ASA Member News Archive
ASA Member News March 2008
Welcome to the March edition of ASA Member News, the ASA's monthly e-newsletter.
Did you know the ASA offers a Post-Graduate Membership? This membership is available to new graduates for the first year after graduation from a degree program and offers all the benefits of a regular membership.
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In this month’s President’s Corner, Peter A. (Tony) Lachenbruch asked ASA presidential nominees Xiao-Li Meng and Sastry Pantula to help write his column and stress the importance of the ASA’s elections. They all encourage your participation. Read the column.
2008 POSTER AND PROJECT COMPETITIONS – Deadline: April 1, 2008
Introduce students to statistics through the annual poster and project competitions. The ASA has posted the webinar Working with K–12 Students to Create a Statistics Poster, presented by John Gabrosek and Neal Rogness of Grand Valley State University. This instructional webinar gives tips on selecting a topic, collecting data, graphically displaying the data, communicating the message, and avoiding common pitfalls. The deadline for both competitions is April 1, 2008. View the recorded webinar.
SCHOLARSHIP NOMINATIONS – Deadline: April 1, 2008
Wilks Memorial Medal - The 2008 Samuel S. Wilks Memorial Medal Committee invites members to submit nominations for this award, to be presented at the 2008 annual meetings in August. The award consists of a medal, citation, and honorarium.
Bryant Scholarship - The Edward C. Bryant Scholarship for Outstanding Graduate Student in Survey Statistics is awarded each August at the Joint Statistical Meetings. The winner receives a certificate and $2,500 prize.
Outstanding Statistical Applicant Award - The Award of Outstanding Statistical Application was established in 1986 to recognize a paper that is an outstanding application of statistics in any substantive field. The award will be presented at the Joint Statistical Meetings in August.
Waller Education Award - The Section on Statistical Education is proud to administer the seventh Waller Education Award in 2008.
NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR 2009 ELECTION – Deadline: April 15, 2008
Nominations are being sought for the 2009 Election of the ASA president-elect and vice president. As a member of the ASA, you recognize the importance of leadership in our diverse, complex, multidisciplinary industry. Think about your colleagues and associates who are fellow members of the ASA. The president-elect will be nominated from the government sector; the vice president is to be nominated from academia. Submit a nomination.
JSM 2008 CALL FOR LATE BREAKING SESSIONS – Deadline: April 17, 2008
Proposals for late-breaking sessions for JSM 2008 should be submitted to the Program Chair March 12 - April 17, 2008. Submit a proposal.
NEW LEARNSTAT COURSE: ANALYSIS OF CENSORED DATA – Alexandria, Virginia – April 18, 2008
A new LearnSTAT course for the spring, Analysis of Censored Data by Danyu Lin, will review key developments of statistical theory and methods for analyzing censored event time data in the last three decades.
University of Pennsylvania Annual Conference on Statistical Issues in Clinical Trials: From Bench to Bedside to Community – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – April 18, 2008
Join us for the inaugural Annual Conference on Statistical Issues in Clinical Trials: From Bench to Bedside to Community. The topic of the 2008 conference is Early, Translational, and Proof-of-Concept Studies: The ‘Go/No Go’ Decisions. The conference—being organized by Jonas Ellenberg, Rosemarie Mick, and Susan Ellenberg—was funded by an NIH/NCI Grant and is cosponsored by the American Statistical Association. The conference will bring together leading scientists who will make presentations and lead open discussions about state-of-the-art and developing methods. Register by April 4, 2008.
2008 SIAM INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON DATA MINING – Atlanta, Georgia – April 24–26, 2008
The 2008 SIAM International Conference on Data Mining (SDM08) will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia, from April 24–26, 2008. This conference is held in cooperation with the ASA and brings together data mining, statistical, and mathematical researchers from academic, government, and industrial institutions. SDM08 will provide a venue for researchers to present their work on data mining in a peer-reviewed forum. It also provides an ideal setting for graduate students and others new to the field to learn about cutting-edge research by hearing outstanding invited speakers and attending tutorials (included with conference registration). A set of focused workshops is also held on the last day of the conference.
GRAYBILL CONFERENCE VII – Fort Collins, Colorado - June 11-13, 2008
The Graybill Conference will provide an opportunity for statisticians from pharmaceutical companies, industry, universities, and government agencies, and graduate students preparing to enter this field, an opportunity to meet and share the current state of statistical methods needed in the biopharmaceutical industry. Hosted by the Department of Statistics, Colorado State University. Co-sponsored by The American Statistical Association and The Biopharmaceutical Section of the ASA. See the brochure.
2008 ASA CONFERENCE ON RADIATION AND HEALTH – Vail, Colorado – June 15–18, 2008
The 2008 American Statistical Association's Conference on Radiation and Health continues a decades-long tradition of bringing together scientists working in the biophysical, biological, biostatistical, and public health aspects of radiation epidemiology in a beautiful and relaxed atmosphere. All speakers are internationally recognized experts in their fields of specialization. The meeting will focus on new directions in radiation research, including recent discoveries in radiobiology, radiation dosimetry, and radiation epidemiology, as well as new statistical approaches to existing data. In addition, the program will highlight the epidemiological and scientific evidence of radiation effects on human health occurring at low dose levels.
MEETING WITHIN A MEETING (MWM): ASA WORKSHOP FOR K–12 MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE TEACHERS – Denver, Colorado – August 4–5, 2008
MWM will occur in conjunction with JSM this summer in Denver for K–12 math and science teachers. Its aim is to enhance teachers’ understanding and teaching of statistics within the math/science curriculum. Do you know any K–12 teachers who might be interested in attending?
Statistical events are happening around the country and the globe. View our Calendar of Events.
2008 ASA ELECTION NEWS
The ASA is going green with the 2008 election! Your ASA election ballot will be sent to you via email. Those without email addresses on file with the ASA will be sent a paper ballot. The election begins on March 17, 2008, and closes at midnight on May 15, 2008. For a list of 2008 candidates. Biographies for the 2008 candidates.
Are you searching for a job, or are you an employer searching for a quality employee? Let the ASA JobWeb help you.
ASA ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF JOINT STUDENT PAPER COMPETITION
The American Statistical Association recently announced the winners of its 2008 Joint Student Paper Competition. The winners—graduate or undergraduate students or recent graduates—will present their papers at the Joint Statistical Meetings of the ASA in Denver August 3–7. Sponsored by the Social Statistics, Government Statistics, and Survey Research Methods sections of the ASA, the papers selected involve either a new statistical methodology or a creative application of statistical analysis to a problem, policy question, or other issue. See the list of winners.
JUDGES SOUGHT FOR ASA PROJECT COMPETITION
The ASA/NCTM Joint Committee is seeking judges for the ASA project competition. If interested, email Linda Young or call (352)281-6469.
NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR EDITOR OF THE ASA STATISTICS EDUCATION WEB (STEW)
The American Statistical Association invites nominations for the editor of Statistics Education Web, or STEW, an online bank of peer-reviewed lesson plans for K–12 teachers of math and science. The editor, who will serve from 2009 through 2011, with orientation beginning in 2008, will review lesson plans that showcase the use of statistical methods and ideas in science and mathematics.
2008 TRAVELING SHORT COURSES
The ASA Council of Chapters Traveling Short Course Committee is pleased to announce its 2008 course offerings. Traveling short courses are provided by the ASA to bring low-cost, local courses to chapters that provide workshops for members and help develop programs and outreach.
MATH AWARENESS MONTH VIDEO CONTEST
The American Statistical Association, the American Mathematical Society, the Mathematical Association of America, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics announce the theme for Mathematics Awareness Month 2008: Math and Voting. What does “Math and Voting” mean to you? Unleash your creativity and show millions. Visit the Math Awareness Month web site and create a video, to be hosted on YouTube, using music, humor, and other creative elements to express your feelings about the connection between mathematics and voting. The winner will be awarded with $500 and recognition on the Math Awareness web site, the ASA homepage, and in the July issue of Amstat News.
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