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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 will feature: Miami University Analytics Co-Major Ohio State University Data Analytics Major University...
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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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For the second year in a row, the House has substantially cut the Census Bureau budget and voted to make the American Community Survey (ACS) voluntary (by prohibiting funding of the mandatory enforcement) in its floor consideration of the funding bill for the Census —the Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations bill. In 2012 in consideration of the FY13 CJS bill, the House went further and zeroed the ACS budget entirely . The following three amendments reduced the House level for the FY16 Census Bureau budget from $1.113 billion to $992 million (well below the requested $1.500 billion ): An amendment, offered by Mr. Reichert,...
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Following up on my 2013 and 2014 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. The first list is based on titles that contain either term (using Basic Search on the JSM 2015 Online Program .) The second list is where either appears in the abstract of a talk or session (using Abstract Keyword Search). Please let me know of any I missed or add them through the comment section below. Also, after this blog entry appeared in 2013, someone pointed out the many more sessions at JSM on Causal Inference. Please point out...
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On a largely partly-line vote last week, the U.S. House of Representatives advanced legislation to reauthorize the National Science Foundation and other U.S. Science Agencies. The scientific community largely opposed the bill, H.R. 1806, the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015 , because of cuts to funding for the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE) and the Geosciences (GEO) directorates and other concerns. With all Democrats and 23 Republicans opposing H.R. 1806, the bill passed the House 217-205 and now waits for action by the Senate, which seems to be developing their legislation separately. Already, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN)...
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In a letter to ASA President David Morganstein , NIH Deputy Director of Science, Outreach, and Policy Kathy Hudson encouraged the statistical community to participate in their events to gather information from the community to inform their work to produce a report articulating a vision for building the Precision Medicine Initiative research cohort. Hudson's letter to Morganstein was in reply to Morganstein's April 29 letter to the NIH director on importance and benefits of engaging statisticians on Precision Medicine Initiative. Hudson co-chairs the NIH Precision Medicine Initiative Working Group, set up to guide NIH's efforts on the President's...
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[6/4/15 update: See this 6/3/15 blog entry on House action on FY16 CJS Bill: House Cuts Census Bureau Funding and Votes to Make American Community Survey Voluntary 6/1/15 update: OMB issues veto threat on House FY16 CJS bill in advance of the bill being on the House floor. It cites many concerns, including "inadequate funding provided to the Census Bureau to produce robust economic and demographic data and prepare for the 2020 Decennial Census. The Committee's proposed funding level would increase taxpayers' cost of conducting the 2020 Decennial Census by billions of dollars by preventing the Census Bureau from developing, testing, and implementing...
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Representative Ted Poe (R-TX) has reintroduced his bill to make the American Community Survey (ACS) voluntary for the fourth Congress in a row. The 114th Congress version of the bill, H.R. 2255— "To make participation in the American Community Survey voluntary, except with respect to certain basic questions, and for other purposes" —was i ntroduced May 12 with six cosponsors. He presented his rationale for the bill in this May 15 Houston Chronicle op-ed and in this May 16 piece, Efforts to Protect Individual Privacy . The 113th Congress version of the bill —H.R. 1078 — garnered a total of 58 cosponsors after its initial introduction; 112th —...
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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 in CC-4C1. [START TIME MOVED TO 12:15.] 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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