The membership has voted, and it elected Karen Kafadar, chair and commonwealth professor in the department of statistics at the University of Virginia, as the 114th president of the American Statistical Association. Before she takes office as president on January 1, 2019, she will serve as president-elect, beginning January 1, 2018.
In addition to electing Kafadar, members also voted in Katherine Monti, former chief statistical scientist at Rho, as vice president. More information about the results will be published in next month's Amstat News!
The ASA’s newest conference, the Symposium on Data Science & Statistics, is designed for data scientists, computer scientists, and statisticians analyzing and visualizing complex data. SDSS will be an annual meeting, and the first symposium will take place May 16–19, 2018, in Reston, Virginia.
We'll share more information as it’s available, but you’re encouraged to bookmark the website and save the date for now!
The ASA has established a new fund to provide financial assistance to students and early-career statisticians interested in attending ASA-sponsored professional meetings. In line with our mission to promote the practice and profession of statistics, the new fund will help us encourage more student and early statisticians to become engaged in the statistical community and help them gain valuable training, mentoring, and networking opportunities. Contributions to the fund will be pooled and used at the discretion of ASA staff to support student travel to various ASA meetings. The selection of students to support will be based on both merit and financial need.
The ASA signs a letter to President Trump (PDF) with 57 others urging prompt appointment of highly qualified individuals for director and other key roles in the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).
Be part of the mentoring program at JSM 2017! Being a mentor at JSM is rewarding and strengthens the statistics community. Being a mentee helps you get solid advice from an experienced statistician and opens doors for your career.
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