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Besides their role in determining federal budgets, Appropriations Committees also provide guidance through report language that might include spending instructions, directives, expectations, and spending restrictions . In their FY23 committee reports, appropriators included language addressing operations challenges of federal statistical agencies in addition to their data collection priorities. While not unprecedented, I highlight language related to operations for two agencies to raise awareness of the underlying issues and Congress’ attention to them. The Senate explanatory statement for the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations ...
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The "Chips + Science Act" passed both the House and Senate with bipartisan support in late July. President Biden is scheduled to sign it August 9. While the support for the US semiconductor industry has attracted most of the headlines, there are also components having to do with research funding agencies, STEM education, and the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics that may be of interest to ASA members. ASA Science Policy Fellow Ed Wu and I briefly overview these three components here, in some cases drawing on summaries by others. Research Funding Agencies For NASA, the National Science Foundation, the DOE Office of Science, and the National ...
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The 2022 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships (GRF) include 17 statistics and biostatistics students. Congratulations to these 2021 recipients! Name Baccalaureate Institution Field of Study Current Institution Bakis, Athanasios University of California-Irvine Computational Statistics University of California-Irvine Balkus, Salvador Victor University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth Computational Statistics University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth Bekerman, William Cornell University Biostatistics Cornell University Chen, Tony Antong Princeton University Biostatistics Harvard University Compton, ...
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The ASA Committee on Funded Research (CFR) is hosting again its annual meeting at JSM for attendees to learn about funding opportunities directly from representatives of funding agencies. "Funding Opportunities for Statistics" is scheduled for 12:15-1:45 pm on Sunday, August 7 in CC-152B: https://ww2.amstat.org/meetings/jsm/2022/onlineprogram/ActivityDetails.cfm?SessionID=223550 . This meeting has been very well attended in past years and I hope that you'll be part of it this year. The speakers so far are the following: Yulia Gel and Edsel Pena, NSF Division of Mathematical Sciences , slides . Cheryl Eavey, Methodology, Measurement, and ...
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The Biden Administration is expected to release its FY23 budget request by March 31 2022. I will be filling in information as I become aware of it. This blog entry will track FY21 appropriations developments for NIH, NSF, and AHRQ and so will be updated accordingly. (See log updates below.) To receive notifications of updates, follow ASA Science Policy on Twitter: @ASA_SciPol. See also AAAS initial summary. ​Because this blog entry covers everything from the budget request to the final determination of the budget, it can become quite long. To help with that, I'll try to partition the blog entry: NSF Division of Mathematical Sciences Table Update ...
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The Biden Administration is expected to release its FY23 budget request by March 31, 2022. I will be filling in information as I become aware of it. This blog entry will track FY212 appropriations developments for the federal statistical agencies and so will be updated accordingly. (See update log below.) To receive notifications of updates, follow ASA Science Policy on Twitter: @ASA_SciPol. See also, Administration Releases FY23 Budget Request as Congress Finalizes FY22 Budget, FY23 NIH, NSF, and AHRQ Budget Developments and federal statistical agency budgets back to fiscal year 2003 (FY03) . . FY23 ...
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The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released in January, 2022 the report, “ Protecting the Integrity of Government Science ,” which the White House characterized as a response to the President’s January 2021 Memorandum on Restoring Trust in Government Through Scientific Integrity and Evidence-Based Policymaking . The report covers broadly science across the federal government, including content specific to government statistics: “Federal statistical agencies, such as the Census Bureau, must protect against interference in their efforts to create and release data that provide a set of common facts to inform policymakers, researchers, ...
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After consulting with several education research experts in its membership, the ASA provided the National Academies panel considering the future of education research at the Institute of Education Sciences in the U.S. Department of Education several recommendations from a statistical perspective. The text of the letter is below; a link to the pdf will be provided when the ASA website is updated. October 5, 2021 Adam Gamoran Chair, Committee on The Future of Education Research at the Institute of Education Sciences in the US Department of Education National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine [Transmitted electronically] Dear Dr. Gamoran, ...
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Bootstrap is a handy method of doing inference when parametric distribution is not available or difficult to obtain. An obvious question related to bootstrap seeks the number of distinct bootstrap samples can be drawn from an initial sample of certain size. Using a dot-bar representation, the problem takes a much simpler form and the solution can be easily obtained . ​
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The 77 th Annual Deming Conference on Applied Statistics will be held from Monday Dec. 6 to Wednesday Dec. 8, 2021, followed by two parallel 2-day short courses on Thursday Dec. 9 and Friday Dec. 10 at the state-of-the-art Tropicana Casino and Resort, Havana Tower, Atlantic City, NJ. The purpose of the 3-day Deming Conference on Applied Statistics is to provide a learning experience on recent developments in statistical methodologies in biopharmaceutical applications. The conference is composed of twelve three-hour tutorials on current topics in applied biopharmaceutical statistic and FDA regulations, and a one-hour distinguished keynote speaker on each ...
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The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a heavy toll on the world: lives lost, livelihoods lost, and solutions to be found. But other issues have not disappeared, such as persistent social and racial inequalities. Finding solutions in an evidence-based world requires usable and precise data. Questions as to the right balance between usability and privacy do not have easy, or easily accessible answers. The ASA’s Committee on Privacy and Confidentiality’s mission is to keep track of evolving technical, policy, and legal developments, and to communicate with the statistical community on these issues. For the 2021 Joint Statistical Meetings - coming up ...
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The Biden Administration is expected to release its FY22 budget request on May 27, 2021. I will be filling in information as I become aware of it. This blog entry will track FY21 appropriations developments for NIH, NSF, and AHRQ and so will be updated accordingly. (See log updates below.) To receive notifications of updates, follow ASA Science Policy on Twitter: @ASA_SciPol. See also AAAS initial summary . ​Because this blog entry covers everything from the budget request to the final determination of the budget, it can become quite long. To help with that, I'll try to partition the blog entry: NSF Division of Mathematical Sciences Table ...
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The Biden Administration is expected to release its FY22 budget request on May 27, 2021. I will be filling in information as I become aware of it. This blog entry will track FY212 appropriations developments for the federal statistical agencies and so will be updated accordingly. (See update log below.) To receive notifications of updates, follow ASA Science Policy on Twitter: @ASA_SciPol. See also, Administration Releases FY23 Budget Request as Congress Finalizes FY22 Budget , FY22 NIH, NSF, and AHRQ Budget Developments and federal statistical agency budgets back to fiscal year 2003 (FY03) . . FY22 ...
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Want to learn about epidemic modeling, building evacuations, weather risks? Please join us to hear Professor David Banks of Duke University on June 17 th . Details provided below. Title: Statistical Issues in Agent-Based Models for Risk Assessment Speaker: Professor David Banks, Duke University Date and Time: June 17 th , 2-4pm EST Sponsor: ASA Risk Analysis Section Abstract: Agent-based models (ABMs) are computational models used to simulate the actions and interactions of agents within a system. Usually, each agent has a relatively simple set of rules for how it responds to its environment and to other agents. These ...
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International Indian Statistical Association (IISA) is pleased to announce the annual conference for 2021. This will be held virtually from Thursday, May 20th to Sunday, May 23rd, 2021 . The theme of this year's conference is Statistics in the Era of Evidence Based Inference . Eminent speakers from academia, government, and industry will reflect on the cutting-edge approaches of statistics and data science. We will strive to provide a unique virtual conference experience to all our attendees by closely working with University of Illinois at Chicago. The conference will feature three plenary sessions, four special invited sessions, sixty five invited sessions, ...
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The Social Data Science Center (SoDa) at the University of Maryland has an open position for a Postdoctoral Associate. The candidate must have a strong background in survey statistics, statistical disclosure control, or data privacy. The successful applicant will work in a project on differential privacy for surveys funded by the U.S. Census Bureau and conducted in close collaboration with researchers from Georgetown University, Boston University, and Harvard University. The contract duration will be 12 months. The primary activity of the candidate will be to collaborate with researchers from the University of Maryland and the other universities involved to ...
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The 2021 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships (GRF) include 17 statistics and biostatistics students. Congratulations to these 2021 recipients! Name Baccalaureate Institution Field of Study Current Institution Adrian, Melissa University of Iowa Statistics University of Chicago Ashby, Ethan Cade Pomona College Biostatistics Pomona College Birnbaum, Adam Yale University Statistics University of California-Irvine Couch, Simon Patrick Reed College Computational Statistics Reed College Galanter, Nina Elizabeth Grinnell College Biostatistics Heffernan, Claire M McGill University ...
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We are pleased to announce a new award opportunity that will be managed by the newly formed Society for Clinical Trials (SCT) Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee (ED&I) in an effort to extend invitations to students from underrepresented groups in the fields of biostatistics, statistics, epidemiology, nursing, data sciences and computer science to promote a racially and ethnically diverse SCT Membership. This new Award category will be guided by the definitions of race and ethnicity used by the National Institutes of Health and will serve as a pipeline for students from underrepresented groups to have a one year membership of SCT and registration ...
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The ASA Committee on Privacy and Confidentiality will be hosting the annual free privacy day webinar on January 29th. Please see the attached flyer below for more details and register here .
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Dear colleagues and students, The deadline for submitting papers to the Health Policy Statistics Section (HPSS) Student Paper Award competition is December 15, 2020. We look forward to receiving submissions from you. Guidelines re-posted below for your convenience. Thank you. Health Policy Statistics Section Student Paper Competition The Health Policy Statistics Section (HPSS) of the American Statistical Association (ASA) cordially invites submissions to our student paper competition for the 2021 Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM). Papers entered in the competition should show thorough and appropriate statistical analyses of health policy problems, ...
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