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[1 Feb 2016 | No Comment | 72 views]

Steve Pierson, ASA Director of Science Policy, breaks down the Fiscal Year 2016 omnibus spending bill signed into law in December, which included needed increases for the National Institutes of Health and many federal statistical agencies.

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[1 Nov 2015 | No Comment | 258 views]
Technological Advance and Economic Growth: Stagnation or Revival?

In March 2011, Gordon Reikard published a widely read Amstat News piece, “Stimulating Economic Growth Through Technological Advance,” exploring the connection between investment in technology and economic growth. Revisiting the topic four and half years later, Reikard discusses the prospects for economic growth through the end of the decade.

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[1 Oct 2015 | One Comment | 863 views]
Statistics Degrees Continue Strong Growth

The 2014 degree data released in late August by the National Center for Education Statistics reveal continued strong growth of undergraduate and graduate statistics and biostatistics degrees.

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[1 Apr 2015 | No Comment | 978 views]
FY16 Budget Request Position NIH, NSF, and Federal Statistical Agencies Well for Congressional Deliberations

President Obama’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2016 (FY16) contains healthy increases for the NIH, NSF, and many federal statistical agencies, but realizing proposed increases will be a challenge with sequestration levels back in place.

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[1 Feb 2015 | 3 Comments | 605 views]
FY15 Budgets for NIH, NSF, Federal Statistical Agencies Finalized

Here is the breakdown of the final FY15 budgets for NIH, NSF, and other primary statistical agencies.

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[1 Sep 2014 | One Comment | 1,915 views]
Bachelor’s Degrees in Statistics Surge Another 20%

The recently released 2013 statistics and biostatistics degree data from the National Center for Education Statistics show continued robust growth for bachelor’s degrees.

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[1 May 2014 | One Comment | 426 views]
FY15 Budget Request Provides Mixed News for NIH, NSF, Statistical Agencies

Delayed a month because of the broader budget negotiations, the Obama Administration’s FY15 budget request was released in March. The ASA’s director of science policy explains how it will affect the statistical agencies.

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[1 Mar 2014 | Comments Off on NIH, NSF, Statistical Agencies Receive Final FY14 Budgets | 421 views]
NIH, NSF, Statistical Agencies Receive Final FY14 Budgets

Just over three months into the current fiscal year, Congress and the president finalized the fiscal year 2014 (FY14) budgets, a move facilitated by the December budget deal easing sequestration for both FY14 and FY15.

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[1 Jan 2014 | One Comment | 795 views]
Open Data: More Questions Than Answers

Jonathan Auerbach discusses the challenges related to the open data movement.

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[1 Dec 2013 | 2 Comments | 349 views]

ASA Director of Science Policy Steve Pierson discusses three compelling reasons to one day have a statistical scientist heading the NSF, reasons that can be easily generalized to other agencies/bodies.