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).
Biostatistics, Statistics Top List of Best Graduate Degrees, Jobs
‘Tis the season for graduation ceremonies, but more important than the cap and gown is the degree. Writers at Fortune magazine and researchers at the career guidance website PayScale remind us that some graduate degrees are better investments than others. Topping their list of best graduate degrees this year is a master's in biostatistics, followed by a master's in statistics. Beyond degrees, statistics tops the list of best jobs, too. According to Careercast.com, the best job of 2016 is data scientist, while statistician comes in at number two.
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 Kawanna Bright, winner of the April 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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