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Washington Post Examines Reproducibility

In an article titled "The New Scientific Revolution: Reproducibility at Last," The Washington Post reports on the growing reproducibility movement in science. "Roughly four centuries after the invention of the scientific method, the leaders of the scientific community are recalibrating their requirements, pushing for the sharing of data and greater experimental transparency," wrote reporter Joel Achenbach. He also noted top-tier journals such as Science and Nature have announced new guidelines for the research they publish. The ASA is involved in Science's efforts to improve reproducibility and last year helped the journal establish its Statistical Board of Reviewing Editors. Read more.

Technometrics Seeks Book Reviewers

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...

Big Data Really is Ubiquitous

The January 23 "Daily Crossword" game that appears on many newspaper websites around the country (for example,, contains the following clue for 26 across, 7 letters: "Statistician's challenge." Do you know the answer?

ASA Webinar to Examine Data Science in Undergraduate Statistics Programs

ASA will host a webinar about the increasing role of data science in undergraduate statistics programs and the recommendations for preparing students for this new paradigm included in its recently updated undergraduate curriculum guidelines. The free webinar will be held February 3 at 2 p.m. (EST). Presenter Nicholas Horton, chair of the Undergraduate Guidelines Work Group, will discuss the increasing number of undergraduate statistics majors and minors and recommendations for curriculum revisions to help prepare these students to use data to make evidence-based decisions. To register, send an email to

JSM 2015 Invited Sessions Online

JSM 2015 Invited Sessions Online The schedule of 168 invited sessions—annually among the most well—attended sessions-for the 2015 Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM 2015) is now posted online. The invited session selection process is competitive, with these 168 sessions beating out 183 other proposals submitted by members of the conference's participating organizations. Invited sessions encompass invited papers, panels and posters that feature presentations of cutting-edge work in statistical science spanning Big Data, genomics, clinical trials and many other significant areas. JSM 2015 is scheduled for August 8-13 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington. Read more.

Former ASA President Bob Hogg Passes

Bob Hogg passed away December 23 in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, at 90. He was ASA president in 1988 and, for 50 years, served as faculty at the University of Iowa, where he was founding chair of the statistics department and served as department chair for 19 years. Hogg's many honors included the Mathematical Association of America Award for Distinguished Teaching, the ASA Founder's Award, and the Iowa Regent's Award for Faculty Excellence. His research made significant contributions in many areas of statistics, and his textbooks continue to influence new generations of statisticians. Read more.

Washington Post, LinkedIn Praise Statistics

A major Washington Post article published recently —“Women flocking to statistics…”—examines the leadership role of women in the statistical science field. “[In statistics], women are a growing force. More than 40 percent of degrees in statistics go to women, and they make up 40 percent of the statistics department faculty poised to move into tenured positions,” wrote reporter Brigid Schulte in the Business section front-page article. Separately, the LinkedIn Official Blog says statistical analysis and data mining are the hottest skills that got people hired in 2014. LinkedIn analyzed the skills and experience data of more than 330 million LinkedIn member profiles to compile its list.

GAO Report on FBI Anthrax Investigation Recommends More Focus on Statistics in Future

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released its report on the scientific approaches in the FBI investigation of the 2001 anthrax attacks. The report concludes the genetic tests were generally scientifically verified and validated and met the FBI's criteria, but they also found considerable variation in the approaches used by the four contractors. The GAO, which sought input from the ASA forensic science committee, recommends the FBI develop a framework for validation and statistical approaches for future investigations. Read more at this ASA Community blog entry.

Organizations Congratulate ASA on Milestone Anniversary

Several organizations have submitted videos lauding the ASA on its 175th anniversary. Several of the videos highlight the importance of statistical analysis to our society. "We celebrate ASA's noteworthy event, its 175th anniversary!" said David Morganstein, ASA president-elect and Westat vice president and director of the statistical staff, about his company's video. The ASA thanks Westat, SAS, the Oregon State University Department of Statistics, the Washington Statistical Society, and the Boston Chapter for these congratulatory greetings.

Nominations Sought for the Excellence in Statistical Reporting Award

The ASA is accepting nominations for its 2015 Excellence in Statistical Reporting Award (ESRA). ESRA honors reporters who display an informed interest in statistical science and its role in public life through their work. ASA members can nominate a reporter for the honor. Award criteria, submission instructions and a nomination form are available on the ASA website. The nomination deadline is March 1.

JSM 2015 Abstract Submission Closes Februrary 2nd

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.

Editor Search

The American Statistical Association seeks editors for the following journals:

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

Registration for CSP 2015 Closes on February 6th!

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!

Winner of Free ASA Membership

Winner of Monthly Drawing for FREE ASA Membership Congratulations to David Bosworth, winner of the December drawing for FREE ASA membership.


Other Recent Headlines

Lolafaye Coyne, Longtime ASA Member, Passes

Lolafaye Coyne, 88, died January 9. Coyne earned her bachelor's in mathematics from Washburn University, master's in mathematics from the University of Kansas, and doctorate in mathematical statistics from Kansas State University. She served as the director of the statistical laboratory at the Menninger Foundation for 47 years. Coyne was adjunct professor in the University of Kansas Psychology Department and a reviewer for psychiatric and psychological journals. She was a member of the ASA, Psychometric Society, Society for Psychotherapy Research, and Society for Research in Psychopathology. Read more.

Florida Emeritus Professor P.V. Rao Dies

Pejaver V. (P.V.) Rao died January 2. Born in India, he came to the United States after receiving a Georgia Rotary Scholarship to complete his graduate work in statistics at the University of Georgia, from which he earned his doctorate in 1963. Rao accepted a faculty appointment in the University of Florida's newly formed department of statistics in 1964 and was a guiding light for the department for the next 34 years. He was a member of the ASA and Institute of Mathematical Statistics and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute. 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...

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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