21 May 2020 - SSA Weekly Bulletin

Dear {Contact_First_Name},

You may be surprised to get a newsletter just a week after you received the SSA May newsletter.

At SSA we are now trialing a system where instead of one long monthly newsletter, you will receive a brief “Weekly Bulletin” every week. These weekly news will also replace the individual emails you often receive from me, advertising events, surveys, and other statistical matters. I will simply include those items in the “Weekly Bulletin” and still get them to you in a timely manner. Changing to a weekly cycle should provide some relief to your inbox, which – if it is anything like mine – is probably overflowing with an abundance of notifications.

If you can think of a better, catchier name for our "Weekly Bulletin", perhaps something with a reference to statistics, please let me know at eo@statsoc.org.au.

Take care,

Marie-Louise Rankin
SSA Executive Officer

Vic Branch April Meeting
COVID-19: modelling and public health policy, presented by Allen Cheng and Freya Shearer

The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked a lot of interest from the statistics / data science community. On the 28th of April, we invited two Melbourne based statisticians/epidemiologists who actually advise the government on the coronavirus pandemic to share their work with us.

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Webinar: A short overview into “how to make a learning healthcare system work”: from linking data, machine learning to ethics

The Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Section has an exciting international speaker, Katrien Groenhof from the Netherlands, delivering a webinar for SSA members this month.

Date: Wednesday 27th May, 5pm AEST. This event is for members of SSA only.

Find out more and register here

Coming up: Canberra Branch Meeting - Discussion on COVID-19

Wednesday, 27 May 2020, 6-7pm AEST

Raina MacIntyre, UNSW
Discussant (John Maindonald, ANU)

Followed by Q&A from the audience

For more information and to register please click here.

SSA Survey

Thank you to everyone who participated in the SSA survey. The suggestions were really useful, and results will be used to target activities and ensure we’re helping our members.

Congratulations to our random draw winner, Eric Wu, who wins an annual subscription to Significance.

Need to catch up on missed
Branch Meetings?

Check out our ever growing video library and catch up on branch talks you may have missed. New videos are added each month and here are the latest ones:

Variable Selection for Decision-Making in Individualised Treatments
with Howard Bondell

COVID-19 Modelling and Public Health Policy -
Allen Cheng and Freya Shearer 

Join us for another Virtual Coffee Catch-Up!

Our first Virtual Coffee Catch-Up went so well that we are doing it again! Grab your favourite beverage and join other SSA members for a catch-up on

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 11am AEST.

To find out more and to register for our virtual catch-up please click here. Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link for the meeting. 

Automatic recurring membership payments now available!

Are you a full member of SSA? Do you dread the hassle of going through the renewal process every year? Or are you perhaps slightly forgetful? We’ve got good news for you! Automatic renewal payments are now available for full members of the Society. Next time renewal time comes around, simply change your membership level to “Full membership - automatic annual renewal payments:”, or, if you are AStat accredited, to “Full Membership (with Accreditation) - automatic annual renewal payments” and follow the prompts. It’s easy to set up and you can cancel the automatic payments at any time.

Are you a retired member and feel left out? If so, please let me know at eo@statsoc.org.au.  Should there be enough interest, I could set this up for our retired membership categories as well.

International Visitor Program of the University of Sydney Mathematical Research Institute (SMRI)

The current application round of the International Visitor Program of the University of Sydney Mathematical Research Institute (SMRI) closes on Wednesday 26 August 2020 (at 11.59pm Sydney time). This program provides funding to support visits to Australian universities by international researchers in the mathematical sciences.

Find out more


QUT Centre for Data Science + Qld Academy of Arts and Science - Webinar #5:

“The economic impact of COVID-19 and the likely short and long run economic impacts of the policy responses to it”

Friday, 22 May 2020, 12pm AEST

Find out more

Latest news from the Melbourne Centre for Data Science :

“Join in for the enlightening seminar series hosted by the new Melbourne Centre for Data Science
Running monthly through 2020, our first virtual seminar will be held on Friday 29 May.
Our centre is pleased to host Eric B. Laber, Goodnight Distinguished Professor of Statistics at NC State University and Faculty Scholar at Amazon. His research focuses on methods development for data-driven decision-making with applications to precision public health, defence, sports/e-sports, and inventory management. He is also passionate about STEM outreach in primary and secondary education. You can learn more about his research and outreach at: Laber-Labs.com.”

For more information and to register please click here.

A few places are still available for this Media and communication masterclass next week Tues/Wed 26/27 May. Meet journalists, ask questions, and practice being interviewed. Get help with key messages, tricky questions and learn how to stay out of trouble. Book now.

What works for women in STEM? A new guide to evaluating STEM gender equity programs has been released by Australia’s Women in STEM Ambassador, Lisa Harvey-Smith and her team.

Could you be Australia's next Chief Scientist?
Could you balance providing independent advice to the Prime Minister, international advocacy, and public promotion of science? If you can, then the PM needs you as Australia's next chief scientist. Alan Finkel’s term finishes at the end of the year.

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