Spring 2024 Issue

Spring 2024 Issue

Welcome to the Spring 2024 issue of Chapter Chatter, the newsletter for and about ASA chapters. The Council of Chapters Governing Board (COCGB) established this publication to foster improved communications between the COCGB and chapters and among chapters by providing a forum for spreading news throughout the statistics community about ASA chapter initiatives and activities.


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Upcoming Events

Council of Chapters Traveling Courses Update
The ASA Council of Chapters Annual Traveling Course Program provides ASA chapters with lowcost opportunities to host high-quality short courses. The 2024 program includes five short courses on the following topics: ethical issues and best practices for data and analytics; a primer on machine learning; causal inference; going from R Markdown to Quarto; and data visualization using R. In total, 30 chapters have been awarded and chapters and instructors are working on selecting dates for the courses...Read more

Recent News & Highlights

News from the Arizona Chapter

The Arizona Chapter is in the planning stage of the ASA DataFest™ competition for Arizona’s public universities, including Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Arizona. The competition is scheduled for April 5–7 and will be hybrid, with students being able to compete both online and in person based on their university location...Read more


News from the Boston Chapter

On January 31, the Boston Chapter honored Kylie Bemis with the Boston Chapter Outstanding Teaching Award during an evening reception co-sponsored by Khoury College of Computer Sciences at Northeastern University. The award recognizes distinguished faculty members who have made exceptional contributions to statistics and data science education...Read more


News from the Cincinnati Chapter

The Cincinnati Chapter continued its annual participation in the Southwest Ohio Science and Engineering Expo on March 9. It awarded prizes for proficiency in the application of statistical methods at both the 5–8 and 9–12 grade levels. At the college level, the chapter will recognize outstanding undergraduate and graduate students at local universities with the Comer-Reynolds Memorial Award later this spring...Read more


News from the Kansas Western-Missouri Chapter

The chapter hosted the ASA Traveling Course titled “Navigating Tough Conversations in Statistical Collaboration”—presented by Emily Griffith, Julia Sharp, and Zach Weller from Drexel University—September 29, 2023, at the Kansas University-Edwards campus. Following the course, the chapter held its meeting, during which Weller gave a presentation titled “A Bayesian Integrated Population Model for Understanding Natural Gas Emissions in Local Distribution Systems”...Read more


News from the
Mid-Tennessee Chapter

The Mid-Tennessee Chapter hosted a traveling course titled "From R Markdown to Quarto," taught by Mine Çetinkaya-Rundel, a professor of the practice of statistical science at Duke University and developer educator at Posit...Read more

News from the Virginia Chapter

The Virginia Chapter hosted its annual chapter meeting at the academic health campus of Virginia Commonwealth University on October 27, 2023. Although most participants were from VCU, a significant number of registrants came from the University of Virginia and Old Dominion University...Read more


Officer Tips & Information

A Roadmap for ASA Chapter Rejuvenation 

Tom Krenzke, Jamie Perrett, Maureen Mayer, Alexandra Hanlon, and Mimi Kim 

Has it been more than a year since your chapter last met? Are you having difficulty finding new officers and/or involving early-career statisticians? Does your chapter need rejuvenation? This article provides guidance we hope will help you attain the status of a healthy ASA Chapter...Read more

Caucus of Industry Representatives

The American Statistical Association (ASA) has often been referred to as the “Big Tent” for statistics and data science and has long supported the broad and varying interests of its membership. The numerous sections and interest groups are organized around specific subject areas and the different chapters represent geographic and regional communities. Outreach groups, on the other hand, help to support members with common interests. The newly formed Caucus of Industry Representatives (CIR) is one of these outreach groups...Read more