From the President

Hugh Chipman

Although a warm spring in Montreal seems distant as I write this in mid-January, the SSC 2018 meeting (June 3 - 6) will be here before we know it.  Local arrangements co-chairs Russ Steele and Andrea Benedetti of McGill University will host what is sure to be an enjoyable and well-attended meeting.  For the first time in over a decade, there will be a job fair.  Program chair Matias Salibian-Barrera is assembling an interesting scientific program.  He anticipates a record number of sessions. 

For the second year, our membership renewal form includes the option to donate to the SSC.  As of 16 January, 64 members have made donations with their membership renewals.  Thank you for your generosity and support of the SSC.  It’s possible to donate at any time, and as a charitable organization, the society issues tax receipts for donations.  

The fundraising committee, chaired by Mary Thompson, has called for proposals for advancing the goals of the SSC to promote statistics and probability to students and educators, and to help students and young researchers develop careers in the statistical sciences.  After the January 31 deadline, the committee will use your donations to fund the best proposals.

The election committee, chaired by past-president Jack Gambino has been busy assembling a full slate of candidates.  These include executive positions, regional representatives to the Board and members of the accreditation committee.  Be sure to vote between April 15 and May 15.

The SSC’s statement on implicit bias (pdf) for award nomination and selection is now online.  It’s important that the award selection process recognize the achievements of a diverse group that reflects the breadth of the Society membership and of the profession.  Although developed with awards in mind, similar principles can be considered when selecting individuals in other contexts, such as election to the Board.

Although most appointments are made in the summer, I want to mention that Richard Lockhart has been reappointed as the SSC Editor of Statistics Surveys The journal publishes review articles and is jointly sponsored by the IMS, ASA, Bernoulli Society and the SSC.  There have also been two “retirements”: Larry Weldon recently finished his term as Liaison Editor.  His wife Jill Weldon continues to be involved in production of the online version of Liaison. Peter MacDonald ended his term as Electronic Communications Manager in December.  Thank you, Richard, Larry, Jill and Peter for your dedicated service in these roles.

Our website continues to grow and evolve.  In the past year, this has mostly been incremental steps, rather than the wholesale redesign launched in 2016.  A recent addition is the database of accredited statisticians, which you can use to confirm who holds a P.Stat. or an A.Stat. Also recently reinstated is a listing of all SSC Case Studies since 1996.  The SSC’s Executive Assistant, Miaclaire Woodland, is actively involved in web development and keeping web content accurate and up-to-date.  Peter MacDonald continues to assist in the curation and improvement of web pages, especially those of historical significance.  

On January 10, a statement of support for Andreas Georgiou and his colleagues was released, with signatures from 40 organizations (including the SSC) and 651 individuals.  That number is still growing.  To learn more, and to add your signature, see The preamble at that URL reads (in part): “As head of the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) from 2010 to 2015, Andreas Georgiou is widely credited with producing the first round of reliable financial statistics in accordance with EU standards. Indeed, statistics produced under his leadership were accepted and published by Eurostat without reservation for five consecutive years. Yet, he and two of his ELSTAT colleagues have faced numerous legal proceedings for their ELSTAT work.”  The signatories “call on Greek authorities to drop its prosecutions of Dr. Georgiou and his colleagues, exonerate them of past convictions, and drop ongoing investigations relating to their official ELSTAT work.”

Please spread the word of this statement!  #AndreasGeorgiou .

Monday, January 29, 2018

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