American Statistical Association
Department Chairs Workshop

July 12–13, 2016, ASA Headquarters, Alexandria, VA

See the workshop whitepaper,
Success, Opportunities, and Challenges for Statistics and Biostatistics in the Data Science Era

The workshop agenda included four themes, most in the context of the role of statistics and biostatistics departments in the emerging field of data science:

Workforce Panel on Employer Demand and Needs

  • Erik Andrejko, Vice President, Science, The Climate Corporation [Video]
  • Erica Groshen, Former Commissioner, Bureau of Labor Statistics [Video, Slides]
  • David Morganstein, Vice President and Director of the Statistical Staff, Westat [Video, Slides]
  • Christopher Peterson, Vice President, Model Risk Management, Capital One
  • Aarti Shah, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Eli Lilly and Company [Video]

Research Funding Panel

  • Chaitan Baru, Senior Advisor for Data Science, NSF Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate [Slides]
  • Michelle Dunn, Former Senior Advisor for Data Science Training, Diversity, and Outreach, NIH Office of the Associate Director for Data Science (ADDS) [Slides]
  • Michael Lauer, Director, Extramural Research, NIH [Slides]
  • Michael Vogelius, Director, NSF Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS), Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) Directorate

Data Science Research and Education Panel

  • Chris Malone, Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Winona State University [Video, Slides]
  • Andrew Moore, Dean, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University [Video, Slides]
  • Sarah Nusser, Vice President for Research, Iowa State University [Video, Slides]
  • Michael Rappa, Founding Director, Institute for Advanced Analytics, North Carolina State University [Video, Instead of using slides, Rappa spoke while scrolling through the program homepage]
  • Chris Wiggins, Chief Data Scientist, New York Times and Associate Professor, Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics, Columbia University [Slides]

Junior Faculty Support and Mentoring Panel

  • Genevera Allen, Associate Professor of Statistics, Computer Science, and Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rice University [Slides]
  • Sally C. Morton, Dean, College of Science, Virginia Tech [Slides]

In addition to the workshop whitepaper, a brief summary of the workshop appeared in the November 2017 issue of Amstat News. The full video playlist for the workshop (morning sessions) is available here. The workshop agenda also contains speaker bios and a list of workshop participants can be found here.

The workshop organizing committee members are the following:

  • David Hunter, Chair, Caucus of Academic Representatives (CAR); Chair, Department of Statistics, Pennsylvania State University
  • Varghese George, Chair, Department of Biostatistics, Augusta University
  • Xihong Lin, Chair, Department of Biostatistics, Harvard School of Public Health
  • Sally Morton, Chair, Department of Biostatistics, University of Pittsburgh
  • Sarah Nusser, Vice President for Research, Iowa State University
  • Bruno Sanso, past Chair, Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Arnold Stromberg, Chair, Department of Statistics, University of Kentucky; PhD Statistics Department Representative to CAR.
This workshop was made possible with the generous support of the National Science Foundation (NSF) grant DMS-1628941

This workshop was made possible with the generous support of the National Science Foundation (NSF) grant DMS-1628941.