2015 ASAP Spring Gathering

Posted on March 6, 2015

Hors d'oeurves, dinner, dessert, wine and beer are included. Beverage hour starts at 6:00 PM, Dinner at 7:00 PM, and the talk begins promptly at 8:00 PM. Questions will follow at 9:00 which will be followed by dessert at 9:30. Spouses and significant others are welcome.

Communicating Statistics: P-Value Pitfalls, Sensational Science and the Media

It’s been claimed that Fisher’s p-value is the most popular statistic in existence. Yet p-values aren't easy for a lay audience to understand or interpret. The nuances are especially important in today’s world, with a public hungry for reproducible research results they can understand, scientists eager to publicize and disseminate their work, and media and publicity teams serving as interpreters between the two. This talk will discuss a handful of common p-value pitfalls, illustrated through examples of the kinds of sensational scientific studies that capture a wide interest. It will also discuss the unique role that statisticians can play in science communication, and conclude by exploring potential solutions and approaches.

Regina Nuzzo is a freelance science journalist and professor at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. She received her Ph.D. in statistics from Stanford University, post-doctoral training in the Music Cognition Lab at McGill University, and graduate science journalism training at University of California, Santa Cruz. Her general science writing has been published in a variety of outlets, from Reader’s Digest to ESPN the Magazine. Her writings about data, probability, and statistics have been published in Nature, Science News, and Scientific American. Her Nature feature article about the p-value won the American Statistical Association’s 2014 Excellence in Statistical Reporting Award.

The Spring Newsletter Now Available Online

Posted on March 4, 2015

Please check our online newsletters and the Spring newsletter is available online now.

The New World of Statistics

Posted on Dec. 9, 2014

Please join us to welcome the new website for The World of Statistics!



ASA-P Fall 2014 Seminar

Posted on Oct., 2014

The Philadelphia Chapter of the American Statistical Association is pleased to announce that we are offering a seminar on Business Analytics: Statistics and Big Data. The date is October 24th and it will be held at the Holiday Inn in Fort Washington. The cost is $30 for individuals and $15 for students. Coffee/Tea and Lunch are provided. Details are listed below:

Registration Link: https://asapfall2014meeting.eventbrite.com

Business Analytics: Statistics and Big Data

October 24, 2014, 8:30am - 1:00pm
Holiday Inn, Fort Washington


Registration 8:30-9:00
Seminar 9:00-12:00
Lunch 12:00-1:00

Please note there will be coffee and tea served in the morning.

Career Day 2013

Posted on Apr. 30, 2013

In celebration of the International Year of Statistics, the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Statistical Association will be sponsoring a career day for both high school and university students on Thursday, May 23, 2013.

This educational outreach event will consist of two career panels, one hosted at Methacton High School in Eagleville, PA (map) and the other at Villanova University (map). We are looking to form a diverse panel of enthusiastic volunteers to represent the wide use of statistics in government, private business and academia.

We are expecting an audience of around 150 eleventh and twelfth graders enrolled in AP Statistics at Methacton High School. University students in Philadelphia are invited to attend the evening event at Villanova. Both panels will follow a similar format, which may be subject to change: 1) introduce statistics and its applications , (2) introduce expert panelists, (3) panelists Q&A with host, (4) open forum Q&A. A synopsis of the event, including short biographies of the panelists, will be included in our quarterly newsletter and on www.statistics2013.org.

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