3rd Heidelberg Laureate Forum

Seeking Outstanding Young Researchers! The application process for the 3rd Heidelberg Laureate Forum is up and running. Beginning November 17, young computer scientists and mathematicians from all over the world can apply for one of the 200 coveted spots to participate in Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF), an annual networking event. The HLF offers all accepted […]

Time to Embrace a New Identity?

By Thomas Speidel (AMSTAT News) There is no question in my mind that statisticians are crossing a sea of changes. As a profession, we have made high-quality contributions to many fields over the past decades, with our engagement being perfectly epitomized in the recent book Statistics in Action: A Canadian Outlook. However, one cannot help […]

Canberra ABS positions could be scrapped under plans for new Geelong office

Positions at the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) in Canberra are likely to be scrapped under a plan to open a new office in Victoria. The ABS announced last week that 250 jobs would be created from next year to staff a new Survey Management Centre of Excellence at Deakin University in Geelong. To find […]

The rise of astrostatistics

The rise of astrostatistics Astrophysicists and cosmologists are turning to statisticians to help them analyze an ever-increasing deluge of data. In late 1801 the orbit of the newly discovered asteroid Ceres carried it behind the sun, and astronomers worried they had lost it forever. A young mathematical prodigy named Carl Friedrich Gauss developed a new […]

Rural R&D for Profit programme

The Minister for Agriculture, the Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP, recently launched a new $100 million grants programme which aims to boost the productivity and profitability of primary producers in the agriculture, fisheries and forestry sectors. Rural Research and Development (R&D) for Profit implements the Australian Government’s election commitment to provide additional funding to the rural […]

Journal Club webinar

Thursday 20 November 2014, 10:00am - 11:30am UK time online Journal Club is an online webinar where authors in the Society’s prestigious journals can present their work to a potentially worldwide audience via a phone-in webinar. This time, the online webinar will take place in the morning so that people in countries such as China, Australia and Japan […]

Statistics can kill: how Ebola treatment is being slowed by the drug trials process

The Ebola crisis brings into sharp contrast the importance of appropriate regulation for trials of new drugs. The “gold standard” in clinical research is the randomised trial, but the reliance on one particular measure of evidence arguably risks lives and may be holding back our efforts to defeat a disease which has sparked fear around […]

ABS needs more Govt cash to upgrade old IT

Australia’s national statistics body will need more Government funding in the next financial year to upgrade old and unstable technology systems, the agency’s acting boss has revealed. Read more at http://www.itnews.com.au/News/396863,abs-needs-more-govt-cash-to-upgrade-old-it.aspx

Statistics NZ workers strike for more pay

Staff at Statistics New Zealand are going on strike after a breakdown in collective bargaining. The Public Service Association says 425 members will take a full day of strike action tomorrow, including holding a two hour rally in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Labour MPs Darien Fenton and Grant Roberston, and the Greens Jan Logie and […]

How deadly is Ebola? Statistical challenges may be inflating survival rate

“Science Insider”, 8 September 2014 – By Gretchen Vogel The Ebola virus that is causing the raging epidemic in West Africa is famously lethal. In previous outbreaks it has killed as many as 90% of the people it infects. That’s why the figures in World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) latest “Situation Report” look like they might […]