Our Events in 2016

October, 2016 



  • ASA Princeton-Trenton Chapter and ASA New Jersey Chapter Jointly Host the 2016 ASA Traveling Short Course


Dear fellow statisticians,

The ASA Princeton-Trenton chapter and the ASA NJ chapter will jointly host the 2016 ASA traveling short course:

Statistical Issues in Design and Analysis of Pragmatic Clinical Trials

Instructor:  Professor Andrea Troxel, Perelman School Of Medicine, University Of Pennsylvania

When: Friday, October 14, 2016, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM


East Lecture Hall, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

675 Hoes Lane West, 

Piscataway, NJ 08854

How to Register:

Please use the following link for registration: 


Regular registration: $60; student/retiree: $30


Note that refreshments and a lunch buffet are included in each registration, and parking is complimentary and available in Lots A, B & C. Event Parking signage will be at the entrance to Lots A, B & C.

This is a great opportunity for learning and networking. We look forward to seeing you at this exciting event.

Yujun Wu

President, ASA Princeton-Trenton Chapter

Steve Ascher

President, ASA NJ Chapter


Course Abstract: There is increasing interest in exploring the comparative effectiveness of therapies for a wide range of conditions. Pragmatic clinical trials offer promise. Features of pragmatic trials include simplicity of interventions or treatments, limited eligibility criteria for participants, streamlined approaches to consent, contact with participants occurring within existing processes, and outcome data obtained through administrative sources such as existing electronic health records, claims data, or registries. Pragmatic trials must still include randomization as a fundamental tool to allow valid comparison of interventions. The desired features of pragmatic trials give rise to a number of design and analytic challenges. This course will review the structure of pragmatic trials, describe some of the special design issues, and offer new approaches to handle them. Examples from actual trials in biomedical research will be provided.

About the Instructor: Dr. Andrea B. Troxel is Professor and Associate Director of Biostatistics at University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Director of the Abramson Cancer Center's Biostatistics Core, Director of Biostatistics at the Leonard Davis Institute Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics at Penn, and Senior Scholar in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics. In addition to her extensive experience in the design, conduct, and analysis of all phases of clinical studies, she has published on missing data, sensitivity analyses, and the development of statistical methodology for analysis of clinical trials. Recently she has focused on issues in pragmatic clinical trials, including methods of consent, non-standard randomization, rapid-cycle innovation, and multiple comparisons. She is the author of more than 175 articles in the literature of statistical methodology, cancer, behavioral research, and other areas of medicine. Dr. Troxel is an elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association; Associate Editor of Statistics in Medicine, a premier journal in biomedical statistics; and serves on Data Safety Monitoring Boards (DSMBs) for randomized trials in cancer, cardiac devices, smoking cessation, and behavioral therapies.  She has directed PhD dissertations in biostatistics and mentored numerous fellows in oncology, radiology, and general medicine. 

September, 2016 

  • ASA Princeton-Trenton Chapter Summer Fun Event on September 04, 2016


Dear Chapter Members,

Are you interested in networking with other statisticians and having fun?

On September 4 (Sunday) from 11:00am-2:30pm, Princeton-Trenton Chapter will host a summer picnic at Oak Grove Pavilion, Duke Island Park in Bridgewater, NJ. Please join us to meet each other, share experience and ideas, and make new friends, before this summer is gone! Lunch will be provided, free of charge. There will also be free gifts and raffle for prizes.

If you are interested in joining us, please kindly RSVP using the following registration link:


by August 31, so we can get an estimate of the headcount for preparing the events.

Please feel free to visit the Duke Island Park website http://www.somersetcountyparks.org/parksFacilities/dukeIsland/DukeIslandPk.html to discover the park. Duke Island Park is located at Old York Road, Bridgewater, NJ 08807 in Bridgewater, N.J. Please see below the location of Oak Grove Pavilion at the park. You can park the car at lot B or C and walk to the pavilion.

May, 2016 


  • ASA Princeton-Trenton Chapter Spring 2016 Symposium

Dear Colleagues,

The ASA Princeton-Trenton Chapter in New Jersey is organizing a Spring Statistics Symposium from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM EDT on Friday, May 27, 2016 in the Paris/London Conference Room of the Holiday Inn Princeton.

The focus of the Spring Symposium is on statisticians’ impact across sectors of society – which is consistent with the theme of this year’s Joint Statistics Meeting (“The Extraordinary Power of Statistics”).

Speakers at this Spring Symposium include:

  • Dr. Vlad Dragalin, Johnson and Johnson

    Role of Statistics in Model Informed Drug Discovery and Development

  • Dr.  Georg M. Goerg, Google

    Predicting the ``Next Big Thing'' using Search Data

  • Dr. Kay Tatsuoka, Bristol-Myers Squibb

    Two Examples of Bayesian Adaptive Designs at BMS

  • Drs. Rong Liu, Bayer; Satrajit Roychoudhury, Novartis, etc.

Panel presentation, Model based Approaches for Phase I Oncology Trials: Where are we now?

The location is: Holiday Inn Princeton, 100 Independence Way, Princeton, NJ 08540. Registration can be done using the following link:


A lunch buffet is included with the registration.

Spring Symposium Organizing Committee

ASA Princeton-Trenton Chapter

April, 2016 

  • DIMACS/Statistics Workshop on Fusion Learning, BFF Inferences, and Statistical Foundations: Third BFF (Bayesian, Frequentist & Fiducial) Workshop

April 11 - 13, 2016 
DIMACS Center, CoRE Building, Rutgers University

This two-and-half day workshop is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Rutgers University. The objective is to study the role and foundation of statistical inference in the era of data science and also its applications in fusion learning. Its main foci are:

Report new advances in and re-examine the foundations of statistical inferences in the modern era of data science,
Develop links to bridge gaps among different statistical paradigms, including Bayesian, frequentist and fiducial (BFF) inferences, and explore the possibility of unifying statistical theme for scientific learning and research
Disseminate new ideas and foster new research approaches in fusion learning from multiple diverse data sources.
 The workshop will bring together statisticians and data scientists across the aisles to address issues related to foundation of statistical inferences and its applications to combining information and fusion learning. Professors Jim Berger (Duke University) and Brad Efron (Stanford University) will provide the keynote addresses, to be followed by many other talks and discussions. This workshop will help disseminate new development of coherent BFF inferences and new advances in statistical inferences and their applications to both within the field of statistics and all fields that use statistics. 

For more details, visit http://statistics.rutgers.edu/bff2016-announcement.

Registration Link: