (the Uni-
versity) to offer training and
education in this field," Epstein
said. "There was no cognitive
science initiative at (the Uni-
H-M

versity) going on. We think it's
a fascinating field of inquiry
about how humans think and
choose, and what rational deci-
sions consist of."
Epstein said the vast num-
ber of post-graduation career
options is one of the benefits of
the new major.
"There's countless fields that
you could end up in, includ-
ing A.L and computer science,
ergonomics, research on multi-
tasking, and a myriad of fields
of inquiry in psychology, in
philosophy, in linguistics and
mixtures of fields," he said. "It
should provide students with a
pretty rich set of career oppor-
tunities."
LSA junior Nathaniel Price,
who is still deciding between
the philosophy and computa-
tion and cognition tracks, said
he is interested in using his
degree to pursue his interests in
machine learning and artificial
intelligence.
"I really want to use my com-
puter science background and
apply it to that, as well as the
cognitive science background,"
he said.
Until he heard about the new
cognitive science concentra-
tion in one of his classes, Price
planned to double major in com-
puter science and philosophy.
"I was going to take a lot of
the cognitive science-y, phi-
losophy courses that the Uni-
versity offers," he said, "Instead
of doing just purely philosophy,
this gave me that chance to
not only take those philosophy
courses I was planning on tak-
ing anyways, but also a lot of
cool psychology classes and to ...
apply some of my computer sci-
ence (credits) to that degree as
well."
The Cognitive Science major
was introduced one semester
after the implementation of the
Health and Fitness Leadership
program in the School of Kine-
siology.
The School of Kinesiol-
ogy created the new major in
See MAJORS, Page 3

Fourteen kiosk
locations will house
125 'blue bikes' for
members'use
By MICHAEL SUGERMAN
Daily Staff Reporter
Three years ago, University
President Mary Sue Coleman
unveiled a $14 million invest-
ment in several sustainability
efforts that would affect both
the University and the city of
Ann Arbor. One of these efforts
included the implementation of a
bike-sharing program.
1n May, this goal will be
realized with the beginning of
ArborBike.
Since August 2013, the Ann
Arbor City Council has been
working in tandem with the
University and the Clean Ener-
gy Coalition, a local non-profit
dedicated to the promotion of
energy-independent communi-
ties, to ensure the program's
success.
This collaboration included
attaining federal, city and Uni-
versity funds to subsidize the
project. From November 2013
through January, the CEC
garnered community involve-
ment for the new program by
hosting an online naming com-
petition. Among the top con-
tenders were A2Go, MiBike
and ArBike, but ultimately, the
service was christened Arbor-
Bike on Feb. 5.
The CEC is now seeking final
approval of its 14 kiosk locations
from the city and the University.
In total, these will house 125
bicycles, or "blue bikes," CEC

Project Manager Nick Helm-
holdt said.
These stations will serve
both downtown Ann Arbor and
the University, with kiosks scat-
tered across the Main Street
area, the State Street and South
University areas, as well as
throughout North Campus and
Central Campus.
Stephen Dolen, executive
director of parking and trans-
portation services, said the pro-
gram will yield a benefit for the
entire Ann Arbor community,
whether they are locals or stu-
dents, faculty and staff and the
University.
"If you're on North Campus
and wanting to get to Central
Campus and not take the bus or
have to walk and the weather's
nice enough, you'll be able to
jump on a bicycle and ride it
from there to here," Dolen said.
LSA freshman Elisabeth
Brennen brought her bike from
home and used it in the fall
semester to bike back and forth
between classes and said she
would gladly make use of acam-
pus-wide bike-share program.
"It ended up not being worth
it to bring (my bike) all the way
from home and then have it be
sitting out to rust in the winter,"
Brennen said. "Having a bike
share program would've been
nice because I only used it once
or twice a week."
Dolen added that faculty
and staff could use ArborBike
to get to meetings quickly and
efficiently without driving and
struggling to find parking. Helm-
holdt added that the bike-share
could act as a traffic deconges-
tant and reinvigorate business in
Ann Arbor.
"One of the key things that'

prevents people from shop-
ping in parts of Ann Arbor is
that, frankly, it's just difficult to
access," Helmholdt said."I'd say
this is a way for lots of people to
access businesses that they don't
necessarily frequent."
Helmholdt added that the
kiosk locations will be final-
ized in the next eight weeks
after officials ensure that the
sites are compatible with one
another. After this, equipment
needs to be ordered, delivered
and installed.
The CEC is also considering a
community bike-building event
in May to foster excitement and
knowledge about the program.
However, this is still in the plan-
ning stages.
The CEC is also working to
finalize prices for ArborBike
membership, which Helmholdt
said will roughly mirror those of
Madison, Wisconsin's program:
$5 for a 24-hour pass and $65 for
an annual pass.
In a September interview
with The Michigan Daily, Bill
Loy, who has owned the local
Campus Student Bike Shop for
50 years, voiced concerns about
the potential of a bike-share
program, which he said would
"wreck my business."
Dolen said ArborBike might
actually increase business for
local bike shops, adding that in
all the printed material he has
read on bike-sharing, none have
mentioned detriment to bike
stores.
"They complement each
other," he said. "It gets people
into biking. These aren't seen
as long-term rentals. Ours are
point-to-point. You ride it, you
drop it off at the kiosk, and
you're done."

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