A number of RSS fellows, including RSS president Deborah Ashby and past president Sir David Spiegelhalter, have co-signed a Nature editorial that calls for the ‘the entire concept of statistical significance to be abandoned’. The editorial, which had more than 850 co-signaturies, follows a special edition of the American Statistical Association’s journal, The American Statistician, which has compiled articles all discussing ‘A World Beyond p < 0.05’.
The RSS welcomes the debate moving forward; we have hosted several meetings to discuss the issue, including a session at last year’s Conference featuring David Cox, Deborah Mayo, Richard D Morey and Aris Spanos. Our flagship magazine Signficance has also featured an editorial on the subject.
The RSS formally launched its new Special Interest Group for Women in Data Science and Statistics last Friday on International Women's Day (8 March 2019).
The group aims to bring together women studying and working in the field of statistics and data science. It will strive to support and increase visibility of women, as well as advocate for opportunities in this field.
Congratulations to RSS fellows Dr Laura Bonnett and Dr Simon White, whose article on demonstrating to 11‐18 year-olds how population modelling using sampling works has been published in the journal Teaching Statistics:
The article, ‘Investigating populations via penguins and their poo!’ describes an activity that uses toy penguins and poo emojis to demonstrate how aerial photographs of penguin guano can be used to estimate the population of an entire penguin colony.
The organisers of this year’s RSS International Conference in Belfast have announced the draft programme for the event which features seven keynote sessions and more than 50 invited sessions and workshops.
Kim Kavanagh, this year's honorary officer for the RSS conference, says that the board have strived to ensure that the programme is, once again, 'extremely diverse with something to suit all statistical interests'.
We are delighted to announce that the opening keynote talk at RSS 2019 Conference on the evening of Monday 2 September will be given by Siobhan Carey, chief executive of the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA).
Siobhan is passionate about the role of data in decision making and in supporting public debate. Prior to joining NISRA she spent time as chief statistician at both the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for International Development in London, as well as working in the Office for National Statistics in Newport and the Central Statistics Office in Cork, Ireland.
RSS fellow and statistician behind the famous Duckworth–Lewis method used in cricket matches gave a talk to local secondary school students, their parents and teachers at the Wellington School in Somerset.
Frank, who was awarded an MBE in 2010, gave an entertaining and fascinating insight into his life and work at the school's annual Passmore lecture, now in its 29th year and held in memory of Tom Passmore, a former student who had a passion for mathematics.