Welcome to the October edition of ASA Member News, the ASA's monthly e-newsletter. Go to www.amstat.org/newsletters to view ASA Member News online.
Looking for a Job or Career Change: ASA is a Good Resource
In today's changing job world, biostatisticians are needed! ASA members are encouraged to read the article Careers & Recruitment: Analyse This in Nature magazine, October 14, 2004 (Vol. 431, No. 7010, pp. 880-881). Science Writer Kendall Powell focuses on the high demand for biostatisticians and mathematicians and their value in today's society. ASA President Bradley Efron, Mitchell Gail, Past President of ASA, and other ASA members offer insight.
In Amstat News
JASA September 2004
The September issue of JASA's Applications and Case Studies section contains articles that cover several levels of resolution or several scales of analysis involved in studies connected with human health. The lead article in the Theory and Methods section is a discussion paper by Bradley Efron, comparing penalized and cross-validation approaches to the estimation of prediction error in regression. The section features papers on various aspects of regression, longitudinal/functional data analysis, biostatistical methods, time series analysis, and Bayesian inference.
JSM 2004 Highlights
Did you miss JSM this year? Catch up on all of the happenings of the annual meeting in Amstat News. The recent issue highlighted new Fellows, award winners, and other events.
JSM 2005 Abstract Submission for Invited Sessions Now Open
Abstracts for invited sessions at the 2005 Joint Statistical Meetings can be submitted through November 18, 2004. If you have been selected to present in an invited session, please contact your session organizer or the Meetings Department for information on how to submit. Abstract submission for contributed and topic-contributed sessions will be open December 1, 2004, through February 1, 2005. Please look for more information in future e-newsletters.
The ASA/NSF Federal Statistics Research Program Deadlines: December 10, 2004
The ASA/NSF/BLS Research Fellowship Program seeks research projects in the areas of statistical methodology and computing, economic measurement and research, statistical graphics and data visualization, and information and behavioral sciences. Fellowship appointments are flexible and range up to six months. Research Program questions may be directed to Dr. Stephen Cohen.
The ASA/NSF/Census Research Fellowship Program seeks research projects in areas such as quantitative methods and data, time series, statistical computing, industrial organization, technological change, industry studies, agriculture, urban, and regional economics, statistical uses of administrative data, and selection of bias modeling.
Request for Proposals Enhanced Reported Crime, Arrest, and Homicide Research Databases Deadline: December 3, 2004
The American Statistical Association's Committee on Law and Justice Statistics requests proposals to create enhanced databases of reported crime and homicide in the U.S. Currently, a limited amount of funding is available. Based on current and anticipated funding, we expect to be support several small grants at levels between $25,000, $50,000 and perhaps as much as $100,000.
ASA Awards Deadlines
Several prominent ASA awards, including the Deming Lecturer Award and the Gottfried E. Noether Awards, have approaching deadlines. Please see the ASA Awards page at for details on each award and criteria for nominations.
Members and friends of the ASA may contribute to the statistics profession by financially supporting our mission and goals. In a broad sense, the purposes of the ASA's fundraising efforts are to create awareness within statistics community of the financial needs of special programs which are not currently met by other means, and to seek such support. Visit the ASA's fundraising web page.
ASA/NSF Research Fellowship Programs
The ASA administers the ASA/NSF Research Fellowship Programs with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and four federal statistical agencies. The ASA/NSF Fellowship Research Programs bring academic researchers to work with statisticians, social scientists, and economists in four federal statistical agencies: the Bureau of the Census, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Detailed information on fellowship and grant opportunities.
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