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U.S. Chief Data Scientist Patil Highlights Statistics

In a recorded message to 2015 Joint Statistical Meetings attendees, U.S. Chief Data Scientist DJ Patil said the work of statisticians—including those in federal service—is critical to the country. He urged more multidisciplinary collaboration to meet unique, emerging opportunities such as creating the next generation of health care, yielding more benefit from data for local communities, and developing groundbreaking applications. Patil called statisticians the backbone of how the country has dealt with data for centuries and cited their contributions to innovation. He noted a new opportunity to become increasingly data-driven through greater collaboration among the disciplines comprising data science. View the video.

Argentine Statistician Cleared on Charges of Publishing Alternative Price Indexes

The long ordeal of Graciela Bevacqua and her colleagues with the Argentine government—which included being fired from its National Institute of Statistics and Census (INDEC) division in 2007 and then facing criminal and civil charges in 2011—is nearing an end. She learned this month that a judge ruled in her favor in the criminal trial. In 2013, she learned a civil fine was revoked. One fine remains to be settled. Two of the many news stories in Spanish are here and here. To read more on this story, see this 2012 Amstat News piece and this 2012 Significance article.

Committee Updating

GAISE College Report Wants Your Feedback

The Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education (GAISE) College Report. originally endorsed by the ASA in 2005, is being updated. A committee charged with recommending changes is requesting feedback from the statistics community to ensure the updated guidelines reflect broad points of view. To collect feedback, the panel asks interested individuals to complete a short survey. which outlines proposed revisions to the report and enables respondents to share their thoughts, questions, or concerns. View this CAUSE webinar for more information. Also, the committee will present a panel session at the 2015 Joint Statistical Meetings and anticipates releasing a draft of the revised report by early 2016.

Statistics Views, Wiley Sponsoring Data Visualization Competition

Statistics Views and Wiley are sponsoring the Best Data Visualization Competition in recognition of World Statistics Day 2015. The winner gets the choice of an Apple Sports Watch or $500 in Amazon vouchers. The focus for this year's global celebration is official statistics. For this competition, which closes October 2, entries should present international data from across all the world's continents. Entries will be judged by a panel of representatives from the ASA, Royal Statistical Society, and European Network of Industrial and Business Statistics. Click here for eligibility and submission guidelines. The winner will be announced October 20—World Statistics Day.


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