RSS contributes to UCL inquiry into history of eugenics

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RSS president Deborah Ashby has written to University College London regarding an inquiry into its historical links with eugenics.

The inquiry, chaired by Leeds law professor Iyiola Solanke, has asked for recommendations regarding current spaces and buildings named after prominent eugenicists – in particular the Victorian scientist Francis Galton.

RSS member referral scheme latest winners

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The latest winners of the member referral scheme have been announced: they are Dr Tiziano De Angelis (pictured above) and Dr Codina Cotar (pictured below).

Codina is a reader in probability at the Statistical Science Department at University College London. Her research interests are in using probability, analysis and statistics tools to advance understanding of key open problems in physics, in particular to electronic structure of matter and to material science. She is also interested in reinforced processes, which is a class of probability models with applications to random networks, reinforced learning and Bayesian statistics. In her free time, Codina enjoys designing hats.

Statistical Excellence Awards 2019: Nominations open

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The Royal Statistical Society is now formally accepting 2019 entries for awards that recognise statistical excellence in two distinct fields: official statistics and journalism.

The Campion Award for Excellence in Official Statistics is for anyone working in UK government statistics and rewards good practice in producing and presenting statistics for the public good. Given in partnership with the UK Statistics Authority, we are pleased to announce that Civil Service World are the media partner for this year’s award.

Statistics of the Year 2018: Winners announced

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This year’s Statistics of the Year announcement has a distinctly environmental theme as statistics relating to plastic waste and the use of solar energy emerged as the winners of this year’s International and UK categories respectively.

The commended entries cover a plethora of other issues, from the reduction in global ‘absolute poverty’ to the number of Jaffa cakes present in its Christmas tube - illustrating the phenomenon of ‘shrinkflation’.

Announcing our honours recipients for 2019

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We are delighted to announce the recipients of our 2019 honours, who will be presented with their awards at a ceremony during our annual conference in Belfast this September:

• Guy Medal in Gold: Stephen Buckland

• Guy Medal in Silver: Susan Murphy

• Guy Medal in Bronze: Jonas Peters

• Barnett Award: Marian Scott

• Research Prize: Tengyao Wang

Tim Harford awarded OBE in New Year Honours

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Congratulations to RSS Honorary Fellow Tim Harford, who was awarded an OBE, 'For services to Improving Economic Understanding' in the 2019 New Year's Honours list.

Tim is a senior columnist at the Financial Times and the presenter of Radio 4’s More or Less programme. He has written several books, including 'Fifty Things That Made the Modern Economy' and the popular 'The Undercover Economist'. 

RSS publishes 2018 Annual Review

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The Royal Statistical Society has just published its 2018 Annual Review, which provides a great overview of the work the Society has been doing this year.

The six-page report is introduced by our current president, David Spiegelhalter. He writes: ‘A huge amount has been achieved in relation to influencing public debate, championing statistics education and supporting the profession. My particular enthusiasm is for public engagement – I feel that statisticians, with their characteristics of balance and integrity, deserve a far stronger voice in modern debates.  So it’s heartening to see the amount of positive coverage the Society is receiving in the media.’   

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