purpose of this chapter shall be to foster in the broadest manner
statistics and statistical applications, and to promote unity
and effectiveness of effort among all groups in the state of Nevada
having an interest in or being concerned with statistics. The
chapter shall sponsor educational, professional and scientific
activities that benefit professional statisticians and students
of statistics in Nevada. Furthermore, the chapter will foster
communication between the statistical community and other scientific
organizations and the general public.
In Year 1 the chapter
will concentrate on building membership and unity in each of the
Northern and Southern Regions. Our activities will concentrate
in those areas that meet the most immediate needs of local statisticians
and students of statistics- raising the level of meaningful professional
dialogue among local statisticians and increasing students' exposure
to career opportunities. We are a particularly diverse membership
and plan to focus on learning about each other's interests in
order to establish commonalities prior to implementing major outreach
The Membership Committee
will formulate and implement plans for regional growth. Meetings
are intended to be informal vehicles for bringing local statisticians
in industry, government, and academia together on a regular basis.
They may be held over lunch, dinner, or at other convenient times
during the week. The Program Committee will survey members to
determine appropriate meeting times and venues. Speakers will
be primarily from our local area, again to faciliate local members
getting better acquainted. Contact between the regions will largely
be between the two Vice-Presidents, who will coordinate the time
and venue for the first Annual Meeting in October.
Year 2 activities include
continuing Year 1 activities and the launch of several initiatives
intended to serve audiences in addition to professional statisticians
and university students. After having established local connections
in Year 1, we will focus in Year 2 on strengthening ties between
Northern and Southern Nevada.
This annual event
will be an opportunity for students to learn about career options
as statisticians. Patterned after successful events held by other
Chapters, we will have several Nevada statisticians give presentations
to students about their careers and how they came to choose them.
Speakers will represent a spectrum of professional interests,
including academia, defense, health care, gaming, and the hotel
industry. We will hold events in both Northern and Southern Nevada,
with speakers from each area.
may include workshops on resume writing and interviewing skills,
and information sessions in which professional statisticians in
different fields describe their work environment, preparation
for entry-level positions, and current and future career opportunities.
Representatives of the
media (newspapers, radio, television) often encounter statistical
questions in their work and have few resources for obtaining reliable
answers. Many contact local universities and experience varying
degrees of success via that route. By maintaining a Speaker's Bureau,
the local chapter will serve as a first point of contact and a referral
service for inquiries from the media, as well as requests from educational
and nonprofit organizations for presentations from statisticians.
The national organization's creation of an Office of Outreach and
Public Affairs underscores the importance of our interactions with
the general public, and especially members of the media, in affecting
the public perception of statisticians and our discipline.
Year 3 activities include
continuing Year 1 and 2 activities and the launch of several initiatives
undertaken in cooperation with neighboring ASA chapters.
The development of
the Advanced Placement course in Statistics, as well as other
innovations to bring statistics more prominently into K-12 education,
provides professional statisticians with expanding opportunities
to influence the K-12 curriculum and stimulate interest in statistics
among elementary, intermediate, and high school students. Statisticians
at local universities have already been approached for assistance
in curriculum development, and the development of a local chapter
will provide a means for organizing responses to such requests
and expanding the network of local statisticians to facilitate
their contributions to K-12 statistical education.
Special Events - Workshops, National Speakers, etc.
The large Southern California
chapter currently holds several annual events in the Los Angeles
area, including a fall kickoff meeting and applied statistics workshop
in the spring. Such events might constructively take place instead
at alternate neighboring locations, sponsored by regional chapters
on a rotating basis each year. In addition, as occasions arise,
the Nevada Chapter may wish to add special events to its regular
schedule of activities. The geographic proximity of chapters in
neighboring states will also enable us to sponsor traveling courses
in subjects of interest to statisticians in the region. Such courses
will enhance professional development opportunities for local statisticians
and increase the audience for, and thereby the viability of, such
courses in Nevada and neighboring regions.