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THE ORANGE COUNTY/LONG BEACH CHAPTER OF THE ASA (OCLBASA)

 


The primary purpose of the Orange County/Long Beach Chapter (OCLBASA) shall be to sponsor educational, professional and scientific activities that benefit professional statisticians and students of statistics in the Orange County/Long Beach area. In parallel, this Chapter will devote itself to  fostering the growth and development of the area’s statistical community and to developing collaborative relationships with other scientific and educational organizations in the area. Furthermore, this Chapter will work to develop a greater level of statistical awareness in the general public. Finally, as a chartered member of the American Statistical Association (ASA), this Chapter shall share the purposes of the ASA, as defined in the Association's Constitution. 

To view or download the Orange County/Long Beach Chapter's Constitution click here.  Also, see Mission Statements.

Note: The Quarterly Social originally scheduled on September 03 is moved to the evening of September 29.

CHAPTER NEWS


OCLBASA Chapter Picnic/Potluck/Annual Business Meeting

OCLBASA held its Annual Business Meeting together with the June Quarterly Social in a form of BBQ/potluck at the park-like facility of Duck Club. A lot of food, beverage, and dishes were prepared. There were 29 members and guests and family members came and enjoyed a relaxing evening. That was a good opportunity that attendees not only communicated with each other, but also individual members came together to share their opinions of our association’s goals and plan how to achieving the goal.

Our secretary, Emily Weng, introduced our newly elected officers (President, VP for Membership Affairs, and Treasurer) and each spoke briefly about their positions. During the meeting, the topic of SAS courses cost has been mentioned which need a lot money and drained our account.

  

Annual High School Poster Competition, APR 16TH 2016

Thanks to the support of the Orange County Long Beach ASA Chapter, the Southern California ASA Chapter, and Chapman University, our annual AP Statistics High School Poster Competition on April 16 was a great success!

Over twenty poster teams participated from local high schools on data analysis projects ranging from “How does shyness affect the adoptability of dogs?” to “Am I a Feminist?”

Troy High School seniors Michelle Guo, Tiffany Fung, and Mia Chao won the Robert Newcomb Grand Prize for their poster titled “Is Senioritis Real?” The posters of the five other winning teams included “Bill of Rights Knowledge”, “Baggage Check”, “Sex vs Sleep”, “Spring Forward”, and “Music Focus” from Troy High School and Rancho Cucamonga High School.

Garren Gaut, a Cognitive Science graduate student at the University of California, Irvine, gave an invited talk to the students on “Data Science, Graduate Research, and Jobs for Statisticians.”

Many thanks to both ASA Chapters, to Chapman University, and to all who participated as judges, organizers, teachers, and students. We look forward to seeing you at the poster competition next spring!

 

 

Join the Chapter

If you are an ASA Member:

Since you are already a member of the American Statistical Association (ASA) you can join the Orange County/Long Beach Chapter (OCLBASA) via one of the following options:

ONLINE: Join online through ASA Members Only. Login, select Manage My Account, Add a Chapter or Section.

MAIL or FAX: Join by mail or fax by completing & returning the Chapters & Sections Membership form.



If you are NOT an ASA Member or need to renew your Local chapter membership:

Click OCLB Membership Form.doc to download a Chapter Membership form. Print the form and fill it out. Then mail your completed and signed form along with your check to the Chapter Treasurer (whose mailing address is shown on the form). Once your letter is received, you will be sent an email verifying your Chapter membership.  Alternatively, you may use the following links (one for college students and the other for non-students) to pay/renew your membership by Paypal.  Your Paypal payment will generate information to allow the chapter to update your membership record.  

For College Students ($5/year): 

   

 For Non-Students ($10/year):


 


STATISTICAL CONSULTING


Section on Statistical Consulting

The American Statistical Association (ASA) Section on Statistical Consulting states "Statistical consulting is a challenging and rewarding part of statistics. A consultant uses the art and science of statistics to solve a practical problem from many fields, including marketing, product design, manufacturing, medicine, agriculture, or genetics. Good consulting requires a strong technical background in statistics, good people skills, and, for many, good business sense".

The Orange County/Long Beach Chapter Section on Statistical Consulting has been formed to offer an opportunity for Chapter members and others who share an interest in statistical consulting to interact with one another regarding their shared interst in and experience with statistical consulting. Within this Chapter Section, Special Interest Groups (SIGs) will be formed to facilitate activities within more focused topic areas and thereby better serve the needs and interests of subgoups of statistical consultants in the Orange County/Long Beach area.

Special Interest Groups:

Internal Consulting: Member of a consulting group within an institution


Independent Consulting: Isolated/Independent consulting


STATISTICAL EDUCATION


Section on Statistical Education

The American Statistical Association (ASA) Section on Statistical Education states "This section is broadly interested in the effective use of education as a means of improving the quality of existing applications of statistics and increasing the use of statistics in those areas of study where it offers the most efficient procedure for attacking unsolved problems".

The Orange County/Long Beach Chapter Section on Statistical Education has been formed to offer an opportunity for Chapter members and others who share an interest in statistical education to interact with one another regarding this topic. Within the Chapter Section, Special Interest Groups (SIGs) will be formed to facilitate activities within a more focused topic area and thereby better serve the needs and interests of subgoups of statisticians and teachers of statistics in the Orange County/Long Beach area.

Special Interest Groups:

Teaching Statistics in High Schools:

Teaching Statistics in Community Colleges:

Teaching Statistics in Liberal Arts Colleges/Universities:
 


UPCOMING EVENTS

 

 QUARTERLY SOCIAL (MINI-TALKS)

Come and enjoy a pleasant evening with pizza, drinks, and snacks while learning some statistics and connecting with fellow statisticians!

Date/Time: 3 September, 2016 (Saturday) at 6:00 pm

Place: The Duck Club, IRWD, Irvine

Fee: Free

Format: Mini-Talks in Statistics (multiple speakers are to share learning in 5-10 minutes each)

Registration: Please register via Meetup for planning purposes.

Voluntary Speakers: If you would like to share your statistical learning or challenges in this setting, please contact Thomas Lin (tsunghua9@gmail.com).

 

 

 

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

 Marketing Science, Manager / Sr. Manager 

At the core of everything we do at AstraZeneca and Medimmune is an unsurmountable passion for improving patient health. We are committed to delivering high standards of sales and marketing practices that are the core of driving commercial success responsibly. Together, we aim to positively impact the world through extraordinary science; and approach the pipeline with the passion, innovation and rigor it takes to be a revolutionary force in biotechnology.  

Our Marketing efforts include medical education opportunities and digital channels of communication that support high standards of medical education through collaborative environments, such as, interactions with peer groups, virtual seminars, conferences and local physician networks.  

We are committed to delivering consistently high ethical standards of sale and marketing practices worldwide. We are driven by the desire to develop innovative medicines that bring hope and improve lives.

The primary responsibility of the Marketing Science, Manager / Sr. Manager is to demonstrate strong technical and analytical skills, effective communication skills, a talent for influencing without authority, and an ability to be a proactive internal consultant, adding value and insight to key stakeholders such as brand teams and business leaders. This role will be part of the US Commercial Operations -- Insights & Analytics team, report to the Primary Care Advanced Analytics Lead, and deployed to Mature Brands Insight. The Mature Brands team supports a diverse set of products across the GI, CV, Respiratory & Oncology therapeutic areas.

In a hands-on Marketing Science, Manager role the candidate must demonstrate strong technical/analytical skills, effective communication skills, a talent for influencing without authority, and an ability to be a proactive internal consultant, adding value and insight to key stakeholders such as brand teams and business leaders.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Lead design, development & execution of custom advanced analytics in support of: brand performance deep-dives, KPI definition, generate hypothesis, opportunity & risk assessment, market sizing, segmentation, promotion response modeling, marketing mix optimization, resource allocation across diverse promotional channels and Return On Investment (ROI) analyses.
  • Translate unstructured business problems into an analytical framework. Develop concise and compelling presentations capturing the key business questions and results.
  • Application of advanced statistical modeling & data mining techniques on a wide array of data sets.
  • Perform descriptive, predictive & prescriptive analysis to evaluate current & future business opportunities.
  • Develop product-specific short-term and long-term forecasts models (incremental and absolute) and maintain up-to-date forecast models, reflecting current data/information/ assumptions.
  • Create user-friendly decision-support analytical tools based on empirical findings for business applications.
  • Responsible for creation, optimization and maintenance of best practice frameworks that are designed to address key business questions/needs.
  • Develop relationships and maintains strong partnerships with decision makers. Network with stakeholders to stay current on their strategic business needs.

Interested candidates should contact Lara Heacock (Lara.Heacock@adp.com)



ANNOUNCEMENTS

Dear OCLBASA Chapter Members, 

Please be informed that the 2016 OCLBASA Officers Election has now successfully concluded. The results are:

- President: Gajanan Bhat 
- VP for Membership:  Francis Lai
- Treasurer: Lucheng Shao

We would like to express our appreciation to Hiner & Partners for providing its proprietary on-line survey system in support of the 2016 election.  

The three new officers will assume their duties for 2 years starting from 01July2016.  Outgoing officers Thomas Lin, Joanne Christopherson, and Adam Roy will diligently work towards a smooth transition for the new officers.  

Sincerely, 

Harold Dyck, Chair of Nominations and Elections Committee OCLBASA

 

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