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This Month in ASA’s History–May

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On May 24, 1963, the Census Advisory Committee approved the report by the subcommittee to review the criteria and principles of the Bureau of the Census. The subcommittee “hopes that its suggestions and recommendations will prove useful in strengthening the valuable work of the Census, and that the report will stimulate others to improve upon it.” The subcommittee’s purpose was to set forth worthwhile criteria, rather than establish a set of rules. Members of the committee were Joseph Davis, Lester Frankel, Frederick Stephan, and Geoffrey Moore.


The May 1990 issue of The American Statistician was a special ASA sesquicentennial issue and featured articles about the history of the association and its chapters, sections, and publications. Members such as
I. J. Good and Vincent Barabba contributed speculations about the future of statisticians, and in his article, “2120 Hindsight,” R. H. Bost Jr. addresses the statisticians of tomorrow: “I encourage you and challenge you, noble ancestors, to press ever forward in your cause. And I congratulate you in advance for your part in making the future a better place for me to live.”


The ASA JobWeb career center was launched. The JobWeb—a targeted job database and résumé-posting service—helps members take advantage of valuable career opportunities. Check out the services available at the JobWeb site.

Famous May birthdays

Margaret Martin, Florence Nightingale, Frank Yates

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