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As part of its science policy work, the ASA organized a congressional briefing in January to highlight the role of statistics and research in informing criminal justice policymaking. Moderated by Greg Ridgeway, the virtual event featured Nancy La Vigne, director of the National Institute of Justice, and Kevin Scott, acting director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Additional Features, My ASA Story »

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Julia Schedler’s ASA story began when some of her peers went to the Joint Statistical Meetings and had a blast. Eventually, she went to see what it was all about.

A Statistician's Life, Additional Features, Celebrating Women in Statistics »

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When Susan Paddock started her undergraduate degree, two pivotal courses—health care reform and women’s health—introduced her to epidemiological literature and cost–benefit analysis, steering her toward a major in math and biostatistics. After earning her PhD from Duke, Paddock joined the RAND Corporation, where she applied statistical methods to health policy research. Notably, she contributed to designing a Medicare payment system for inpatient rehabilitation facilities, affecting federal programs and congressional deliberations. Since 2019, Paddock has held a leadership role at NORC at the University of Chicago, overseeing a diverse team of statisticians, survey methodologists, and data scientists working on national issues. She was also involved in testing the safety of self-driving cars. Collaborating with Nidhi Kalra of RAND in 2016, she highlighted the inadequacy of existing road tests to ensure public safety, drawing attention from a US Senate committee. Their paper on this topic stands as her most frequently cited work, showcasing the power of statistical thinking in addressing crucial societal concerns.

A Statistician's Life, Additional Features, Celebrating Women in Statistics »

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Hailing from Trinidad and Tobago, Charmaine B. Dean’s academic journey was shaped by her mother’s emphasis on getting an education, even though her mother was prevented from getting one herself. Dean’s affinity for mathematics, and particularly statistics, flourished during her undergraduate years and aligned with her desire to make a tangible impact. Currently, she provides strategic direction in research, innovation, and international collaboration at the University of Waterloo. She considers her engagement in interdisciplinary research one of her greatest achievements, particularly her research in fire science, which has allowed her to collaborate with scientists, government agencies, and fire crews.

A Statistician's Life, Additional Features, Celebrating Women in Statistics »

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Regina Liu grew up in Taiwan with an interest in pursuing applied mathematics and actuary science, but she fell in love with probability and statistics instead. She earned a PhD in statistics from Columbia University and became an assistant professor at Rutgers University. Now a distinguished professor at Rutgers, she has established herself as an outstanding researcher and is praised for providing exceptional service to the statistics and data science profession. She has served as an editor for many journals and was president of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics from 2020–2021. She has dedicated much effort to the outreach and promotion of junior researchers and under-represented groups and is credited for making the Rutgers Statistics Department the well-known and nurturing place it is today.

A Statistician's Life, Additional Features, Celebrating Women in Statistics »

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While a math student at Vassar, Deborah Nolan was first exposed to statistics during a summer internship during which she helped analyze data from a survey in a women’s magazine about how family life had changed as more women became breadwinners. That experience convinced her to stay away from statistics and stick with the comfortable world of theoretical math. After graduating, she worked for IBM and learned how to code in several languages. It was her work as an applications programmer that brought Nolan back to the world of statistics, and she went on to earn a PhD in the field. Since then, Nolan has earned multiple awards for her dedication to teaching, including the ASA Waller Distinguished Teaching Career Award and Berkley’s Distinguished Teaching Award. She co-developed the first data science course at Berkeley and played a pivotal role in designing the data science major, leading to the establishment of the College of Computing, Data Science, and Society. Currently serving as the inaugural associate dean, Nolan is instrumental in meeting the growing demand for data science education, with nearly 1,000 students graduating annually with a data science major from Berkeley.

A Statistician's Life, Additional Features, Celebrating Women in Statistics »

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Maria DeYoreo developed a passion for swimming, running, and math when she was a child living in the Bay Area in California. While majoring in mathematics at UC Santa Barbara, she discovered her love for statistics when she attended an applied course using R. As a professional statistician at RAND, DeYoreo focuses on using statistical methods to inform public policy related to health and health care. In addition to her professional success, DeYoreo takes pride in her role as a parent to two young children and recently achieving a personal running record of a 1:35 half marathon.

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Advocacy day brings together social and behavioral scientists and science advocates from across the country to engage with policymakers.

Additional Features, Science Policy »

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In keeping with our tradition of interviewing leaders from the federal government, we spoke with a West Point professor, Col. Nicholas Clark, who specializes in teaching statistics to military personnel.

A Statistician's Life, Additional Features, Celebrating Women in Statistics »

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Ginger Holt’s journey into the world of statistics and data science began in Fort Worth, Texas, fueled by a family passion for education. She pursued an undergraduate degree in industrial engineering at Texas A&M University and eventually earned a PhD in statistics from Rice University. She loved her first job as assistant professor at the University of Virginia but did not love pursuing research funding, so she transitioned into industry work. Currently at DataBricks, Holt plays a pivotal role in unifying forecasting processes across different domains. Leading her team, she focuses on building tooling in data engineering and data science, aiming to make these processes scalable not only for DataBricks but also for its customers. Her favorite aspect of a career in data science is its ability to foster new learning opportunities.