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Peterson, Balzer to receive Causality in Statistics Education Award

Maya Peterson, a University of California, Berkeley biostatistics professor, and Berkeley biostatistics doctoral candidate Laura Balzer will be presented the ASA's Causality in Statistics Education Award Sunday at the 2014 Joint Statistical Meetings in Boston. Each will receive $5,000 and a plaque during a special awards ceremony. This award, established last year by Judea Pearl, is presented annually to an individual or team that does the most to enhance the teaching and learning of causal inference in introductory statistics courses. Read more.

ASA White Papers Explain Statistics Impact on National Research Priorities

The ASA has released three white papers detailing how statisticians and statistical science are vital to advancing three federal scientific research priorities: the Big Data Research and Development Initiative, BRAIN Initiative and climate change. Primary audiences for the papers are the White House Office of Science and Technology (OSTP), National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other federal agencies involved in these research priorities. "The white papers detail how statisticians are vital partners in advancing science with their expertise in experimental design, inference and uncertainty quantification," said Science Policy Director Steve Pierson. Read more at this Amstat News piece or the ASA press release.

2014 Zellner Award Competition

The Business and Economic Statistics Section of the American Statistical Association and SAS recently announced that the winner of the 2014 Zellner Thesis Award and its $1,500 prize is Joachim Freyberger for his Northwestern University thesis, "Essays on Models with Endogeneity."

Honorable mentions were awarded to Brendan Kline of Northwestern University for "Essays on the Econometrics of Games," SeoJeong Lee of the University of Wisconsin-Madison for "Misspecification-Robust Bootstrap for Moment Condition Models," and Minjing Tao of the University of Wisconsin-Madison for "Large Volatility Matrix Inference Based on High-Frequency Financial Data." Read more.

TAS Special Issue: Statistics and the Undergraduate Curriculum

The American Statistician editorial team announces the development of a special issue of TAS focused on issues related to undergraduate programs in statistics and statistical science. The issue will include a mix of invited and submitted papers. Although an emphasis will be placed on articles suitable for Teachers Corner and Statistical Computing and Graphics, the team also will consider articles for Statistical Practice, History Corner, and Interdisciplinary. Read more.

Future of Statistics Healthy with a Mix of Challenges, Opportunities

Statistical science is as healthy as ever, with robust growth in student enrollment, abundant new sources of data, challenging problems to solve and related opportunities to grasp, summarizes a just-released report on the future of the field. Statistics and Science: A Report of the London Workshop on the Future of the Statistical Sciences is the product of a high-level meeting in London last November attended by 100 prominent statisticians from around the world. Read more.

New GStat Accreditation Unveiled

New GStat Accreditation Unveiled The ASA announced March 24 the launch of a new level to its voluntary, individual statistician accreditation program. Called Graduate Statistician, or GStat, the newly unveiled accreditation is designed for individuals who have attained the education requirements for the Professional Statistician (PStat®) level, but do not yet possess the experience and expertise required for that higher level. Eligibility requirements for GStat include ASA membership, attainment of an advanced degree in statistics-a master's or doctorate-from an accredited university, and adherence to the ASA's Ethical Guidelines for Statistical Practice. Learn more in this "ASA at 175" blog post or this ASA press release.

Winner of Free ASA Membership

Winner of Monthly Drawing for FREE ASA Membership Congratulations to Katherine Wright, winner of the June drawing for FREE ASA membership.


Other Recent Headlines

Peter Thall Wins 2014 Don Owen Award

The 2014 Don Owen Award, given by the San Antonio Chapter of the American Statistical Association, was presented to Peter Thall March 21 at the Conference of Texas Statisticians by the chapter vice president, Jesús Cuéllar Fuentes. Read the full announcement.

ASA's Kafadar Named to Inaugural Forensic Science Standards Board

ASA Fellow Karen Kafadar, a statistics professor at Indiana University, recently was appointed to the Forensic Science Standards Board (FSSB) jointly by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and U.S. Department of Justice. The elite panel of experts will identify and foster development and adoption of standards and guidelines for the nation's forensic science community. Kafadar, who will become professor and chair of the department of statistics at the University of Virginia in August, joins 16 other academic researchers and forensic science experts on the FSSB. Read more.

ASA Voices Support for People with Disabilities

The ASA Board of Directors has approved a statement urging the U.S. Senate to ratify a United Nations convention clarifying the rights of persons with disabilities. It was adopted during the board's summer meeting last week. In part, the statement notes, "Through activities of promoting the education of statistics in schools, increasing the public awareness of statistics, and supporting the use of statistics in making sound public policy, the ASA seeks to help make education, employment, and other opportunities available to all people regardless of disability status." Read more.

Utts, Santos Elected to Top ASA Posts

ASA members elected Jessica M. Utts, a professor of statistics and chair of the department of statistics at the University of California, Irvine, the association's 111th president. Robert L. Santos, chief methodologist at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC, was elected a vice president. Additionally, three new members were elected to the board of directors and new officers were elected for each of the 27 sections. Read the ASA press release. The complete ASA election results are available here.

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