Additional Features, News and Announcements »

[1 Oct 2016 | No Comment | 47 views]

A conference devoted to nonclinical biostatistics—a vibrant and challenging application area in biopharmaceutical research—will take place June 12–14, 2017, at the Fiber Optics Building at Rutgers University in Piscataway, New Jersey.

Additional Features, Featured »

[1 Oct 2016 | No Comment | 496 views]
NC State Laser Foxes

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.

Statisticians in History »

[22 Sep 2016 | No Comment | 62 views]

In 1840, Florence Nightingale begged her parents “to let her study mathematics instead of doing worsted work and practicing quadrilles.” Her mother “did not approve, home duties were not to be neglected for mathematics.” She assumed that her daughter’s destiny was marriage, “and what use were mathematics to a married woman?” Her father, who loved math and had communicated that love to his daughter, nevertheless urged her to study more appropriate subjects (for a woman), “history or philosophy, natural or moral.” Florence expressed her preference for mathematics by saying, “I …

Statisticians in History »

[22 Sep 2016 | No Comment | 7 views]

William Gemmell Cochran was born on July 15, 1909, in Rutherglen, Scotland, arguably the oldest royal burgh in the country. Cochran and his one brother had a typical childhood for a middle-class family, and Cochran did well in school winning many prizes for academics. This set the stage for his higher education experience; first place in the University of Glasgow Bursary Competition placed him in that school for his first degree, and the Logan Medal for the best Faculty of Arts student and a scholarship put him at Cambridge to …

Featured, Mentoring »

[1 Sep 2016 | No Comment | 549 views]
What Is Mentoring, and Why Is It a Good Thing?

Terry Speed explores the definition of mentoring. Is it a one-to-one, face-to-face interaction, or can it be something more?