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Seventh Annual Workshop for Chairs of Programs in Statistics and Biostatistics

August 4th, 8:30am to 1:30pm

On Sunday, August 4, 2013, prior to JSM, the Caucus of Academic Representatives will hold the 7th annual workshop for Chairs of Programs in Statistics and Biostatistics. This half-day workshop is designed to provide information and discussion for leaders of statistics and biostatistics groups and departments on important and current topics to academic leaders. The Workshop is interactive with guided discussion on key topics. This year we will hear from Bin Yu, Jun Liu and Vijay Nair on the National Academy of Sciences report known as MATH 2025 ( as well as a discussion on best practices in hiring lead by Jean Opsomer. We will then proceed to breakout sessions on current issues, and reconvene to hear from the respective groups. The meeting will close with a networking lunch providing opportunities for new and experienced department chairs to interact. The Workshop will be held at a convenient JSM location, to be announced. The Program Chair for this workshop is Kathy Ensor, please contact her ( for additional information.

In order to keep registration fees reasonable, the Caucus is providing partial support for this Workshop. There will be a registration fee of $100 per participant to partially cover the cost of the workshop. (This is in addition to and separate from JSM registration). Registration includes breakfast and lunch on the day of the Workshop. Hotels should be booked through the JSM meeting site. Registration for the workshop is available online at the link below, together with an agenda. Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.


Meeting Agenda:

8:30 to 9:00 Continental breakfast
9:00 to 9:15 Welcome — Kathy Ensor and introduction of ASA CAUCUS representatives, Lynn Palmer and Ron Wasserstein
9:15 to 10:15 Panel Discussion on NAS report and recommendations Math-2025;
Panelists include Bin Yu, Jun Liu and Vijay Nair
10:15 to 10:45 Best practices in hiring; Discussion lead by Jean Opsomer
10:45 to 11:15 Breakout sessions on current topics for Statistics Departments*
11:15 to noon Summaries from breakout groups and general discussion
noon to 1:30 Lunch

*Break-out session topics

  • New degree programs in Data Science - collaboration or competition?
  • Corporate funding of research - is this an answer?
  • MOOCS, distance education and blended classes.
  • Working group to revise ASA's guidelines on undergraduate statistics programs, Nick Horton, for more information see:
  • Maintaining the undergraduate pipeline to graduate programs; REUs/advising/recruiting
  • Participant proposed topic

The Caucus of Academic Representatives meets annually at the Joint Statistical Meetings. The following presentations were made to the Caucus at the 2012 meetings in San Diego:

Statistics at the National Institues of Health, Michelle Dunn