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In Nature Commentary, ASA Fellow and Coauthors Report Challenges in Pointing Out Errors

David Allison, Brendan George, and coauthors report in the February 3 issue of Nature on the challenges they experienced in their efforts to point out to journals and authors substantial or invalidating errors in peer-reviewed articles. Their article lists the three most common problems they found in articles (i.e., mistaken design or analysis of cluster-randomized trials, miscalculation in meta-analyses, inappropriate baseline comparisons), six problems encountered in addressing the identified errors, and recommendations to make published science more rigorous.

Statistician Projected as Top 10 Fastest-Growing Job

Statistician is projected to be one of the fastest-growing jobs in the U.S., according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, following more than 15 years of already strong employment growth in the field. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that employment of statisticians will grow 34% from 2014 to 2024, compared to 28% for mathematical science occupations, and 7% for all occupations. The field ranks ninth on the Department of Labor's list of 20 fastest-growing occupations. For more information, see the ASA press release.

Nominate a Reporter for the ASA Excellence in Statistical Reporting Award

Know a statistics-savvy reporter? Please nominate her/him for the Excellence in Statistical Reporting Award by March 1. This award honors a reporter who shows an informed interest in statistical science and its role in public life. For more information, click here.

Analysis Identifies Rape Clusters in Mainland U.S.

Marion County, Texas has the highest rape risk rate of any county among the 92 statistically significant rape clusters in the continental United States identified by an analysis published online today by Statistics and Public Policy—an ASA open-access, online public-policy journal. The first-of-its-kind rape cluster study, titled "Geographical Clusters of Rape in the United States: 2000-2012," also identified the clusters with the highest and lowest rate of arrests relative to reported rapes. The study was conducted by Raid Amin, Martin Kulldorff, and Nicole Nabors, Arlene Nelson and Murshid Saqlain-all former statistics students of Amin. Read more.

Interested in Science Policy and Helping the Statistics Profession? Apply for ASA's Science Policy Fellowship

The ASA is accepting applications for a science policy fellow to help elevate the profile of statistics in policymaking and advocate on behalf of the profession. A newly created program, the fellow will be based at the ASA headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, but will spend the bulk of her/his time in Washington, advocating for statistics and experiencing first-hand how federal science policy is formed. More information here.

Winner of Free ASA Membership

Winner of Monthly Drawing for FREE ASA Membership Congratulations to Martin Ahlijah, winner of the January drawing for FREE ASA membership.


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Obituary - Peter G. Hall

The ASA joins the Statistical Society of Australia and statisticians around the world in mourning the passing of Peter G. Hall on Saturday, January 9, 2016, from leukemia. He was 64.

Peter was one of the most influential and prolific theoretical statisticians in the history of the field. He made seminal contributions concerning the bootstrap, functional data analysis, martingale theory, measurement error models, nonparametric function estimation and smoothing parameter selection and published approximately 600 journal articles. His contributions were recognized with several fellowships, honorary doctorates and awards including the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies Award in 1989. He served as editor of Statistica Sinica and The Annals of Statistics.

Peter was also a keen photographer with a special interest in train photography. He enjoyed travel and was a regular visitor to many universities around the world. He is survived by his wife, Jeannie.

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.

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