Mentoring Is the Way
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by Megan Murphy
1w ago
ASA Mentoring Working Group Discusses Findings, Next Steps Carolyn M. Rutter, Fred Hutch Cancer Center; Nicola Justice, Pacific Lutheran University; Frost Hubbard, Westat; and Ruth Etzioni, Fred Hutch Cancer Center Mentoring can change individual lives and enhance the diversity and breadth of our profession. In the words of ASA President Bonnie Ghosh-Dastidar, “Our careers and life journeys are unique but, for many of us, they retain the indelible footprints of our mentors.” Indeed, her career path demonstrates the impact mentoring can have. To understand strategies of successful mentoring pro ..read more
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Budgets See Cuts, Flat Funding for Research, Federal Statistical Agencies
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by Megan Murphy
1w ago
Steve Pierson, ASA Director of Science Policy Finalized in March, the federal government fiscal year 2024 (FY24) budget generally delivered cuts for research funding agencies and statistical agencies (Table 1.). President Joe Biden’s FY25 budget request was also more modest than past years, largely requesting flat funding.   Final FY24 Budget The federal budget agreement made between the White House and US House of Representatives resulted in decreases for four research funding agencies the ASA tracks most closely and for a number of federal statistical agencies. The National Science Fou ..read more
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WSDS Provides Student Travel Awards
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by Megan Murphy
1w ago
Awards are available to help students and early-career professionals pay for the Women in Statistics and Data Science Conference. To be eligible, applicants must be either students enrolled in a terminal degree program (bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral) in biostatistics, statistics, or data science or have completed a master’s or doctoral degree program in biostatistics, statistics, or data science within the last five years (2019–2024). Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. ET on September 6. The post WSDS Provides Student Travel Awards first appeared on Amstat News ..read more
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Nominations Open for the International Prize in Statistics
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by Megan Murphy
1w ago
Nominations are open through October 1 for the 2025 International Prize in Statistics, awarded for a major achievement developed over time. The prize—which can be awarded to individuals, teams, or organizations—is meant to recognize powerful ideas that have led to breakthroughs in statistics and data science and demonstrated impact on applications, methodology, theory, or practice. Visit the International Prize in Statistics website for details and the nomination form. Direct questions to Nominations@StatPrize.org or ASA Executive Director Ron Wasserstein. The post Nominations Open for the Int ..read more
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Network, Learn, Grow
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by Megan Murphy
1w ago
Bonnie Ghosh-Dastidar Looking at the Joint Statistical Meetings program, I can see program committee chair Debashis Ghosh and the entire JSM program committee, as well as their partners, have put together a high-quality and exciting program. Thank you, program committee members, for your dedication and service. While this is my first Joint Statistical Meetings as an ASA president, I have attended many times as either a student, early-career professional, ASA section chair, or statistics group leader. Those experiences helped me with the following top 10 tips for a successful conference. 1. P ..read more
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Health Policy Statistics Section Seeks Award Nominations
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by Megan Murphy
1w ago
The  American Statistical Association’s Health Policy Statistics Section is seeking nominations for its achievement awards. The awards honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the development of statistical methods or developed innovative statistical applications for health policy or health services research. They are given to encourage research in these areas and increase awareness of the section in the statistical community. Selection Criteria The Mid-Career Award recognizes leaders in health policy and health services research who have made outstanding contributions thr ..read more
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JSM in Portland: Catching Up, Collaborating, and Collecting Tools
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by Megan Murphy
1w ago
Jonaki Bose, National Center for Health Statistics Members of the ASA Committee on Applied Statisticians are looking forward to the upcoming Joint Statistical Meetings and wide variety of sessions relevant to applied statisticians. The committee’s student workshop will take place August 5 from 10:30 a.m. to noon, and students of all levels are welcome. The committee also organized an invited session, “Seismic Shifts in the Use of Programming Languages: Implications, Processes, Risks, and Consequences,” taking place August 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. Panelists will help contextualize how to ..read more
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Federal Budget Cuts Leave Forensic Science Projects Unfinished, Student Researchers Defunded
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by Megan Murphy
1w ago
Danica Ommen, Susan VanderPlas, and Steve Pierson Danica Ommen is chair of the ASA Forensic Science Committee and an associate professor of statistics at Iowa State University. Susan VanderPlas is the vice chair of the ASA Forensic Science Committee and assistant professor of statistics at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Steve Pierson is the ASA director of science policy and staff liaison to the forensic science committee. The Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence, known as CSAFE, had its funding terminated May 31, a year before its second five-year contract was t ..read more
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Quality and Productivity Section Offers Mentoring Programs
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by Megan Murphy
1w ago
The Quality and Productivity Section recently revived its mentoring program with the aim of helping Q&P members enrich their professional experience through achieving their goals. Specifically, the section intends to connect those wanting mentoring with those wanting to mentor and to facilitate those interactions. Sharing knowledge and experience can be mutually rewarding. A constructive mentoring relationship can take many forms and occur at any career stage. Benefits for mentees and mentors include building connections and networks, passing on knowledge, and bridging the gap among genera ..read more
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Checking In: LGBTQ+ Advocacy Committee
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by Megan Murphy
1M ago
Suzanne Thornton, chair of the ASA’s LGBTQ+ Advocacy Committee, is a member of the Statistical Engineering Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Her interests include statistical computing, the foundations of statistical inference, and the ethical application and development of statistical methods. The ASA LGBTQ+ Advocacy Committee is hosting a webinar titled “An Interdisciplinary Look at Trans and Gender-Non-Conforming Inclusion in STEM” June 12 at 6 p.m. ET. It will feature Maggie Delano, associate professor of engineering at Swarthmore College; Sara Lipshutz, an ..read more
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