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Ninth Annual Workshop for Chairs of Programs in Statistics and Biostatistics

Time: Sunday, August 9, 2015: 8:30am to 1:30pm

On Sunday, August 9th, the Caucus of Academic Representatives (CAR) will hold the ninth annual workshop for Chairs of Programs in Statistics and Biostatistics. This half-day workshop will foster discussion between new and experienced chairs on a several topics of current interest.

The workshop will be held at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel in the Diamond meeting room. The program chair for this workshop is David Hunter (; feel free to contact him 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 (in addition to and separate from JSM registration) to cover the remaining costs. Registration includes breakfast and lunch on the day of the Workshop. To register, click the hot link in the previous sentence or visit the CAR website at Hotels should be booked through the JSM meeting site. Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

The workshop is intended to allow for chairs to interact with the speakers and each other, with presentations designed to spark lively and fruitful discussions. In one session, a panel of experts will lead a discussion on gender equity in the academic profession of statistics and biostatistics. In another, two experts in machine learning will share their thoughts on various aspects of data science. Each of these sessions includes ample time for group discussion. Further details of the workshop are listed below in the agenda.

We look forward to you joining us in Seattle!

Meeting Agenda

  • 8:30 to 9:00 Continental breakfast
  • 9:00 to 9:15 Welcome, introductions and introductory remarks
    • David Hunter, Penn State U.
    • Paul Rathouz, U. of Wisconsin
  • 9:15 to 10:15 Gender equity in academia: How are we doing and what more could we do?
    • Sally Morton (panel moderator), U. of Pittsburgh and former ASA president
    • Terry Speed, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
    • Nick Jewell, U. of California, Berkeley
    • Group discussion
  • 10:15 to 10:30 Brief report: Call for statisticians and biostatisticians to support grant reviews
    • Nandini Kannan, National Science Foundation
    • Peter Kozel, National Institutes of Health
  • 10:30 to 10:45 Break
  • 10:30 to 10:45 Brief comments from current President or President Elect of ASA
    • David Morgenstein or Jessica Utts
  • 11:00 to 12:00 Data science in the profession and the curriculum
    • Daniela Witten, U. Washington, coauthor of An Introduction to Statistical Learning
    • Edo Airoldi, Harvard U., AOAS editor for computational biology and machine learning
    • Group discussion
  • 12:00 to 12:15 Brief report: Opportunities at the Office of Biostatistics, Center for Drug Evaluation & Research, US Food and Drug Administration
    • Ram Tiwari, Associate director, Office of Biostatistics, CDER, FDA
  • 12:15 to 12:20 Brief discussion: Potential CAR workshop topics for 2016
  • 12:20 to 1:30 Lunch: Networking, ongoing discussion