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In April 2016, the American Statistical Association shared its Discovery Through Statistics booth at the USA Science & Engineering Festival with a team of statistics students from Laber Labs, the creation of North Carolina State University’s Eric Laber. They were in Washington, DC, to showcase their latest project, a video game called Laser Foxes. Among adults and children alike, the computer game was a hit—and thanks to the game’s design and the Laber Lab team’s explanations of its underlying statistical methods, each contender left with a better understanding of the different applications of statistics.
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The ASA Committee on Minorities in Statistics has offered one of two concomitant programs every year at the Joint Statistical Meetings. These programs are often spoken of interchangeably, as the core objectives of fostering enduring mentoring relationships and preparing statisticians of diverse backgrounds for career success are a common thread.