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Nussbaum Elected 112th ASA President

Barry D. Nussbaum, chief statistician at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), was elected the 112th president of the ASA by the membership. Nussbaum will serve a one-year term as president-elect on the ASA Board of Directors starting January 1, 2016, and will become ASA president January 1, 2017. ASA members also elected Katherine B. Ensor, Rice University professor of statistics, as an ASA vice president. She will begin her three-year term on the board January 1, 2016. Read more.

ASA Releases Pre-K-12 Instructor Education SET Report

The ASA has issued the Statistical Education of Teachers (SET) Report, which calls on mathematicians, statisticians, mathematics educators and statistics educators to collaborate in preparing pre-K-12 teachers to teach intellectually demanding statistics courses. SET was commissioned to clarify the recommendations for teacher statistical preparation in the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences' Mathematical Education of Teachers II report. The SET report, which is a resource stakeholders can use to guide statistics instruction preparation of current and future teachers, was developed by a team of statistics and education experts chaired by Christine Franklin, senior statistics lecturer at the University of Georgia. Read more.

Job Corps Participation Leads to Higher Wages

A statistical analysis of Job Corps data strongly suggests positive average effects on wages for individuals who participated in the job-training program. Specifically, the study found the average wage effect for program participants is between 5.7% and 13.9% four years after graduating from Job Corps. Additionally, the study found the wage effect was greater—between 7.7% and 17.5%—for non-Hispanics. Results of the analysis were included in a recent article in the Journal of Business & Economic Statistics. Read more.

JBES Study Finds Housing Market Cycles Are Longer

JBES Study Finds Housing Market Cycles Are Longer A statistical analysis of data from 20 industrial countries covering the period 1970 to 2012 suggests housing market pricing cycles-normal, boom and bust phases-have become longer over the last four decades. The study also found longer down phases can have dire consequences on national and international economies. An article on the study was published recently in the Journal of Business & Economic Statistics. Read more.

SWB Honored by Humanity Road

SWB Honored by Humanity Road Statistics without Borders (SWB) is a recipient of Humanity Road's 2014 Da Vinci Award, which is presented to a patron or contributor that supports its programs. SWB was honored for coauthoring and publishing Guide to Social Media Emergency Management Analytics, a tool for emergency managers and decision-makers that helps them identify and discuss relevant questions when planning a social media in emergency management response. “We wish to thank SWB for all their help in performing the data study and contributing to this important guidebook,” says Humanity Road President Chris Thompson.

Humanity Road delivers disaster preparedness and response information to the global mobile public before, during, and after a disaster. Read more.

Significance Devoting October Issue to World Statistics Day

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

World Statistics Day 2015 Is October 20

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.

SPP Series Identifies High Pediatric Cancer Rates in Florida

Higher-than-expected rates of pediatric cancers have been identified in the Miami metro area and an area west of the Everglades in a series of five statistical analyses conducted for Science and Public Policy. The anomalous rates were detected by five research teams—each using different epidemiological and statistical methodology—on a data set spanning the period 2000—2010 provided by Florida Association of Pediatric Tumor Programs. Each group applied different analytical approaches to achieve the same goal: detect spatio-temporal pediatric cancer clusters. Read more.

Winner of Free ASA Membership

Winner of Monthly Drawing for FREE ASA Membership Congratulations to Alison Luciano, winner of the April drawing for FREE ASA membership.


Other Recent Headlines

Bruce Lindsay Passes

Bruce G. Lindsay, 68, passed away May 5 in State College, Pennsylvania, of cancer. He was the Eberly Family Chair in Statistics at Penn State University, where he joined the faculty as an assistant professor in 1979 after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at Imperial College London. Lindsay spent his entire career at Penn State, where he advised 31 PhD students. He contributed important innovations in the theory of mixture models and likelihood-based estimation, among many other topics. He gave the Fisher Lecture at the 2010 Joint Statistical Meetings, a talk that highlighted his capacity for deep geometric insights and uncanny knack for explaining difficult ideas simply. A memorial service is planned for May 31 in State College. Read the obituary.

Presented Harvard's Cupples Award

Sharon-Lise Normand is the 2015 recipient of the L. Adrienne Cupples Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research, and Service in Biostatistics. The annual award honors a biostatistician whose academic achievements reflect the contributions exemplified by Cupples, who is professor in Boston University's School of Public Health (SPH). Normand was honored for her research on the development of statistical methods for health services research and inquiries into methods for the analysis of patterns of treatment and quality of care for patients with cardiovascular disease and mental disorders. Normand is professor of biostatistics at Harvard Medical School and the SPH. Read more.

Drug War Increased Homicide Rates in Mexico

A new statistical analysis published in The American Statistician suggests that, in the short term, the Mexican government's war against drugs increased the average murder rate in regions subjected to military-style interventions. The findings of "Did the Military Interventions in the Mexican Drug War Increase Violence?" suggest military interventions resulted in an average increase of nearly 11 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants across the 18 affected regions studied. However, the estimated effects vary considerably across these regions. ASA members Valeria Espinosa, a Google quantitative analyst, and Donald B. Rubin, statistics professor at Harvard University, conducted the study. Read more.

Technometrics Seeks Book Reviewers

Technometrics is seeking additional reviewers for new books. The book review section publishes reviews of books that are directly relevant to the practice of statistics in the physical, chemical, and engineering sciences. Experience in these areas makes you a valuable reviewer for Technometrics. Read more...

Statistics and Public Policy Calls for Editor Applications & Nominations

The American Statistical Association invites nominations and applications for the position of editor of Statistics and Public Policy.

SPP is an open-access journal publishing papers that apply strong statistical methodology to problems in the realm of public policy and /or relevant political science. Articles may address international, national, or local policy questions, and the emphasis is upon the application rather than methodological novelty. 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.

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