Northern Nevada Mixer
Friday, April 30
Southern Nevada Dinner Speaker Tuesday, May 4
Annual Meeting Saturday, October 23 Las Vegas
First Two Years
By Past-President Sandra Catlin
Prior to 2002, Nevada was one of only
six states without a chapter of the ASA. In September, 2001, Monica
Solis, a graduate student in the Department of Mathematical Sciences
at UNLV, and I sent letters to all current ASA members in the state
of Nevada, asking of their interest in starting a new Nevada Chapter.
We received an overwhelmingly positive response, and in November,
organizational meetings were held in Reno and Las Vegas.
The NV-ASA was approved as the ASAs
79th Chapter by the Council of Chapters Governing Board in January,
2002. Our first official event was the Spring Kick-Off Celebration
in May, 2002, in Las Vegas. This was followed by our First Annual
Meeting and Career Day (including a student poster competition)
and the Teaching Symposium: Active Learning of Basic Statistics
in October, 2002. June Morita (U. Washington) and Richard Scheaffer
(U. Florida) were our invited speakers at both events. They also
visited Durango High School to speak at an assembly of A.P. Statistics
students about the importance and usefulness of statistics. Reports
and pictures can be found at http://www.nevada.edu/~nvasa/symposium2002.html
(or in the June, 2003, AmStat News). An ASA Career Day Grant in
the amount of $500, ASA sponsorship of Dick Scheaffers visit,
and generous support by the UNLV Department of Mathematical Sciences
made these events possible.
In 2003, we started the year by receiving
the Council of Chapters Traveling Course. This enabled Luis Escober
to come to Las Vegas to give the short course, ``Statistical Methods
for Reliability Data, which was held in April. In early October,
the ASA sponsored a pizza party and visit to Las Vegas by the Western
District Vice-Chair, Mark Reiser (Arizona State), who spoke on,
``Testing an Intervening Variable in Logistic Regression: Analysis
of Ratings from Multiple Reporters. Later in October,
the ASA sponsored a visit by Sallie Keller-McNulty (Los Alamos National
Laboratories) to Reno, where she gave two talks, ``Information Integration
Technology Challenges in Defense Applications at a dinner
at Famous Murphys, and ``From Policy to ANOVA: Scientific
Excellence Will Prevail at the NVASA Chapters
Second Annual Meeting and Career Day. These events were also funded
by the Center for Research Design and Statistical Methods at the
I have enjoyed my term as President,
but I am also happy to pass the torch to Debra Stiver, who has the
commitment, vision, and drive to take the Chapter to a new level.
My deepest thanks goes out to the fantastic team of officers on
the Executive Committee during 2002-2003: Suzanne Perumean-Chaney
(Vice-President), Paul Nakayu (Treasurer), Dorothy Wilson (Secretary),
and Hokwon Cho (Chapter Representative) as well as our entire membership
base, which has been incredibly helpful and supportive. Without
you all, the NVASA would not have been possible.
Next Two Years
By President Debra Stiver
Greetings to all Nevada members!
On behalf of the entire Nevada chapter,
I would like to congratulate and thank Sandra Catlin for her service
as the chapters first president. The development of a new
chapter takes a great deal of effort She and the executive board
are to be commended for making our Nevada chapter a reality. Sandra
has presided over several events, including guest speakers, student
events for all levels (K-12, undergraduate and graduate), and statistical
development courses. I would also like to thank Suzanne Perumean-Chaney,
Nevada ASA Vice-President who spear-headed the efforts in the north.
Suzanne is leaving Nevada to pursue career goals. We will miss her
in the north and are grateful for her efforts.
Goals for This Year:
My primary goal for this first year
is to increase membership and awareness of the Nevada chapter, both
for professional members and students. The Las Vegas area so far
has produced the largest membership numbers and activity. I would
like to see a greater presence in the rural counties and the Reno-Carson
City-Tahoe area. Your northern Vice-President, Alicia Hansen and
I are planning a spring mixer to be held on April 30th. We hope
to bring together current members, non-member professionals, college
students from both UNR and the community colleges, and AP high school
students and their mentors. Look for the announcement giving specific
details in you emails soon.
Poster Competition and Speaker in the South:
We are very pleased to announce the
first Nevada Statistics Poster Competition for K-12 students in
the state. The competition organizers were pleasantly surprised
with the overwhelming response by students throughout the state
and their interest in statistical uses and methodology. The success
of the competition is largely due to the efforts of NV ASA member
David Thiel, who spear-headed the entire contest. Thanks David for
a job well-done! This competition will be an annual event and next
year, due to the response, we expect to see two venues, one in the
north and south. Nevada ASA members are sponsoring this contest
in conjunction with the Nevada Mathematics Council.
Speaking of Sponsors
You should have received a letter
in early February asking for your support for the Poster Competition.
We thank all the individuals who have donated their time and effort
so far, but its never too late to send in a donation to sponsor
this worthwhile outreach activity. David Thiel will be submitting
both pictures and the story of the final results of the state-wide
competition. The winners will be competing nationally. Lets
show our support for the education of Nevadas youth!
Weve already made plans for
the next annual meeting which will be held in Las Vegas on October
23. The speaker for the event will be Robert Mason from the National
ASA organization. Plans are in the works to possibly co-meet with
SPSS Directions, the SPSS User Conference. This would give attendees
a double bang-for-the buck opportunity! The third Annual Career
Day will be held during spring 2005 in Las Vegas. This event keeps
growing and we hope to see you there.
Do You Have a Newsworthy Event We Need to Know About?
If you have any suggestions for improving
the Nevada chapter, sponsoring or holding events, or other information,
please do not hesitate to contact me at email@example.com
or 775-784-1124. Wed like to start a kudos to
our members section in our newsletters and let everyone know of
members accomplishments. Examples include a newly published
paper, conference speech, promotions etc. (or just some good old
interesting announcements). Send them in and help us grow our chapter!
Statistics Poster Competition
By David Thiel
On March 20, 2004, judging will take
place for NV-ASAs first Nevada Statistics Poster Competition.
The Education Committee, in conjunction with the Southern Nevada
Regional Professional Development Program, Nevada Mathematics Council,
University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and University of Nevada-Reno, has
sponsored this contest as a means of outreach to K12 teachers
and their students. The state competition is a preliminary event
to the national ASA Poster Competition and mirrors those done by
local chapters in Northeast Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.
Cash prizes will be awarded directly
to the students creating winning posters. As of this time, about
$400 has been raised through donations from NV-ASA members and a
generous contribution of $300 from Nevada Mathematics Council, a
professional organization of mathematics teachers affiliated with
the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Winning posters
will be forwarded to the national ASA Poster Competition in April.
Photos of the winning posters will be posted on the NV-ASA website.
Student posters are submitted in one
of four grade categories: K3, 46, 79, and 1012.
Students may work individually or in small groups, and their posters
may display original data or data collected from other sources.
Most posters received this year were results of student-conducted
Judging will be done by a collection
of elementary, middle, and high school teachers, university professors,
and professional statisticians. These judges will be evaluating
166 posters produced by nearly 400 students from 25 Nevada schools.
Over one-half of the posters are in the 46 grade category,
including 35 from Lied Middle School and 30 from Tomiyasu Elementary
School, both in Las Vegas. The largest participant from northern
Nevada was Our Lady of the Snows School in Reno with 14 posters.
Annual Career Day
By Alicia Chancellor Hansen, Suzanne Perumean-Chaney,
Paul Nakayu, Sandra Catlin
(Published in AmStat News, February 2004)
The Nevada Chapter of the American
Statistical Associations 2nd Annual Career Day was held Saturday,
October 18, 2003 at the University of Nevada, Reno. The day of networking
and career opportunity discussions in statistics began at the welcome
table. Paul Nakayu, Chapter Treasurer, handed out name badges, schedules
and evaluation forms to the 35 attendees, including 17 new chapter
members and one new ASA member. Student attendees received copies
of the ASA Career Kit paid for with ASA Career Day Grant funds.
Individual copies of the ASA Careers in statistics brochures were
available to other attendees, along with information on ASA membership.
Also on display were recent copies of ASA journals and other publications,
including Chance magazine and AMSTAT News. A continental breakfast
provided by the University of Nevada, Reno Department of Economics
was beautifully set up by Debra Stiver, Lecturer at the University
of Nevada, Reno. Dr. Suzanne Perumean-Chaney, Chapter Vice-President
kicked off the days events which featured a keynote speaker
and Career Day Panel.
Following the rousing welcome, the
keynote speaker took the stage. Dr. Sallie Keller Mc-Nulty is Group
Leader for the Statistical Sciences Group at Los Alamos National
Laboratories. She presented on the topic Information Integration
Technology Challenges in Defense Applications. Her team tackles
problems of evaluating the performance, reliability and safety
of complex weapons systems and other one-of-a-kind systems that
cannot be fully tested. Information of all types, from many different
sources, must be combined to provide the tools needed for policy
and decision making. New methodology is required to address these
complex problems. Collaborative teams have been developing Information
Integration Technology (IIT), utilizing Bayesian statistics and
diverse data sources to address the challenges of defining mission
success, uncertainty quantification, incomplete data and model development
for the decision making process.
Following Dr. Keller Mc-Nultys
fascinating talk, the audience returned to the foyer to enjoy the
student poster session and exhibitors booths. SAS, SPSS, Minitab,
Duxbury, the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University
of Nevada, Las Vegas, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics
at the University of Nevada, Reno & the Department of Economics
at the University of Nevada, Reno were all represented. The Department
of Economics featured a quiz regarding basic statistics with a prize
of a University of Nevada, Reno Economics t-shirt. All the vendors
had clever gifts for attendees.
Lunch was sponsored by the ASA Career
Day Grant. A networking luncheon featured ongoing discussions in
small side rooms on different statistical topics and career options,
with experts in those fields on hand to moderate the discussions.
This provided more intimate settings for students to network and
have their questions answered. The Biostatistics & Government
area was chaired by Dr. Wei Yang, Career Day Panel Speaker and Dr.
Gary Cutter. The Business Area was headed up by Dorothy Wilson,
Chapter Secretary. Academia was chaired by Dr. Inmaculada Aban and
included Dr. Anna Panorska, Career Day Panel Speaker, Dr. J. Scott
Shonkwiler and Dr. George Fernandez. Statistical Computing was chaired
by Paul Nakayu, Chapter Treasurer and Susan Walsh, a representative
Then it was time for the much anticipated
Career Day Panel. Dr. Scott Shonkwiler, Professor in the Department
of Applied Economics and Statistics at University of Nevada, Reno,
introduced the panel participants consisting of Dr. Wei Yang, Dr.
Anna Panorska & Bayard Webb.
first panelist, Dr. Yang is the State Chief Biostatistician and
Director of the Center for Health Data & Research of the Nevada
State Health Division. His presentation was on Public Health
Indicator and Interactive Health Databases. He demonstrated
for the audience the online, interactive databases available on
the Nevada State Health Division website. He emphasized how he was
the sole biostatistician 8 years ago and his department has now
grown to more than a dozen statisticians, demonstrating an increasing
need for statisticians in the government.
The second panelist was Dr. Panorska.
Dr. Panorska is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics
and Statistics at the University of Nevada, Reno. She detailed the
twists and turns her career in statistics has taken from private
industry to academia. On her adventures, she found several skills
necessary for success. The primary one is good communication skills,
both oral and written. Also necessary are technical skills, computer
and programming skills, a strong work ethic, respect for others
work and beliefs and, last but not least, a good sense of humor.
The final member of the Career Day
Panel was Bayard Webb from the Game Design Department at International
Gaming Technologies in Reno, Nevada. Bayard presented the view that
in the business world, versatility is key. His degree is a tool
that he uses every day to implement projects for his company. Unlike
an academic, he is rarely called upon to prove a theorem, but must
show that his work behaves correctly in the real world. He described
his role as being that of a numerical engineer, using the knowledge
he gained in school to build gaming machines.
The Career Day Panel concluded with
a question and answer session. The information presented throughout
the day was well received by all. The sentiments of one participant
sum up the day, The program gave a great opportunity to network
with people dealing with statistics and biostatistics. The program
was not too big so it was easier to obtain information [from exhibitors
and panelists] and establish networking.
After the Career Day Panel, everyone
was looking forward to the raffle. A separate raffle was held for
all those who turned in evaluation forms, resulting in an excellent
response and great feedback regarding the event. Many wonderful
prizes were donated by Minitab, SAS, Insightful, Thompson Publishing
- Duxbury and Freeman Publishing. Many attendees went home with
books on varied aspects of statistics. Other prizes included 2 copies
of SAS Learning Edition, 2 certificates for SAS books, a certificate
for a full version of Minitab 14, a certificate for a copy of S-plus
Standard Edition and certificates for 2 books from Insightful .
The student poster winner was Alicia Chancellor Hansen for her poster
entitled Univariate t-tests vs. Hotellings Multivariate
T2 Test. She received the book Data Mining Using SAS
Applications, donated by the author, Dr. George C.J. Fernandez,
associate professor in the Department of Applied Economics and Statistics
at the University of Nevada, Reno. The day concluded with the annual
meeting of the Nevada Chapter.
Our thanks go out to all who contributed
to the career day event. Without the financial support of the ASA,
the Center for Research Design and Statistical Methods, and the
University of Nevada, Reno Department of Economics, the event would
not have been possible. Special thanks also go to Susan Walsh from
SAS, Melanie Dutton and Carolyn Crockett from Thompson Publishing
Duxbury for attending and Michael Hansen for serving as photographer.
Thanks also go to the organizing committee, which consisted of Suzanne
Perumean-Chaney, Inmaculada Aban, Scott Shonkwiler, Debra Stiver
& Alicia Chancellor Hansen.
The Executive Committee for 2004 consists of:
President Debra Stiver
Past President Sandra Catlin
Southern Vice President Chad
Northern Vice President Alicia
Secretary Dorothy Wilson
Treasurer Paul Nakayu
Chapter Representative Hokwon
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