Become part of the Australian Survey of Social Attitudes (AuSSA) by sponsoring a question

ACSPRI contacted the Statistical Society to advertise the opportunity to contribute to The Australian Survey of Social Attitudes (AuSSA), by sponsoring a question or questions relevant to the theme of “Religion”. Timeline: Proposed questions to be confirmed by 23 March 2018 First wave of data collection begins May 2018 First wave results delivered August 2018 […]

Complimentary student places for useR! conference in Brisbane available!

The useR! conference (The conference for the users of R) is in Australia (Brisbane) for the first time this year (July 10th to 13th). There will be some great national and international statistical speakers and delegates, and a wide range of R courses. See the conference web site for details: https://user2018.r-project.org/. The Statistical Society of Australia […]

March to May: ACSPRI’s 2 Day Master-classes and Workshops in  Melbourne

ACSPRI– Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Incorporated   15-16 March Questionnaire Design with Dr. Gordon Emmerson A two day workshop focussing on building hard copy or internet surveys to meet a variety of needs. Topics include uses of surveys, constructing survey questions that are clear and unbiased, the need to match attitudinal or […]

It’s time to nominate!

Do you know any researchers deserving of recognition? The Science Prizes Calendar   is available to help you track the opportunities such as the Eurekas, FameLab and CRC Innovation awards, which are all open now, and the Academy of Science’s honours, which will open soon.  The $750,000 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science will open on 21 […]

Reminder: 2018 IAOS Young Statisticians Prize closes 15 February 2018

The Young Statisticians Prize is an annual international competition sponsored by the International Association for Official Statistics (IAOS) to promote the understanding and development of official statistics and encourage more young statisticians (those under the age of 35) to take an active interest in official statistics. The first-place winner will receive travel funds to present […]

A conversation with Mike Tallis

by N I Fisher[1] University of Sydney Summary George Michael Tallis was born in Melbourne on 10 August 1931.  After private tutoring, he entered Geelong Grammar School at the age of 12 to complete his schooling.  He attended Longerenong Agricultural College (Diploma and BSc 1953), before studying Human Genetics at Ohio State University (MS 1956, […]

NSW Branch – YSC travel grant winners

The NSW branch provided travel grants to two students to attend the 2017 Young Statisticians Conference in September. Hao Wu and WeiChang Yu reported on their experience.   Hao Wu The Young Statisticians Conference provides a fantastic opportunity to engage with graduate students and early career researchers in statistics. The conference was impeccably organised, with […]

The Conversation

SSA members regularly publish articles at The Conversation website https://theconversation.com/au. SSA Member Christopher Drovandi, Senior Lecturer in Statistics, Queensland University of Technology recently published “What the stats say: is Steve Smith the second-best Australian cricket batsman ever?” at the website. See https://theconversation.com/what-the-stats-say-is-steve-smith-the-second-best-australian-cricket-batsman-ever-89773. Chris outlines how statistical modelling is required once the outstanding outlier Donald Bradman […]

Sustainability meets Statistics and STEM

In August a team of Prof Tim Roberts (Environmental sustainability), A/Prof Peter Howley (Statistics), Ms Latha Lewis (Engineer/Project Officer) and Korbinian Kraus (visiting German undergraduate student in Management of Renewable Energy) undertook a two-week road trip to Dubbo, Broken Hill, Griffith, Orange – visiting schools and running Professional Development teacher workshops at each location surrounding […]

SA Branch November Meeting: Gestational weight gain: modifiable cause of adverse maternal/infant outcomes?

Speaker: Dr Jennie Louise (University of Adelaide)  Dr Louise was once a philosopher (ethical theory /logic), but she has recovered now. Having retrained in biostatistics, she now works in the DDASS/AHTA, School of Public Health at the University of Adelaide.  Most of her work involves providing statistical support for large clinical trials and longitudinal studies of […]

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