ASA Member News Archive
ASA Member News September 2011
September 2011 Edition
Statistical Outreach & News
CONGRESS CONTINUES BUDGET WORK
The Senate has marked up eight appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2012 (FY12) this month. The Senate’s plans cut NSF by 2.4%, NIH by 0.6%, and the Census Bureau by 8%. With the House, Senate and Administration still far from agreeing to the FY12 budgets, the fiscal year will start on October 1 on a Continuing Resolution. Read more.
HHS REQUESTED INPUT ON 'COMMON RULE': DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 26
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is asking for comments about proposed revisions to the “Common Rule,” the regulations governing the protection of human subjects in research. In an extensive Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) , HHS asked for responses to 66 questions to inform the subsequent proposed rule. Members of the ASA Privacy and Confidentiality Committee are preparing comments about the privacy and confidentiality (P&C) sections of the ANPRM. ASA members can contact the P&C committee about P&C issues and ASA Director of Science Policy Steve Pierson about other Common Rule issues. The deadline for comments to HHS is October 26.
Meetings, Education, & Events
2011 JSM PROCEEDINGS SUBMISSION SITE CLOSES SEPTEMBER 26
If you orally presented a paper or poster at JSM 2011, you’re eligible to publish it in the 2011 JSM Proceedings. The submission site will close at noon EDT on September 26. Email Valerie Nirala with any questions.
FORUM ON TEACHING TEACHERS IN THE ERA OF THE COMMON CORE – Reston, Virginia – October 2–4
The Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences (CBMS) will host a national forum, Teaching Teachers in the Era of the Common Core, October 2–4 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Reston, Virginia. Details and registration information are on the CBMS website.
SEPTEMBER'S FEATURED LEARNSTAT ONDEMAND OFFERING
September’s featured LearnSTAT OnDemand offering is Nonparametric Dose Response Models in Bayesian Adaptive Designs, presented by Andrew Grieve on February 18, 2010. Register and view this recorded webinar.
9TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON HEALTH POLICY STATISTICS – The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland, Ohio – October 5–7
The 2011 ICHPS, organized by the ASA’s Health Policy Statistics Section, will focus on advancing methods to improve health care through various studies and the quantitative analysis of data. Onsite registration will be available.
SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA CHAPTER ONE-DAY SHORT COURSE – San Francisco, California – November 6
The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter is sponsoring a one-day short course on Bayesian Statistics with David Draper. The lecture will include examples of Bayes models estimated in BUGS software. Attendees should bring a laptop with BUGS installed.
67TH ANNUAL DEMING CONFERENCE ON APPLIED STATISTICS – Atlantic City, New Jersey – December 5–9
The 67th Deming Conference will include two parallel half-day tutorial sessions based on recently published books for the first three days for a total of 12 tutorial sessions. Then, the conference will continue with two two-day short courses. Attendees will receive bound proceedings of the presentations. Early registration ends October 1.
ASA CONFERENCE ON STATISTICAL PRACTICE – Orlando, Florida – February 16–18, 2012
The program for the inaugural ASA Conference on Statistical Practice is set. Are you a statistical practitioner—data analyst, researcher, or scientist—engaged in the application of statistics to solve real-world problems on a daily basis? The conference will provide an opportunity to learn about the latest statistical methodologies and best practices in statistical design, analysis, programming, and consulting. Explore the program and register for a short course, tutorial, or the Career Placement Service today.
ICES-IV – Montréal, Quebec, Canada – June 11–14, 2012: Abstract Submission Deadline Extended to October 3
The abstract submission deadline for the Fourth International Conference on Establishment Surveys has been extended to Monday, October 3. As the fourth conference in the series, ICES-IV will look ahead to key issues and methods pertaining to establishment surveys. Submit an abstract.
JSM 2012 – San Diego, California – July 28–August 2, 2012
The 2012 JSM website is now available. Find out more information about key dates.
Statistical events are happening around the country and the globe. View our Upcoming Events Calendar.
Off the Press
IN AMSTAT NEWS
WHERE WILL YOUR NEXT STOP TAKE YOU?
There are many routes a statistician can take to reach an area to study. In an effort to get to know these routes, we asked a few ASA members to answer questions about the paths they took to get where they are today. Read more.
FREE ASA JOURNAL ARTICLE DOWNLOADS
Every issue of JASA, JBES, JCGS, SBR, TAS, and Technometrics has at least one featured article available for free download (for a limited time). Check out these new articles. Log in and look for articles marked FREE! And remember, ASA members automatically receive free online access to JASA, JBES, JCGS, SBR, and TAS. Log in at ASA Members Only.
A Conversation with Gary Grove Koch, by Lisa LaVange and John Preisser
All the Data Expo posters!
Simulated Annealing Model Search for Subset Selection in Screening Experiments, by Mark A. Wolters
SIGNIFICANCE MAGAZINE ONLINE WEB EXCLUSIVES
The Dutch have some crazy ideas. Just in the last month, they’ve coined the “transfer accelerator”—a slide that takes you down to the train platform so you don’t have to throw yourself down the stairs to catch the train when you’re late—and had the rather audacious idea to build a 6,500-foot mountain to advance their chances of Olympic success in sports such as skiing and bobsledding. The monolith also would serve as a tourist attraction in the country whose highest hill now surmounts to a staggering 1,056 feet, just losing out to the Eiffel Tower. However, not all their ideas are as entertaining as these two. Wim Kuipers, chair of the board of Christian schools in The Netherlands, which represents more than 800,000 students, has suggested separating boys and girls for some of their classes, such as math and language.
Read more web exclusives from Significance.
CALL FOR 2012 STUDENT INTERNSHIP LISTINGS DEADLINE: October 20
Would your organization like to list an internship opportunity in the December 2011 issue of Amstat News and on the ASA website? Return the completed form by October 20. Any 2012 internship listings received after October 20 will be posted on the ASA website only.
2012 UPS GEORGE D. SMITH PRIZE: CALL FOR APPLICATIONS DEADLINE: October 31
Submit your application now for this new INFORMS prize that rewards an academic department or program for effective and innovative preparation of students to be good practitioners of OR/MS or analytics, defined broadly. The deadline for applications is October 31, 2011. Watch the announcement from the 2011 Edelman Gala. For more information contact the prize chair, Robert D. Smith.
ASA ACCREDITATION PROGRAM CONTINUES TO GROW
The ASA’s accreditation program is up and running, with more than 120 ASA members being accredited thus far. Perhaps you are ready to join the growing ranks of ASA-accredited statisticians. Learn more and review the guidelines to be sure of your eligibility.
REVERSE TIME CAPSULE
Please join us as we look forward to celebrating the ASA’s 175th anniversary by participating in our “reverse” time capsule project. The reverse time capsule will contain forecasts of or comments about the future, specifically regarding the year 2039 (the 200th anniversary of the ASA), as viewed from the present perspective. Thus, it will be the present perspective on the future. Mostly, however, it is simply a fun activity opened at the start of preparations for the 175th anniversary of the ASA. To access the reverse time capsule, go to ASA Members Only and select the Reverse Time Capsule tab at the top of the page.
STATISTICAL SCIENCE DELEGATION TO ISRAEL
People to People Citizen Ambassador Programs and the ASA have created an exchange to foster international goodwill, professional development, and personal enrichment. Join colleagues from around the world who understand the need for greater depth of knowledge in statistical science. Professional experience at any level will make an important contribution to the team. Delegates will learn about statistical literacy efforts in Israel; how statisticians are trained; and the roles of statisticians in health-related professions, industry, and government. Our delegation will arrive to meet international colleagues in Israel on November 3 and, together, we will have the honor of experiencing the rich culture of Tel Aviv, Haifa, and Jerusalem. We will arrive back in the United States on November 11. Learn more about program costs, inclusions, a complete itinerary, and enrollment details.
DEMING LECTURESHIP COMMITTEE NOW ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR 2012 LECTURER
Deming Lecturer Award nominations are being accepted for the 2012 Deming Lecturer. Nominations should be submitted no later than November 15. If you have questions, contact the committee chair, A. Blanton Godfrey. Nominations should be emailed or mailed to the ASA office at 732 N. Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, ATTN: Award Nominations.
NOETHER COMMITTEE NOW ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR 2012 AWARD
Members of the 2012 Noether Senior Scholar and Noether Young Scholar awards committee will accept nominations for 2012 awards until December 1. If you have questions, contact the committee chair, Pranab K. Sen. Nominations should be emailed or mailed to the ASA office at 732 N. Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, ATTN: Award Nominations.
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