David John Finney 1917-2018

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We are very sad to hear about the passing of our former president, Professor David Finney.

David’s achievements in statistics included pioneering the development of systems monitoring drug safety. His reports and papers on the subject have greatly influenced the monitoring system now in place. He worked alongside many notable statisticians of the 20th century, including Ronald Fisher and Frank Yates. His two most widely known books, Probit Analysis (1947) and Statistical Method in Biological Assay (1952), both redefined those subjects.

RSS launches Nigeria local group

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The RSS is delighted to announce the launch of a new local group outside of the UK, in Nigeria.

The local group is based around the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta in Ogun State, Nigeria and is chaired by Olaniyi Olayiwola (pictured below), a senior lecturer in statistics at the university whose current research centres around climate modelling. The local group’s secretary Olawumi Olatunde works at the National Bureau of Statistics and its treasurer is from the Oyo State Teaching Service Commission, so the group has a wide range of interests represented.

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. 

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.

Bournemouth chosen to host RSS 2020 Conference

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The Society’s International Conference will be heading to the south coast of England in September 2020 when the Bournemouth International Centre will host the event for the first time.

Paul Gentry, the Society’s conferences and events manager, said, 'It’s exciting to be taking the conference to a venue that we have not visited before and which will provide us with the space to continue to grow the conference which achieved another record attendance this year.'

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.

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