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Date: 
Monday, February 4, 2019

ICSA Member News January 2019

A. Highlights

Happy Chinese New Year!

The International Chinese Statistical Association wishes our members, colleagues, friends a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year in the Year of PIG!

 

Congratulations to Dr. Carl Lee on Winning the Prestigious 2019 Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award by the MAA

We are so pleased to share the great news with our members that Dr. Carl Lee, a lifetime member of ICSA, Professor of Statistics, and Director, Data Mining/Analytics program in the Department of Mathematics, Central Michigan University (CMU), received the prestigious 2019 Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award awarded by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). The award is given to no more than three instructors each year in USA and Canada for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics in order to honor college or university teachers who have been widely recognized as extraordinarily successful and whose teaching effectiveness has been shown to have had influence beyond their own institutions. Congratulations, Dr. Lee, on having been recognized for his outstanding contributions to teaching and learning in the mathematical sciences and particularly in statistics.  

Since MAA started giving this award in 1991, there were only four statisticians received this award from MAA (Robert Hogg, David Moore, Alan Rossman, and Carl Lee).

For detailed information, please visit the award website at https://www.maa.org/programs-and-communities/member-communities/maa-awards/teaching-awards/haimo-award-distinguished-teaching, and the 2019 Awards Booklet at https://www.maa.org/sites/default/files/pdf/jmm/jmm2019/JMM_2019_Prize_Booklet.pdf

 

Call for Nominations of Candidates for 2020 ICSA Officers by the End of February, 2019

The ICSA 2019 Nomination Committee is seeking for nominations of candidates for 2020 officers. The positions need to be filled are ICSA President-Elect, ICSA Biometrics Section Chair, and ICSA Board of Directors. For 2020, we need to nominate two candidates to run for the President-Elect position (both have to from Non-academia for this year), two candidates to run for the Biometrics Section Chair position, and 10 candidates to run for the Board positions. According to the ICSA Bylaws, President-Elect should be from academia, non-academia, or no restriction, on a three-year rotational basis – one year from academia, another from non-academia, and the third year open. For 2020, the candidates will be from non-academia. As to Board of Directors, we hope the candidates can be balanced with respect to gender, region, professional interests, and area of employment (academia, industry/business, or government).

Candidates for all positions need to be active ICSA member in 2019, and need to have a strong interest in serving ICSA. The President-Elect serves a three-year term – 2019 as President-Elect, 2020 as President, and 2021 as Past President. The Biometrics Section Chair serves one-year term for the year 2020 and also sits in the 2020 Board. Board of Directors serve a three-year term from Jan. 2020 to Dec. 2022. Board of Directors need to participate in two ICSA Board meetings each year – one in June during the Applied Statistics Symposium, and the other one in August during the JSM.

If you know of an active ICSA member who is appropriate for any of these positions, please inform Dr. Annie Qu (anniequ@illinois.edu) by the end of February 2019.

 

Call for ICSA Award Nominations by May 1, 2019

   Distinguished Achievement Award

The ICSA Distinguished Achievement Award is presented to individual(s) “In recognition of the distinguished achievement in statistical research and unselfish support of the association”, as noted at the ICSA website: http://www.icsa.org/icsa/awards/distinguished-achievement-award.

Eligibility:  Nominees must be ICSA members with good standing, being a member of ICSA for at least the past three consecutive years. Members of the Award Committee and the Executive Committee are not eligible to receive the award during the term of service.

Nomination Process:  Nominator is responsible for preparing a complete package for the nominee that should at minimum contain the following 1) nominee’s most recent curriculum vitae; 2) cover letter from the nominator summarizing the nominee’s achievement in statistical research and unselfish support of the association. Besides items 1) and 2), additional nomination material such as recommendation letters is encouraged but not required. Send the nomination materials to Award Committee Chair, Professor Yufeng Liu, via email to yfliu@email.unc.edu with the subject entitled "Distinguished Achievement Award Nomination". Nomination items can be sent as pdf, ps or plain text attachments.

Deadline: The deadline for nomination is May 1, 2019.

Additional Information: The ICSA Award Committee will review and evaluate nominations.

 

 Outstanding Young Researcher Awards

The ICSA Young Researcher Award is presented to young scholar(s) “In recognition of the outstanding research in statistical theory, methodology, and/or applications”, as noted at the ICSA website: http://www.icsa.org/icsa/award/outstanding-young-researcher-awards.

Eligibility:  Nominees must be ICSA members for at least the past year. Eligible nominees should have obtained their PhD degree or an equivalent degree in the past six years. For example, an individual eligible for 2019 must have received a doctoral degree dated 2013 or later.

Nomination Process:  Nominator is responsible for preparing a complete package for the nominee that should contain the following 1) nominee’s most recent curriculum vitae; and 2) cover letter from the nominator summarizing the nominee’s achievement in statistical research and/or applications. Additional nomination materials such as recommendation letters are encouraged but not required. Send the nomination materials to Award Committee Chair, Professor Yufeng Liu, via email toyfliu@email.unc.edu with the subject entitled "Outstanding Young Researcher Award Nomination". Nomination items can be sent as pdf, ps or plain text attachments.

Deadline: The deadline for nomination is May 1, 2019.

Additional Information: The ICSA Award Committee will review and evaluate nominations.  

 

1. ICSA Applied Statistics Symposium (June 9-12, 2019)

ICSA 2019 Applied Statistics Symposium will be held on June 9-12, 2019 at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, NC.

Professor Wenbin Lu at North Carolina State University (lu@stat.ncsu.edu) will be the Chair of the organization committee.

For more information, please visit the website https://symposium2019.icsa.org.

 

2. ICSA China Conference (July 1-4, 2019)

The 2019 ICSA China Conference will take place, July 1-July 4, 2019, in Tianjin, China. The Conference will be organized jointly by the International Chinese Statistical Association (ICSA), Nankai University and Shanghai Jiaotong University. It will be held on the campus of Nankai University.

The objective of the conference is to provide a platform for the exchange of recent research and developments in modern statistical methods, to create collaboration opportunities and to identify new directions for further research.   

All sessions in the conference will be invited sessions. The program committee members have organized over 80 invited sessions.  Due to space limit, the conference will not accept any additional invited session proposals. Please visit http://icsa.jiusem.net/, or call 86-22-23501103, or email stat@nankai.edu.cn for detailed information.

 

3. The 4th ICSA – Canada Chapter Symposium, Advances and Innovations in Statistics and Data Science (August 9-11, 2019)

The 4th ICSA – Canada Chapter Symposium, Advances and Innovations in Statistics and Data Science, will be held August 9-11, 2019 at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Devon Lin of Queen’s University is the Chair of the Local Organizing Committee, Wenqing He of the University of Western Ontario is the Chair of the Scientific Committee. Professor Tony Cai of University of Pennsylvania and Professor Runzhe Li of Pennsylvania State University will be the Keynote Speakers of the Symposium.
The symposium welcomes proposals for invited sessions. An invited session consists of four speakers (or three speakers and a discussant), with each speaker having 25 minutes for the presentation and discussion.

Please visit  http://www.icsa-canada-chapter.org/symposium2019/home.html for more updated information.

 

4. The 2nd Conference on Lifetime Data Science: Foundations and Frontiers (May 29-31, 2019)

The Lifetime Data Science Section of American Statistical Association is pleased to announce an exciting upcoming conference on Lifetime Data Science: Foundations and Frontiers which will be held at the University of University of Pittsburgh May 29-31, 2019. The event will begin with short courses by experts in topics of current interest on May 29 and will be followed by a two-day conference featuring keynote addresses by internationally renowned statisticians, a student paper competition, a poster session and many stimulating talks. A banquet will be held on May 30, 2019.  

The Scientific Program Committee is led by Richard Cook (Chair, U Waterloo) and Jianwen Cai (co-Chair, UNC). Ying Ding(Chair, U Pittsburgh) and Yu Cheng (co-Chair, U Pittsburgh) are leading the Local Arrangements Committee.

Please visit http://lids2019.pitt.edu/index.html for detailed information related to this conference.

 

5. IMS-China International Conference on Statistics and Probability (July 6-10, 2019)

The IMS-China International Conference on Statistics and Probability will be held from July 6, 2019 to July 10 to 2019 at Dalian, China. It is an international conference held biennially and covers a wide range of topics in statistics, probability and their related areas. The conference provides an excellent forum for exchanges of the cutting-edge research at the frontiers of those areas, and for forging new research collaborations. Past IMS-China conferences were successfully held in Hangzhou (2008), Weihai (2009), Xian (2011), Chengdu (2013), Kuning (2015), and Nanning (2017).

 

The more information about the conference, please visit the website of the previous conference held in 2017: http://2017ims-china.gxun.edu.cn/info/1007/1066.htm.

 

6. The 11th ICSA International Conference (Dec 20-22, 2019)

The 11th ICSA International Conference will be held at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China, from December 20, 2019 to December 22, 2019.  Organizing committee Chair: Hongzhe Li (hongzhe@pennmedicine.upenn.edu)

 

7. Statistics Association Presidents Establish the Elizabeth L. Scott and F.N. David Lectureships

On April 26, 2018,  the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Sciences (COPSS) announced the establishment of two lectureships named after women: The Elizabeth L. Scott Lecture, and the F.N. David Lecture. The lectures will be given in alternate years at the annual Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) beginning in 2019. For more information, please download the file https://icsaimage.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/copss_announcement_named_lectures.pdf.

 

8. ICSA Springer Book Series in Statistics

The co-editors of ICSA Springer book series in statistics, Drs. Jiahua Chen and Din Chen, have reported that there are 10 books in the series now. If you plan to write books in the series, please contact Dr. Jiahua Chen (jhchen@stat.ubc.ca) or Dr. Din Chen (dinchen@email.unc.edu). Five books in the ICSA Springer book series were published in 2017:

1) "Monte-Carlo Simulation-Based Statistical Modeling" (edited by Chen, Ding-Geng, Chen, John Dean);

2) "Phase II Clinical Development of New Drugs" (edited by Ting, N., Chen, D.-G., Ho, S., Cappelleri, J.C.).

3) "Biased Sampling, Over-identified Parameter Problems and Beyond" (edited by Qin, Jing)

4) "Statistical Modeling for Degradation Data" (edited by Chen, D.-G., Lio, Y., Ng, H.K.T., Tsai, T.-R.)

5) "New Advances in Statistics and Data Science" (edited by Chen, D.-G., Jin, Z., Li, G., Li, Y., Liu, A., Zhao, Y.)

Thanks to all authors who contributed to these books.

1) http://www.springer.com/us/book/9789811033063;

2) http://www.springer.com/us/book/9789811041921;

3) http://www.springer.com/us/book/9789811048548;

4) http://www.springer.com/us/book/9789811051937;

5) http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319694153.

 

The following 6 books were published in 2018:

1) Biopharmaceutical Applied Statistics Symposium, Volume 1 Design of Clinical Trials (edited by Peace, K.E., Chen, D.-G., Menon, S.)

2) Biopharmaceutical Applied Statistics Symposium, Volume 2 Biostatistical Analysis of Clinical Trials (edited by Peace, K.E., Chen, D.-G., Menon, S.)

3) Biopharmaceutical Applied Statistics Symposium, Volume 3 Pharmaceutical Applications (edited by Peace, K.E., Chen, D.-G., Menon, S.)

4) Proceedings of the Pacific Rim Statistical Conference for Production Engineering: Big Data, Production Engineering and Statistics (edited by Choi, D., Jang, D., Lai, T.L., Lee, Y., Lu, Y., Ni, J., Qian, P., Qiu, P., Tiao, G.)

5) Statistical Analysis of Microbiome Data with R (edited by Xia, Y., Sun, J., Chen, D.-G.)

6) New Frontiers of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics (edited by Zhao, Y., Chen, D.-G.)

 

B. Sponsored and Co-Sponsored Journals

1. Statistica Sinica

Forthcoming papers' information is available at http://www3.stat.sinica.edu.tw/statistica/. The new issue (Volume 28, Number 4, October 2018) is published.

ICSA members have access to these articles via the "membership only area" at http://www.icsa.org. If you have any problems with subscription, please contact the editorial office through ss@stat.sinica.edu.tw.

 

2. Statistics in Biosciences

The published new issue is Volume 10 Number 3, in December 2018

https://link.springer.com/journal/12561/10/3/page/1

Recently accepted articles can be found at the journal website

https://link.springer.com/journal/12561/onlineFirst/page/1

A link for submitting your article to SIBS online is below

https://www.editorialmanager.com/sibs/default.aspx

 

3. Statistics and Its Interface

Statistics and Its Interface is an international statistical journal promoting the interface between statistics and other disciplines including, but not limited to, biomedical science, geosciences, computer sciences, engineering, and social and behavioral sciences. The journal publishes high-quality articles in broad areas of statistical science, emphasizing substantive problems, sound statistical models and methods, clear and efficient computational algorithms, and insightful discussions of the motivating problems. Visit SII's web page at

http://intlpress.com/site/pub/pages/journals/items/sii/_home/_main/ for more information. Most recent issue is available at http://intlpress.com/site/pub/pages/journals/items/sii/content/vols/0012/index.html.

International Press and Tsinghua University Mathematical Science Center are pleased to announce open online access (free of charge) to the journal Statistics and Its Interface (SII) which includes five volumes.

 

 

C. Upcoming ICSA Meetings

Please find below a list of upcoming ICSA meetings. This list also appeared on the ICSA website. Meetings not included in our list are not authentic ICSA meetings. If you have any questions, please contact Gang Li, the ICSA Executive Director (gli@its.jnj.com).

 

1. ICSA 2019 Applied Statistics Symposium (June 9-12, 2019)

ICSA 2019 Applied Statistics Symposium will be held on June 9-12, 2019 at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, NC.

Professor Wenbin Lu at North Carolina State University (lu@stat.ncsu.edu) will be the Chair of the organization committee.

For more information, please visit the website https://symposium2019.icsa.org.

 

2. 2019 ICSA China Conference (July 1-4, 2019)

The 2019 ICSA China Conference will take place, July 1-July 4, 2019, in Tianjin, China. The Conference will be organized jointly by the International Chinese Statistical Association (ICSA), Nankai University and Shanghai Jiaotong University. It will be held on the campus of Nankai University.

The objective of the conference is to provide a platform for the exchange of recent research and developments in modern statistical methods, to create collaboration opportunities and to identify new directions for further research.   

All sessions in the conference will be invited sessions. The program committee members have organized over 80 invited sessions.  Due to space limit, the conference will not accept any additional invited session proposals.

 

3. ICSA 2020 Applied Statistics Symposium (May 17-20, 2020)

ICSA 2020 Applied Statistics Symposium will be held on May 17-20, 2020 at The Westin Galleria Houston, Houston, TX.

Dr. Hulin Wu at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (hulin.wu@uth.tmc.edu) chairs the Organization Committee.

 

D. Upcoming Co-Sponsored Meetings

Please find below a list of upcoming ICSA co-sponsored meetings. This list also appeared on the ICSA website. Meetings not included in our list are not authentic co-sponsored meetings. If you have any questions, please contact Gang Li, the ICSA Executive Director (gli@its.jnj.com).

 

1. The Duke-Industry Statistics Symposium: Innovative Design and Analysis for Complex    Clinical Trials for Drug and Device Developments (April 10-12, 2019)

The Duke-Industry Statistics Symposium (DISS) is organized by the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Duke University School of Medicine and co-sponsored by Amgen, ASA-NC Chapter, Boehringer-Ingelheim, ICSA, IQVIA, Janssen, Journal of Biopharmaceutical Statistics, PAREXEL, PPD and SAS. The symposium was established 6 years ago to discuss challenging issues and recent advances related to the clinical development of drugs, biologics and devices and to promote research and collaboration among statisticians from industry, academia, and regulatory agencies. The meeting will be held at the Durham Hilton, Durham, NC 27705.

The theme for this year will be “Innovative Design and Analysis for Complex Clinical Trials for Drug and Device Developments.” DISS 2019 will be held at the Durham Hilton in Durham, NC, about one mile from Duke University campus. The first day will be devoted to four short courses. The 2nd day will begin with opening remarks by Dr Larry Carin, Vice Provost for Research of Duke University, followed by a keynote speech by Dr. John Scott, Director for the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on “Informing Decision Making through Innovative Trial Designs and Analysis.” Nine parallel sessions will followed and are listed below.  A poster session will also be held. On the morning of the 3rd day, Dr. Scott Berry of Berry Consultants will give a keynote speech on “Innovating the Clinical Trial: Adaptive and Platform” followed by the remainder of the parallel scientific sessions.

Registration, the program schedule and travel information for the two and half day event can be found on https://sites.duke.edu/diss2019/

 

2. The 7th Workshop on Biostatistics and Bioinformatics (May 10-12, 2019)

The 7th Workshop on Biostatistics and Bioinformatics will be held at 25 Park Place, Georgia State University, Atlanta from May 10, 2019 to May 12, 2019.

Biostatistics and Bioinformatics have been playing key and important roles in statistics and other scientific research fields in recent years. The goal of the 7th workshop is to stimulate research and to foster the interaction of researchers in Biostatistics & Bioinformatics research areas. The workshop will provide the opportunity for faculty and graduate students to meet the top researchers, identify important directions for future research, facilitate research collaborations.

A distinguished speaker of the Workshop is Prof. Samuel Kou, Harvard University.

For more information, please visit the website https://math.gsu.edu/yichuan/2019Workshop/.

 

3. Conference on Current Trends in Survey Statistics (Aug 13-16, 2019)

The conference “Current Trends in Survey Statistics” will be held in Institute for Mathematical Sciences, National University of Singapore, from 13th to 16th August, 2019.  We are happy to announce that this conference has already been declared as a satellite conference to the 62nd ISI World Science Congress to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 18th to 23rd August, 2019.

More information about the conference, including the organising committees, timeline, venue, registration and abstract submission can be found in the following web-page:

https://ims.nus.edu.sg/orgsites/2019data/.

Questions and queries should be directed to: Sanjay Chaudhuri, Department of Statistics and Applied Probability, NUS,  email: sanjay@stat.nus.edu.sg or  stasc@nus.edu.sg

 

4. The 3rd International Conference on Statistical Distributions and Applications (Oct 10-12, 2019)

The 3rd International Conference on Statistical Distributions and Applications will be held from October 10, 2019 to October 12, 2019 at Eberhard Conference Center, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.

For more information about the conference, please visit http://people.cst.cmich.edu/lee1c/icosda2019.

 

4. Online Training Program

Online training serves as a viable alternative to traditional continuing education options, e.g., to short courses offered at biostatistical conferences.  Over the past year, the ASA Biopharmaceutical Section has been working on creating an online training program aimed at clinical trial statisticians and set up a pilot program which includes half-day and full-day courses on key topics in biopharmaceutical statistics:

Analysis of Longitudinal and Incomplete Data

Multiplicity Issues in Clinical Trials

Analysis of Surrogate Endpoints in Clinical Trials

The section has received much positive feedback from industry and academic statisticians.  Clinical trial statisticians who took advantage of the online training program emphasized that this program is convenient, inexpensive and quite flexible.

 

A similar online training program has been set up for ICSA members.  As a member of the ICSA, you will receive a 50% discount when you sign up for any course included in the program.  The online training courses are based on professionally recorded videos using a format similar to that used in YouTube videos. The videos can be accessed 24/7 on a computer or even on a smartphone. The cost of online training is quite low compared to traditional training, and it can be further reduced by using a group-training format. Up to 25 people can view an online training course with a single registration, which lowers the cost of online training to about $20-25 per person for full-day courses and $10-15 per person for half-day courses.

For more information about the online training program and to sign up for the individual online courses, please visit this web page:

http://sprmm.com/icsa/

  

E. Job Listings

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