ASA Member News Archive
ASA Member News October 2008
Welcome to the October edition of ASA Member News, the ASA's monthly e-newsletter.
Did you know the ASA now has 24 special interest sections? Sections are organized on the basis of professional interest with the intention of furthering the development of statistics in specialized fields.
In Amstat News
In this month’s President’s Corner, Peter A. Lachenbruch asks FDA statisticians Robert O’Neill, Greg Campbell, and Henry Hsu to report on statistics at the Food and Drug Administration.
CALL FOR 2009 STUDENT INTERNSHIP LISTINGS – Deadline: October 20, 2008
If your organization would like to list an internship opportunity in the December 2008 issue of Amstat News and on the ASA web site, Return the completed listing form to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 20, 2008. Any 2009 internship listings received after October 20, 2008, will be posted on the ASA web site only.
JSM PROCEEDINGS SUBMISSION – Deadline: October 27, 2008
2008 JSM Proceedings submissions for posters and papers orally presented in Denver will be accepted through October 27, 2008. If you presented your paper or poster in person, you are eligible to publish. Questions? Email Val Snider.
2009 UNITED NATIONS NATIONAL COMPETITIVE RECRUITMENT EXAMINATION – Deadline: October 31, 2008
The U.S. Department of State encourages qualified U.S. citizens to apply to take the 2009 United Nations (UN) National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE), which will be given in the fields of statistics, administration, economics, finance, information technology, public information, and social affairs. Applicants must be no more than 32 years old as of December 31, 2009, and the application deadline is October 31, 2008. This is a wonderful opportunity that can lead to a promising UN career for bright, young Americans.
NATIONAL COMPETITION SUMMER 2009 – Deadline: November 14, 2008
The Joint Program in Survey Methodology is conducting a nationwide search for a limited number of Junior Fellows. This unique experience combines paid research assistantships at federal statistical agencies in Washington, DC, and ongoing educational seminars in survey research. The deadline for applications is November 14, 2008, at 5:00 p.m. EST.
NEW WEB-BASED TRAINING SERIES FROM THE BIOPHARMACEUTICAL SECTION
Stratified Analyses of Binary and (Potentially) Non-Normal Data
Devan Mehrotra (Merck)
October 21, 2008, Noon-2:00 p.m. (Eastern time)
Scott Patterson (Wyeth) and Byron Jones (Pfizer)
December 10, 2008, 10:00 a.m.-Noon (Eastern time)
Classical Sample-Size Analysis for Hypothesis Testing (Part I)
Ralph O’Brien (Case Western Reserve University)
January 29, 2009, Noon-2:00 p.m. (Eastern time)
Classical Sample-Size Analysis for Hypothesis Testing (Part II)
Ralph O’Brien (Case Western Reserve University)
February 12, 2009, Noon-2:00 p.m. (Eastern time)
If you have any questions, please contact Rick Peterson.
64TH DEMING CONFERENCE ON APPLIED STATISTICS – Atlantic City, NJ – December 8–12, 2008
The 64th Deming Conference will be held December 8–12, 2008, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. There will be a total of 12 half-day tutorial sessions based on recently published books running parallel for the first three days (December 8–10). The conference will continue with two two-day short courses on December 11 and 12. Books used for the tutorial sessions and short courses will be sold at appreciable discounts. An exhibition of books about applied statistics will be held during the conference. This conference is sponsored by the ASA’s Biopharmaceutical Section and the ASQ’s Metropolitan Section.
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JSM 2008 PLENARY SESSION WEBCASTS AVAILABLE
If you missed this year’s plenary sessions, were unable to attend JSM, or if you want to learn more about JSM, you now have the opportunity to view webcasts from this year’s meeting.
ASA MEMBERSHIP RATES
Please visit the ASA membership page for details on the benefits of your ASA membership as well as the 2009 membership rates.
ASA Travel Grants to Durban, South Africa, for the 57th Session of ISI
The American Statistical Association has received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support travel to Durban, South Africa, for the August 16–22, 2009, meeting of the International Statistical Institute (ISI). The grant will provide partial transportation assistance to individuals presenting papers or who have an official function at the ISI meeting. Newer faculty who have completed PhD requirements in 1996 or later, women, and minorities are especially encouraged to apply. Attendees must be members of ISI or one of its sections or an official representative of an invited organization. For additional information, contact email@example.com. The application deadline is February 20, 2009.
ASA & NCHS RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
The American Statistical Association, in cooperation with the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), created the ASA & NCHS Research Fellowship Program to bridge the gap between academic scholars and government health research programs. Fellows work to solve methodological problems and study analytic issues relevant to NCHS programs, data, and facilities. Applicants should have a recognized research record and considerable expertise in the area of proposed research. For fullest consideration, fellowship applications are due by November 30; however, applications will be accepted throughout the year until the positions are filled.
COPSS 2009 AWARDS CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
The Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies (COPSS) awards are jointly sponsored by the American Statistical Association, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, the International Biometric Society ENAR, the International Biometric Society WNAR, and the Statistical Society of Canada. They include the R.A. Fisher Lectureship, the Florence Nightingale David Award, the Elizabeth L. Scott Award, the George W. Snedecor Award, and the Presidents’ Award.
ASA AWARDS CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
The ASA honors the recipients of many awards at the Presidential Address and Awards session of the annual Joint Statistical Meetings.
BIANNUAL DATA EXPOSITION
Every other year during the Joint Statistical Meetings, the Graphics and Computing sections jointly sponsor a special poster session called The Data Exposition, more commonly known as The Data Expo. This year’s challenge is to analyze, summarize, and visualize flight on-time performance. There’s a lot of data—120 million flights over the last 20 years—but it should be of interest to statisticians given how often we get stuck in airports!
STATISTICS EDUCATION WEB (STEW) IN SEARCH OF ASSOCIATE EDITORS AND REVIEWERS
The editor of Statistics Education Web, an online bank of peer-reviewed lesson plans for K–12 teachers of mathematics and science, is accepting applications/nominations for associate editors and reviewers. Those chosen will review lesson plans that showcase the use of statistical methods and ideas in science and mathematics based on framework and levels of the Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education (GAISE) Report: A Pre-K–12 Curriculum Framework. Associate editors and reviewers will be selected for each of the three GAISE levels. Interested persons should electronically submit a letter of interest and a current CV or résumé to the STEW Editor, Scott Street.
NEW NSF PROGRAM SOLICITATION
CHE-DMR-DMS Solar Energy Initiative (SOLAR), A new NSF program solicitation, is now available. The deadline for preliminary proposals (required) is December 16, 2008. The deadline for full proposals is March 9, 2009.
NSF 2009 GRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP COMPETITION
The National Science Foundation invites you to apply for the 2009 Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF-GRFP) competition. This program offers up to three years of graduate school support—worth more than $120,000—to each award winner. Benefits include a $30,000 annual stipend, a $10,500 annual cost-of-education allowance, a one-time $1,000 travel allowance, and access to TeraGrid supercomputing facilities. U.S. citizens, nationals, and permanent residents at or near the beginning of their graduate study seeking research-based master’s and/or PhD degrees in NSF-supported science (including social science and psychology) and engineering disciplines are eligible to apply. The application process is now open and will close in early November 2008.
CYBER-ENABLED DISCOVERY AND INNOVATION (CDI)
The timelines and review process for the Cyber-Enabled Discovery and Innovation (CDI) solicitation, are changing in 2009. A revised solicitation containing these changes will be posted shortly. These planned revisions reflect NSF’s experience with the first round of proposals received in response to the previous CDI solicitation.
We know our current members are the best possible source for new members who could benefit from all the ASA has to offer. You depend on the ASA, and now we are counting on you to recruit new members. Every time you recruit a new member, you strengthen the ASA. For each new member you recruit, you will receive a $10 gift certificate good for any ASA product or service. You will also be entered into a drawing for the grand prize of your choice of either one free JSM registration or a free year of ASA membership!
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