The Official Newsletter of the Chicago Chapter of the American Statistical Association
December 2018
In This Issue
December Luncheon is Today!
What Do Golf Tournaments and the Nobel Prizes Have in Common?
(Sports analytics can answer basic questions about society.)
Presented by:
Dr. Stephen Stigler
Margaret Stigler 
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
12:00pm - 1:30pm
The East Bank Club
500 N Kingsbury
Chicago, IL 60610
Last chance to register
2019 Luncheons
Mark your calendars for the these upcoming luncheons!
Wednesday, January 23rd        12:00 - 1:30 PM
Creating IMPACT (Information Motivating Public Activism) Through Data Journalism
In this talk,  Abigail VanderPloeg and Grace Sleyko, chairs of the data journalism elective, which goes by the IMPACT acronym; information motivating public activism, will discuss their elective goal of providing classrooms with skills in both journalism, such as maintaining empathy and interviewing, and data analysis, including fundamental data knowledge and data visualization.
PRESENTERS: Abigail VanderPloeg and Grace Sleyko
Abigail and Grace are seniors at the Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA)
Friday, February 15th                  12:00 - 1:30 PM
From the Equifax breach to the algorithmic prediction of Social Security Numbers, we're surrounded by incidents that underscore the critical security and privacy issues associated with data science applications.  In this talk, we'll examine these issues in the context of recent security incidents and discuss practical techniques that facilitate privacy while allowing organizations to realize the potential value stored in their data.
PRESENTER: Dr. Mike Chapple
Dr. Mike Chapple is academic director of Notre Dame's Master of Science in Business Analytics program and associate teaching professor of IT, Analytics, and Operations where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in business analytics and cybersecurity.
   Now Accepting SAY Nominations!
The Statistical Advocate of the Year committee is now accepting nominations.  
The Harry V. Roberts Statistical Advocate of the Year Award, established in 2002 by the Chicago Chapter, is named for Harry V. Roberts, an exemplar of statistical advocacy. It recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of those who have successfully advocated appropriate and effective uses of statistics and data-analytic approaches in business and the public sector. Additionally, the award recognizes the promotion of statistical reasoning by individuals who may or may not be statisticians.
Recipients are individuals whose advocacy efforts have inspired respect for data and the effective use of statistical reasoning in areas where such respect and use were lacking. They also have had a significant impact on an organization or sector.
Nominations are due by February 15, 2019. The award is given at a meeting of the Chicago Chapter, and the honoree will also be recognized at the Joint Statistical Meetings.
Nominations should include the following:
  • Nominator's name and contact information.
  • Biographical information for the nominee, as summarized in a CV, résumé, executive biography, or detailed career profile.
  • A nomination letter stating why the nominee is a suitable candidate for the award. As the nominee might not be a statistician, per se, information in the letter should include how they advocate for the appropriate and effective use of statistics and impact achieved through this advocacy.
  • (Optional) Name and contact information of an individual willing to support the nomination.
  • (Optional) In the spirit of information gathering, the committee would appreciate one or two sentences about how you choose to define advocacy.
For more information on the Award, click here. 
   Happy Holidays!
The Chicago Chapter wishes you and yours a very happy holiday season!!