RSS outlines priorities regarding new National Data Guardian role

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The RSS, with significant input from members of our Medical Statistics Section, has contributed to a consultation into the priorities of the new statutory National Data Guardian (NDG) carried out by the inaugural holder of the post, Dame Fiona Caldicott. 

The NDG role was set up to help ensure that the public can trust health and care information is securely safeguarded and used appropriately by those working in healthcare, such as GPs, hospitals, care homes and any other organisations working with those services. The position was first established in November 2014 and legislation was passed in December 2018 to place the role on a statutory footing.

New RSS special interest group on teaching statistics

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The RSS formally launched its Teaching Statistics special interest group (SIG) with an event on 3 April 2019. An all-day conference on teaching statistics in higher education was also held at the RSS on the same day, prior to the launch.  The new SIG has been formed to provide a platform to collate and disseminate ideas and best practice in the teaching of statistics. 

The group is for those teaching statistics in higher education (including postgraduate teaching assistants), post-16 education and professional training.

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. 

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.

Edward H Simpson 1922-2019

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We are very sad to hear the news that, Edward Simpson, Bletchley Park code-breaker and the mathematician behind Simpson’s Paradox, has died aged 96. Edward was an RSS fellow since 1946.

From 1942 to 1945 he was a code breaker at Bletchley Park, where he and others broke enemy ciphers and where the world's first modern computer was developed, as he describes in this Signficance article from 2010.

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.

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