Do You Have Talent? Enter ASA's Got Talent and Help Celebrate ASA's 175th Anniversary
ASA's Got Talent is open and ready for your submission! The talent show will take place Tuesday evening at JSM 2014 in Boston during the 175th anniversary celebration. All videos must be submitted by January 15. Finalists will have the opportunity to perform their talent live at JSM, where the audience will vote. The winner will receive an ASA prize package that includes a complimentary one-year membership. You must be an ASA member to participate. Learn more and enter for your chance to win. Any questions can be directed to Talent@amstat.org.
ASA Well Represented on 2013 AAAS Fellows List
Eleven ASA members and two current or former ASA staffers were named 2013 Fellows by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) November 25. Members bestowed the honorific included Michael Stein of The University of Chicago and Raymond Carroll of Texas A&M University. Click here for a complete list of ASA members named AAAS Fellows. Staffers receiving the honor were former ASA Research and Graduate Education Manager Keith Crank and Science Policy Director Steve Pierson. Click here to read the AAAS press release and the list of 388 new Fellows.
Congressman McNerney Honors ASA Member
In a September speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Jim McNerney (D-CA) praised ASA member Genevera Allen for an important breakthrough in statistics and neuroscience research. Allen and colleagues developed statistical methods to model how an individual's brain is wired and applied these methods to synesthesia-the process of associating specific colors with numbers and letters. This breakthrough is relevant to other neurological diseases, such as autism and Alzheimer's, and demonstrates the vital role of statistics in neuroscience research. Click here to view McNerney's speech.
Montgomery Named ASQ Honorary Member
Arizona State University Regents' Professor of Industrial Engineering & Statistics and ASA Fellow Douglas Montgomery recently was named an American Society for Quality (ASQ) "honorary member." The award is ASQ's highest membership category. To be so honored, ASQ says, "An honorary member shall have rendered acknowledged eminent service to the quality profession or the allied arts and sciences." Montgomery joins a preeminent group that includes statisticians Walter A. Shewhart, W. Edwards Deming, George E.P. Box and J. Stuart Hunter. See the complete list of ASQ honorary members. Click here for an ASA News Audio Report.
Call for Editor Nominations and Applications
The ASA invites nominations and applications for the position of Editor of The American Statistician (TAS), and Editor of the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports (JQAS).
Nominations and applications should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations should include the name of the journal, the person's name, email address, and a brief description of his or her qualifications.
Read the full solicitation.
ASA's Speed Awarded Prestigious Australia Honor
ASA member and University of California, Berkeley statistics professor Terry Speed was honored with the 2013 Australia Prime Minister's Prize for Science in recognition of his life's work using statistics to solve real-world issues. Speed paved the way to modern biology and personalised medicine by interpreting the actions of thousands of genes. Today, he is using statistics to identify which cancers can kill and which don't need surgery. The award was presented October 29 by Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Click here for an ASA News Audio Report. More information and a video.
The Economist Examines State of Science Research
The quality and reproducibility of scientific research are examined in two articles-one an editorial-in the October 19 issue of The Economist. ASA member Victoria Stodden discusses scientists' understanding of modern statistical techniques in Unreliable Research: Trouble at the Lab. The op-ed-Problems with Scientific Research: How Science Goes Wrong-charges that "modern scientists are doing too much trusting and not enough verifying."
Registration for the 2014 Conference on Statistical Practice Now Open!
The 3rd annual CSP 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. This year's CSP will also freature the CSP Mentoring Program designed to establish a mentoring relationship. CSP 2014 will also feature Career Placement. Post your resume and informally arrange meetings with potential employers! Register now.
Nominate a Colleague for ASA Fellow
The ASA Fellows Committee is currently accepting nominations for 2014 Fellows. Please visit www.amstat.org/awards/fellows.cfm to access the online nomination form and view a current list of ASA Fellows. Click here to read suggestions from the Fellows Committee for a successful nomination.
Murphy Awarded Prestigious MacArthur Fellowship
ASA member and University of Michigan statistics professor Susan Murphy was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow September 24. She was honored for her work developing new methodologies to evaluate courses of treatment for individuals coping with chronic or relapsing disorders, such as depression or substance abuse. Murphy's Sequential Multiple Assignment Randomized Trial (SMART) is a means for learning how best to dynamically adapt treatment to an individual's response over time. "By translating statistical theory into powerful tools for evaluating and tailoring complex medical therapies, Murphy is poised to have a significant impact on the field of personalized medicine, an area of great activity in biomedical research today," the foundation wrote. Read more and watch an interview with Murphy here. Learn about the McArthur Fellows Program.
Other Recent Headlines
Nominations for 2014 Excellence in Statistical Reporting Award Now Being Accepted
The committee on Excellence in Statistical Reporting is now accepting nominations for its 2014 award. The award is designed to encourage and recognize members of the communications media who have best displayed an informed interest in the science of statistics and its role in public life. Read the full solicitation.
Call for Nominations for 2014 Don Owen Award
The San Antonio Chapter is accepting nominations for the 2014 Don Owen Award from ASA chapters in North America. The nominee must be a member of the ASA, but is not required to be a member of the nominating chapter. For more information, read the full solicitation.
ASA Members Urge Updating Statistical Models in Climate Research
A group of ASA members has published an article, titled "Uncertainty Analysis in Climate Change Assessments," in the September issue of Nature Climate Change. In calling for the use of several recommended state-of-the-art statistical methods outlined in their article, the group wrote: "If these recommendations are adopted, the improvements in uncertainty quantification would thereby help policymakers to better understand the risks of climate change and adopt policies that prepare the world for the future." The authors are all current or former members of ASA's Advisory Committee on Climate Change Policy. Click here to read the article (subscription required).
Interest in Statistics Still Rising
The number of high-school students who took the Advanced Placement Statistics Exam this year increased to nearly 170,000, a jump of 16,758 students-or 11%-over 2012 results. The percentage increase is in line with the average annual increases of 12% realized since 2003. The strong growth in AP Statistics is considered one factor in the doubling of undergrad statistics degrees over the last five years. For more information, read this ASA Community blog entry.
ASA's DeMets Elected to the Institute of Medicine
ASA member David DeMets, the Max Halperin Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Wisconsin, has been elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. New members who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care and public health are elected each year by active IOM members. Click here for an ASA News Audio Report. More information.
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