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Precision Medicine, Other Key Health Issues Foci for ICHPS

Major health care topics—including precision medicine and Big Data—will be the focus of presentations at this week's 11th annual International Conference on Health Policy Statistics (ICHPS 2015), organized by the Health Policy Statistics Section. Themed "Statistical Science at the Forefront of Health Policy Research," ICHPS 2015 will be held October 7–9 at the Providence (Rhode Island) Biltmore Hotel. The conference spurs interactions between methodologists and health-service researchers, health economists and health-policy analysts, during which they exchange and build on ideas that will be disseminated to the broader health-policy community. Read more.

ASA Issues Statement on Role of Statistics in Data Science

In a policy statement issued today, the ASA stated statistics is "foundational to data science"—along with database management and distributed and parallel systems—and its use in this emerging field empowers researchers to extract knowledge and obtain better results from Big Data and other analytics projects. The statement also encourages "maximum and multifaceted collaboration" between statisticians and data scientists to maximize the full potential of Big Data and data science. Read more.

More Students Earning Statistics Degrees; Not Enough to Meet Surging Demand

Statistics is one of the fastest-growing degrees in the U.S., but the growth may not be enough to satisfy the high demand for statisticians in technology, consumer products, health care, government, manufacturing and other areas of the economy, an analysis conducted by the American Statistical Association (ASA) finds. Data recently released by the National Center for Education Statistics shows bachelor's degrees in statistics grew 17% from 2013 to 2014. This marks 15 consecutive years the number of undergraduates in statistics has risen, increasing by more than 300% since the 1990s. Read more.

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.

ASA Fellow Joel E. Cohen Awarded Golden Goose Award

ASA Fellow Joel E. Cohen was recently awarded the 2015 Golden Goose award for his work with Christopher Small on "hypsographic demography," how human populations are distributed with respect to altitude. Their work has had an unexpectedly broad impact, touching areas as diverse as food production and packaging, semiconductor manufacturing, and cancer and other biomedical research and development. They will receive their award September 17 at the Library of Congress. The Golden Goose Award honors researchers whose federally funded work may have seemed odd or obscure when it was first conducted, but has resulted in significant benefits to society.

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 Adaora Enemuo, winner of the September drawing for FREE ASA membership.


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World Statistics Day 2015 is October 20

During World Statistics Day 2015 on October 20, the global statistical community will showcase its achievements and ongoing work that is helping to better the lives of people around the world. To launch this special event, the United Nations Statistics Division has created a website and released a kick-off video that unveils the celebration's logo. The UN encourages the statistical community to embrace this international observance and showcase its achievements and current work to achieve “Better data. Better lives.”—the celebration's theme. The ASA will participate in the celebration. Follow World Statistics Day on Twitter at #StatsDay15. Learn more.

Significance Devoting October Issue to World Statistics Day

To mark World Statistics Day in October, Significance will devote its October issue to articles that highlight the important contributions statistics is making in different parts of the world. It plans to publish one article from each of the main geographic regions: North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. “We are particularly keen that articles published about the developing world do not fall into the “bad news” trap—that is, focusing only on stories of war, death, disease, poverty, and natural disasters,” says Significance Editor Brian Tarran. Instead, the magazine is seeking tales of interesting work and novel applications of statistics from parts of the planet that are too often overlooked by the media, he adds. Please send article ideas or recommendations for potential contributors to Tarran at

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