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International Prize in Statistics Awarded to Stanford’s Bradley Efron

The International Prize in Statistics has been awarded to Bradley Efron, professor of statistics and biomedical data science at Stanford University, in recognition of the “bootstrap,” a method he developed in 1977 for assessing the uncertainty of scientific results that has had extraordinary impact across many scientific fields.

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Just for Fun »

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Larry Lesser of The University of Texas at El Paso repurposed Madonna’s signature song (and #2 hit), “Material Girl,” to teach the empirical rule.

Additional Features, Featured »

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Lifetime Data Science (LiDS) Is Newest ASA Section

The ASA Section on Lifetime Data Science (LiDS) is the latest to be voted in by the Council of Sections. The objective of the section is to promote and support the development, application, and appropriate use of statistical methods for the design and analysis of studies of life history processes.

Additional Features, Significance Highlights »

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The December 2018 issue of Significance is out in digital format. It explores data ethics, extreme floods, and other thorny issues.

Additional Features »

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Mathematical Sciences Semesters in Guanajuato allows international students with a strong grounding in mathematics who want to increase their knowledge of data science, modeling, and partial differential equations to study at CIMAT, one of Mexico’s leading research centers.

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SAMSI director, David Banks, outlines his vision for the future of the institute, which will be up for renewal in an open competition next year. He asks for broad community support so SAMSI can continue to empower the field of statistics.

Member News, Physical and Engineering Sciences, Section News »

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SPES Chair Byran Smucker discusses his goals for the next year, focusing on awards and conferences.

Member News, People News »

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More than 250 statisticians and their colleagues gathered in Silicon Valley November 5–6, 2018, to attend the Bay Area Biotech-Pharma Statistics Workshop and discuss cutting-edge statistical methodologies and best practices.

Award Deadlines and Information, Member News, Mentoring »

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The Jeanne E. Griffith Mentoring Award recognizes and encourages the mentoring of junior staff in the statistical community in federal, state, or local government. It is awarded annually to a supervisor, technical director, team coordinator, or other statistical staff member who is nominated by a supervisor and co-workers for his or her efforts in supporting the work and developing the careers of junior staff. Nominations for the 2019 award will be accepted until March 22.

Award Deadlines and Information, Member News »

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The award includes a $1,000 honorarium, travel expenses to attend the Washington Statistical Society (WSS) Annual Dinner, and a commemorative WSS plaque.

Award Deadlines and Information, Member News »

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Individuals are nominated by their ASA-member peers. To be selected, nominees must have an established reputation and have made outstanding contributions to statistical science.

Member News, Quality and Productivity, Section News »

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Q&P Chair Brian P. Weaver reaffirms the section’s purpose and discusses highlights of the coming year, including three conferences, student awards, and one achievement award.

Chapter News, Member News, North Carolina Chapter »

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The North Carolina Chapter partnered with the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, SAS JMP, and RTI International to offer a one-day workshop for high-school statistics teachers on topics relevant to the AP Statistics curriculum.

Chapter News, Member News, student chapters »

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For members of the University of Virginia Student Chapter, preparing for and attending JSM in Vancouver was a priceless experience. Not only did they get to explore some of the most exciting topics in statistics, they were given the opportunity to join various groups within the statistical community and present their work.

Departments, Meetings »

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The Data Institute San Francisco Conference (DSCO19) will take place March 10–12 in San Francisco, California. The goal of the conference is to draw leaders of industry and academia together to explore the latest theoretical advances and technological applications in data science.

Member News, Obituaries, People News »

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A listing of obituaries published in the January 2019 issue of Amstat News

President's Corner »

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Karen Kafadar shares details about the initiatives she plans to take on as the 2019 ASA president.

Additional Features »

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The final ASA Board meeting of 2018 was held at the ASA office in Alexandria, Virginia, this past November. The board next meets April 5–6, 2019, at the ASA office.

Additional Features, Journal of Statistics Education Highlights »

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Jeff Witmer will serve as editor of the Journal of Statistics Education for the next three years and plans to add at least two sections to the journal: Teaching Statistics in the Health Sciences and Teaching Data Science.

Additional Features »

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Nominations are being sought for ASA president-elect and vice president candidates for the 2020 election year. The deadline is February 1, 2019.

Additional Features »

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RWD and its applications in the pharmaceutical industry was the topic of the fourth virtual meet-up sponsored by the National Institute of Statistical Sciences and Merck and co-sponsored by the ASA’s Health Policy Statistics Section for the first time this year. Big data, real-world data, and observational data have become ubiquitous and essential components of the drug development and commercialization process.

Columns, Pastimes »

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In Doug Tyson’s spare time, he likes to make snow—lots of snow.

Columns, Stats4Good »

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2018 was a landmark year during which the D4G community both grew and drew closer together, coalescing into a stronger, more vibrant, and more distinct movement. Many more organizations, projects, positions, conferences, and conference sections distinctly labeled as D4G were apparent. With this increased visibility has come more opportunities.

Departments, Meetings »

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ICES VI is designed to look forward at key issues, methods, and research findings pertaining to establishment statistics. The program committee invites you to submit a proposal for an invited paper session by June 13.

Member News, People News »

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Awards, honors, and other news about ASA members for January 2019

Cover Story »

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International Prize in Statistics Awarded to Stanford’s Bradley Efron

The International Prize in Statistics has been awarded to Bradley Efron, professor of statistics and biomedical data science at Stanford University, in recognition of the “bootstrap,” a method he developed in 1977 for assessing the uncertainty of scientific results that has had extraordinary impact across many scientific fields.

Featured »

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New Master’s or Doctoral Data Science and Analytics Programs II

The proliferation of master’s and doctoral programs in data science and analytics continues, seemingly due to the insatiable demand of employers for data scientists. This article covers programs at Clemson University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Kennesaw State University, and the University of Virginia.

Featured »

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To Join or Not to Join A(nother) Section or Interest Group?

Should you join a section or interest group? Data from the Council of Sections’ annual report might help you decide.

Columns, STATtr@k »

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Transitioning into your first faculty job as an assistant professor may seem daunting, but the process can be easier with proper preparation. Jaime Lynn Speiser recently went through the process and shares what she learned here.

Columns, Featured, Master's Notebook »

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Making Decisions for a Long, Satisfying Career

Susan Duke uses her career as an example of finding your way to a job that gives you internal meaning and purpose.

Award Deadlines and Information, Featured, Member News »

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Deadlines and Contact Information for ASA National Awards, Special Lectureships, and COPSS Awards

The ASA’s extensive awards program recognizes statisticians who have made outstanding contributions through research, teaching, consulting, and service to the association and statistical profession. The annual awards listing contains important 2018-2019 award deadline and contact information.

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The 25th Biopharmaceutical Applied Statistics Symposium (BASS XXV) will be held October 15–19 in Savannah, Georgia.