Tony Greenfield 1931-2019

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We are very saddened to hear of the death of former RSS vice president Tony Greenfield, the industrial statistician whose name is given to our Greenfield medal, which recognises contributions of statistical science to the manufacturing industry.

Tony started his working life as a science journalist but joined a large stainless steel company's Operations Research (OR) section at their request, because: 'The OR section is full of very clever people who write reports that we (the board) don’t understand. I want you to write interpretations for us.' While there he tackled the ‘job shop problem’, a topic covered by many academic papers at the time. 

Sylvia Richardson nominated RSS president elect

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We are delighted to announce that Professor Sylvia Richardson has been nominated as the next RSS president after Deborah Ashby’s term of office comes to a close at the end of 2020.

Sylvia was chosen from a list of nominees put forward by RSS fellows to the Society's President Nominating Committee and recommended to Council, which endorsed the nomination at the end of March.

RSS nominated for six Memcom awards

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We are delighted to have been nominated in six categories at the 2019 Memcom Membership Excellence awards.

The annual awards are specifically for professional bodies, trade associations and other not-for-profit membership organisations to enter.

Draft programme unveiled for RSS 2019 Conference

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The organisers of this year’s RSS International Conference in Belfast have announced the draft programme for the event which features seven keynote sessions and more than 50 invited sessions and workshops.

Kim Kavanagh, this year's honorary officer for the RSS conference, says that the board have strived to ensure that the programme is, once again, 'extremely diverse with something to suit all statistical interests'.

Richard Boys 1960-2019

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We are shocked and saddened to hear of the death of our current Series C joint editor and former RSS Council member, Professor Richard Boys.

Richard was a professor of applied statistics at Newcastle University, where he led its statistics research group. He was an applied Bayesian statistician with a wide range of interests and published papers in all three series of the Society's journal. Much of his recent work focused on inference for partially observed stochastic processes, particularly in stochastic systems biology, hidden Markov models and inference in complex systems using emulators.

RSS fellows co-sign Nature article on ‘statistical significance’

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A number of RSS fellows, including RSS president Deborah Ashby and past president Sir David Spiegelhalter, have co-signed a Nature editorial that calls for the ‘the entire concept of statistical significance to be abandoned’. The editorial, which had more than 850 co-signaturies, follows a special edition of the American Statistical Association’s journal, The American Statistician, which has compiled articles all discussing ‘A World Beyond p < 0.05’.

The RSS welcomes the debate moving forward; we have hosted several meetings to discuss the issue, including a session at last year’s Conference featuring David Cox, Deborah Mayo, Richard D Morey and Aris Spanos. Our flagship magazine Signficance has also featured an editorial on the subject.

RSS launches new women in data science and statistics group

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The RSS formally launched its new Special Interest Group for Women in Data Science and Statistics last Friday on International Women's Day (8 March 2019). 

The group aims to bring together women studying and working in the field of statistics and data science. It will strive to support and increase visibility of women, as well as advocate for opportunities in this field.

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