New editor for RSS Series B Journal

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Professor Aurore Delaigle has been appointed to succeed David Dunson as Joint Editor of Series B of the journal for the period 2020–2022.

Aurore Delaigle graduated from the Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium, with a degree in mathematics followed by a doctorate in statistics on kernel estimation in deconvolution problems. After receiving a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Davis, she joined the University of California, San Diego as an assistant professor, where she was awarded a Hellman fellowship.

RSS concern at lack of consultation over ‘radical’ RPI change

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The RSS has expressed further unease about the way the future of the Retail Prices Index (RPI) is being handled.

In a highly unusual step, RSS President Deborah Ashby has written to the chair of the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA), Sir David Norgrove (PDF), to express our latest concerns that RPI is to be aligned with the CPIH index, as announced in September by the Treasury and the UK Statistics Authority.

RSS 2019 session: Getting your research published and maximising its impact

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'Getting your research published and maximising its impact' was a session jointly organised by Wiley and the Young Statisticians Section. The session aimed to provide guidance on the publication process, from writing the draft to promoting the final published paper, for early-career researchers. 

First up was Professor Jouni Kuha, a joint editor of the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A. Jouni gave an overview of the submission and review process for journal articles and shared some tips on how to respond to reviews and increase chances of getting a paper accepted.

RSS urges UKRI chief exec to highlight purdah guidelines

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With a general election in the UK now just weeks away, the RSS has written to UKRI Chief Executive Professor Sir Mark Walport, reiterating the need to remind academics, via the research councils, of the changes in April 2018 regarding the clarification of rules on ‘purdah’ (the period of time immediately before elections or referenda when specific restrictions are placed on civil servants) and how they apply to scientists and researchers.

The letter (PDF) underlines the importance of communicating the clarified guidelines; in particular, allowing unrestricted commentary from independent sources such as academics throughout the election period.

RSS Conference heads to Aberdeen for the first time in 2022

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The Society has announced that the RSS 2022 International Conference will take place in Aberdeen in the north east of Scotland from 12-15 September 2022. 

This will be the first time that the city has hosted the conference and marks a return to Scotland for the first time since Glasgow hosted the highly successful RSS 2017 Conference.

RSS executive director Hetan Shah to step down

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Hetan Shah, executive director of the RSS, has announced that after eight years in post he will be stepping down at the end of January 2020. He will be moving on to take up the role of chief executive of the British Academy.

During his time at the RSS, the Society has grown in membership, more than doubled its financial reserves and developed a stronger external profile through work such as 'RSS Statistics of the Year' and the Society's Data Manifesto. It has also launched many new initiatives, such as the Statisticians for Society programme, whereby RSS fellows have provided statistical expertise for many charities.

Seminar and lecture in honour of Harvey Goldstein

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The University College London Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (ICH) hosted a seminar and lecture celebrating the work of RSS CStat fellow and Guy Medallist in silver, Professor Harvey Goldstein, on the day of his 80th birthday - 30 October 2019.

The Catherine Peckham Symposium featured a number of RSS fellows, including Dr George Leckie, Professors Bill Browne and James Carpenter and Dr Katie Harron giving a retrospective of their work with Harvey, before he went on to give the prestigious Otto Wolff lecture

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