ASA Welcomes Regina Nuzzo as Senior Advisor for Statistics Communication and Media Innovation

“Statistics is fun, fascinating, and powerful.” That’s the message Regina Nuzzo, the new senior advisor for statistics communication and media innovation at the American Statistical Association, plans to share with a wide variety of audiences. In this newly created role tailored to her experience and expertise, Nuzzo will help the ASA improve communication of statistics policy issues, bring more statistics to journalists and journalism, and enhance public engagement and communication skills for statisticians and statistics students.

“I couldn’t be happier to have Regina join the ASA staff,” said ASA Executive Director Ron Wasserstein. “A professional science writer with a PhD in statistics, Regina is the perfect person to lead the ASA’s engagement with the media and the public as we highlight the practice and profession of statistics more broadly. I’ve known and worked with Regina for years and am pleased she’ll bring her expertise, enthusiasm, and energy to the association. I hope ASA members get a chance to meet and welcome her at JSM.”

Regina Nuzzo

“Clear communication of data, probability, and statistics is now more important than ever, and I’m thrilled that the ASA is so invested in this goal that they created a new position for it,” Nuzzo said. “I look forward to bringing a new kind of statistics communication to all kinds of people and to helping journalists and researchers share their own stats stories.”

Most recently, Nuzzo was a professor at Gallaudet University, where she has been on the faculty since 2006. Nuzzo has a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from the University of South Florida and a PhD in statistics from Stanford University. She is also a 2004 graduate of the science writing program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she learned to write about math, science, and health for a variety of audiences. Her feature article on p-values earned her the American Statistical Association's 2014 Excellence in Statistical Reporting Award, and she facilitated the working group that produced the precedent-setting 2016 ASA p-values statement. Her writing has appeared in such publications as the New York TimesLos Angeles TimesESPN the MagazineReader's DigestScientific AmericanNew ScientistScience News, and Nature.