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On Friday, July 22, the Census Bureau hosted the inaugural meeting of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking at the National Academy of Sciences building. All 15 members have been named, including two fellows and one member of the American Statistical Association (see the full list of members here with the meeting agenda and commissioner bios here ) . Members of the commission were very optimistic about evidence-based policymaking, and noted that the formation of the commission is the first of many opportunities for the federal government. Based on the personal histories of commission members as well as the invited speakers, it is clear that...
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Two weeks ago we posted a request for collaboration , from Peter Parker at NASA. Since then, we've received at least one idea about how to solve the problem. If you have your own idea, please respond with a comment or contact Dr. Parker directly. Today's post is different than the previous one. Instead of a request for collaboration, it is a report of a successful collaboration between academia and industry. We hope the subject is of interest to both researchers and practitioners. We are always looking for contributions to the Industrial Statistics Virtual Collaboratory . If you have an industrial statistics problem looking for a collaborator,...
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Welcome to anyone viewing the SIBSIG, Statistics in Business Schools (ASA) Interest Group site. I apologize that I am not a media-oriented Program Chair so I will begin with some simple announcements as we approach JSM 2016 in Chicago. 1. I encourage anyone who is interested in teaching statistics or analytics to business students to join our interest group and begin to share any and all ideas. 2. If you are attending JSM 2016, I encourage you to ask for a JSM section member ribbon. We are hoping to increase awareness for a small interest group and this may help initiate a conversation about the sections and interest groups you are a member of. ...
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With Congress expect to recess next week through Labor Day, this week is expected to be full of legislative activity. However, little action is expected on either the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act or the various appropriations bills (there are twelve in total, with appropriations for Commerce, Justice, and Science, as well as appropriations for Labor, Health, and Human Services of particular concern to the statistical community), thereby likely deferring any action on these bills until the next Congress. The American Innovation and Competitiveness Act, the Senate bill that reauthorizes NSF—among other agencies—was treated favorably...
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This is the first installment in the Industrial Statistics Virtual Collaboratory, from Peter Parker at NASA. Feel free to comment directly on this post, though commenting is presently limited to ASA members. If interested in collaborating with Dr. Parker, you may also contact him directly at peter.a.parker@nasa.gov. The next post on this forum will happen the week of July 17. If you would like to contribute an entry to the ISVC (see the initial post for details), please contact Byran Smucker (smuckerb@miamioh.edu). -------- Near Replication in Response Surface Designs In classical design of experiments and response surface methods...
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Following the House’s controversial and partisan bills in 2014 and 2015 to reauthorize the National Science Foundation (NSF), four Senators of both parties have introduced a bill to reauthorize the NSF, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Gary Peters (D-MI) introduced the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (S. 3084) on June 23. According to their press release and a review of the bill, S. 3084 is designed to maximize the impact of basic research, reduce regulatory burdens on federally-funded researchers, expand opportunities for...
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The idea At the 2015 Spring Research Conference, a panel discussion on collaborations prompted discussion on the part of a few SPES members. There are researchers looking for meaningful and impactful statistical problems to solve. Industry and government have statistical problems that need solutions. How can we connect the solvers to the problems? From this comes the idea of the Industrial Statistics Virtual Collaboratory (ISVC). What is it? The purpose of the ISVC is to facilitate (1) the origination of collaborations between practitioners and researchers, motivated by real statistical problems; and (2) the dissemination of current research...
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Hi all! First, allow me to introduce myself… my name is Amy Nussbaum, and I am the ASA’s inaugural Science Policy fellow. The ASA board voted last year to create my position in an effort to continue raising the profile of statistics among policy makers and involve newer members of the statistical community in doing so, and I’m proud to be assisting them. After delays related to gun control deliberations and maneuverings, the Senate is expected to begin in earnest this week its deliberations of the FY17 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill which funds the U.S. Census Bureau. Two amendments with serious consequences for the 2020 Census have...
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This is the second article in the leadership series that includes interviews with statistical leaders among the biopharmaceutical community. I am pleased to present an interview with Dr. Kelly H. Zou. Kelly Zou, PhD, PStat, ASA Fellow, is Senior Director and Analytic Science Lead, Real-World Data and Analytics at Pfizer Inc. She is an elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association and an Accredited Professional Statistician. She received both her MA and PhD degree in Statistics from the University of Rochester and completed her post-doctoral fellowship training at Harvard Medical School. Her undergraduate major was Mathematics, along with a...
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[6/15/16 update: This commission will be the topic of a JSM Late-Breaking Session: " Invest in What Works: First Steps Toward Establishing Evidence-Based Policymaking Clearinghouse ", Mon, 8/1/2016, 2:00 PM - 3:50 PM CC-W375b. 6/28/16: President Obama announces his remaining two appointments ; Only Senate Majority Leader McConnell's three appointments remain 7/21/16: Senate Leader McConnell makes his three appointments, completing the membership of the Commission. 7/21/16: The agenda for the first meeting on 7/22 is linked from this Census page .] President Obama named ASA Fellow Katharine Abraham to chair the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking...
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As I explained in my recent post, we are launching the leadership series that will include interviews with statistical leaders among the biopharmaceutical community. I am pleased to present an interview with Dr. Gregory Enas. To provide some background information, I met Greg Enas at JSM 1997 in Anaheim, CA. Greg was the Head of Global Statistical Sciences at Lilly and I was a graduate student. Greg told me about Lilly's growing statistical organization. At that time Lilly was interviewing statisticians at an amazing rate of 5-6 people each month. After our conversation I got invited for an interview as well, and the rest was history :) I am greatly...
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We are excited to have started the Biopharmaceutical Section's official blog on the ASA's web site and would like to tell you a bit more about the articles that will appear on this blog. Updates from the Section's chair and Executive Committee This will be a series of posts written by the Chair and key EC members to provide periodic updates on what the Section's leadership has been up to, including information on important initiatives, updates from EC meetings, etc. We will also include information about conferences organized by the Section, e.g., the Biopharmaceutical Section Regulatory-Industry Statistics Workshop, as well as about invited sessions...
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Estimation of Missing Values in Time Series Data: A Model Comparison (Unpublished M.Sc. Project)
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With ASA's continued work to show the importance and benefits of engaging statistics in Big Data, the BRAIN Initiative, and the Precision Medicine Initiative, I am continuing the blog entries showing the JSM talks related to Data Science & Big Data and Neuroscience . This blog entry highlights the ones related to the Precision Medicine Initiative, the 2015 version of which is here . (Please let me know of any I missed.) Below are just some I could identify by using the great search feature of the online program but I hope you'll spend more time using it to identify precision medicine talks. I also hope you'll let me know of any I missed. The...
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With ASA's continued work to show the importance and benefits of engaging statistics in Big Data, the BRAIN Initiative, and the Precision Medicine Initiative, I am continuing the blog entries showing the JSM talks related to Data Science & Big Data and the JSM talks related to Precision Medicine . This blog entry highlights the ones related to Neuroscience and the BRAIN Initiative, the 2015 version of which is here . (Please let me know of any I missed.) This first list are neuroscience/neuroimaging themed sessions: 17 Missing Data in Neuroscience Clinical Trials: Truth or Consequences...
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I've been in Engineering for 8 years now, and am looking to transition to a Statistics career in the within the next yr. I am 2 classes shy of an Applied Statistics Master's Certification at Penn State. I am interested in opportunities that involve, but not limited to training, shadowing, volunteering, entry level.
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Following up on my 2013 , 2014 , and 2015 blog entries on the same topic, here are the 2015 sessions that mention "Big Data" or "Data Science" in the title or the abstract, or seems strongly related to the topic. See also, Neuroscience Sessions/Talks at the 2016 Joint Statistical Meetings Sessions on Personalized/Precision Medicine at the 2016 Joint Statistical Meetings The first list is based on session titles that contain either term (using Basic Search on the JSM 2016 Online Program .) The second list is where "Data Science" appears in the abstract of a talk or session (using Abstract Keyword Search). The third...
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[7/25/16 Update: Please also be aware of this meeting with NSF and NIH program officers on Tue, 8/2/2016, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM in H-Grand Tradition . Organied by NSF and NIH program officers, it is intended as an informal “town hall” meet and greet to engage in a conversation about research and training in Statistics and Data Science.] The ASA Committee on Funded Research (CFR) is 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, July 31 in CC-W176c. Please watch this space for further details...
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[7/18/16 update: The 2015 new doctorate unemployment data were added to the first table from the Report on the 2014–2015 New Doctoral Recipients .] We recently received a couple inquiries on the demand for PhD statisticians and biostatisticians. A new piece in Inside Higher Education (IHE), The Shrinking Ph.D. Job Market , also addresses the broader market for PhDs and so I thought it would be helpful to share what we know on the statistics and biostatistics PhD market. I think it is true that the IHE piece's summarizing statement—“As number of new Ph.D.s rises, the percentage of people earning a doctorate without a job waiting for them is up”—doesn't...
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Statisticians in the medical product industry (pharmaceuticals, biologics, devices and diagnostics) operate within a highly-regulated work environment. Because of this, there are scores of standard operating procedures and guidances that specify how studies should be designed, completed, analyzed and reported. For example, there are International Conference of Harmonisation (ICH) guidances for Good Clinical Practice (CGP) and Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) which describe how we (should) monitor clinical trials and manufacture drug product, respectively [1,2]. But what about Good Analytical Practice? Many would say that Good Analytical Practice is implied...
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