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President Obama named ASA Fellow Katharine Abraham to chair the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking on May 20. His appointment adds to three made by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid: ASA Fellow Robert Groves, Jeffrey Liebman, and Kim Wallin . For background on this commission, see this December 2014 blog entry: Congressional Leaders Murray and Ryan Introduce Bill Promoting Evidence-Based Policymaking . In this blog entry, I'll track appointments as I become aware of them. Please let me know of any additions. The Commission is made up of 15 members, with three each being appointed by the President, and the House and Senate Republican and Democrat...
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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Estimation of Missing Values in Time Series Data: A Model Comparison (Unpublished M.Sc.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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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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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 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. We expect six to seven speakers including Cheryl Eavey, Program Director of the NSF Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics program in the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences...
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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 hold for statistics and biostatistics. Thanks to the Annual Survey of the Mathematical Sciences by the American Mathematical Society, we know that...
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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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Welcome to the inaugural posting on the new BIOP (Biopharmaceutical Section) blog. Many thanks are due to BIOP Chair-Elect Alex Dmitrienko and Lara Harmon (ASA’s Marketing and Online Community Coordinator) for not only the idea of our Section having its own blog but also for setting up this curated blog. All members are encouraged to read these postings as an avenue to professional interactions, widespread communication, and increasing the relevance of BIOP among our colleagues and friends. Since the beginning of 2016, officers and members have been at work planning for 2 big meetings this year: JSM (Joint Statistical Meetings) at Chicago’s McCormick...
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The statistical community is celebrating this week the news of Sally C Morton being named as dean for Virginia Tech College of Science . Morton will join a growing list of statisticians who are or have been in senior university administration positions, signifying the growing recognition of the importance of statistics to improving science: Abdelmonem A. Afifi, Dean, School of Public Health, UCLA (1985- 2000) Syed Ejaz Ahmed, Dean, Faculty of Mathematics and Science, Brock University David B. Allison, Associate Dean for Science, School of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham Mark Becker, President, Georgia...
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According to an March 29 NSF press release , NSF announced 2000 recipients of the Graduate Research Fellowships (GRF) . 19 of these were awarded to statistics students, an increase from the 2014 and 2015 numbers of 11 and 12, respectively. Congratulations to these 2016 recipients: ​ Name Baccalaureate Institution Field of Study Current Institution Branson, Zachary Joseph Carnegie-Mellon University Statistics Harvard University ...
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One fixed term Assistant Professor position is open at MSU CHM. To apply, go to https://jobs.msu.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1458139240385 and in the Posting Number box search for 2965. Job Title: Assistant Professor MAU/College: College of Human Medicine Primary Dept.: Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology Employee Group: Fixed Term Faculty Appt Basis: Annual Year, 12-months Appt Status: Fixed Term Employ%: 100 Salary Range: Salary and rank commensurate with experience The Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology in the College...
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Mathematical Statisticians Staff Fellow-2 Year Fellowship Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American! At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere. It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens. Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM), Office of New Animal Drug Evaluation (ONADE), Division of Scientific Support (DSS) is seeking a qualified applicant for...
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The FY17 federal budget was released February 9, 2016. This blog entry will track FY17 appropriations developments for NIH, NSF, and AHRQ and so will be 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 FY17 Request Reports on Congressional Consideration of FY17 budgets NSF Division of Mathematical Sciences Table Update log...
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The FY17 federal budget request is expected to be released February 9, 2016. This blog entry will track FY17 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: FY17 Budget Request Highlights Specific Agency FY17 request highlights Reports on the FY17 Request ...
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After several delays and short-term extensions, Congress agreed on a five-year transportation bill covering roads and transit systems. The $300 billion bill determines the budget for the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), the funding for which comes from the Highway Trust Fund (rather than the annual appropriations bills covering the other primary statistical agencies, which are still waiting to know their FY16 funding levels.) The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act , H.R. 22, freezes the BTS budget at $26 million for FY16-FY20 despite support expressed in an ASA-organized letter signed by 20 organizations — including...
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