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According to an April 1 NSF press release , NSF announced 2000 recipients of the Graduate Research Fellowships (GRF) . 12 of these were awarded to statistics students. Congratulations to these 2015 recipients: ​ Name Baccalaureate Institution Field of Study Current Institution Bowen, Claire McKay Idaho State University Statistics University of Notre Dame Cai, Katherine Elaine Arizona State University...
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The ASA Committee on Funded Research (CFR) will again be hosting a meeting at JSM for attendees to learn about funding opportunities directly from representatives of funding agencies. "Funding Opportunities for Statistics" is scheduled for 12:15-1:45 pm on Sunday, August 9. [START TIME MOVED TO 12:15 FROM 12:30.] The committee is trying a new time this year because there will be fewer scheduling conflicts with the JSM sessions not beginning until 2 pm Sunday. Please watch this space for further details of location and confirmed speakers. This meeting has been very well attended in past years and I hope that you'll be part of it this year. Likely...
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At the March 3 hearing for the fiscal year 2016 (FY16) budget for the Department of Commerce, Congressman John Culberson (R-TX), chair of the Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) appropriations subcommittee, devoted his first 8 minutes of questions for Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker to the American Community Survey (ACS) and the costs of the 2020 decennial census. Specifically, Chair Culberson noted concerns from his constituents about the intrusiveness of the ACS and his concern about the survey being mandatory. For the 2020 decennial, he noted the estimated cost of the 2020 decennial census being $13 billion, which is more funding than what...
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The “Statistics in Business Schools Interest Group” (SIBSIG), is an interest group within the American Statistical Association (ASA) and an outgrowth of the organization “Making Statistics More Effective in Schools of Business” (MSMESB), a special interest group within the Decision Sciences Institute (DSI) founded in the 1970's. The two groups work closely together to promote modern developments in statistics within business schools. Recent developments in business analytics provide an exciting opportunity for statisticians in B-schools.To better understand these developments, we request your participation in a short survey to assess the current...
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Health & Human Services ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ National Institutes of Health Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development ​ Division of Intramural Population Health Research Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Branch Postdoctoral Fellowships The Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Branch is an intramural research program within the Division of Intramural Population Health Research (DIPHR) at the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development. The Division’s mission is to conduct original research focusing on human reproduction...
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An editorial published earlier this month in the journal Basic and Applied Social Psychology ” has raised concerns in the statistics community. The editorial declares that “the null hypothesis significance testing procedure (NHSTP) is invalid,” and states that authors of papers submitted to the journal, will--prior to publication--“have to remove all vestiges of the NHSTP (p-values, t-values, F-values, statements about ‘significant’ differences or lack thereof, and so on).” Bayesian alternatives will be considered on a case-by-case basis and “are neither required nor banned” from the journal. The statistical community is aware of problems associated...
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Dear Professors, Researchers, Experts, and Students……….. We would like to inform you that Qatar University is organizing the international conference on “Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Applications in Cancer Genomics Research (BBACGR 2015)” April 26 – 28, 2015, at Qatar University, Doha, Qatar. http://www.qu.edu.qa/BBACGR-2015/ It is my great pleasure and honor to welcome and invite you to attend in our conference. The BBACGR2015 will be devoted to new challenges and innovations in all fields of bioinformatics and biostatistics from both academia and industry to come together, share, discuss,...
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Getting the Lags Right

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In my November and December posts, I extolled the virtues of SEM for estimating dynamic panel models. By combining fixed effects with lagged values of the predictor variables, I argued that this approach offers the best option for making causal inferences with non-experimental panel data. It controls for all time-invariant variables, whether observed or not, and it allows for the possibility of reciprocal causation. Simulation evidence strongly favors SEM over the more popular Arellano-Bond method for estimating these kinds of models. Despite the potential for this method, I recently learned that it’s vulnerable to a very troubling kind of bias when...
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[2/11/15 Update: For trust in education statistics , Emerson Elliott, The Hill Congress Blog , 2/10/15.] Twenty former federal statistical agency heads this week signed onto a letter to Congress urging Congress to "strengthen the accountability and responsibilities of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) in the reauthorization of the Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences (IES)." The letter specifically urges Congress to restore Senate confirmation of the currently presidentially appointed commissioner—which was lost in 2012—and lists six other responsibilities and capabilities NCES should have. The letter went...
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Dear Colleagues…… On behalf of the Organizing Committee, It is my pleasure to invite you to participate in the International Conference on “ Bioinformatics and biostatistics applications in cancer genomics research (BBACGR2015)” which will be held at Qatar University, Ibn Khaldoon hall, April 26-28, 2015 . For more details, please see following link for details : http://www.qu.edu.qa/BBACGR- 2015/ This conference is being organized and sponsored by The Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics at the College of Arts and Sciences Qatar University http://www.qu.edu.qa/ , Qatar National Research...
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Dear Colleagues…… On behalf of the Organizing Committee, It is my pleasure to invite you to participate in the International Conference on “ Bioinformatics and biostatistics applications in cancer genomics research (BBACGR2015)” which will be held at Qatar University, Ibn Khaldoon hall, April 26-28, 2015 . For more details, please see following link for details : http://www.qu.edu.qa/BBACGR- 2015/ This conference is being organized and sponsored by The Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics at the College of Arts and Sciences Qatar University http://www.qu.edu.qa/ , Qatar National Research...
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Dear Colleagues…… On behalf of the Organizing Committee, It is my pleasure to invite you to participate in the International Conference on “ Bioinformatics and biostatistics applications in cancer genomics research (BBACGR2015)” which will be held at Qatar University, Ibn Khaldoon hall, April 26-28, 2015 . For more details, please see following link for details : http://www.qu.edu.qa/BBACGR- 2015/ This conference is being organized and sponsored by The Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics at the College of Arts and Sciences Qatar University http://www.qu.edu.qa/ , Qatar National Research Fund ...
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CONFERENCE | The Infinite Possibilities Conference 2015 -- a national conference designed to promote, educate, encourage, and support minority women interested in mathematics and statistics -- will be held at Oregon State University March 2 and 3. Act soon; the housing deadline is January 26. Details: www.diversityin science.org/ infinite-possibi lities-conferen ce
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The FY16 federal budget request will be released February 2, 2015. This blog entry will track FY16 appropriations developments for the federal statistical agencies and so will be updated accordingly. (See update log below.) To receive notifications of updates, follow ASA Science Policy on Twitter: @ASA_SciPol. Because this blog entry covers everything from the budget request to the final determination of the budget, it can become quite long. To help with that, I'll try to partition the blog entry: FY16 Budget Request Highlights Specific Agency FY16 request highlights Reports on the FY16 Request ...
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The FY16 federal budget will be released February 2, 2015. This blog entry will track FY16 appropriations developments for NSF and NIH and so will updated accordingly. (See log updates below.) To receive notifications of updates, follow ASA Science Policy on Twitter: @ASA_SciPol. ​ Because this blog entry covers everything from the budget request to the final determination of the budget, it can become quite long. To help with that, I'll try to partition the blog entry: Reports on the FY16 Request NSF Division of Mathematical Sciences Table Update log See also FY16 Statistical Agency Budget Developments . ...
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Geocomputation 2015

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Abstract submission for oral and poster presentations at the 2015 GeoComputation conference is now open. The deadline for abstract submission is January 15, 2015 . GeoComputation 2015 conference will be held at the University of Texas at Dallas from May 20-23, 2015. Accepted papers will be eligible to extend and to submit to special issues in Journal of Visual Languages and Computing and another SCIE indexed journal (a negotiation is being finalized), and to an edited book. The Organizing Committee is accepting proposals for both half-day and full-day workshops.The deadline for workshop proposal is January 15, 2015. A workshop proposal can be submitted...
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Dear Professors, Researchers, Experts, and Students, Qatar University is organizing the international conference on “Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Applications in Cancer Genomics Research (BBACGR 2015)” in collaboration with Qatar National Research Fund www.qnrf.org and Texas Tech University (Health Sciences Center-School of Pharmacy, USA) http://www.ttuhsc.edu/sop/biomedicalsciences/ . BBACGR 2015 will be held during April 26 – 28, 2015, at Qatar University, Doha, Qatar. On behalf of the University and the Organizing Committee, I am delighted to invite you and your faculty to participate in this important event....
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Below are the U.S. universities granting graduate degrees in psychometrics and econometrics from 2010-2013 as reported to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Since we know there are many more psychometrics programs and econometrics programs across the U.S., one can assume that universities (and specifically their institutional research offices) are not categorizing psychometrics and econometrics degrees using the NCES CIP codes: 42.2708 Psychometrics and Quantitative Psychology 45.0603 Econometrics and Quantitative Economics The APA Report of the Task Force for Increasing the Number of Quantitative Psychologists reported...
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[2/10/15 update: See also this February Amstat News article: GAO to FBI: More Focus on Statistics ] The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) today released its report on the scientific approaches in the FBI investigation of the 2001 anthrax attacks. The GAO summary of the report , which is titled, " ANTHRAX: Agency Approaches to Validation and Statistical Analyses Could Be Improved ," states the genetic tests conducted by the four FBI contractors "were generally scientifically verified and validated, and met the FBI's criteria" but they also found considerable variation in the approaches used by the four contractors, which could have been avoided....
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After the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pension (HELP) Committee passed a bill in September that would have weakened the stature and autonomy of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), it seemed certain the House and Senate would pass the bill in the lame duck Congress. The House had passed the bill—H.R. 4366, the Strengthening Education through Research Act (SETRA)—this spring with broad bipartisan support and committee staff from both chambers were actively negotiating any changes the Senate HELP would make leading up to its September mark up. It appears however that a few Senators blocked its Senate passage with concerns over the bill's...
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