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[3 Jun 2024 | No Comment | ]

In January 2024, ASA President Bonnie Ghosh-Dastidar announced strengthening and expanding mentoring in the ASA community as one of her initiatives and launched a working group with co-chairs Carolyn Rutter and Ruth Etzioni. This month, they join Practical Significance co-hosts Donna LaLonde and Ron Wasserstein to discuss this endeavor.
Bonnie, Carolyn, and Ruth share their stories about the power of mentoring and their passion for bringing new mentoring program models to the ASA community. And, in the spirit of mentoring, they offer advice to their younger selves.
In their ‘day jobs,’ the …

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[30 Apr 2024 | No Comment | ]

The ASA has 70+ regional chapters that organize networking events, provide continuing education, conduct outreach efforts, and promote statistics as a career. They bring local flair to the ASA. By providing support in countless ways, the Council of Chapters Governing Board (COCGB) is the glue that connects chapters with each other and the broader ASA community.
This month, Practical Significance co-hosts Donna LaLonde and Ron Wasserstein bring listeners an audio version of Chapter Chatter, the newsletter for and by chapter members, as they are joined by COCGB chair, Jo Wick, …

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[1 Apr 2024 | No Comment | ]

The title for this episode is a question familiar to ChatGPT users and signals the growing impact of artificial intelligence on the world around us. Tian Zheng, Hongtu Zhu, and Mark Glickman join co-hosts Donna LaLonde and Ron Wasserstein to discuss the implications of AI for our profession. Building on a 2023 workshop on statistics and AI in health care, Tian, Hongtu, and colleagues recently hosted an ASA townhall during which they discussed the impact of AI on the statistical community. Mark is chair of the ASA Committee on Data …

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[29 Feb 2024 | No Comment | ]

March 14 is Pi Day and the International Day of Mathematics (and Statistics), which has the theme “Play with Math” this year. Practical Significance co-hosts Donna LaLonde and Ron Wasserstein knew there was no better way to play with math and statistics than to talk with members of the ASA Statistics in Sports Section—chair Guanyu Hu and communications officer Denise Bradford.
Bradford, senior data scientist for the Detroit Pistons, and Hu, assistant professor at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, bring their “A” game to the show as …

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[31 Jan 2024 | No Comment | ]

Fortunately, 2024 is a leap year and February has an extra day because David Matteson, professor and associate chair for the statistics and data science and social statistics department at Cornell University, has a full plate. He recently took on the role of director of the National Institute of Statistical Sciences and is leading the editorial team for Data Science in Science, the newest open-access addition to the ASA’s portfolio of publications.
This month, he joins Practical Significance co-hosts Donna LaLonde and Ron Wasserstein to discuss the purpose and scope …

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[4 Jan 2024 | No Comment | ]

Practical Significance co-hosts Donna Lalonde and Ron Wasserstein kick off season four by welcoming the editor of Real World Data Science, Brian Tarran, to the show. A new initiative from the Royal Statistical Society in partnership with the ASA, Real World Data Science features content developed by data scientists. Tarran’s aim is for the site to be a trusted, go-to source for high-quality and engaging content that supports ethical and impactful practice.
Because the target audience for Real World Data Science is all who work in data science, Tarran learned …

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[4 Dec 2023 | No Comment | ]

As Practical Significance celebrates the end of its third year, we want to express how grateful we are for our devoted listeners. Thank you! We also mark a special podcast tradition this month by speaking with outgoing ASA board members. Co-hosts Donna LaLonde and Ron Wasserstein “go live” from the second floor of the ASA building during the 2023 fall board meeting, and retiring board members Catherine (Kate) Calder, Kathy Ensor, Alexandra (Alex) Hanlon, Ruixiao Lu, Matilde Kam, and *Bin Nan take the mic.
Listen in as they share anecdotes and …

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[27 Oct 2023 | No Comment | ]

The ASA is stronger because of the perspectives and experiences international members bring to our community. This month, co-hosts Donna LaLonde and Ron Wasserstein talk with Ingrid Van Keilegom, international representative to the ASA Board, and Afia Owusu-Forfie, founder and executive director of Coders Who Travel, about initiatives and resources that support international members.
Van Keilegom, a statistics professor at KU Leuven in Belgium, highlights the work of the Committee on International Relations in Statistics. She also addresses initiatives important to our international members, including webinars, accreditation, a reduction in fees …

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[29 Sep 2023 | One Comment | ]

Did you know the ASA has a section or special interest group for you? These are subject-area and/or industry-related groups that provide benefits specific to your interests. This month, Practical Significance co-hosts Donna and Ron chat with three section leaders: Wendy Martinez, chair of the newly formed Section on Text Analysis; Susan Paddock, chair of the Council of Sections Governing Board; and Sharina Person, chair of the Biometrics Section, which became the ASA’s first section in 1938!
Our guests discuss the benefits of being part of a section or interest …

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[31 Aug 2023 | No Comment | ]

Derek Curtis II set his sights on accounting when he was in just the 8th grade. Unlike many of us, he went to college knowing exactly what he wanted to do and, today, he is the ASA’s new director of finance and administration.
This month, he joins Practical Significance co-hosts Donna LaLonde and Ron Wasserstein to talk about his career path and give shout-outs to a few professional mentors. He also shares how he stays current in the world of finance and, with an eye toward the future, …