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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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RDD is a technique that originated in the 1960s by Thistlewaite & Campbell and re-invented by Goldberger (1972) and Tallmadge & Horst (1976). There are 2 types of RDD - Sharp RD vs. Fuzzy RDD; similar underlining concepts but here I will focus on Sharp RDD. In Sharp RDD, randomization is generated by a selection variable (running variable) the caused a discontinuity based a pre-determined cut-off score and consequently estimate a causal treatment effect. My discussion/question is: Is this "discontinuity" enough to strongly assume randomization and estimation of causal treatment effect without any bias (selection bias, measurement error, simultaneity,...
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The Canadian government today announced the reinstatement of the mandatory long-form census , with the following statement from the Honorable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development: As we said throughout the election campaign, we are committed to making evidence-based decisions on programs and policies and to providing better and more timely services to Canadians. Our plan for open and fair government starts with the reinstatement of the mandatory long-form census. This is integral to implementing our plan for a strong and growing middle class. Today, Canadians are reclaiming their right to accurate and reliable...
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A recent paper by officers of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation— A Preliminary Review of Influential Works in Data-Driven Discovery —identifies papers that have been most influential to applicants to the Moore Foundation’s Data Driven Discovery (DDD) program. As described in the paper, the foundation asked applicants (in the competition's pre-application stage) to list up to five influential works he/she thinks "has helped define the field of data science". From the 1100 applicants, they collected 5,000 references, 53 of which were cited at least six times. 22 papers were cited ten or more times and, of these, nine are written or co-written...
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The disposition of requests for building additional methane capacity for heating and electricity generation has fallen within the pursue of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities ("DPU"). This involves supporting and directing contracts between public utilities, such as National Grid and Eversource, and fossil fuel providers, such as Spectra/Algonquin, which have the net effect of authorizing the build of additional fossil fuel infrastructure, such as pipelines and electrical generation plants, in Massachusetts, with 30-50 year depreciation schedules, and all these being paid for by passing the costs on to ratepayers . The order authorizing such...
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The Electronic Probability and Statistics EBook integrates motivational challenges, datasets, scientific concepts and graphical webtools for data interrogation, aggregation, analysis and visualization. The EBook is community-built, completely open-access (in terms of use and contributions), blends information technology, scientific techniques and modern pedagogical concepts, and is multilingual.
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The 2016 AAAS Annual Meeting , February 11-15 in Washington, DC, will include seven sessions submitted by the Statistics Section (aka Section U) and other statistics-centric sessions. The large number represents the ongoing, concerted effort of Section U and the broader statistical community (e.g., Marie Davidian's 2013 ASA Presidential Initiative ) to raise the profile of statistics within AAAS, the largest, broadest scientific professional association. Current Section U Chair and 2006 ASA President, Sallie Keller said of this year's statistics sessions, "this year’s Section U program offers a diverse set of sessions, strongly aligned with the AAAS...
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The October Amstat News includes the annual article reporting the latest degree information from the National Center for Education Statistics: Statistics Degrees Continue Strong Growth . It shows the continued strong growth for undergraduate and graduate degrees: 17% increase for bachelor's over 2013; 8.5% for master's; and 9% for PhD's. The data for the charts showing the growth in undergraduate and graduate statistics and biostatistics degrees are here: Statistics degrees: http://www.amstat.org/misc/StatTable1987-Current.pdf Biostatistics degrees: http://www.amstat.org/misc/BiostatTable1992-Current.pdf Biostatistics and...
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The American Statistical Association (ASA) Board today released a statement on The Role of Statistics in Data Science . As ASA President David Morganstein stated in the accompanying press release , “Through this statement, the ASA and its membership acknowledge that data science encompasses more than statistics, but at the same time also recognize that statistical science plays a critical role in the fast-growing field. It is our hope the statement will reinforce the relationship of statistics to data science and further foster mutually collaborative relationships among all key contributors in data science.” (See the Amstat News article on this...
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In a posting today to the mathematical science community, NSF Division of Mathematical Sciences Director Michael Vogelius encouraged applications for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, which has a October 30 deadline: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=6201. To see the names of statistics students who have received the fellowship, see the blog entries for 2014 and 2015 . Dr. Vogelius also invited faculty reviewers, noting the reviews are conducted by videoconference. Dr. Vogelius's message follows: Wanted: Graduate Research Fellowship Applications and Reviewers The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship...
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Taking advantage of senior Department of Defense (DoD) officials attending the 2015 Joint Statistical Meetings, the ASA Section on Defense and National Security (SDNS) has organized a leadership dialogue entitled, " Advancing Statistics in the Department of Defense: Leadership Dialogue ," to take place Tuesday, August 11 from 2:00 PM – 3:50 PM in TCC-102. The dialogue features Dr. Nancy Spruill, Director, Acquisition Resources and Analysis Dr. Catherine Warner, Science Advisor to Director of Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) Opening remarks from Spruill and Warner will be followed by an open dialogue on how improved statistical...
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While each of 12 FY16 appropriations bills have been marked up by both Senate and House appropriations committees, none are expected to be enacted in time for the start of the fiscal year, leaving it again to a continuing resolution to keep the federal government operating beginning October 1. The delays—due recently to policy rider disagreements but more fundamentally to disagreements about the overall federal budget—and likely scenarios are described in the following: FASEB Inside (the Beltway) Scoop for July 30 COSSA Washington Update for July 28 In the links above, one will also read about the push by the Administration and...
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Two recently introduced House and Senate transportation bills include provisions to give the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) more control over its budget, information technology (IT), and publications. Senator John Thune (R-SD), chair of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation (CST) Committee introduced S. 1732, the Comprehensive Transportation and Consumer Protection Act of 2015 last week, just a few weeks after Congressman Dan Lipinski (D-IL), ranking member of the Research and Infrastructure Subcommittee of the House Science, Space, and Technology (SST) Committee introduced H.R. 2886, the Future Transportation Research and Innovation...
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The July and August Amstat News issues feature Q&A's with eight undergraduate data science/analytics programs, starting with these five programs in the July issue in this piece, New Undergraduate Data Science Programs : Northern Kentucky University BS in Data Science University of California, Irvine BS in Data Science University of Nottingham BSc in Data Science University of Warwick BSc in Data Science Winona State University Data Science Program The August issue features : Miami University Analytics Co-Major Ohio State University Data Analytics Major University of...
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With ASA's work to raise show the importance and benefits of engaging statistics in big data, the BRAIN Initiative, and the Precision Medicine Initiative, we have done blog entries showing the JSM talks related to Big Data and the JSM talks related to Precision Medicine . This blog entry highlights the ones related to Neuroscience and the BRAIN Initiative. (Please let me know of any I missed.) [6/22/15 update: Please also note Greg Farber from the National Institute of Mental Health will be speaking at the Funding Opportunities for Statistics meeting: ASA Committee on Funded Research to Host Funding Opportunities Meeting at 2015 JSM , Sunday, August...
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As I was going through the 2015 JSM Online Program, I was struck by the number of sessions related to personalized medicine (perhaps confirmation bias from the new ASA one-pager to promote statistics and statisticians in the Precision Medicine Initiative .) 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 first list are sessions where "Personalized" appears in the title and includes an Introductory Overview Lecture by Erica Moodie, Michael Kosorok, and Eric Laber; the Medallion...
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ASA President David Morganstein today sent letters to Attorney General Lynch and House and Senate Judiciary Committee Leadership regarding the Bureau of Justice Statistics ( Attorney General version ; Congress version ). The letters urge “Senate confirmation for the BJS director—removed in 2012—be restored and the director’s term be changed from serving at the will of the president to a fixed term of at least four years staggered from the presidential elections.” The letters were sent in because of the overdue reauthorization of BJS's umbrella organization, the Office of Justice Programs, and updates ASA's 2009 letter . Today's letter takes a narrower...
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