Announcements

  • Daily Summaries of Sessions Sponsored by the B&E Section at JSM 2022

    Each day of the upcoming Joint Statistical Meetings has a number of sessions sponsored and organized by the Business and Economic Statistics section.

    Below you can find flyers highlighting the sessions for each day of the meetings.

    There are also links to PDF files that have a similar format but contain links to the online conference program that has more information on the individual sessions.

    Sunday, August 7

    Sessions held on Sunday, August 7 that are sponsored by the Business and Economics Section


    PDF Flyer for Sunday, August 7

    Monday, August 8

    Sessions held on Monday, August 8 that are sponsored by the Business and Economics Section


    PDF Flyer for Monday, August 8

    Tuesday, August 9

    Sessions held on Tuesday, August 9 that are sponsored by the Business and Economics Section


    PDF Flyer for Tuesday, August 9

    Wednesday, August 10

    Sessions held on Wednesday, August 10 that are sponsored by the Business and Economics Section


    PDF Flyer for Wednesday, August 10

    Thursday, August 11

    Sessions held on Thursday, August 11 that are sponsored by the Business and Economics Section


    PDF Flyer for Thursday, August 11

    You can also explore our section's sponsored sessions in the upcoming Joint Statistical Meetings by accessing our Sessions At A Glance document (PDF).

  • Call for Presentations SAPW 2022

    Three Seasonal Adjustment Practitioners Workshops have been held in Washington, D.C. at the Bureau of Labor Statistics Janet Norwood Conference and Training Center. They were a great experience for attendees and presenters, and planning has begun to hold another workshop. 

    We are planning a virtual conference that will be held June 8th (1 to 4:30 PM EDT) and June 9th (9 AM to noon EDT). The American Statistical Association’s Business and Economics Statistics Section, Government Statistics Section, and the Washington Statistical Society provide support for the conference. 

    We are soliciting abstracts for contributed sessions of the virtual workshop. We are planning two types of contributed sessions: regular sessions with talks of about 15-20 minutes, or lightning sessions of about 7 minutes. In addition, presenters may choose to give both a talk and a software demonstration. 

    Talks may cover any subject relating to seasonal adjustment and related time series methodology or the process of seasonal adjustment and time series estimation at a statistical agency. We are particularly interested in talks that 

    • share experiences in producing seasonal adjustments, 
    • give details of interesting problems and possible solutions, 
    • discuss best practices in seasonal adjustment, trend estimation, time series modeling, and benchmarking/reconciliation, 
    • share lessons learned, tips, and shortcuts, 
    • present applied research in the practice of time series estimation. 

    The abstracts should be less than 100 words in length. Abstract submissions are due by May 31st, 2022 to esmd.seasonal.workshop@census.gov. 

    Registration for the workshop can be submitted by accessing 

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/seasonal-adjustment-practitioners-workshop-tickets-334727899157 

    Registration ends on June 4th. There is no charge for participation. You will be sent more details on how to access the workshop closer to the date of the event. 

    Presentations from previous workshops can be found on the Government Statistics Section website at  

    https://community.amstat.org/governmentstatisticssection/conferences/pastconference210 

    There is an option to submit your pre-recorded presentation for inclusion in the program – email esmd.seasonal.workshop@census.gov for more details. 

    We are committed to making this workshop a development opportunity for newer employees with seasonal adjustment responsibilities as well as those who are more experienced. 

    We look forward to your submission. Please feel free to share this with others in your organization who would be interested in participating in this workshop. 

  • ASA CIRS Webinar Series - An Introduction to Bayesian Inference - July 20, 2022, 12:00 p.m. ET

    Dr. Shirin Golchi, McGill University, Canada

    This webinar will provide an introduction to basic concepts in Bayesian inference. Topics that will be covered include essential components of Bayesian statistics, estimation and uncertainty quantification in single and multi- parameter linear and generalized linear models, as well as a brief introduction to Bayesian hierarchical modeling and Bayesian computation. The workshop will include examples of parametric inference in R using R-packages that rely on Stan (rstanarm and brms).

     

    At the end of this workshops participants will be able to:

    • Specify simple Bayesian models;
    • Make Bayesian inference in single parameter models;
    • Fit linear and generalized linear models using rstanarm or brms

    July 20, 2022, 12:00 p.m. ET

  • ASA CIRS Committee's new webinar series - first webinar: An Introduction to Small Area Estimation

    The American Statistical Association’s Committee on International Relations in Statistics (CIRS) presents the first webinar in its new free webinar series introducing several topics in statistics.    

    Dr. Carolina Franco, Principal Statistician, NORC at the University of Chicago

    Small area estimation (SAE) techniques can lead to greatly improved estimates relative to direct survey estimates when there is a large number of domains of interest and a limited overall sample size, which is often the case in surveys. When successfully applied, SAE can dramatically reduce measures of uncertainty and provide estimates for domains with no survey data. It can allow for publishing of official estimates at lower levels of aggregation.  We will discuss the following topics: 

    •   What is small area estimation (SAE)?

    •   What are the potential benefits of SAE?

    •   Examples of real applications of SAE

    •   An introduction to area-level and unit-level models

    •   Discussion of frequently used software

    •   Where to learn more…

    There is no fee, but registration is required.

    Speaker Short Bio

    Dr. Carolina Franco is a Principal Statistician at NORC at the University of Chicago, specializing in small area estimation (SAE).  Prior to moving to NORC last year, Dr. Franco spent many several years doing research and consulting at the US Census Bureau, where she worked on important SAE programs used for the production of official statistics, including the Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) Program, and the Voting Rights Act, Section 203 determinations.   She also has extensive experience giving seminars on SAE and has taught SAE through the Joint Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Maryland.   She has published several papers on different aspects of SAE.

    For questions, or to suggest topics for future webinars contact Carolina Franco at franco-carolina@norc.org or Alexandra Schmidt alexandra.schmidt@mcgill.ca

  • 2022 ENVR Workshop - Statistics for the Environment

    The ENVR 2022 workshop is the biannual meeting of the Statistics and the Environment Section of the American Statistical Association (ASA). 

    The ENVR 2022 workshop has the following goals: (i) facilitate inter-disciplinary research collaboration by sharing ideas and discussing future directions of environmental statistics and data science (ESDS); (ii) provide a venue for ESDS scientists to present novel ideas in the field; and, (iii) develop young talent in ESDS by holding short courses and a student data competition.  Scientific sessions of the workshop will focus on data science and statistical methods for relevant environmental topics with societal impacts. Such topics include statistical methods for water applications, quantifying uncertainty in natural hazards and climate statistics. These sessions will touch on important modern topics in ESDS such as, but not limited to, data collected on non-Euclidean spaces such as river networks, analyzing rare-event data and extreme values and analysis of large environmental databases. In each of these sessions, scientists will present state-of-the-art methods in ESDS uniquely suited to address the statistical challenges associated with the environmental data.

    Organizing Committee:
    • Kathi Irvine
    • Chris Wikle
    • Candace Berrett
    • Mandy Hering
    • Matt Heaton (local organizer)
  • UN Statistics Division's 'Data for Now' initiative (Columbia) seeks statistical consultant

    The UN Statistics Division is looking for a Spanish-speaking consultant for the Data for Now project in Colombia to provide the national statistics office of Colombia (DANE) with tailored training and follow-up support on probabilistic record linkage methods, and to support the technical team led by DANE in implementing practical exercises for improving the linkages of administrative records with the Population and Housing Census database and selected Household Survey datasets
    .
    The Data for Now initiative aims to develop countries’ capacities to deliver the information needed by local and national policy and decision-makers to achieve the 2030 Agenda. To this end, it supports members of the national statistical systems in participating countries to collaborate more effectively with local, national, and global partners from intergovernmental organizations, academia, civil society, and the private sector, in order to leverage innovative sources, technologies, and methods for the streamlined production and dissemination of better, more timely, and disaggregated data for sustainable development. The initiative is coordinated by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD),the World Bank, the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD), and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN TReNDS).

    Please see the Terms of Reference (TOR) for more details on the consultancy.

    In case you know anyone in your networks who would be a good fit, please send along their information.
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    Best regards,

    Elena de Jesús

    Statistician
    Development Data and Outreach Branch
    Statistics Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs
    United Nations, New York |
    dejesuse@un.org
    | +1 (212) 963 3893
    http://unstats.un.org/capacity-development/UNSD-FCDO
  • 2019 Educational Ambassadors from Nepal, Mexico attend JSM

    The 2019 ASA Educational Ambassadors, Vikash R. Satyal of Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, Nepal, and Carlos A. Diaz-Tufinio of Tecnologico De Monterrey, Mexico City in Mexico City, Mexico, attended the Joint Statistical Meetings in Denver, Colorado, to participate in continuing education courses.
  • Nigeria Hosts First ASA Student Chapter in Africa

    December, 2021

    ASA's first student chapter to be created in Africa was founded in Nigeria this past December. The Nigeria ASA Student Chapter is headquartered at the University of Lagos but includes students from other universities throughout the country. It will provide its members with many professional growth opportunities and bring new perspectives to the ASA community. The idea for creating the Nigeria Student Chapter emerged from a meeting of the ASA Committee on International Relations in Statistics (CIRS) in March of 2020, during which committee members discussed encouraging/assisting with the creation of international student chapters.

    CIRS member Obafemi Keshinro volunteered to lead the creation of a student chapter in his home country of Nigeria. The committee encouraged the idea and began collecting a list of ASA resources that would be valuable to international student chapters.

    A.O. Keshinro joined forces with the 2016 ASA Educational Ambassador from Nigeria, Adedayo Adepoju of the statistics department at the University of Ibadan. A local planning team was created and met several times virtually and in person. The team also included Mumuni Adamu, head of the department of mathematics at the University of Lagos (UNILAG); Sanya Olubusoye, coordinator of the Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis (LISA) at the University of Ibadan; and Nnamdi Mojekwu, head of the actuarial science and insurance department at UNILAG.

  • SAE 2022: Small Area Estimation, Surveys and Data Science

    Date: 23–27 May, 2022
    Place: The University of Maryland, College Park, USA

    Special Note: The early registration and abstract submission deadline has been extended for the SAE 2022 conference to April 10, 2022 (this coming Sunday)!

    The University of Maryland, College Park will host the next international Small Area Estimation (SAE) annual conference during 23 –27 May 2022. The conference is co-sponsored by the Washington Statistical Society (WSS), the Survey Research Methods Section (SRMS) of the American Statistical Association (ASA), the International Association of Survey Statisticians (IASS), and the International Association of Official Statistics (IAOS).
     This international conference will serve as a bridge among statisticians, survey methodologists, engineers, mathematicians, computer scientists, and others interested in combining information from multiple sources in developing reliable small-scale model estimates.  In addition to traditional topics in SAE, the conference will cover a few emerging topics in survey and official statistics (e.g., nonprobability sampling), probabilistic record linkage, and data fusion.  Domestic participants are expected to attend the conference in person and follow the University of Maryland, College Park Covid-19 guidelines (see umd.edu/4Maryland). Early-bird registration and abstract submission for both domestic and international participants is now open and has been extended to April 10, 2022.  The final registration deadline is 5 May 2022. Please visit https://www.sae2022.org/ to register, submit abstracts, and learn more. Email us at sae2022@umd.edu, if you have any questions.
  • Networking Session, organized by ASA's Statistics Without Borders (SWB)

    Date: Tuesday, April 12th, from 11 am to 12 pm EST 

    Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87619877869?pwd=MmdsWldxOWVCQ2NudlpZd21LL0ZTZz09

    • Speaker: Judy-Anne W. Chapman, Ph.D., P.Stat., PStat® (ASA), Senior Biostatistician Canadian Cancer Trials Group (CCTG), Professor of Public Health Sciences, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada (retired).
    • About the speaker: Judy-Anne received a B.Sc. (Chemistry and Mathematics, double major; 1971) and a Ph.D. in Statistics (1974) from the University of Waterloo, and was a Research Fellow of the National Cancer Institute of Canada from 1974-76. She provided statistical oversight in the development of transdisciplinary breast cancer research databases at the Henrietta Banting Breast Centre, Women’s College Hospital, University of Toronto, followed by being Senior Biostatistician of the CCTG Breast Disease Site until 2014. For approximately 7 years, Judy-Anne volunteered through the Global Cancer Institute to provide statistical oversight to develop the prospective cohort research database for the Joven & Fuerte, young women with breast cancer in Monterrey and Mexico City, thought to be the first transdisciplinary database for Latino women. Judy-Anne continues active in breast cancer research and the operation of the Statistical Society of Canada Accreditation program; she is accredited for practice outside of Canada by the American Statistical Association
    Reference works:

    Young Women With Breast Cancer in Mexico: Results of the Pilot Phase of the Joven & Fuerte Prospective Cohort

    Improving Collection of Real-World Data: The Experience of the Joven & Fuerte Prospective Cohort for Mexican Young Women With Breast Cancer
  • Spotlight on ASA's Committee on International Relations (CIRS)

    The ASA Committee on International Relations in Statistics was formed to identify goals, develop policies, and plan projects that foster activities involving international communications, exchange, and joint development with professional statisticians, societies, and other organizations in countries throughout the world. 
  • MHSS Student Paper Award Competition Winners

    Congratulations to the winners of the 2022 Mental Health Statistics Section Student Paper Award competition:

     Lin Ge, NC State University, Exploratory hidden Markov factor models for longitudinal mobile health data: Application to adverse posttraumatic neuropsychiatric sequelae

    Bo Wei, University of Michigan, Tensor response quantile regression with neuroimaging data

     Zijian Zeng, Rice University, Bayesian image-on-scalar regression with a spatial global-local spike-and-slab prior

     

    Awards will be presented to the winner at the MHSS Mixer at JSM 2022.

  • Applications for 2022 Natrella Scholarships Being Accepted Until April 1

    Make plans now to apply for the Mary G. and Joseph Natrella Scholarship by the application deadline of April 1, 2022!  The scholarship fund will support participation of two students at the Quality and Productivity Research Conference to be held in San Francisco, CA, June 13-16, 2022.

    Scholarship recipients each receive a $3500 grant, a $500 travel stipend, complimentary registration for the conference and the pre-conference short course, and an opportunity to present their research work at the conference. The scholarships are presented annually by the ASA Quality and Productivity Section to honor the distinguished career of Mary G. Natrella, author of the well-known NBS/NIST handbook, Experimental Statistics, along with her husband Joseph. 

    Application is open to full-time students who are currently pursuing a master's or doctoral degree in an accredited college or university, and who have a demonstrated interest in applications of statistics to quality and productivity.

    Further information about the scholarship can be found on the Q&P Section web site. Alternatively, you can contact a member of the Scholarship Committee at natrella.scholarship.committee@gmail.com.

    Further background information on the conference is available here.
  • ASA Elections Coming This Spring

    Later this Spring, members of the Business and Economic Statistics Section will have the opportunity to vote for 2023 officers and can approve changes to the section charter

    The revised section charter can be accessed from this website.

    The 2022 Business and Economics Section candidates for terms beginning in 2023 are as follows:

    Chair-elect


    Program Chair-Elect


    Secretary/Treasurer (two-year term)


    Council of Sections Representative (three-year term)

  • Join us on Slack

    Join us and other ASA friends and allies of the Committee on Statistics and Disability on Slack. Our Slack link is
  • Welcome to the Committee on Statistics and Disability!

    To learn more about our work, please visit our article in Amstat News' Committee Spotlight column: 
  • 2022 ASA Biopharm RISW - Deadline for Session Proposals Is Fast Approaching!

    The 2022 ASA Biopharmaceutical Section Regulatory-Industry Statistics Workshop will be held September 20-22, in Rockville, MD. Take center stage as a presenter!

     If you've considered presenting at an ASA conference, this workshop is a tremendous opportunity to share your ideas with the best in the field, including statistical practitioners in the biopharmaceutical arena from industry, academia, and the FDA.

     *Proposals for a parallel session, short course, or town hall are due December 21, 2021.

     Important: Proposal submissions should not include speaker information, as it will be removed in the review process. Thank you!

     

    Submit your proposal today!
    Submit a Session Proposal (amstat.org)
  • American Economic Association Seeks Washington Representative

    The American Economic Association is seeking to hire a Washington representative.

    The job opening is posted on the American Economic Association website at the link below.

    Preference will be given to applications that are received by December 10, 2021.

  • MHSS Student Paper Award Competition

    The Mental Health Statistics Section (MHSS) of the American Statistical Association is inviting submissions to our student paper competition for the 2022 Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM).  Papers entered in this student paper competition should involve a methodological innovation or a novel application of statistical methods to a mental health issue. Up to three cash prizes of $1000 each will be awarded to the highest rated paper(s) to cover JSM 2022 expenses. 


    Eligibility:

    Current undergraduate or graduate students at any level, as well as those who graduated in 2021 and wish to submit research they conducted as students, are eligible to participate.  There is no requirement for participants to be a member of ASA or the MHSS.

    The MHSS strongly encourages submissions from diverse applicants including those from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, and women in the biomedical workforce.

     

    Application Materials:

    The deadline for application is 5 PM EST December 15, 2021.

     Applications to the MHSS student paper award competition should include:         

    1. A cover letter including name, current affiliation and status including actual or intended date of graduation, and contact information (address, telephone, e-mail) of the applicant.
    2. A letter from the adviser certifying student status (or completion of degree within the past year).
    3. The paper submitted for the competition, including an abstract of up to 1200 characters

     Applications must be submitted by email as one combined document (PDF files preferred).  Applicants should submit the single document with the three application parts in the following order: (1) cover letter (2) adviser letter and then (3) paper.  All applications should be emailed to Adam Ciarleglio at aciarleglio@email.gwu.edu.

     

    Selection Process and Expectations for Award Winners:

    The award committee will review all papers.  The winner(s) will be notified by January 15, 2022.  The winner(s) will be required to be present their papers at JSM 2022.  The winner(s) must submit an abstract on the topic of their winning paper and register for JSM 2022 through the official JSM abstract submission system before the deadline.  The award(s) will be announced at the Mental Health Section Mixer at JSM 2022 and it is hoped that winners will be in attendance.

    For section members who are teachers or mentors, please bring this competition to the attention of your students and encourage them to apply. 

    Section members and friends are welcome to contribute funds towards future student awards. 

    Please contact Adam Ciarleglio (aciarleglio@email.gwu.edu) for more information.