ASA Member News Archive
ASA Member News December 2010
December 2010 Edition
Welcome to the December edition of the new ASA Member News. We have reorganized the newsletter into four categories: Statistical Outreach & News; Meetings, Education, & Events; Off the Press; and Member Opportunities. We hope you like it. As always feel free to submit items or comments.
Statistical Outreach & News
HOUSE FAILS TO PASS CENSUS BUREAU AUTONOMY BILL
The Census Bureau Autonomy bill (S. 3167), which had passed in the Senate unanimously and which the American Statistical Association supported, failed to reach the 2/3 vote necessary for House passage. The bill would have enacted many long-recognized reforms to make the U.S. Census Bureau, the largest statistical agency, more autonomous, including a direct report to the Secretary of Commerce and a fixed, five-year term for the director. View the final roll call vote.
2011 POSTER AND PROJECT COMPETITIONS
Introduce K–12 students to statistics through the 2011 poster and project competitions, directed by the ASA/NCTM Joint Committee on Curriculum in Statistics and Probability. The competitions offer opportunities for students to formulate questions, gather and display data, and draw conclusions from data. Winners will be recognized with plaques, cash prizes, certificates, and calculators (donated by Texas Instruments) and their names will be published in Amstat News. In addition to the ASA competitions, teams of students working on an environmental theme may submit their poster to the 2011 International Statistical Literacy Project’s Poster Competition.
View the internship opportunities for students. Interested students send a letter of inquiry and resume directly to the contact and location you list. Submit an internship opportunity for your organization.
Need materials for outreach? The ASA Statistical Significance pieces, which highlight important contributions statisticians make to society, can help get your students more interested in statistics or help attract students to your programs. StatSigs are available for health care, energy, business, national security, environment, and health policy.
U.S. CENSUS AT SCHOOL PROGRAM SEEKING CHAMPIONS
The ASA and Population Association of America (PAA) launched the U.S. version of Census at School, an international classroom project that engages students in grades 4–12 in statistical problemsolving. The ASA and PAA are seeking champions to expand the U.S. Census at School program nationally. To get involved, email Martha Aliaga and copy Rebecca Nichols.
Meetings, Education, & Events
2011 JOINT MATHEMATICS MEETINGS – New Orleans, Louisiana – January 6–9, 2011
The 2011 JMM will be the 94th annual winter meeting of the Math Association of America and the 117th annual meeting of the American Math Society. They will be joined at this meeting by the Association for Symbolic Logic, the Association for Women in Mathematics, the National Association for Mathematicians, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.
ACADEMY HEALTH ANNUAL RESEARCH MEETING: Call for Abstracts
AcademyHealth is seeking abstracts for 20 themes reflecting the variety of critical areas of study in health services research and research methods, as well as proposals for research panels or panels discussing key health policy topics. Abstracts must be submitted online by January 13, 2011.
2011 FDA/INDUSTRY STATISTICS WORKSHOP: Call for Proposals
The 2011 FDA/Industry Statistics Workshop will be held September 19–21, 2011, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC. This year, submit your session proposal online. Proposals will be accepted for roundtable luncheon discussions through February 28, 2011.
Statistical events are happening around the country and the globe. View our Upcoming Events Calendar.
Off the Press
FREE JOURNAL ARTICLE DOWNLOADS
Get a sneak peak at SBR's Special Issue: A Festschrift for Gary G. Koch.
Check out the free discussion articles in JASA: The Value of Multiproxy Reconstruction of Past Climate by Li, Nychka, and Ammann, Correlated z-Values and the Accuracy of Large-Scale Statistical Estimates by Efron.
Just out in JBES: Bias-Corrected Matching Estimators for Average Treatment Effects by Abadie and Imbens and The Fed and the Stock Market: An Identification Based on Intraday Futures Data by D'Amico and Farka.
SIGNIFICANCE MAGAZINE ONLINE
As an ASA member, you have access to the Significance website, including the complete archives of Significance magazine. For complete access, log in to ASA Members Only, select My Publications, and then select Significance magazine. Check out Web Exclusive Articles now!
STATISTICS TEACHER NETWORK (STN) ISSUE 76 IS ONLINE
The Statistics Teacher Network (STN), a free newsletter published by the ASA/NCTM Joint Committee on Curriculum in Statistics and Probability for Grades K–12, announces that STN issue 76 is now available. Be informed when future editions are available by subscribing to the STN newsletter. As always, readers are encouraged to submit articles for publication.
Deadlines and contact information for ASA national awards, special scholarships and lectureships, and COPSS awards can be found by visiting the following links: ASA awards, ASA scholarships, and COPSS awards.
FUNDING OPPORTUNITY FOR EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY R&D AT IES
The Institute of Education Sciences has released its FY 2011 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program solicitations. Awards under this program will be up to $1.05 million for the research and development of either education technology products to help students learn or education technology tools to facilitate research. Tools to facilitate education research must be designed for use by mainstream education researchers to improve, simplify, or improve the efficiency of research. Proposals under this competition are due in mid-January 2011.
ASA/NSF/BEA FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
The ASA/NSF/BEA Fellowship program aims to improve the collaboration between government and academic research by bringing research fellows to the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), one of the world's leading statistical agencies, to use BEA data and interact with agency staff. Applications for fellowships must be emailed to Joyce Narine by January 30, 2011.
2011 MAHALANOBIS INTERNATIONAL AWARD IN STATISTICS: CALL FOR PROPOSALS OF CANDIDATES
In memory of eminent Indian statistician P. C. Mahalanobis, the Mahalanobis Committee on International Award in Statistics invites you to propose a candidate to the committee, with reasons supporting the candidate and the candidate’s curriculum vitae. Candidates can nominate themselves for the award, accompanied by two references. Send proposals, with supporting documents, to Shabani Mehta before January 10, 2011.
ASA/NCTM JOINT COMMITTEE SEEKS: Head Project Competition Judge, STN Editors, and STEW Website Editors
The ASA/NCTM Joint Committee on Curriculum in Probability and Statistics for grades K–12 is seeking volunteers for the following positions:
Head Judge for the ASA Project Competition for grades 4–12. The deadline for nominations (name, email address, qualifications) is January 15, 2011. Interested nominees must then send their applications by February 1, 2011.
Editor and Associate Editors for the Statistics Teachers Network, beginning in the fall of 2011. STN is a free publication intended to keep K–12 teachers informed about statistical workshops; programs; and reviews of books, software, and technology. The deadline for nominations is January 30, 2011. Interested nominees must then send their applications by March 1, 2011.
Editor and Associate Editors for STatistics Education Web (STEW), an online resource for peer-reviewed lesson plans and resources for K–12 mathematics and science teachers. The deadline for nominations is January 30, 2011. Interested nominees must then send their applications by March 1, 2011.
Submit nominations and applications to Rebecca Nichols.
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