28 May 2020

Dear {Contact_First_Name}, 

I hope you like our new-look weekly digest! Thank you to SSA member of many years Annie Solterbeck for coming up with a great name for our news bulletin!

As I mentioned last week, this weekly newsletter will replace (most) other emails that I would normally send you throughout a week. So please check it every Thursday afternoon to make sure you don't miss any of our fabulous events!

Would you please note that the SSA office will be closed on Monday, 1 June and Monday, 8 June 2020 because these are public holidays in the ACT.

Have a great weekend ahead!

Kind regards

Marie-Louise Rankin
SSA Executive Officer

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Aurore Delaigle named as Australian Academy of Science Fellow

Congratulations to our member Aurore Delaigle, who has been elected as Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science! Professor Aurore Delaigle is internationally known for her innovative contributions to mathematical statistics. With a unifying theme of nonparametric methods, she has made transformative contributions in several statistical subfields, including functional data analysis and measurement error.

Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science are among the Nation’s most distinguished scientists, elected by their peers for ground-breaking research and contributions that have had clear impact. Aurore is one of 24 scientists elected in 2020.

Click here to read ACEMS' media release

Join the YSC21 Committee - Apply before 1 June 2020

The Young Statisticians Network wants you to join the Young Statisticians Conference Committee 2021. We offer several rewarding roles and when the conference has concluded you’ll wish you could do it all over again (like our Chair)! Want to join right away? Click here for a full list of roles and for the application (~5 minutes to complete).

Need more convincing? Read the full article and be hypnotised into joining the committee.

Read the full article here.

News from Science & Technology Australia

In an email received today from Misha Schubert, CEO of Science & Technology Australia, she writes that there is early evidence that women in STEM have been disproportionately hard hit by the impact of COVID-19. Australia’s scientific and technical services industry recorded job losses of 5.6% from mid-March to mid-April 2020, with jobs down 6.3% for women compared with 4.8% for men.
Science & Technology Australia and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering partnered to gather evidence for the report for Industry and Science Minister Karen Andrews. It was prepared by the Rapid Response Information Forum chaired by the Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel. The report’s lead author is Professor Emma Johnston.

Read the findings here

Queensland Branch meeting: "MIGHTY MAPS: Showcasing estimate uncertainty"

2 June 2020, 4pm (AEST) via Zoom

Maps may inform or misinform. Conveying the uncertainty associated with spatial estimates is important to prevent misinforming. Uncertainty provides a way to communicate where data is lacking or where a decision maker should focus their efforts in terms of ‘value for investment’. However, despite its importance, uncertainty is less commonly provided on/with maps.

This 2-part talk will showcase two diverse examples of incorporating uncertainty in mapping: the Australian Cancer Atlas and Vizumap.

For more information and to register, click below.

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Members-only webinar:

Inquiry into the performance of the opinion polls at the 2019 Australian Federal Election – Update of progress

The Association of Market and Social Research Organisations (AMSRO) and Statistical Society of Australia warmly invite you to this webinar organised for 10 June 2020, 1pm AEST, with presenters Darren Pennay and Dennis Trewin.

The most recent federal election in Australia was held on 18th May 2019. All the published national election polls conducted throughout the campaign, including the last polls before polling day, showed, without exception that, nationally, the ALP had the support of the majority of Australian voters in terms of the two- party preferred vote. Based on the polls most commentators declared, with the usual caveat of ‘if this result is uniform across Australia’, there will be a change of government. Of course history tells us the Coalition government comprising the Liberal and National parties (LNP) was returned to office attracting 51.5% of the two party preferred vote compared to 48.5% for the ALP.

The purpose of this presentation is two-fold:

  • to provide members of the Statistical Society with an update of progress made by the Inquiry; and
  • to invite Statistical Society members to provide comments in relation to recently released discussion paper on the implementation of polling standards in Australia.

The consultation period on the discussion paper is open until June 12, 2020.

Click here to learn more and to register

Webinar “Getting to know our “cell mates”: A practical approach to microbiome analysis through a biostatistician’s lens”, organised by the SSA Biostatistics Section.

19 June 2020 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM (AEST) via Zoom

This webinar will be a walk-through of stages of extracting insights from microbiome data. This is a free event, but you will need to register. 

Click here to find out more and to save your place.

2020 Dennis Trewin Award

Are you/do you know a young statistician or data scientist from the ACT or regional NSW interested in presenting their recent research and winning some prize money?

Then luckily for you, SSA Canberra has extended nominations for the 2020 Dennis Trewin prize until 19th June! The Dennis Trewin prize, named after the former Australian Statistician Dennis Trewin, seeks to award young statisticians from the ACT and regional areas of NSW outside Newcastle-Sydney-Wollongong for outstanding research in the fields of statistics and data science. It is open to postgraduate students in their final year of study, or who have graduated in the last 12 months. 

For full details, please read here!

Discounted 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. Not only is it easy to set up but memberships with automatic renewal payments get a $10 discount!

CPD Award

In December 2019 SSA announced a new award named “Distinguished Presenter for the Statistical Society of Australia (DPSSA)". This award will acknowledge the contribution made by SSA’s regular workshop and course presenters. We are pleased to present the newly designed badge for the holders of this award.

Find out more about this award

Check out SSA's ANZSTAT Discussion Forum

The SSA received some queries about our new ANZSTAT discussion forum and the older ANZSTAT e-mail list. We understand your frustration in dealing with both. The Society is not in control of the old ANZSTAT list. 

Here is the link to the new ANZSTAT forum:

We have put together a short video here to show members and non-members how to subscribe to the forum:

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