2018 International Prize in Statistics awarded to Bradley Efron

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The statistical equivalent of the Nobel Prize has been awarded to RSS fellow Bradley Efron, professor of statistics and biomedical data science at Stanford University.

Bradley was awarded the prize for the creation of the 'bootstrap', a method he developed in 1977 for assessing the uncertainty of scientific results. The method has had an extraordinary impact across many scientific fields and transformed science’s ability to use and understand data. It's also helped usher in a new era of data analysis through computing. 

New editors for JRSS Series A and C

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Following completion of Harvey Goldstein’s term of office at the end of this year, his successor as Joint Editor of Series A of the journals will be Professor Jouni Kuha.

Before joining the London School of Economics and Political Science, Jouni was a postdoctoral researcher at Nuffield College, Oxford, and assistant professor of statistics at Pennsylvania State University. He completed a master’s degree in statistics at the University of Helsinki in 1992, and his doctorate in social statistics at the University of Southampton in 1996.

Joyce Fienberg killed in Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

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We are shocked and saddened to learn that Joyce Fienberg, the widow of RSS fellow Steve Fienberg, was killed in the recent terrible synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh.

Steve Fienberg, who died on 14 December, 2016, aged 74 years, was a longstanding RSS fellow who made outstanding contributions to statistics as professor of statistics and social science at Carnegie Mellon University. He was a well-known figure in statistics and many who knew him also knew Joyce, who was a researcher at the University of Pittsburgh and who spoke at a memorial event for Steve at this year’s Joint Statistical Meetings in Vancouver.

RSS Council ballot results for 2019

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The RSS Council ballot has ended and the following candidates were elected to Council to start on 1 January 2019:

  • Mario Cortina Borja
  • Claire Miller
  • Johanna Hutchinson,  
  • Tom Smith
  • Deirdre Toher

RSS fellow commended in Science Council CPD Awards

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Congratulations to RSS fellow Kim Cocks, both a Chartered Statistician (CStat) and Chartered Scientist (CSci), who was highly commended in last week’s annual Science Council CPD Awards.

The awards, now in their fourth year, celebrate the continuing professional development (CPD) achievements of registrants on the four Science Council registers: Registered Science Technician (RSciTech), Registered Scientist (RSci), Chartered Science Teacher (CSciTeach) or CSci.

Less than a month to nominate your #StatoftheYear!

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With nominations closing this month, the RSS is looking for the numbers that tell the story of 2018 for our annual ‘Statistic of the Year’.

Any topic is welcome – the more interesting, the better. We welcome serious topics as well light-hearted ones, and nominations can be UK or International focused.

Nominations so far include statistics on plastic in the oceans, UK homelessness, the World Cup and the gender pay gap.

Latest RSS member referral scheme prize draw winners

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The winners of our latest member referral scheme prize draw have been announced as Dr Olaniyi Mathew Olayiwola and Professor Olusegun Folorunso. 

Dr Olayiwola (pictured left) is a senior lecturer at the Department of Statistics at Federal University of Agriculture in Nigeria. His research interests include survey methodology, sampling, big data analysis and climatic modelling. Dr Olayiwola has been a fellow of the RSS since 2012 and is a founding member and chair of the new RSS Nigeria local group, which will begin its activities next year. He has been actively referring his colleagues to the RSS, including Professor Folorunso.

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