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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 Open

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 Now Open!

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 Elisha Cohen, winner of the November drawing for FREE ASA membership.


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2015 Statistics in Imaging Student Paper Competition

The Statistics in Imaging Section of the ASA is pleased to sponsor a student paper competition for the 2015 Joint Statistical Meetings. Students are encouraged to submit a paper on statistical methods, theory or software development for the analysis of imaging data. The selected winners will present their papers in a topic-contributed session at the Joint Statistical Meetings, August 8-13, 2015, in Seattle, WA. The winners will receive a certificate and the first place winner will receive a cash prize of $500. To be eligible, the student has to be a degree candidate at an accredited institution during 2014, and the first author of the paper. Click here for additional information.

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.

ASA Currently Accepting Nominations for the 2015 Noether Lecturers

Please consider nominating a colleague for the prestigious lectures that honor the life and work of Gottfried E. Noether. Awardees will give the lectures at the Joint Statistical Meetings and receive a cash prize and engraved award. Details can be found here.

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