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.

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.

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.

RSS fellows co-sign Nature article on ‘statistical significance’

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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.

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