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JSM 2015 Abstract Submission Open

JSM 2015 Abstract Submission Open Now accepting abstracts for papers, posters, and speed sessions for JSM 2015. Don't miss your chance to be part of the program. Submit an abstract today!

ISI is a JSM Special Partner

ISI is a JSM Special Partner Starting in 2015, the International Statistical Institute (ISI) will become a special partner of the Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM). JSM is the largest annual meeting of statisticians in North America. ISI joins the Royal Statistical Society, International Chinese Statistical Association, International Indian Statistical Association, Korean International Statistical Society, and International Society for Bayesian Analysis as a JSM special partner. Through this arrangement, ISI members and ISI association members will receive reduced member registration rates. JSM 2015 will be held August 8-13 in Seattle, Washington.

Nine ASA Members Elected AAAS Fellows

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) council has elected 401 members as fellows. These individuals will be recognized in February for their contributions to science and technology at the fellows forum during the AAAS annual meeting in San Jose, California.

The ASA members elected as fellows to the AAAS Section on Statistics are the following:

  • Susmita Datta, University of Louisville
  • Mark Andrew Espeland, Wake Forest University School of Medicine
  • Robert Jackson Hardy, University of Texas School of Public Health
  • William Q. Meeker Jr., Iowa State University
  • Paula Karen Roberson, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • John P. Sall, SAS Institute
  • James J. Schlesselman, University of Pittsburgh
  • Stephanie Shipp, Virginia Tech University
  • Clifford Spiegelman, Texas A&M University

The entire list can be viewed here.

Schenker Named NCHS Deputy Director

Current ASA president, Nathaniel Schenker, has been named deputy director of the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). In announcing the news, Charles Rothwell, NCHS director, said Schenker has been instrumental in developing collaborative statistical relationships within NCHS and with other federal statistical agencies. Schenker currently is the agency's associate director for research and methodology. He joined NCHS after serving in several capacities in the biostatistics and biomathematics departments in UCLA's School of Public Health and School of Medicine. Schenker will assume his new role in February. Read the NCHS press release.

ASA Adopts New Guidelines for Undergraduate Statistics Programs

The ASA has endorsed new guidelines for the undergraduate statistics curriculum that will help ensure bachelor's graduates have the necessary capacities to use data to make evidence-based decisions. The Guidelines for Undergraduate Programs in Statistical Science were adopted last week by the association's board of directors. A work group of ASA members chaired by Nicholas Horton, professor of statistics at Amherst College, recommended adapting the undergraduate curriculum to account for the increased importance of data analysis, teamwork, communications and other relevant skills and experiences in today's practice of statistics. Read more.

Nominations Sought for 2015 Don Owen Award

The San Antonio Chapter is accepting nominations from ASA chapters in North America for the 2015 Don Owen Award, which is presented to a statistician who embodies the three-fold accomplishments of Donald B. Owen: excellence in research, statistical consultation, and service to the statistical community. Read more...

Editor Search

The American Statistical Association seeks editors for the following journals:

Except for JABES, nominations and applications for all editorships should be sent to

With the exception of Technometrics, the deadline for nominations is December 9; applications are due February 15, 2015.

Registration for CSP 2015 Now Open!

The 4th Annual ASA Conference on Statistical Practice will continue the conference's focus on opportunities for attendees to learn new statistical methodologies and best practices in statistical analysis, design, consulting and statistical programming. The conference will also allow attendees to further their career development and to strengthen relationships in the statistical community. Join us for short courses, poster sessions, concurrent sessions, exhibits, and tutorials. Register today!

TAS Announces Special Issue

The American Statistician editorial team announces the development of a special issue focused on undergraduate programs in statistics and statistical science. This special issue will be coedited by Nicholas Horton of Amherst College and Johanna Hardin of Pomona College and include a mix of invited papers and papers submitted in response to this call. Emphasis will be placed on articles suitable for "Teachers Corner" and "Statistical Computing and Graphics"; however, editors will consider other article types (i.e., statistical practice, history corner, and interdisciplinary). Click here for article guidelines and submission deadline and instructions.

Former Census Heads Write About Need for Independent Federal Statistical Agencies

In an October 30 opinion piece for Roll Call, former Census Bureau Directors Robert M. Groves and Kenneth Prewitt call strong, independent federal statistical agencies a "bedrock of democracies." Titled Erosion of Federal Statistical Agencies Puts Sound Policy at Risk, the piece speaks to the recent Senate action weakening the National Center for Education Statistics in the broader context of the federal statistical system. "For statistical data to be perceived as sound and independent, its producing agencies must completely control the data's collection, analysis, and publication, including control over its planning, budget, press releases, and information technology," the duo write.

Follow ASA's Awareness Campaign on Social Media

ASA PR Campaign Launched You can get the latest updates and interact with others following the ASA's This is Statistics” public awareness campaign on social media. The campaign encourages high-school and college undergraduate students to take statistics courses in college, or even major in the subject. Two primary outlets – Facebook and Twitter – are driving the campaign's social media activities (there also is a YouTube page featuring video profiles of two ASA members). In just 45 days, 571 people and organizations have "liked" the campaign on Facebook, and the campaign has attracted 536 followers on Twitter. For more information, contact Jeff Myers.

Winner of Free ASA Membership

Winner of Monthly Drawing for FREE ASA Membership Congratulations to Elisha Cohen, winner of the November drawing for FREE ASA membership.


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2015 Statistics in Imaging Student Paper Competition

The Statistics in Imaging Section of the ASA is pleased to sponsor a student paper competition for the 2015 Joint Statistical Meetings. Students are encouraged to submit a paper on statistical methods, theory or software development for the analysis of imaging data. The selected winners will present their papers in a topic-contributed session at the Joint Statistical Meetings, August 8-13, 2015, in Seattle, WA. The winners will receive a certificate and the first place winner will receive a cash prize of $500. To be eligible, the student has to be a degree candidate at an accredited institution during 2014, and the first author of the paper. Click here for additional information.

ASA Now Accepting Nominations for 2015 Fellows and Awards

We believe it is important to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions in the field of statistics. Please consider nominating one of your colleagues for an ASA award or Fellow. Information about ASA awards.

ASA Currently Accepting Nominations for the 2015 Noether Lecturers

Please consider nominating a colleague for the prestigious lectures that honor the life and work of Gottfried E. Noether. Awardees will give the lectures at the Joint Statistical Meetings and receive a cash prize and engraved award. Details can be found here.

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