The primary purpose of the Orange County/Long Beach Chapter (OCLBASA) shall be to sponsor educational, professional, and scientific activities that benefit professional statisticians and students of statistics in the Orange County/Long Beach area. In parallel, this Chapter will devote itself to fostering the growth and development of the area’s statistical community and developing collaborative relationships with other scientific and educational organizations. Furthermore, this Chapter will work to develop a greater level of statistical awareness in the general public. Finally, as a chartered member of the American Statistical Association (ASA), this Chapter shall share the purposes of the ASA as defined in the Association's Constitution.

Click here to view or download the Orange County/Long Beach Chapter's Constitution.  Also, see Mission Statements


2022-2023 OCLBASA Robert L. Newcomb Fellow of the Chapter 

The 2022-2023 OCLBASA Robert L. Newcomb Fellow of the Chapter Awardee is...

Ms. Lindsay Brock

Ms. Lindsay Brock has been an active and engaged member of the OCLBASA Chapter ever since she joined the chapter. Lindsay is a graduate of the MS Statistics program at California State University – Fullerton. Lindsay is a very dedicated member of the chapter. She doesn’t just show up at events. She works for the chapter. In many instances, Lindsay has served as the glue that holds committees together. For instance, Lindsay attended and facilitated every meeting for the Virtual Mock Interview Program and the 2023 Careers Day. She not only facilitated the meetings, but she offered ideas and results. She is always willing to take on every task she is asked to do and follows through on every commitment. We cannot think of any event or chapter meeting we have had in the past few years, especially during the pandemic, that Lindsay did not attend or help organize. For that, we are genuinely grateful for her dedication and support of the chapter. We cannot imagine the chapter without her. She has been the Chapter Secretary as far as any of us can remember. Lindsay’s energy and passion are infectious. She elevates the mood wherever she goes and attracts others to be part of our chapter. Lindsay has done tremendous service to our chapter that genuinely embodies the chapter concerning community development, career development, and academic development. We all believe Ms. Lindsay Brock deserves to receive the 2022-2023 OCLBASA Robert L. Newcomb's Fellow of the Chapter award. Congratulations, Ms. Lindsay Brock! 


The Robert L. Newcomb Fellow of the Chapter Award was established in 2017 through the efforts of our most recent past president, Dr. Gajanan Bhat. The Fellow of the Chapter is named after the first president of the OCLBASA Chapter, Dr. Robert “Bob” L. Newcomb. The Robert L. Newcomb Fellow of the Chapter Award aims to recognize outstanding member contributions toward the Chapter’s Mission.

Below is a list of the past awardees of the Robert L. Newcomb Fellow of the Chapter:
1. Dr. Thomas Lin (awarded in January 2018)

2. Dr. Madeline Bauer (awarded in January 2019)

3. Mr. Harry Hiner (awarded in December 2019)

4. Dr. Gajanan Bhat (awarded in December 2020)

5. Dr. Michael Fahy (awarded in May 2022) 

6. Ms. Lindsay Brock (awarded in April 2023)

2023 Orange County Biostatistics Symposium - 29-30 Sep 2023

Dear All,

The Orange County Chapter of the ASA is excited to host its 2023 Annual Orange County Biostatistics Symposium on 29-30 Sep 2023. The theme of the 2-day Symposium is innovative designs in expediting drug and device development. The Symposium offers a great opportunity to hear from leading statistical and pharmaceutical/medical device experts from industry, academics and regulatory agencies on their experience and practice of bringing innovation to the development of drugs and devices. The symposium focuses on topics related to recent advances in methodology and applications related to complex innovation trial design, master protocols, gene and cell therapy, real-world evidence-based research. The Symposium also focuses on recent advances in the application of AI/ML methodologies in drug development. In addition, we are bringing academic researchers and students to present their research on the above topics.

Who should attend:
Statisticians, Statistical Analysts/Programmers, Clinical Research Professionals, Clinical Trial personnel, Regulatory Affairs associates, academic researchers, students, or anyone interested in learning more about drug development and regulatory aspects.

For more information, visit 2023 OC Symposium

Key speakers:

·        Harpreet Singh MD, CDER/FDA

·         Narimon Honarpour MD, Amgen

·         Zhenming Shun PhD, Daiichi Sankyo

·         Aditya Rajagopal, Chromacode/Espertive Medical

·         Jaime Wheeler, Edwards Lifesciences

·         Arsela Prelaj MD, Istituto Nazionale Tumori di Milano, Italy 


Venue: Edwards Lifesciences Conference Center, 1 Edwards Way, Irvine, CA 92612

Day 1:

·         8 AM – 12 Noon – Keynote session and panel discussions

·         1-5 PM – Parallel tracks of topics in clinical/statistics and data science/analytics

·         Student posters (entire day)

·         5:30 to 7 PM – Evening reception

Day 2:

·         8 AM – 12 Noon – Keynote session and panel discussions

·         1-5 PM – Parallel tracks of topics in clinical/statistics and data science/analytics

·         Student posters (entire day)

Sessions and Topics:

·         Global view of the drug development – opportunities and challenges

·         Real-world evidence-based development and health technology

·         Application of AI/ML in drug development methodology

·         Adaptive design based clinical trials – case studies

·         Bayesian methodology – case studies

·         Medical device and diagnostic product evaluation

·         Application of statistical analysis and regulatory submissions

·         Advanced statistical methodology in biomedical sciences

·         Analytical tools and methods in clinical trial reporting

·         Opportunities for new graduates and changes in life science dynamics – Panel discussion

Registration: Registration is open, please click the below link to register. Early bird registration ends on 15 Aug 2023.


Please contact me at gajbhat@gmail.com should you have any questions.


Gajanan Bhat

Chair, 2023 OC Biostatistics Symposium Committee


OCLBASA Online Practice Interview Program
We are launching our Chapter's newest program: Online Practice Interviews. These interviews are based on the popular mock interviews at the Chapter's annual Careers Day for several years. We are offering three kinds of interviews.
  • An interview based on one of three mock job descriptions (in Biostatistics, Business Analytics, and Data Science),
  • If an interviewee is seeking a specific position and can provide the associated job description, we shall work to arrange an online practice interview based on that job description.
  • If an interviewee is simply interested in one of a variety of professional roles in which statisticians are frequently employed and wants to learn more about the nature of that work, we shall work to arrange a conversation with someone with experience in at least one of those roles.
We have volunteer interviewers from Data Science, Biostatistics, Business Analytics, and Market Research.

If you can benefit from such an interview, please submit your request at

Volunteers support all Chapter activities. If you or someone you know would be willing to volunteer as an online practice interviewer, please have that person complete our Online Interview Volunteer Survey at



  • Q4 Meeting November 4, 2023, @ The Duck Club, Irvine, CA (6 PM--9 PM) (Tentative)


Section on Biopharmaceutical Statistics

OCLBASA is proud to establish a new section that focuses on the activities involved with biopharmaceutical statistics in the Chapter.  The purpose of this section is to sponsor educational, professional and scientific activities as they relate to statistics, statistical analysis, and data science in pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and diagnostics, and other life science areas.  The Section will strive to collaborate with industry partners for the mutual benefit of exchanging knowledge and expertise and to bring awareness to the Chapter of the use of statistics and data science in these areas.

The Section consists of a Chair and a committee.  The composition of the current Committee is below:

Chair: Gajanan Bhat

Members: Thomas Lin, Xinping Cui, Jihao Zhou, Pamela Hsu, Kitty Guo, Weixin Yao 

Section on Statistical Education

The American Statistical Association (ASA) Section on Statistical Education states "This section is broadly interested in the effective use of education as a means of improving the quality of existing applications of statistics and increasing the use of statistics in those areas of study where it offers the most efficient procedure for attacking unsolved problems".

The Orange County/Long Beach Chapter Section on Statistical Education has been formed to offer an opportunity for Chapter members and others who share an interest in statistical education to interact with one another regarding this topic. Within the Chapter Section, Special Interest Groups (SIGs) will be formed to facilitate activities within a more focused topic area and thereby better serve the needs and interests of subgroups of statisticians and teachers of statistics in the Orange County/Long Beach area.

Special Interest Groups:
Teaching Statistics in High Schools
Teaching Statistics in Community Colleges
Teaching Statistics in Liberal Arts Colleges/Universities


  • Multiple Opportunities for Statisticians at the FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health

The position description can be found via this link: DCEA_II_BioStat_Opportunities_2023

If interested in the position, contact Bridgette R. Stein at FDA, Division of Clinical Evidence and Analysis 2, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD, 20993 (e-mail: bridgette.stein@fda.hhs.gov).

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