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Friday, February 24, 2017

ICSA Member News February 2017
A. Announcements

1. This Memorandum of Understanding between the International Chinese Statistical
Association (ICSA) and the International Statistical Institute (ISI) is effective as of 01
February 2017.

To increase cooperation between the societies, promote the ICSA activities among the ISI and
ISI Associations membership, and increase interaction at the regional level, in January 2017, the
International Chinese Statistical Association (ICSA) and the International Statistical Institute (ISI)
signed a memorandum of cooperation. Each party will be entitled to propose sessions for the
conferences/symposiums/congresses that are sponsored by the other party.
2. Announcement on the Change of ICSA Membership Fees
There has been no change on the regular fee for 16 years, and no change on lifetime membership
for 7 years. The income from current membership fees can cover less than half of ICSA expenses.
Unlike ASA, ENAR and IMS, current ICSA operations are mainly based on volunteers.
Although ICSA pays IT and office staff, the payment is minimal and our IT needs much more
investment to keep current support, let alone better support. The membership fee has been
reviewed by the membership committee several times and the rate change has been discussed in
the board of directors’ meetings. ICSA board of directors has approved the following
membership rates:
1. Regular 1-year membership fee: $80
2. Lifetime membership fee: $1,000
3. Student membership: free but without voting right nor hard copies of ICSA Bulletin.
The new rates will be effective on July 1, 2017.
3. Joint Membership between ICSA and IMS
ICSA's Board of Directors has approved a joint membership fee between ICSA and IMS in
October, 2016. Due to the limitation of ICSA's IT service, currently ICSA is unable to process
the joint membership at our end. Consequently, at the initial stage all the joint membership will
be processed by IMS. Starting January 1, 2017, IMS members (regular or lifetime) will receive a
25% discount on ICSA (annual) regular membership fee. After our IT service can be expanded in
the future, ICSA members (regular or permanent) will receive a 25% discount on IMS (annual)
regular membership fee. There will be no discount on either ICSA permanent membership fee or
IMS lifetime membership fee.
4. Call for Nominations of Candidates for 2018 ICSA Officers
The ICSA 2017 Nomination Committee is seeking for nominations of candidates for 2018
officers. The positions need to be filled are ICSA President-Elect, ICSA Biometrics Section
Chair, and ICSA Board of Directors. For 2018, we need to nominate two candidates to run for
the President-Elect position (both have to from 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 2018, the candidates will be from 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 2017, and need to have a strong
interest in serving ICSA. The President-Elect serves a three-year term – 2018 as President-Elect,
2019 as President, and 2020 as Past President. The Biometrics Section Chair serves one-year
term for the year 2018 and also sits in the 2018 Board. Board of Directors serve a three-year term
from Jan., 2018 to Dec., 2020. 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. Tianxi Cai ( by February 28, 2017.
5. Call for Nominations for the 2017 ICSA Awards
The ICSA Award Committee is seeking nominations for the "Distinguished Achievement
Award" and the "Outstanding Service Award". The "Distinguished Achievement Award" is in
recognition of distinguished achievement in statistical research and important support of the
association. The "Outstanding Service Award" is in recognition and with sincere appreciation for
dedicated effort, unselfish support and outstanding service.
The nomination should include the nominee's current CV and a cover letter of no more than two
pages, stating the basis for the nomination. Please forward the materials via email to Dr. Linda
Zhao at with the subject "ICSA Award Nomination" by April 15,
6. 2017 ICSA Applied Statistics Symposium
You are cordially invited to the 2017 ICSA Applied Statistics Symposium in Chicago!
The ICSA Applied Statistics Symposium will be held from Sunday, June 25 to Wednesday, June
28, 2017 at the Hilton Chicago Downtown in Chicago, Illinois. Please send any inquiry to Dr.
Lanju Zhang (
Details are forthcoming on the symposium website:
Call for Student Paper Award Applications: Up to eight student award winners (five Student
Travel Awards, and one Jiann-Ping Hsu Pharmaceutical and Regulatory Sciences Student Paper, )
will be selected. Each winner will receive a plaque or certificate, an award for travel and
registration reimbursement up to $1,000 or a cash award of $550, whichever is bigger, as well as
free registration for a short course. All materials should be packaged into one zip file and sent by
email to ICSA Student Award Committee at with subject as "2017
ICSA student paper submission". The deadline for applications is March 15, 2017.
7. 2017 ICSA China Conference: with focus on lifetime data
You are cordially invited to attend the 2017 ICSA China Conference: with focus on lifetime data.
The conference organized by Jilin University will be held on July 2 - July 5, 2017 in Jilin City,
Jilin Province, P.R. China. Professor L.J. Wei of Harvard University and Professor Jianqing Fan
of Princeton University have kindly agreed to give plenary speeches. The conference will cover a
wide range of topics in data science, especially lifetime data, and related fields. It will provide an
excellent venue for scientific exchanges and possible research collaborations. Jilin City has a
long history and many attractions and is pleasant to visit both in the summer and winter. It is the
only city in China which shares the same name as the providence and has a rich national
characteristics and 35 different ethnic groups, attracting a large number of Chinese and foreign
tourists. You can also directly go to the registration website at For more information about the meeting, please visit the
website . Contact: Dr. Tony Sun (
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 8 books in the series now. If you plan to write books in the series, please
contact Dr. Jiahua Chen ( or Dr. Din Chen (
Four books in the ICSA Springer book series were published in 2016: 1) "Statistical Causal
Inferences and Their Applications in Public Health Research " was published (edited by He, Hua,
Wu, Pan, Chen, Ding-Geng (Din)); 2) "New Developments in Statistical Modeling, Inference
and Application" (edited by Jin, Zhezhen, Liu, Mengling, Luo, Xiaolong); 3) "Statistical
Applications from Clinical Trials and Personalized Medicine to Finance and Business Analytics"
(edited by Lin, J., Wang, B., Hu, X., Chen, K., Liu, R.); 4) "Advanced Statistical Methods in
Data Science" (edited by Chen, D.-G., Chen, J., Lu, X., Yi, G., Yu, H.). One book will be
published in 2017: 5) "Monte-Carlo Simulation-Based Statistical Modeling" (edited by Chen,
Ding-Geng, Chen, John Dean). Thanks to all authors who contributed to these books.
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B. Sponsored and Co-Sponsored Journals
1. Statistica Sinica: Call for submissions for a special issue on "Big Data in Environmental

The environment has become increasingly important in recent years as pressures from human
impacts and interactions are starting to be realized. This is not an isolated or a local issue. Most
indicators suggest that global warming is already showing impacts throughout the world and
extreme weather events have become commonplace. Furthermore, the impact of air pollution,
such as smog and high PM2.5 measurements, on health and economy is once again a serious
problem in developed and developing countries worldwide. In addition, by many accounts we
are now in the midst of the sixth great species extinction event in the history of the planet. The
processes underlying these challenges are complex, showing spatio-temporal structure, nonGaussian error distributions, and multivariate interactions. Furthermore, understanding these
challenges is both facilitated by and, paradoxically, limited by the increasing volumes of data
that are being collected on the environment through remote sensing platforms, complex sensor
networks, GPS movement and accelerometer data, and social network information. Indeed, these
are “big data!” Many of the existing statistical methods to address problems with complex data
structures require retooling in the presence of such massive data streams.
The goal of the proposed theme topic of ``Big Data in Environmental Studies” is to encourage
high-quality research on the theory and methods for analyzing big data related to the
environment, and to put those papers in one place to facilitate further research. Both
methodological and application papers are welcome.
All submissions will go through the rigorous review process of the journal in a timely manner,
and interested authors should submit their manuscripts on the ScholarOne web of the journal.
Please mark clearly that the manuscripts are for the theme topic of “Big Data in Environmental
Studies.” The deadline of the submission is December 31, 2017 and the targeted publication is
January 2019.
Statistica Sinica is delighted to have the following guest co-editors for this theme topic:
a. Professor Song-Xi Chen, Iowa State University and Peking University
b. Professor Ruey S. Tsay, University of Chicago
c. Professor Christopher Wikle, University of Missouri.
2. Statistic Sinica
Forthcoming papers' information is available at New
issue (Volume 27, Number 1, January 2017) is published.
ICSA members have access to these articles via the "membership only area"
at If you have any problems for subscription, please contact the editorial
office through
3. Statistics in Biosciences
The published new issue is Volume 8 Number 2, in October 2016,
Recent accepted articles can be found at the journal website
A link for submitting your article to SIBS online is below
4. 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 sciences, geosciences,
computer sciences, engineering, and social and behavioral sciences. The journal publishes highquality 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 for more information. Most recent issue is available at .
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 (
1. 2017 ICSA Applied Statistics Symposium
June 25 - June 28, 2017, Chicago, Illinois
Contact: Dr. Lanju Zhang ( .
2. 2017 ICSA China Conference: with focus on lifetime data
July 2 - July 5, 2017, Jilin, Jilin Province
For more information about the meeting, please visit the website
Contact: Dr. Tony Sun (, click here for the conference flyer.
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 (
1. Causal Inference Methods for PCOR* Using Observational Data
February 27 - 28, 2017, Bethesda MD
Natcher Conference Center (NIH Building 45), Bethesda, Maryland
*Supported by Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
For details, see
2. Georgia State University will be hosting a conference entitled "The 5th Workshop on
Biostatistics and Bioinformatics"

May 5 - 7, 2017 at Atlanta, GA
For more information, please visit the website
Contact: Dr. Yichuan Zhao (
Graduate students and young researchers are welcome to submit the title/abstract to the poster
3. Contemporary Theory and Practice of Survey Sampling: A Celebration of Research
Contributions of J. N. K. Rao

May 24 - 7, 2017, Research Institute of Big Data, Yunnan University, Kunming
For more information, please contact Jiahua Chen at
4. 2017 Conference on Lifetime Data Science
May 25 - 27, 2017 at University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
Contact: Program Chair Professor Mei-Cheng Wang,’.
The Conference Program Committee invites the submission of papers and posters presented at
the 2017 LIDA Conference. The submissions are restricted to students or post-docs. The
submitted papers will be presented in contributed paper sessions and the submitted posters will
be displayed and discussed at the conference. The submission deadline is March 31, 2017.
For paper competition, English is the official language and up to 5 awards will be given. The
evaluation of papers will be based on
1. The content of paper based on scientific merit (originality, novelty, and applicability) (75%)
2. The quality of the poster reflecting poster design, organization, visual appeal, and clarity
For poster competition, English is the official language and up to 3 awards will be given. The
presentation of research work could be described on a printed poster or by photographs, graphics
and pieces of text that you attach to the presentation panel.
5. The 10th International Conference on Multiple Comparison Procedures (MCP
Conference 2017)

June 20 - 23, 2017, Riverside, CA
For more information, please click here.
6. 10th International Conference on Mathematical Methods in Reliability (MMR 2017)
July 3 - 6, 2017, Grenoble, France
Contact: Gaudoin, Professor at Grenoble INP, Universite Grenoble Alpes, France
7. Conference on Frontiers of Big Data and Statistical Sciences: organized by ICSA Canada

August 18 - 20, 2017, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Contact: Lang Wu ( or Changbao Wu (
8. 24th Meeting of the Biopharmaceutical Applied Statistics Symposium (BASS XXIV)
October 23-27, 2017, Hotel Indigo Savannah Historic District, Savannah, GA.
Contact: Anthony Segreti, BASS Chair,
The BASS XXIV will be held on 23-27 October, 2017, at the Hotel Indigo Savannah Historic
District - Savannah, GA. One-hour tutorials, on diverse topics pertinent to the research, clinical
development and regulation of pharmaceuticals, will be presented on 23-25 October, 2017, by
speakers from academia, the pharmaceutical industry and the Food and Drug Administration
(FDA). For the first time, BASS will offer a poster session. Two parallel, two-day short courses
will be presented on 25-27 October. Popular features of BASS are the Keynote Address,
Reception Dinner and the FDA/Industry/Academia session.
BASS is a nonprofit entity established to support graduate studies in biostatistics. BASS has
supported over 50 Master’s or Doctorate degree graduate students in Biostatistics. For further
information, contact the BASS registrar at, BASS Chair Tony
Segreti, 919-417-5181, email The BASS Webpage may be viewed
1. Open Rank Professor Position, Tenure Track, Duke University, Durham, NC

The Department of Statistical Science at Duke University invites applications for tenure-track
appointments at any level, beginning in Fall 2017. Appointments will be made in connection
with the Quantitative Initiative at Duke. Preference will be given to candidates whose core
statistical science research interests are complemented by applied and collaborative research
interests in priority areas for the department, including macroeconomics and policy sciences,
finance and business, genetics/genomics and neuroscience. Applicants whose interests interact
with mathematics, computer science and the environmental sciences are also encouraged.
The Department is an internationally recognized center of excellence for research and education
in contemporary statistical methodology. With leading strengths in Bayesian analysis,
interdisciplinary applications and computationally intensive methods, the Department offers
outstanding computational facilities and opportunities for interdisciplinary research. We
currently have 20 regular rank faculty, 16 visiting, adjunct, and postdoctoral faculty, and over
100 graduate students. Beyond core research in theory and methodology of statistical and
computational sciences, collaborative interactions exist with a range of Duke departments,
institutes and centers, including the Information Initiative at Duke (iiD), Duke Institute for Brain
Sciences (DIBS), and Social Science Research Institute (SSRI). Complementary interactions
involve long-standing associations with the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences
Institute (SAMSI) and the National Institute of Statistical Science (NISS), and with institutes and
companies around the US and worldwide.
The PhD program is complemented by our MS and BA/BS degrees in Statistical Science.
To apply, submit a letter, curriculum vitae, personal statement of research and teaching and
names/letters from three references via Enquiries
can be emailed to The application pool will remain open until the position
is filled; screening will begin on December 1, 2016.
Benefits: benefits details located at
Contact information: Nicole Scott,
Duke University, located in Durham NC, is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer
committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color,
disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual
orientation, or veteran status. Applications from women and minorities are strongly encouraged.
Individuals in dual career couples are encouraged to
visit, the website on Duke's Advantages for Faculty, for
information on opportunities for dual career couples in the area and how the university can help.
2. Research Analyst, Bank for International Settlements (BIS), Basel, Switzerland
The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) is an international organization promoting global
monetary and financial stability and serves as a bank for central banks. The BIS's head office is
located in Basel, Switzerland, with representative offices in Hong Kong SAR and Mexico City.
We recruit globally, regardless of nationality, and offer competitive employment packages.
We are currently recruiting for a number of Research Analyst positions at our head office in
Basel, and are looking for Masters graduates in economics, statistics, finance or related subjects
with at least one year of job experience to work in the following areas:
Statistical Data Support: In this role, you will work with a broad range of unique financial data,
supporting experts from central banks and regulatory authorities. You will apply your technical
expertise to provide high quality statistical support to the secretariats of the Basel Committee on
Banking Supervision (BCBS) and the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS).
You will conduct statistical data compilation of various Quantitative Impact Studies (QIS), a
core subject in global regulatory frameworks. Your responsibilities will include design,
implementation and maintenance of data quality checks and business analyses in close
cooperation with topic specialists. You will use your analytical skills to contribute to QIS
analysis by creating and maintaining key statistical reports and assist in developing and applying
the underlying methodologies. Additionally, you will provide ad hoc support for statistical
requests and contribute to the testing of new business applications. You have a passion for
working with numerical data and a solid knowledge of statistical concepts. You possess a high
level of technical expertise and can program using Matlab, VBA or similar.
Research Support: In this role you will provide the Bank's economists with comprehensive
support for their research. You will collect, process and conduct statistical and econometric
analysis of data from a range of sources including central banks, supervisory authorities and
international organizations.
You will use data to create graphs and tables for use in publications and at key meetings to
discuss global financial topics. You will maintain statistical databases for internal and external
use, and provide solutions to issues related to large datasets and firm-level data. Additionally,
you will conduct data quality control to ensure the highest standards of data provided. You will
keep abreast of methodologies and technical developments, and participate in the testing and
implementation of new statistical applications. You are a skilled user of econometric software
packages such as Eviews, STATA or Matlab, and have experience with statistical concepts
applied in the areas of finance and/or economics. You are experienced in retrieving data from
Bloomberg and Data stream. Experience using statistical databases such as SNL, Fitch or S&P
Capital IQ would be an advantage. You have strong analytical skills, are a fast learner and enjoy
the challenge of working across a range of topic areas.
Do you have the skills we are looking for and a strong academic track record? Are you interested
in working in an international financial institution at the heart of the central banking community
and contributing to an important global mission? We look forward to receiving your application,
including your CV and letter of motivation, indicating your preferred area of interest.
Send application to:
Contact Information:
AKTOR Interactive - Mrs Justine Pisarski
Address: Pavillons de Sermenaz, Batiment C
2507, Avenue de l'Europe
69140 Rillieux-la-Pape/France
Tel: 0033 4 37 60 25 47. Email:
3. Faculty Position, School of Public Health, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou
The Department of Medical Statistics and Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Sun Yat-sen
University, Guangzhou, China invites applications for a full-time faculty position (subject to the
approval by the University) beginning August 14, 2016. The candidate could be a recent PhDs
with outstanding potential. Those currently at the rank of assistant professor or a senior candidate
at the rank of associate or full professor will be preferable. The candidate must have a doctorate
in statistics, biostatistics, mathematics or bioinformatics, and should have strong research record
and competence in teaching. All areas of statistics, applied mathematics, bioinformatics will be
welcome. The instruction language is either Mandarin or English, and the teaching ability in both
of Mandarin and English are required. According to your personal plan, you may choose one
well matched position in our school: 1. Staff, 2. Research Fellow, 3. Postdoctoral Researcher.
Interested applicants should send a cover letter of application, three letters of recommendation,
curriculum vitae, research summary, and reprints to Ms. Zhong, Secretary of Personnel Affairs,
School of Public Health:
Ms. Hua Zhong, Office of Personnel Affairs, School of Public Health, Sun Yat-sen University
74 Zhongshan 2nd Road, Guangzhou, 510080 P.R. China
Tel : +86-20-87330672; Fax: +86-20-87335498

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