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Excitement and Momentum Follow ASA’s Conference on Statistical Practice

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LeAnna G. Stork, CSP Steering Committee Chair

 

ASA Executive Director Ron Wasserstein helps set up a common area in which the CSP attendees and exhibitors will gather.

ASA Executive Director Ron Wasserstein helps set up a common area in which the CSP attendees and exhibitors will gather.

 

Two attendees participate in a poster discussion in the main area, filled with participants and exhibitors.

Two attendees participate in a poster discussion in the main area, filled with participants and exhibitors.

Another successful Conference on Statistical Practice is in the books! Warm and sunny Tampa, Florida, was the location for this year’s conference that took place from February 20–22 at the Hilton Tampa Downtown. Four hundred participants enjoyed the short courses, oral sessions, poster sessions, tutorials, and keynote address provided by 2014 ASA President Nathaniel Schenker.

Each year thus far, participation at CSP has grown, which highlights the importance of a conference dedicated to serving the needs of statistical practitioners by providing a forum to learn, share, and discuss statistical techniques, innovations, and best practices. Unique to CSP is the conference theme dedicated to “Communication, Impact, and Career Development.” This theme continues to be one of the most popular at CSP and provides participants with tools that can be used to enhance communication with customers, have a positive impact on their organization, and develop leadership skills.

CSP attendees are strongly encouraged to be active participants during the conference sessions by asking questions and engaging in discussion about how the work presented can be used to help them be better statistical practitioners in their organizations. In all the sessions I attended, participants took advantage of this opportunity by asking great questions and engaging in lively and relevant conversation.

By design, the CSP conference space is focused around one main common area in which the exhibitor booths, opening mixer, poster sessions, continental breakfasts, and breaks are shared. The short courses and concurrent sessions are located in adjacent meeting rooms. We have received overwhelming feedback from participants that this physical arrangement, along with the small conference size, provides a great opportunity for continuous networking. It is very likely you will run into many of the same people throughout the conference during the breaks and poster sessions. This is a great opportunity to enhance networking skills in a small, intimate conference environment.

New this year was the CSP Mentoring Program, which was designed to establish and facilitate a 1:1 mentoring relationship between junior and senior statistical practitioners and provide an opportunity to enhance personal and professional development goals. Mentor/mentee pairs were matched prior to CSP based on technical areas of expertise and career development goals. This program has received a lot of positive feedback already and is likely to grow in size next year.

New Orleans, Louisiana, will host CSP 2015. We hope to see you there!

Read CSP Attendee Finds Place in ASA’s Big Tent for more on the ASA’s Conference on Statistical Practice.

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