Update on the International Year of Statistics

Posted on March 29, 2014

The official International Year of Statistics participant goal of 2,013 has been topped! You can check out the up-to-date participant and country lists at the Statistics2013 website.

The latest International Year of Statistics newsletter is available here.

Past newsletters can be reviewed here.



Nominations Sought For ASA-P Officers

Nominations are requested at this time for the 2013 - 2014 ASA-P elections, which will be held in June. Positions up for election are President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and graduate student representative. The terms of office run from 1 July 2013 through 30 June 2014 with the exception of the graduate student representative, which runs until June 30, 2015. You may nominate candidates by following the instructions below; self-nominations are encouraged. If you nominate someone else, please check with them first.

Please send the names of nominees and the post desired to our current secretary, Jason Martin, jason_c_martin@merck.com, by Wednesday, June 12, 2012 at noon. Along with the nomination, please send a biographical sketch that is no longer than 300 words long.

Voting will take place on-line from June 14 - 28. An e-mail with a ballot will be sent to all Chapter members.

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.

As we all know, the need for quantitative analysts is increasing and there is growing concern that the United States is losing its competitive edge in math and science. Please take this opportunity to share your valuable wisdom and experiences with our future generations. Use this form to express your interest.

ASAP 2013 Winter Gathering

Posted on Jan. 17, 2013

Registration is now open for our signature event, the ASAP Mid-Winter Gathering on beautiful Boathouse Row, February 8th 2013.

Dr Jeanine Buchanich will present on ‘Communication and Presentation Skills for Statisticians’. Cost is $80/$55/$30 for couples/individuals/students.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

A video for 2013 International Year of Statistics

Posted on Dec. 7, 2012

Check out thie really good video for 2013 International Year of Statistics: Improving Human Welfare in 2013 International Year of Statistics. the video is accessible via the SAS YouTube channel at: http://youtu.be/nTBZuQR7dRc



Latest News about the International Year of Statistics

Updated on Nov. 19, 2012

Here is the latest update on the International Year of Statistics (Statistics2013). Thank you for your interest. Your help in this wonderful opportunity to celebrate and promote Statistics is greatly appreciated.

Word is Spreading

The word about the International Year of Statistics (Statistics2013) is starting to circle the globe. Check out this entry by the writers at Statisfaction, a blog written by doctoral students and post-docs at the Université Paris-Dauphine.

If your company or organization has a blog we encourage you to write about Statistics2013. Send the link to Jeffrey@amstat.org so we can post it to the public website.

Participation Continues to Grow

Many companies are joining the International Year of Statistics as participating organizations every week. The latest is Intel, which joined last week. To see a complete list of participating organizations, including companies, colleges and universities, professional societies, national statistical agencies, primary and secondary schools, research institutes, go here. The total number of participating organizations as of November 19 is 1,186. (About 12% of these are businesses.)

Biometrics to Feature Statistics2013

Full Nov. Newsletter can be found here.



Welcome to ASAP

Posted on Sept. 5, 2012

Dear Philadelphia Statistics Colleagues,

This is ASAP, the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Statistical Association. The Philadelphia Chapter comprises statisticians from the Philadelphia-New Jersey-Delaware tri-state area. We work in government, industry and academia. Our purpose is to serve our members and any one else interested in the benefits of research and applications in statistics.

Our annual activities typically include meetings in the spring and fall with lunch and an afternoon of guest speakers. We sponsor a one-day Summer Short Course. And we have a Mid-Winter social event which includes dinner and a speaker. Newsletters are published throughout the year. Officers are elected in June and serve one-year terms.

We support local science fairs and poster competitions, and provide resources for local teachers of statistics. We are closely affiliated with PASTA, the Philadelphia Area Statistics Teachers Association.

~Ralph M. Turner


Philadelphia Chapter of ASA is Participating in the International Year of Statistics 2013

Posted on Sept. 13, 2012

Philadelphia Chapter of ASA is proud to announce it is participating in the International Year of Statistics 2013, a worldwide celebration of the contributions of statistical science to the advancement of our global society.

More than 700 organizations: universities, research institutes, high schools, professional societies, government agencies and businesses, in nearly 100 countries are joining to celebrate and promote the importance of statistical science to the science community, businesses, governments, the news media, policymakers, employers, students and the public. During this yearlong celebration, [INSERT NAME OF YOUR ORGANIZATION] and the hundreds of other participating organizations around the world will be:

* Increasing public awareness of the power and impact of statistics on all aspects of our society
* Nurturing statistics as a profession, especially among high-school and college students
* Promoting creativity and development in the sciences of probability and statistics

Be sure to visit our website in the months ahead to learn more about how Statistics helps shape your everyday life.

Please check here for the latest update for International Year of Statistics ("Statistics2013").