NFL Teams Rely on Wrong Measures to Draft Players
An analysis of tight ends drafted into the NFL finds the measures that are the most predictive of draft order are not necessarily the most predictive measures of long-term career success. In fact, only two of the factors NFL general managers use to decide when to draft a tight end also are indicators of a long and productive career in the league, meaning they are overlooking key factors that could better inform draft-day decisions. An article by ASA member Shane Jensen and a student of his recently was published in the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports. Read more.
World Statistics Day 2015 Is October 20
During World Statistics Day 2015 on October 20, the global statistical community will showcase its achievements and ongoing work that is helping to better the lives of people around the world. To launch this special event, the United Nations Statistics Division has created a website and released a kick-off video that unveils the celebration's logo. The UN encourages the statistical community to embrace this international observance and showcase its achievements and current work to achieve “Better data. Better lives.”—the celebration's theme. The ASA will participate in the celebration. Follow World Statistics Day on Twitter at #StatsDay15. Learn more.
SPP Series Identifies High Pediatric Cancer Rates in Florida
Higher-than-expected rates of pediatric cancers have been identified in the Miami metro area and an area west of the Everglades in a series of five statistical analyses conducted for Science and Public Policy. The anomalous rates were detected by five research teams—each using different epidemiological and statistical methodology—on a data set spanning the period 2000—2010 provided by Florida Association of Pediatric Tumor Programs. Each group applied different analytical approaches to achieve the same goal: detect spatio-temporal pediatric cancer clusters. Read more.
Celebrate Mathematics Awareness Month with the ASA
April is Mathematics Awareness Month (MAM), and the ASA is participating in the month-long observance. The event-sponsored by the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics (JPBM), of which the ASA is a member-is themed "Math Drives Careers." As mathematics and statistics drive innovation, they also drive careers. Students are interested in opportunities for meaningful and challenging careers. To increase awareness of career opportunities in mathematics and statistics, JPMB sent two copies of the MAM poster to nearly 4,000 individuals who are in daily contact with college students in STEM majors. ASA will lead MAM next year. Read more.
ASA Meetings Policy
The American Statistical Association opposes any legislation that would have the effect of allowing an organization or entity to discriminate against or deny services to anyone based on gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, race, ethnicity, religion, age, national origin, veteran status or other protected status. Consistent with our meeting conduct policy, the ASA will not enter into a contract to hold a meeting in any state that passes such legislation. Read more.
ASA Past President Janet Norwood Passes
Janet L. Norwood, who served 13 years as U.S. Commissioner of Labor Statistics from May 1979 to December 1991, died March 27 in Austin, Texas. Norwood served three presidents—Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush—as the agency's leader. She rose to top of the agency after joining it in the early 1960s and retired from government service in 1991 after developing a reputation for "integrity, professionalism, and impartiality." Perhaps Norwood's most important contribution at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) was the assertion of the agency's independence from both political interference and the rest of the Labor Department on all scientific matters, personnel decisions, and scientific content of all BLS releases, notes her bio on the agency's website. While she was leading the BLS, Norwood also served as the 84th ASA president in 1989. Read more.
Get Involved With This is Statistics
When was the last time you checked out the website for the ASA's public awareness campaign—This is Statistics? If it's been a while, take a few minutes now to visit it so you can check out all the new content and videos. And, be sure to take a look at the new video that will be added next week. Also, if you haven't already, please follow This is Statistics on Twitter (@ThisisStats) and like the campaign on Facebook and be sure to share the campaign's messages with your followers and friends. Doing so will keep you and your network in the loop as new developments occur with This is Statistics.
Vote in the ASA 2015 Election of Officers
Candidates for the ASA's 2015 election have been chosen, and now it's your turn to vote. Make sure to look for your ballots in your email inbox (postcards will be mailed to members who do not have an email address on file) and vote early. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. PDT on May 1. Read the complete candidate biographies.
Results will be announced shortly after the election closes, and the winning candidates' terms will begin January 1, 2016.
Winner of Free ASA Membership
Congratulations to Brandi Weiss, winner of the March drawing for FREE ASA membership.
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Drug War Increased Homicide Rates in Mexico
A new statistical analysis published in The American Statistician suggests that, in the short term, the Mexican government's war against drugs increased the average murder rate in regions subjected to military-style interventions. The findings of "Did the Military Interventions in the Mexican Drug War Increase Violence?" suggest military interventions resulted in an average increase of nearly 11 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants across the 18 affected regions studied. However, the estimated effects vary considerably across these regions. ASA members Valeria Espinosa, a Google quantitative analyst, and Donald B. Rubin, statistics professor at Harvard University, conducted the study. Read more.
Technometrics Seeks Book Reviewers
Technometrics is seeking additional reviewers for new books. The book review section publishes reviews of books that are directly relevant to the practice of statistics in the physical, chemical, and engineering sciences. Experience in these areas makes you a valuable reviewer for Technometrics. Read more...
Statistics and Public Policy Calls for Editor Applications & Nominations
The American Statistical Association invites nominations and applications for the position of editor of Statistics and Public Policy.
SPP is an open-access journal publishing papers that apply strong statistical methodology to problems in the realm of public policy and /or relevant political science. Articles may address international, national, or local policy questions, and the emphasis is upon the application rather than methodological novelty. Read more...
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.
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