In a joint letter to Greece’s prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, the ASA expressed deep concern over the legal proceedings against Andreas Georgiou—former president of the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT)—and other senior ELSTAT officials.
Georgiou was appointed by the Greek parliament in 2010 to head ELSTAT and produce reliable Greek statistics. After many years of understated deficit and debt figures reported by Greece, Georgiou recalculated official economic statistics according to European Union (EU) law. However, in 2013, he was accused of “undermining the national interest” and slapped with criminal charges for “false statements and complicity against the State” for allegedly inflating the Greek deficit and causing damages of €171 billion to the Greek state. Although various judicial procedures have several times concluded the charges against Georgiou are baseless, they continue to be revived.
Nick Thieme, a graduate student studying computer science at the University of Maryland, has been awarded the ASA’s first AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellowship (MMF). He will spend 10 weeks this summer training as a science journalist with Slate in its DC and NYC offices. The ASA joined the AAAS Mass Media Fellowship sponsorship programs to expand its efforts to promote more statistical capacity in reporting and provide statisticians with additional media experience. A call for 2018 fellows will be issued this fall.
ASA and NCTM Launch New K–12 Resource, StatisticsTeacher.org
What began as a paper newsletter in 1982 has now become a full online journal dedicated to publishing articles about successful classroom practice, sharing announcements about professional development opportunities, and helping connect K–12 educators across the country. Statistics Teacher features new content and better organization, but what remains the same is the emphasis on supporting statistics teachers.
The Joint Policy Board for Mathematics (JPBM) is hosting a mathematical open house on April 22 for anyone in the greater DC area coming in for the National Math Festival or the March for Science. Register here.