There is an axiom in the business world: Your hard skills—that is, what you can show and quantify on your résumé—will get you an interview, but it is your soft skills that will land you a job. ASA President Sastry Pantula includes some points he made about core, computational, and communication skills at a workshop for young industrial and business statisticians.
Stuart Arthur Rice, president of the American Statistical Association in 1933, had a career that can, in one sense, be epitomized as the evolution of a student activist and young radical political party worker to social worker, to student and teacher of sociology, to statistician and statistical statesman. Read this October 1969 The American Statistician article to learn more.
ASA members Peter Bruce and Jonaki Bose entered the statistics profession later in life. Neither planned to be a statistician. Bose “stumbled onto it and … never looked back” and Bruce “followed opportunities as they developed.” Both took a chance on statistics and, here, they explain the significance the profession has in their lives and careers.
The American Statistical Association is pleased to announce the winners of the 2010 poster and project competitions. First-place winners received $200, a plaque, a plaque for their school, and graphing calculators from Texas Instruments. Second-place winners received $100 and a plaque; third-place winners received $50 and a plaque; and honorable mentions received certificates.
The competitions are directed by the ASA/NCTM Joint Committee on Curriculum in Statistics and Probability. Information about the competitions—including entry forms, instructional webinars, and a rubric of how the posters and projects are judged—is available on the ASA Education website via the K–12 link.
Last month, ASA Research and Graduate Education Manager Keith Crank wrote about The Path Forward: The Future of Graduate Education in the United States, a recent report from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS). He expressed his disappointment with the report, especially with its authors’ failure to use data appropriately. This month, Crank brings up one more issue with the data and relates it to what’s going on in statistics and biostatistics.
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