Making Sense of Data

October 25, 2018 - 8:00 am – October 26, 2018 - 3:30 pm

Are you using data to make operational decisions? Are you reviewing or creating reports using statistics? If so, consider joining us on October 25th and 26th, 2018 for a training event designed to help professionals use mathematical and statistical functions to improve operational investigations. This seminar offers a refresher or first look at scenarios using statistical concepts to interpret and study characteristics of sample data. No prerequisite knowledge is necessary.

Attendees can come for day 1 of the training, or both days 1 and 2. The cost for attending day 1 is $169, or days 1 and 2 is $269. Lunch is provided. The workshops will take place at the Alloway Lima laboratory, located at 1101 N. Cole St., Lima, Ohio 45805. Registration starts at 8 AM with the workshops scheduled from 8:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. both days.

This training event qualifies for 6 Ohio EPA approved (O&M, both) contact hours per day, for a total of 12 contact hours for both days.

Below is an outline of the Agendas for day 1 and 2. We request that attendees bring a laptop both days.

Day 1 Agenda

Course Introduction - Outline program goals and provide a brief review of the inquiry process. 

Summary Statistics - Organize data meaningfully and create summary statistics for data sets. Includes measurements of central tendency and distribution of data. Discuss links to the inquiry process.

Hands-On Computer Workshop - Create data sets that will be used throughout the program and discuss some “real world” biology data. Extensive use of Excel and Excel commands to organize values and present summary statistics. 

Sampling Methods - Work in groups using an ecosystem model to collect data.  Groups will use common field procedures such as “Mark-Recapture” to estimate biological populations and “Pilot Study Grids” to sample plant dominance in selected areas. Discuss links to the inquiry process.

Normal Distribution - Understand the role of “normal distribution” and “t” distribution in basic statistical tests. Discuss links to the inquiry process.

Graphical Displays - Create and interpret visual displays to understand data and set characteristics. Work in groups to share some of your project data from the sampling methods section.  Discuss links to the inquiry process.

Day 2 Agenda

(Day 2 projects will build on Day 1 topics. Participants will work in groups throughout the day. All topics will relate to the inquiry process.)

Evaluate Bioassay Data Sets – Apply the lessons learned from the previous day to real world data.

The following topics will be developed through data sets generated on Day 1:

Hypothesis Testing – Determine if an assumption about a population parameter may or may not be true.

Analysis of Variance – Learn to test differences between two or more means.

Simple Linear Regression Analysis – Determine the relationship between a dependent variable and an independent variable.

Multiple Linear Regression Analysis – Learn how to model the relationship between explanatory and response variables.


 For those making overnight arrangements, below is a list of local hotels and contact information.

  •  Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, 2179 Elida Rd, Lima, OH 45805, Phone: (419) 224-8496
  • Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, 804 S Leonard Ave, Lima, OH 45804, Phone: (419) 999-9992
  • Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, 803 S Leonard Ave, Lima, OH 45804, Phone: (419) 879-4000
  • Hampton Inn, 1933 Roschman Ave, Lima, OH 45804, Phone: (419) 225-8300
  • Howard Johnson by Wyndham, 1920 Roschman Ave, Lima, OH 45804, Phone: (419) 812-2276
  • Courtyard by Marriott, 936 Greely Chapel Rd, Lima, OH 45804, Phone: (419) 222-9000