Past Webinars

Past CCD Webinars

ASA CCD Webinar -- Presented in Collaboration with the ASA Biopharmaceutical Section

Title: Has the Pandemic Changed the Way we Grow Effectively as Leaders?

Date: Friday, July 21 wordcloud with words that describe the responsibilities of a leader


Erik Pulkstenis (Abbvie)
Sandeep Menon (Pfizer)
Grant Weller (Intellisense)
Claude Petit (Astellas)
Pritibha Singh (Novartis)

Recording available here

New to JSM?  CCD sponsored Pre-JSM Webinar!
ASA CCD hosted a workshop titled, “How to Get the Most Out of JSM and Other Conferences,” on Thursday, July 28th. During this free and virtual event, first time JSM attendees learned how to get the most out of JSM, practiced professional networking with members of the ASA CCD, and interacted with colleagues in small group settings. Check out the blog for tips!

CCD Series: Along Your Career Path in Statistics and Data Science

Distinguished Careers in Statistics and Data Science - CCD Blog and Recording
CCD's January 2022 webinar on Distinguished Careers in Statistics and Data Science featured Distinguished speakers from across academics, industry, and government.  Participants heard about the distinguished careers of our speakers and their tips for developing successful and rewarding careers as you journey Along Your own Career Path in Data Science.  ASA CCD was excited to welcome Linda J. Young, John Bailer, and Abie Ekangaki as the featured speakers for CCD’s Distinguished Career webinar. Our speakers shared their tips for developing successful and rewarding careers along their own Career Path in Data Science.

Linda J Young John Bailer Abie Ekangaki
Linda J Young
Chief Mathematical Statistician & Director of Research and Development at the National Agricultural Statistics Service
John Bailer
Distinguished Professor and Chair in the Department of Statistics at Miami University
Abie Ekangaki
Vice President of Statistical Consulting with Premier Research

Linda J Young is the Chief Mathematical Statistician and Director of Research and Development at the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Her research interests include integrating diverse data especially that involving spatial data, agricultural data, and statistical ecology.  Linda has authored three books and more than 100 publications in more than 50 journals, constituting a mixture of statistics and subject-matter journals. She has been the editor of the Journal of Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Statistics. Linda has served in a broad range of offices within the professional statistical societies, including president Vice President of the ASA and chair of the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies. Linda is a recipient of the ASA’s Founders Award, a Fellow of the ASA and American Association for the Advancement of Science, and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute.

John Bailer is university distinguished professor and chair in the Department of Statistics at Miami University in Southwest Ohio. He is the founding chair of the Department of Statistics at Miami.  His research interests include quantitative risk estimation, the design and analysis of environmental toxicology & occupational health studies and gerontological data analysis. He has published 150+ peer-reviewed papers, many with student co-authors, 4 books and 40+ other publications. He has mentored over 50 graduate student projects and served on another 100 graduate student committees.  Bailer served as ISI President (2019-2021) and on the ISI Executive Committee. He was on the ASA Board of Directors (2011-2013) and served as a member of the IBS/ENAR Regional Advisory Committee. Promoting quantitative literacy and enhancing connections between statistics and journalism are more recent passions which resulted in the Stats+Stories podcast (; @statsandstories).

Dr Abie Ekangaki is Vice President of Statistical Consulting with Premier Research, a leading clinical research organization in the biotechnology space. With over 26 years of experience as a biostatistician, Dr Ekangaki has worked in different capacities around the globe in industry, academia and within the international organization system. For he has held several senior technical and senior leadership positions in large pharma and CROs. He previously worked as a research scientist with the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.  Prior to joining Premier Research, Dr Ekangaki spent 10 years with Eli Lilly before becoming Head of North America Biostatistics at Quintiles, then Head of Global Statistical Sciences for Immunology at UCB BioPharma.  Dr Ekangaki is the founder and past Chair of the BioPharm Leadership-in-Practice Committee (LiPCom). He is passionate about promoting statistical leadership.

Second Series Offering: Career Next-Steps and Promotions - Friday June 11 2021. Video Recording and Blog Entry
Professionals from academia, industry, and government addressed topics such as how to best position yourself for advancement; how to broach the subject of promotion; goal structuring; branding and networking; how to leverage opportunities outside your organization; critical technical skill development and power skills; communication and leadership; mentorship and sponsorship; and career path changes.
 Panelists: Career Next-Steps and Promotions. Friday, June 11 at 1pm Eastern.

Bo Li, Professor and Chair, Department of Statistics, University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne
Bo Li did two years post graduate scientist (post-doc) at the Institute for Mathematics Applied to Geosciences (IMAGe), at National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, CO before moving to Purdue in 2008.  She moved to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013, and now I am a Professor with Richard and Margaret Romano Professorial Scholar and Data Science Founder Professorial Scholar.  Bo also serves as Department Chair.

Bo Li
Adrian Coles, Senior Research Scientist, Eli Lilly

Dr. Adrian Coles, Senior Research Scientist at Eli Lilly and Company.  He is He is also the current chair of the American Statistical Association’s Committee on Minorities in Statistics, and the Co-Chair of the ASA's Anti-Racism Task Force.  Dr. Coles holds a BA in Math from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a PhD in Statistics from NC State University, where he was the first African American male to earn a PhD in Statistics from the time-honored department. Prior to attending graduate school, Dr. Coles served nearly nine years in the United States Marine Corps and has received several military awards and decorations for outstanding service and leadership.

Adrian Coles
Elizabeth Mannshardt, Associate Director, Information Access and Analytic Services Division, US EPA
Elizabeth Mannshardt is the Associate Director of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Information Access and Analytic Services Division and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Statistics at North Carolina State University. Elizabeth is a former President of the North Carolina Chapter of the ASA and actively serves on committees and Executive Boards within the ASA. Prior to joining EPA, Elizabeth held two National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships in Environmental Statistics and was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Statistical Science at Duke University.


First 2021 Offering! Early data science careers and the job search process. Friday, April 30 2021. Blog entry and Recording
CCD hosted a panel of industry, academic, and government representatives to talk about possible career paths in Statistics and Data Science, including tips and insights on the job search and application process.
Panelists (bios here): Nancy Murray, Statistician at CDC and Biostatistics PhD Candidate at Emory University;  Won Chang, Assistant professor at University of Cincinnati;  Industry, Dr. Di Michelson, JMP.   Moderated by Ruth Hummel and hosted by Donna LaLonde with ASA's CCD
Career Next-Steps and Promotions - June 11 2021!

Nancy Murray, Statistician at CDC and Biostatistics PhD Candidate at Emory University
Nancy Murray holds a Bachelor of Science in statistics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a Master of Science in biostatistics from Emory University. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in biostatistics from Emory University. She joined CDC in Fall 2020 as a Statistician in the Influenza Division of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

Nancy Murray 2021
Won Chang, Assistant professor at University of Cincinnati

Dr. Won Chang received his PhD in 2014 from the Department of Statistics at Penn State. After his graduation he worked as a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Chicago for two years. In 2016 he joined the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cincinnati as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Chang will speak and answer questions about job-seeking in academia. 

Dr. Di Michelson, JMP
Dr. Diane K. Michelson develops courses, teaches classes, and mentors students in statistical methods using JMP software from SAS. Learners come from industries including pharmaceutical development and manufacturing, chemical processes and refineries, semiconductor manufacturing, and others. Prior to her role at SAS Institute, Di spent over 20 years as an industrial statistician in the semiconductor industry, both at an IC manufacturer and at Sematech, the industry’s research consortium. Di holds a Ph.D. in Statistics from Texas A&M University. She has served ASA as a PStat committee member, various officer positions in the Quality and Productivity section, various officer positions in the Austin chapter, and chair of the Hahn award committee.


August 2019: Ethically Reporting Statistics, Managing Client's Expectations

In this webinar, members of the Committee on Professional Ethics will discuss the importance of the ASA Ethical Guidelines for Statistical Practice that relate specifically to reporting. Overall, the Guidelines state that “the ethical statistician… clearly and fully reports the steps taken to preserves data integrity and valid results”. The ethical statistician also “strives to promote transparency in design, execution, and reporting or presenting of all analyses.” Presenters are from different domains—government, industry/ pharmaceutical and academia/ clinical research—and will connect their work experiences during their careers, sharing important challenges and solutions/strategies, and discussing the use of the Guidelines to support ethical reporting to both statistical and non-statistical audiences, and in situations within and outside of the workplace. Discussion will also include how to use the Guidelines to help manage a client’s expectations. This, especially for early to mid-career statisticians, may be important when clients seek to push analysts to make statements that are not supported by the data. “Because society depends on informed judgments supported by statistical methods, all practitioners… have an obligation to work in a professional, competent, and ethical manner.”Presentation