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ASA Congratulates 2015 AAAS Fellows

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) announced its 2015 fellows November 27. The ASA congratulates the following 10 fellows who are ASA members: Michael P. Cohen, American Institutes for Research; Bruce A. Craig, Purdue University; Thomas A. DiPrete, Columbia University; Patricia A. Jacobs, Naval Postgraduate School; Alan F. Karr, RTI International; Stephen Portnoy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; James M. Robins, Harvard University; Daniel O. Stram, University of Southern California; Chih-Ling Tsai, University of California, Davis; and Alyson G. Wilson, North Carolina State University.

ASA President Supports Califf Nomination for FDA Commissioner

ASA President David Morganstein wrote a letter to leaders of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pension Committee November 18 in support of the nomination of Robert Califf as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration and urging his swift confirmation. Noting "[s]tatistical principles and methods are the foundation for the design and conduct of the clinical trials and other studies that guide regulatory policy," Morganstein stated, "Califf has been an outspoken advocate for the importance of sound statistical design and analysis in the health sciences. Further, as deputy commissioner, he has made the growth and general health of statistical offices throughout the agency a priority, an effort already reaping benefits for the FDA."

Analysis Identifies Rape Clusters in Mainland U.S.

Marion County, Texas has the highest rape risk rate of any county among the 92 statistically significant rape clusters in the continental United States identified by an analysis published online today by Statistics and Public Policy—an ASA open-access, online public-policy journal. The first-of-its-kind rape cluster study, titled "Geographical Clusters of Rape in the United States: 2000-2012," also identified the clusters with the highest and lowest rate of arrests relative to reported rapes. The study was conducted by Raid Amin, Martin Kulldorff, and Nicole Nabors, Arlene Nelson and Murshid Saqlain-all former statistics students of Amin. Read more.

Interested in Science Policy and Helping the Statistics Profession? Apply for ASA's Science Policy Fellowship

The ASA is accepting applications for a science policy fellow to help elevate the profile of statistics in policymaking and advocate on behalf of the profession. A newly created program, the fellow will be based at the ASA headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, but will spend the bulk of her/his time in Washington, advocating for statistics and experiencing first-hand how federal science policy is formed. More information here.

ASA, Simply Statistics Host Virtual JSM Encore Presentation of Popular JSM Session on Data Science

The ASA and Simply Statistics hosted a virtual meeting on the popular JSM invited session The Statistics Identity Crisis: Are We Really Data Scientists?" October 30. Jeff Leek of The Johns Hopkins University chaired the session and Alyssa Frazee from Stripe, Lance Waller from Emory University, Chris Volinsky from AT&T, and Jenny Bryan from the University of British Columbia spoke.

U.S. Chief Data Scientist Patil Highlights Statistics

In a recorded message to 2015 Joint Statistical Meetings attendees, U.S. Chief Data Scientist DJ Patil said the work of statisticians—including those in federal service—is critical to the country. He urged more multidisciplinary collaboration to meet unique, emerging opportunities such as creating the next generation of health care, yielding more benefit from data for local communities, and developing groundbreaking applications. Patil called statisticians the backbone of how the country has dealt with data for centuries and cited their contributions to innovation. He noted a new opportunity to become increasingly data-driven through greater collaboration among the disciplines comprising data science. View the video.

Committee Updating GAISE College Report Wants Your Feedback

The Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education (GAISE) College Report, originally endorsed by the ASA in 2005, is being updated. A committee charged with recommending changes is requesting feedback from the statistics community to ensure the updated guidelines reflect broad points of view. To collect feedback, the panel asks interested individuals to complete a short survey, which outlines proposed revisions to the report and enables respondents to share their thoughts, questions, or concerns. View this CAUSE webinar for more information.

Winner of Free ASA Membership

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


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Consider Nominating a Colleague for Deming, Noether, or Sirken Award

The ASA Deming, Noether, and Sirken awards honor the accomplishments of their namesake, recognize the accomplishments of the awardee, and enhance awareness among the statistical community of the scope and importance of their namesake's contributions.

Each year, an individual is selected to deliver each of these lectures at the Joint Statistical Meetings and receive an honorarium. All lecturers are selected from nominations submitted by ASA members.

Additional information about the award, including information about submitting a nomination, can be found here.

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