In Memory of Nelson Mandela
We at the ASA join the world in paying respect to Nelson Mandela's family and all South Africans. Not only was he a champion of social equality and a revered statesman, Mandela was an advocate of evidence-based decisionmaking. In an October 1998 speech hailing the 1996 national census-the first following the end of apartheid-Mandela said: "The census, itself, was one of the defining milestones in the building of our new nation. Census 96 and its army of 100,000 enumerators marked a break with our divided past by reaching every part of the country, by using the same methods for everyone, and by ensuring that-as far [as] possible-everyone was asked for information in their own language. … At the end of the day, we have detailed, all-inclusive information about our people, which we can use to achieve our shared goals." Click here to read Mandela's complete census remarks.
ASA Member Honored with Prestigious Professorship
V.A. Samaranayake, professor of mathematics and statistics at Missouri University of Science and Technology and an ASA member, has been named Curators' Teaching Professor of mathematics and statistics. More...
Do You Have Talent? Enter ASA's Got Talent and Help Celebrate ASA's 175th Anniversary
ASA's Got Talent is open and ready for your submission! The talent show will take place Tuesday evening at JSM 2014 in Boston during the 175th anniversary celebration. All videos must be submitted by January 15. Finalists will have the opportunity to perform their talent live at JSM, where the audience will vote. The winner will receive an ASA prize package that includes a complimentary one-year membership. You must be an ASA member to participate. Learn more and enter for your chance to win. Any questions can be directed to Talent@amstat.org.
ASA Well Represented on 2013 AAAS Fellows List
Eleven ASA members and two current or former ASA staffers were named 2013 Fellows by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) November 25. Members bestowed the honorific included Michael Stein of The University of Chicago and Raymond Carroll of Texas A&M University. Click here for a complete list of ASA members named AAAS Fellows. Staffers receiving the honor were former ASA Research and Graduate Education Manager Keith Crank and Science Policy Director Steve Pierson. Click here to read the AAAS press release and the list of 388 new Fellows.
Congressman McNerney Honors ASA Member
In a September speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Jim McNerney (D-CA) praised ASA member Genevera Allen for an important breakthrough in statistics and neuroscience research. Allen and colleagues developed statistical methods to model how an individual's brain is wired and applied these methods to synesthesia-the process of associating specific colors with numbers and letters. This breakthrough is relevant to other neurological diseases, such as autism and Alzheimer's, and demonstrates the vital role of statistics in neuroscience research. Click here to view McNerney's speech.
Registration for the 2014 Conference on Statistical Practice Now Open!
The 3rd annual CSP 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. This year's CSP will also freature the CSP Mentoring Program designed to establish a mentoring relationship. CSP 2014 will also feature Career Placement. Post your resume and informally arrange meetings with potential employers! Register now.
Nominate a Colleague for ASA Fellow
The ASA Fellows Committee is currently accepting nominations for 2014 Fellows. Please visit www.amstat.org/awards/fellows.cfm to access the online nomination form and view a current list of ASA Fellows. Click here to read suggestions from the Fellows Committee for a successful nomination.
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Nominations Sought for 2014 Julius Shiskin Award
Nominations are invited for the annual Julius Shiskin Memorial Award for Economic Statistics. The Award is given in recognition of unusually original and important contributions in the development of economic statistics or in the use of statistics in interpreting the economy. Read the full solicitation.
Montgomery Named ASQ Honorary Member
Arizona State University Regents' Professor of Industrial Engineering & Statistics and ASA Fellow Douglas Montgomery recently was named an American Society for Quality (ASQ) "honorary member." The award is ASQ's highest membership category. To be so honored, ASQ says, "An honorary member shall have rendered acknowledged eminent service to the quality profession or the allied arts and sciences." Montgomery joins a preeminent group that includes statisticians Walter A. Shewhart, W. Edwards Deming, George E.P. Box and J. Stuart Hunter. See the complete list of ASQ honorary members. Click here for an ASA News Audio Report.
Nominations for 2014 Excellence in Statistical Reporting Award Now Being Accepted
The committee on Excellence in Statistical Reporting is now accepting nominations for its 2014 award. The award is designed to encourage and recognize members of the communications media who have best displayed an informed interest in the science of statistics and its role in public life. Read the full solicitation.
Call for Nominations for 2014 Don Owen Award
The San Antonio Chapter is accepting nominations for the 2014 Don Owen Award from ASA chapters in North America. The nominee must be a member of the ASA, but is not required to be a member of the nominating chapter. For more information, read the full solicitation.
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