ASA Joins 30 Societies on Letter to Congress with Consensus Scientific View of Climate Change
The ASA is one of 31 science organizations that signed a letter to members of Congress stating: “Observations throughout the world make it clear that climate change is occurring, and rigorous scientific research concludes that the greenhouse gases emitted by human activities are the primary driver.” The letter also has two paragraphs about the impact of climate change and states “[A]daptation is necessary to address unavoidable consequences...” The letter concludes, “We, in the scientific community, are prepared to work with you on the scientific issues important to your deliberations as you seek to address the challenges of our changing climate.” A press release with quotes from many heads of the letter’s signatories is available here.
Aarti Shah Named Chief Information Officer for Eli Lilly
Eli Lilly and Company announced on June 13 the promotion of Aarti Shah to senior vice president and chief information officer, effective July 1. Shah joined Lilly in 1994 as a senior statistician after completing her doctorate in applied statistics from the University of California, Riverside. During her career at Lilly, she has held many technical and administrative leadership positions, including serving as vice president for biometrics and advanced analytics and as executive director of global information sciences. In her new role, she will lead the efforts of a worldwide IT organization with more than 1,300 employees, in addition to many contractors and external business partners, to deliver innovative IT solutions to the business.
Liberal Arts + Data Analysis Skills Fare Better in Entry-Level Jobs
Job-market-analytics company Burning Glass Technologies examined hundreds of thousands of entry-level job postings over 12 months and found 137,000 for liberal arts graduates with data-analysis skills. Additionally, the firm’s research found that data-analysis jobs paid an average of $12,700 more than the typical salary of traditional jobs open to liberal arts students without that skill set. The findings were recently published in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Statisticians’ Compile List of 10 Simple Rules for Effective Statistical Practice
Statistics may be everywhere, but a constant challenge for researchers is that statistics aren’t always understood, calculated or communicated effectively. Leading statisticians Robert E. Kass of Carnegie Mellon University; Brian S. Caffo of Johns Hopkins University; Marie Davidian of North Carolina State University; Xiao-Li Meng of Harvard University; Bin Yu of the University of California Berkeley; and Nancy Reid of the University of Toronto have penned “Ten Simple Rules for Effective Statistical Practice” to help researchers avoid pitfalls of misrepresenting data or formulating hypotheses based on faulty statistical reasoning. The list was recently published in the journal PLOS Computational Biology.
Rebecca Doerge: Latest Statistician Named Senior University Administrator
The statistical community congratulates Rebecca Doerge for being named dean of the Mellon College of Science at Carnegie Mellon University. Doerge joins a growing list of statisticians in senior university administration positions that includes a university president.
Data Science Tops List of Fields with Massive Potential
eCampus News examines three burgeoning fields of study, and data science comes in at number one for a field of study that leads to a "future-ready" career. The article, which considers data science a "continuation of some of the data analysis fields such as statistics, data mining, and predictive analytics," compiled data from a number of job-hunting and career services websites. Referencing the increasing demand for statistics and huge growth in statistics degrees, it serves as a helpful tool for students thinking about postsecondary opportunities. It also highlights areas in which colleges and universities could expand their focus on data science.
Four Statisticians Elected Members of the National Academy of Sciences
The American Statistical Association congratulates the following four ASA members, who were elected members of the National Academy of Sciences:
Steven Evans of the University of California at Berkeley
Susan Murphy of the University of Michigan
Larry Wasserman of Carnegie Mellon University
Nancy Reid of the University of Toronto
ASA Mourns Loss of Ingram Olkin
The ASA community mourns the passing of Ingram Olkin of Stanford University on April 28. Born in 1924, Olkin was a mentor, friend, role model, leader, and legend in the statistical community and beyond. Indeed, many of those whose lives he touched gathered at JSM 2014 in Boston to enthusiastically celebrate his birthday. In this 2014 Amstat News piece about his nonagenarian birthday, he expressed no regrets: "I was blessed in my career. I had good mentors and colleagues and super students. It's not clear to me what I could have done differently to improve on any of those because it is your teachers, colleagues, and students—your friends—who become important in your life. I've been fortunate to have a super group in each of those categories." The statistical community was blessed many times over by Olkin's extensive influence and presence. The ASA leadership and staff extend their condolences to his family. Ingram Olkin was featured in two videos in ASA's Distinguished Statistician series. One is a conversation with Dr. Olkin discussing his career in statistics. A memorial service is being planned for July 10 in Palo Alto (details not yet available).
ASA to Host Two-Day Workshop for Department Chairs
The ASA is planning a two-day workshop for department chairs July 12-13, 2016, in Alexandria, Virginia. The workshop will have four themes, most in the context of the role of statistics and biostatistics departments in the emerging field of data science:
- Industry Engagement
- Undergraduate and Graduate Education
- Funding Opportunities
- Supporting and Mentoring Junior Faculty
The organizers also plan ample discussion time throughout the workshop. Sign up at http://bit.ly/ASA_Chairs. Click here for more information.
Winner of Free ASA Membership
Congratulations to Eric Ogbonna, winner of the May drawing for FREE ASA membership.
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ASA Statement on P-Values Draws Attention
More than 108,000 views of the ASA's Statement on P-Values and Statistical Significance since it was released on Monday, March 7. Many science media outlets have picked up the story. Here are a few examples:
Articles are popping up in more general media, as well. For example, the story was picked up on Inside Higher Education and Vox. And many people are blogging, tweeting, and posting.
ASA members have been posting to ASA Connect or writing directly to ASA Executive Director Ron Wasserstein. We want to hear from you about the statement, and we encourage you to spread the word through your networks, especially to those in your networks who are not statisticians, but are users of statistics.
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