C Oswald George prize 2018: Announcement

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The article 'Teaching statistics through the law' by KJ Byun and John S Croucher has been awarded the C Oswald George prize for 2018. 

Although the prosecutor’s fallacy and the famous People vs Collins case have long been used as examples in teaching conditional probability and Bayes theorem, this article introduces new contexts and discussion points, and emphasizes the extent of rich authentic material for developing statistical and probabilistic concepts in complex real situations.

RSS responds to Lords report on ‘Measuring Inflation’

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The RSS welcomes the key conclusion in the ‘Measuring Inflation’ report from the House of Lords’ Economic Affairs Committee that resources should be put into fixing the Retail Prices Index (RPI) and has set out its response in a statement (PDF). The Society provided technical advice and gave evidence to the Committee during its inquiry.

The report has called for shortcomings in the calculation of the RPI to be addressed and for an end to successive governments' practice of so-called ‘inflation shopping’.

RSS member referral scheme latest winners

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The latest winners of the member referral scheme have been announced: they are Dr Tiziano De Angelis (pictured above) and Dr Codina Cotar (pictured below).

Codina is a reader in probability at the Statistical Science Department at University College London. Her research interests are in using probability, analysis and statistics tools to advance understanding of key open problems in physics, in particular to electronic structure of matter and to material science. She is also interested in reinforced processes, which is a class of probability models with applications to random networks, reinforced learning and Bayesian statistics. In her free time, Codina enjoys designing hats.

Statistical Excellence Awards 2019: Nominations open

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The Royal Statistical Society is now formally accepting 2019 entries for awards that recognise statistical excellence in two distinct fields: official statistics and journalism.

The Campion Award for Excellence in Official Statistics is for anyone working in UK government statistics and rewards good practice in producing and presenting statistics for the public good. Given in partnership with the UK Statistics Authority, we are pleased to announce that Civil Service World are the media partner for this year’s award.

RSS contributes to UCL inquiry into history of eugenics

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RSS president Deborah Ashby has written to University College London regarding an inquiry into its historical links with eugenics.

The inquiry, chaired by Leeds law professor Iyiola Solanke, has asked for recommendations regarding current spaces and buildings named after prominent eugenicists – in particular the Victorian scientist Francis Galton.

Announcing our honours recipients for 2019

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We are delighted to announce the recipients of our 2019 honours, who will be presented with their awards at a ceremony during our annual conference in Belfast this September:

• Guy Medal in Gold: Stephen Buckland

• Guy Medal in Silver: Susan Murphy

• Guy Medal in Bronze: Jonas Peters

• Barnett Award: Marian Scott

• Research Prize: Tengyao Wang

Tim Harford awarded OBE in New Year Honours

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Congratulations to RSS Honorary Fellow Tim Harford, who was awarded an OBE, 'For services to Improving Economic Understanding' in the 2019 New Year's Honours list.

Tim is a senior columnist at the Financial Times and the presenter of Radio 4’s More or Less programme. He has written several books, including 'Fifty Things That Made the Modern Economy' and the popular 'The Undercover Economist'. 

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