Gbur named director of Agricultural Statistics Laboratory

Oct. 7, 2011
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Edward Gbur, director, Agricultural Statistics Laboratory
479-575-5677 / egbur@uark.edu

Dave Edmark, Division of Agriculture Communications
479-575-6940 / dedmark@uark.edu

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Edward Gbur, director of Agricultural Statistics Laboratory
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Edward E. Gbur has been appointed director of the Agricultural Statistics Laboratory at the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. His appointment was effective Oct. 1. Gbur, a professor in the unit, had been its interim director since the retirement of Ronald McNew.

"Ed Gbur has delivered excellence in scholarship during more than two decades at the university," said Richard Roeder, interim associate vice president for agriculture-research. "He is nationally recognized for his research and consulting expertise in statistics and agricultural sciences. His track record in academic and government positions makes him a strong leader for this important unit in the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station's research programs."

Gbur noted that the Agricultural Statistics Laboratory has a three-part mission of teaching, statistical and collaborative research and professional service and that it also provides statistical support for the Division of Agriculture and the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences.

"In an era of dwindling funding opportunities, faculty need to utilize our expertise beginning at the design stage of their study and continuing through the analysis and results reporting stage to increase their efficiency as well as their chances of obtaining funding," Gbur said.

Gbur joined the Arkansas faculty in 1987 as an assistant professor after his employment as a mathematical statistician at the U.S. Census Bureau Statistical Research Division. He had also been on the statistics faculty at Texas A&M University and a part-time lecturer at George Washington University.

Gbur has authored or coauthored more than 130 refereed articles in statistics and a wide variety of subject matter journals. He has authored or coauthored numerous invited and contributed presentations at both statistics and subject matter conferences. He has participated in contracts and grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other federal agencies as well as several non-governmental granting agencies.

He is the lead author on a forthcoming book titled Analysis of Generalized Linear Mixed Models in the Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences to be published by the American Society of Agronomy. In 2009 he was elected a Fellow of the American Statistical Association. He received the University of Arkansas Associated Student Government Outstanding Teacher Award in 2008.

Gbur is a member of the American Statistical Association, the International Biometric Society and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. He is active in the Statistical Consulting Section of the American Statistical Association.