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STATISTICAL SOCIETY OF CANADA
Board Meeting
Lord Elgin Hotel, Ottawa, Ontario
October 15 & 16, 2005
AGENDA
Notes: The meeting will be in the Laurier Room. On Saturday a working lunch will be served at 1200. There will
be a scientific session with Georgia Roberts as the guest speaker from 1700-1800. On Sunday a continental
breakfast will be served at 0800 with the meeting beginning at 0830.
1. Approval of Agenda **
2. Approval of Minutes of June 12 & June 15, 2005 **
3. Business Arising
4. Report of the President **
5. Update on the SSC Office
6. Reports of other Officers of the Society
6.1. Treasurer
6.2. Past President **
6.3. President Elect **
6.4. Secretary
6.5. Public Relations
6.6. Report of the Office Coordinator
7. Reports of Standing Committees
7.1. Bilingualism Committee
7.2. Election Committee **
7.3. Program Committee
7.3.1. Report from the Program Secretary **
7.4. Publications Committee
7.4.1. Editor of the Canadian Journal of Statistics **
7.4.2. Managing Editor of the Canadian Journal of Statistics
7.4.3. Editor/Managing Editor of Liaison
7.4.4. Webmaster
7.4.5. Editor of the Membership Directory
7.4.6. Electronic Publications Subcommittee **
8. Reports of Continuing Committees
8.1. Accreditation Committee **
8.2. Awards Committee
8.3. CRM-SSC Prize Committee
8.4. Pierre Robillard Award Committee
8.5. Professional Development Committee
8.6. Public Relations Committee
8.7. Research Committee
8.8. Statistical Education Committee
8.9. Committee on Women in Statistics **
9. Reports of the Sections
9.1. Biostatistics Section **
9.2. Business & Industrial Statistics Section **
9.3. Survey Methods Section
10. Reports of the Regional Associations
10.1. Statistical Society of Ottawa
10.2. Southern Ontario Regional Association
10.3. Statistical Society of Montreal **
11. New Business
11.1. Creation of a Probability Section **
11.2. Report on the NPCDS
12. Next Meeting
May 28 & 31, 2006 London, Ontario
** indicates attachment
President's Report
1
Annual Meetings
Planning for the annual meeting in London is going well. Invited speaker sessions are
now set, budgets are being finalized and general guidelines for future meetings are being
reviewed and revised. John Koval is developing guidelines for Student Travel Awards.
John Braun is the Program Chair and Brajendra Sutradhar the Local Arrangement Chair
for 2007.
A contract has now been signed with the Ottawa Congress Centre for our 2008 meeting
to be held jointly with the Société Française de Statistique (SFdS) – to be a four-day
meeting (plus Sunday). Pierre Lavallée is the Local Arrangements Chair.
Joint Statistical Meetings
This year we had four invited paper sessions, one more than the allocation of three for
SSC, thanks to our representative, Radu Craiu. Plans for 2006 in Seattle are well
underway (Georgia Roberts is our representative). Joan Hu has agreed to serve as our
2008 representative for the Salt Lake City meetings.
Membership drive
This is the time of year when we should all be looking for new members. I have engaged
the Local Representatives, including the Regional Associations to be pro-active in this
area. (Paul Cabilio has agreed to coordinate Local representatives– a new function this
year.)
Motion for new members who join after August 15: Persons who were not members of
the SSC in the preceding year, and who join the SSC after August 15 should be
considered paid-up member until December of the following year. If they subscribe to
CJS, they would start receiving their journal in the following year. If they also wish to
receive the journal for the current year, they would need to pay the extra fees for CJS for
an additional year.
Probability Section
President's Report
2
A proposal for a new Probability Section has been made. Its scope would be: “to be
concerned with all aspects of the development and application of probability theory in
Canadian society, by facilitating networking and collaboration within the Section, and by
working to cooperate with external researchers in allied societies in mathematics,
statistics, finance and operations research.” This proposal has been meets the basic
requirements as outlined in the Handbook for a new section. The Executive is hoping
that this section could attract more probabilists as members and to our annual meetings.
Andre Dabrowski would serve as the initial President, Andre Volodin as Secretary and
Gail Ivanoff as Treasurer until the 2006 AGM of the SSC.
Committees
All committee chairs (except for CJS awards) have been named and almost all members
identified. The website has been updated with all the most recent information.
A new mandate for the Statistical Education Committee is being tabled.
The Chair of the Accreditation Committee will join the Election Committee as we enter
our first year of Elections for the Accreditation Committee.
Publications Committee:
Sudhir Paul and Debbie Dupuis have agreed to serve on the Publications Committee until
2007. Current members are: Jock Mackay (Chair, 2006), Edward Chen (Treasurer,
2007), Penny Brasher (Secretary, 2006), Doug Wiens (CJS Editor, 2006) George Styan
(CJS Managing Editor, 2007), Yogendra Chaubey (Liaison Editor, 2006), and Peter
Macdonald (Webmaster, 2008). Need Board approval for the two new members.
New editors are needed for both CJS and Liaison.
Bilingualism
We are investigating the possibility of obtaining funding from Canadian Heritage for
50% of translation costs to a maximum of $5000.
CRM-SSC Prize
There have been discussions in the past several months about changing the rules to
accommodate more than one winner in a year. The executive discussed this in September
and is recommending that the rules not be changed.
COPSS Presidents’ Award
The eligibility criteria for the COPSS Presidents’ Award has been changed to:
Individuals who have not yet reached his or her 41st birthday during the calendar year of
the award or in the special case of an individual who has received his or her terminal
President's Report
3
degree in statistics less than 12 years prior to the nomination deadline, a nominee will be
eligible who has not yet reached his or her 46th birthday during the calendar year of the
award.
New Awards
The idea of adding new SSC Awards was mentioned at the last Board Meeting. There is
a lot of potential for donors to endow or otherwise fund worthy projects, such as awards,
and fellowships of various kinds. I would recommend was have an ad hoc committee to
consider this further. The first task could be to come up with a set of guidelines, as in
university development campaigns.
Office Coordinator
Wesley Yung from Statistics Canada will be the Office Coordinator beginning January 1,
2006.
Report from the President-Elect
Report of the President-Elect
SSC Board Meeting, October 15 & 16, 2005
Committee Representatives Appointed:
Joan Hu, Simon Fraser University
SSC Representative to the JSM 2007Program Committee
John Braun, University of Western Ontario
Program Chair SSC 2007 Meeting
Respectfully submitted,
Charmaine Dean
SSC Board Meeting, October 2005
Report from the Past President
SSC Board Meeting, October 2005
Report of the Past-President to the Board Meeting, October 2005
My official duties as chair of the elections, membership and accreditation committees are
reported on elsewhere (or not), but there is one item of possible interest to the Board that has
emerged quite recently.
The re-allocations exercise of NSERC was cancelled on September 7; from NSERC’s web page:
NSERC is now studying the possibility of devising a clearer, simpler process that will
significantly reduce the burden on the research community. The new process will most
likely be driven by more easily measurable criteria, such as discipline dynamics (the
variation over time in the number of researchers applying for funding in a given
discipline) and possibly on the cost of research.
The evaluation report and an action plan to develop the new process will be published
on NSERC's Web site by the end of 2005, or early in 2006.
The decision to change the process will not affect the results of the 2002 Reallocations
Exercise which will be implemented until 2007, when the new process will take effect.
This particularly impacts the mathematical sciences institutes, but also affects the statistics GSC
and the National Program on Complex Data Sets. NPCDS gets its main funding from
reallocations and the institutes. There has already been considerable discussion among the
institute directors and NSERC about the right envelope for ongoing funding of the institutes.
NSERC seems to want to move their funding to the MFA program, which has been relabeled
MMR and slightly redesigned to address some, but not most, of the institutes’ concerns.
A Liaison Committee has been created because the institute directors are seeking the help of the
mathematics and statistics community in preparing and arguing their case with NSERC. They
hope, in particular to obtain strong public support from the community. The goal is to present a
document to NSERC by the end of January 2006 at the latest. The membership of the committee
is listed below; the first meeting will be held in Montreal on October 20. I would welcome input
on the issues from board members at any time.
Nancy Reid
October 11, 2005
Ivar Ekeland (PIMS)
Hermann Brunner (AARMS)
Francois Bergeron (GSC 337)
Steve Boyer (GSC 336)
Paul Gustafson (GSC 14)
Richard Kane (Chair)
Eddy Campbell (CMS)
Nassif Ghoussoub (BIRS)
Bill Langford (CAIMS)
Barbara Keyfitz (Fields)
Nancy Reid (SSC)
Francois Lalonde (CRM)
Tom Salisbury (CMS)
Arvind Gupta (MITACS)
Jamie Stafford (SSC & National Program on Complex Data Structures)
Barbara Keyfitz (Fields)
BY-LAWS OF THE STATISTICAL SOCIETY OF CANADA
sales and loans shall be made only in accordance with
such regulations as the Board of Directors shall prescribe.
The Board of Directors may also appoint an individual
member in good standing with the Society to serve as a
depositor for funds.
emprunts ne pourront toutefois être réalisés qu’en conformité avec les directives édictées par le Conseil d’administration de la Société, lequel pourra, à sa discrétion,
désigner un membre individuel en règle avec la Société à
titre de dépositaire desdits fonds.
18.3 At each annual meeting, the members shall appoint an
auditor to audit the accounts of the Society for report to
the members at the next annual meeting. This auditor
shall hold office until the next annual meeting, except
that the Board of Directors may fill any vacancy in the
office of the auditor. The auditor may not be a director,
officer or employee of the Society.
18.3 À chaque assemblée générale annuelle des membres de
la Société, un expert comptable sera chargé d’examiner
les livres de la Société et d’en fournir une vérification
comptable aux membres à l’assemblée générale annuelle
suivante. Cet expert sera en fonction jusqu’à ladite assemblée, le Conseil d’administration de la Société pouvant toutefois pourvoir à toute vacance.
19. SECTIONS
19. GROUPES
19.1 The Board of Directors shall have the power to grant the
status of Section to a group of members interested in a
particular area of application or domain of statistics.
19.1 Le Conseil d’administration de la Société pourra octroyer
le statut de groupe à des ensembles de membres désireux
d’organiser des activités de nature statistique ayant un
caractère sectoriel marqué.
19.2 A group of members desirous of forming a Section may
make application to do so by submitting to the Board of
Directors of the Society a petition signed by at least twenty
members in good standing, stating the objectives of the
proposed Section and nominating one member to be the
first President of the Section.
19.2 Les membres individuels de la Société désireux de former
un groupe pourront en proposer la création au Conseil d’administration de la Société en lui soumettant une pétition
signée par au moins vingt membres individuels en règle
avec la Société. Cette pétition devra préciser les objectifs
poursuivis et l’identité du premier président dudit groupe.
19.3 The regulations of a Section must be approved by the
Board of Directors of the Society and must be consistent
with these By-Laws, including the following:
19.3 Les règlements de tout groupe devront être approuvés par
le Conseil d’administration de la Société, qui veillera à ce
qu’ils soient compatibles avec les siens, étant convenu que :
a) Any member of the Society shall be eligible to join any
Section. All members of a Section must be members of
the Society;
a) Les membres de tout groupe devront adhérer à la Société et les membres de la Société pourront adhérer librement à tout groupe;
b) The activities of a Section shall be managed by a Section Executive Committee consisting of a Section President and whatever additional officers are deemed to be
appropriate;
b) Les activités de chacun des groupes de la Société seront organisées par un Bureau de direction composé d’un
président de groupe et d’autant de membres que nécessaire;
c) The election of Section officers shall take place annually at the same time as the Annual Election of the Society. Only those members of the Society who are also
members of a given Section on April 1 are eligible to vote
in the election of officers for that Section in that year;
c) L’élection des membres du Bureau de direction de chacun des groupes se tiendra en même temps que celle de
la Société, seuls les membres d’un groupe réputés en règle avec la Société au premier avril d’une année donnée
pouvant participer à l’élection des membres du Bureau
de direction dudit groupe pour l’année concernée;
d) The President of a Section shall be invited to attend all
meetings of the Board of Directors of the Society;
d) Les présidents de tous les groupes de la Société seront
conviés à chacune des séances du Conseil d’administration de la Société;
e) The Section Executive Committee shall have the power
to set fees on behalf of the Section. The assets of the Section shall be managed by the Society; however, funds
raised by or on behalf of a Section shall be used exclusively for the activities of that Section;
e) Le Bureau de direction de tout groupe de la Société
aura le pouvoir de faire cotiser ses membres afin de financer ses propres activités, les fonds recueillis par ou au
nom de tout groupe devant être administrés par la Société mais étant exclusivement réservés à financer les activités dudit groupe;
f) The Section Executive Committee shall present an annual budget for the Section to the Board of Directors of
the Society for approval;
f) Le budget annuel de tout groupe sera soumis à l’approbation du Conseil d’administration de la Société;
g) The Board of Directors will dissolve a Section upon
receipt of a petition to that effect signed by at least twothirds of the members of the Section;
g) Le Conseil d’administration de la Société mettra fin à
l’existence de tout groupe sur demande signée par plus
des deux-tiers des membres dudit groupe;
h) The Board of Directors may, upon three months’ notice, dissolve a Section;
h) Le Conseil d’administration de la Société pourra dissoudre tout groupe moyennant un préavis de trois mois;
SSC Handbook
SSC: Rev 09-00
A-13
motion to create a probability section
Subject: motion to create a probability section
From: "Andre Dabrowski" <[email protected]>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2005 14:25:40 -0400
To: <[email protected]>, <[email protected]>, <[email protected]>
CC: <[email protected]>, <[email protected]>, "Andrei Volodin" <[email protected]>,
<[email protected]>
Dear David;
Following up on our discussions at the AGM, I have attached two files in support of the creation
of a probability section in the SSC.
I hope we have interpreted the instructions of the Handbook
correctly, and that the letter and the file of supporters suffice for the motion.
If the section is approved, we would appreciate if an inaugural AGM be included among the business
meetings of the 2006 SSC AGM.
Regards
Andre Dabrowski (613) 562-5800 x3511
http://aix1.uottawa.ca/~ardsg
sectionmotion.pdf
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August 24, 2005
David Binder, President
Statistical Society of Canada
Dear David
In accordance with the procedures given in Article 19 of the SSC Handbook,
http://www.ssc.ca/documents/SSChndbk2003.pdf, we wish to propose to the Board of the
SSC that it create a Probability Section to serve the common interests of a significant
group of current SSC members. Attached is a list of 20 SSC members (verified on the
current SSC web Membership directory) who have expressed their support for the
creation of such a section, and the names of some non-SSC members who would consider
joining if such a section were created.
The Scope of the Probability Section is tentatively "to be concerned with all aspects of
the development and application of probability theory in Canadian society. It
will facilitate networking and collaboration within the Section but also work to cooperate
with external researchers in allied societies in mathematics, statistics,
finance and operations research."
We suggest that Andre Dabrowski serve as initial President, Andre Volodin as Secretary
and Gail Ivanoff as Treasurer until the 2006 AGM of the SSC, at which time a vote of
members will be conducted to both approve a set of Section by-laws and to elect an
Executive in an inaugural meeting of the Section. In the interim, the section would
follow the bylaws as found in the Handbook (pages a-20 to a-22) for the Business and
Industrial Statistics Section, with the obvious modifications. If additional information or
supporting materials are required, please let us know and we shall endeavor to supply
them.
Sincerely,
Andrei Volodin (306) 585-4771 [email protected]
Andre Dabrowski (613) 562-5800 x3511 [email protected]
Gail Ivanoff (613) 562-5800 x3501 [email protected]
Name
Email
Institution
SSC Member
Raluca Balan
W. John Braun
David Brillinger
Miklós Csörg_
Andre Dabrowski
Donald Dawson
Steve Drekic
Edit Gombay
Myron Hlynka
Gail Ivanoff
Peter Kim
Reg Kulperger
Neal Madras
David McDonald
Bruno Remillard
Thomas Salisbury
Jim Tomkins
Andrei Volodin
Mahmoud Zarepour
Yiqiang Zhao
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]sor.ca
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
University of Ottawa
University of Western Ontario
University of California, Berkeley
Carleton University
University of Ottawa
Carleton University
University of Waterloo
The University of Alberta
University of Windsor
University of Ottawa
University of Guelph
University of Western Ontario
York University
University of Ottawa
Hec Montreal
York University
University of Regina
University of Regina
University of Ottawa
Carleton University
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
David Brydges
Jun Cai
Colleen Cutler
Shui Feng
Jose Garrido
Genevieve Gauthier
Andrew James Heunis
Hyejin Ku
Alexander Melnikov
Byron Schmuland
Ricardas Zitikis
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
University of British Columbia
University of Waterloo
University of Waterloo
McMaster University
Concordia University
Hec Montreal
University of Waterloo
York University
University of Alberta
University of Alberta
University of Western Ontario
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
N
Re: Probability section - 2nd message
Subject: Re: Probability section - 2nd message
From: "Andre Dabrowski" <[email protected]>
Date: Mon, 10 Oct 2005 12:20:32 -0400
To: "David Binder" <[email protected]>
CC: <[email protected]>, <[email protected]>, <[email protected]>, <[email protected]>,
<[email protected]>, "Andrei Volodin" <[email protected]>, <[email protected]>
Happy Thanksgiving
Dear David;
I have attached two files in support of our motion to create
a Probability section. The Word file contains responses to
the email listed below, expressing agreement with membership
in the section and the temporary executive. The Excel file
lists the names of respondents and indicates their SSC
membership status as noted on the ciurrent web pages of the
SSC. (I note that honorary memberships do seem to be
listed there, however.)
I hope to be at Georgia's talk if there are any late- issues.
Andre
Andre Dabrowski (613) 562-5800 x3511
http://aix1.uottawa.ca/~ardsg
------------Dear colleague;
The motion to establish a Probability section in the SSC will be
recommended by the SSC Executive to the SSC Board for its October
meeting. For this meeting we require your confirmation (by email) of
your intent to join the section, and accepting the temporary executive
of the section: Andre Dabrowski President, Andrei Volodin Secretary,
and Gail Ivanoff as Treasurer. A reply to this email with "I agree"
is sufficient.
At least 20 SSC members must support the motion. You can check if
your membership is up to date at
http://www.ssc.ca/directory/directory_e.html (userid=sscmember
password=thomasbayes)
and if you are not a member or your membership has lapsed, (re)join at
http://www.ssc.ca/main/about/join_e.html.
The first business meeting of the Section will take place at the
SSC2006 meeting in London. There will be several invited sessions
organized under the Section banner, and I hope that we will be able to
establish a program committee to plan for future meetings in a less ad
hoc fashion. Thank you for your support.
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I agree
Peter Kim, Professor
Associate Editor, Journal of Multivariate Analysis
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
University of Guelph
Guelph Ontario N1G 2W1 CANADA
Tel: 519-824-4120, x58165 FAX: 519-837-0221
http://www.uoguelph.ca/~pkim
Hi
Ok I agree. It is a good idea.
Yours
David McDonald
I agree
Bruno Remillard
Professeur titulaire
Service de l'enseignement des methodes
quantitatives de gestion
HEC Montreal
3000, chemin de la Cote-Sainte-Catherine
Montreal (Quebec)
Canada H3T 2A7
Bureau/Office: 4846
Tel: (514) 340-6794
Fax: (514) 340-5634
Web Page: http://www.hec.ca/pages/bruno.remillard
Dear Andrei,
I agree. This will be a good development. And I am a SSC member.
Regards,
Neal Madras
Chair, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
York University
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3 Canada
(416) 736-5250 ext. 22555
fax: (416) 736-5757
[email protected]
I agree.
Andrei Volodin
______________________________________________
<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>
Dr. Andrei Volodin
Assistant Professor
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
University of Regina
Regina, Saskatchewan
S4S 0A2 Canada
Office: CW 307.27
Phone: (306) 585 4771
FAX: (306) 585 4020
email: [email protected]
Web page: http://www.math.uregina.ca/~volodin/
********************************************************************************************
Yes, I intend to join, and I agree with the proposed temporary executive.
Regards, -Tom Salisbury.
I agree
Gauthier
I will join and am happy that such a section is being formed.
Good luck with it, David
-------------------------------------------------David Brillinger
Statistics Department
University of California
367 Evans
Berkeley, CA
94720-3860
David's office telephone: 510-642-0611
Department telephone: 510-642-2781
Department fax: 510-642-7892
David's url: www.stat.berkeley.edu/~brill
David's email: [email protected]
Dear Andrei,
I AGREE.
I will re-join the SSC on Monday or Tuesday by faxing
them my application. So you can safely include my name
on the list.
Best regards, Ricardas Zitikis
****************************************************************
Dear Dr. Volodin:
This is to confirm my intention to join the Probability Section of the
SSC.
Don Dawson
Honourary SSC Member
Dear Andrei,
thanks very much for the email, and for
all your work on this. I certainly endorse
the temporary executive of the section
and do intend to join.
So "I agree"!
best regards,
Andrew Heunis
I agree.
Best wishes,
Byron Schmuland
In response to all the above: I agree.
All the best, Miklos
Miklos Csorgo
I agree................... Kind Regards, STEVE Drekic
Dear Andrei,
I agree.
Jun
**********************************************
Jun Cai
Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario
Canada N2L 3G1
Tel: (519)888-4567, ext. 6990
Fax: (519)746-1875
Email: [email protected]
Webpage: http://www.stats.uwaterloo.ca/~jcai
**********************************************
I agree. Brydges
Andrei,
I fully support this motion.
Yiqiang
-----------------------------------------------------------Dr. Yiqiang Q. Zhao, Professor and Director
School of Mathematics and Statistics
Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada K1S 5B6
Office: 4328 HP
Phone: (613)520-3531
Fax: (613) 520-3536
e-mail: [email protected] or [email protected]
www: http://mathstat.carleton.ca/~zhao
-----------------------------------------------------------Andrei : I agree to join this section and to accept the first and
temporary executive.
I look forward to seeing you in London next year. Besides the session
organized by Andre Dabrowski there is another regular session on Applied
Probability jointly undertaken and organized by David Stanford and myself.
Reg Kulperger
i agree
Andre Dabrowski (613) 562-5800 x3511
http://aix1.uottawa.ca/~ardsg
>Dear Prof. Volodin,
I certainly agree to join the Probability Section at the Statistical
Society of Canada.
Best regards,
Raluca Balan
Dear Andrei:
I, of course, agree!
Deli Li
Andrei:
I agree.
Jim Tomkins
I agree.
Dr. Myron Hlynka
Department of Mathematics & Statistics
University of Windsor
Windsor, Ontario, Canada N9B 3P4
"I agree"
Ejaz.
----------------------------------------------------S. Ejaz Ahmed, Ph.D.
Professor and Head
Director,
Centre for Statistical Consulting, Research & Services
Department of Mathematics & Statistics
University of Windsor
Telephone (519) 253-3000 Ext. 3015
Fax (519) 971-3649
Email: [email protected]
Webmail: http://www.uwindsor.ca/seahmed
I agree,
Edit Gombay
Dear Andrei:
I agree.
Gail Ivanoff
Dept. of Mathematics & Statistics.
University of Ottawa
Dear Andre
Great idea and I agree with this.
Mahmoud Zarepour.
I agree.
P.S. I know I paid my SSC dues this year!
Cutler
Dear Andrei,
Thank you for letting me know. I agree.
With best regards,
Alexander Melnikov
I agree.
Currently I am not a member of the SSC, but would become one if a new Probability section is
established.
_________________________________
Jose Garrido
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Concordia University
http://www.mathstat.concordia.ca
I agree.
Shui Feng
Name
S. Ejaz Ahmed
Raluca Balan
David Brillinger
Miklós Csörg_
Andre Dabrowski
Donald Dawson
Steve Drekic
Edit Gombay
Andrew Heunis
Myron Hlynka
Gail Ivanoff
Peter Kim
Reg Kulperger
Deli Li
Neal Madras
David McDonald
Bruno Remillard
Thomas Salisbury
Jim Tomkins
Andrei Volodin
Mahmoud Zarepour
Yiqiang Zhao
Ricardas Zitikis
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Report from the Elections Committee
SSC Board Meeting, October 2005
Report of the Elections Committee for the Board Meeting October 2005
1. A call for nominations was published in Liaison 19.4 for the following positions to be
filled in the April 2006 elections:
President-Elect;
Secretary;
Public Relations Officer;
One regional representative from the Atlantic Provinces;
One regional representative from Quebec;
One regional representative from Ontario;
One regional representative from Manitoba/Saskatchewan/North-West
Territories/Nunavut;
One regional representative from Alberta/British Columbia/Yukon
There will also be election for officers of the Sections:
Biostatistics Section:
President-Elect;
Treasurer;
Business and Industrial Statistics Section:
President-Elect;
Survey Methods Section:
President-Elect;
Treasurer;
Board members who will complete two terms in June 2006 are:
Eric Marchand, Yogendra Chaubey, Bruno Rémillard, Angelo Canty, Liqun Wang.
Catherine Njue and Rhonda Rosychuk will complete their first term and are thus eligible
for re-election.
Suggestions for candidates for any of these positions from any board members and guests
are most welcome, prior to December 15. They can be sent to [email protected], or
[email protected] The slate of candidates will appear in the next issue of Liaison.
2. For the first time, an election of members for the accreditation committee and the
accreditation appeals committee will be held. P.Stat. and A. Stat. members in good
standing on April 1, 2006 will elect:
6 members of the Accreditation Committee;
3 members of the Accreditation Appeals Committee.
The committees currently have 12 and 6 members, respectively, who have served for two
years. Six (and three) members will retire from this committee, chosen by lot if there are
not enough volunteers.
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SSC Board Meeting, October 2005
The chair of the accreditation appeals committee is the past-president. It is not
completely clear from the wording of the official accreditation document whether the
chair of the accreditation committee is to be elected, similarly to a Section President, or
appointed, similarly to a committee chair. This issue is to be discussed at the board
meeting. An email discussion was held among the members of the current accreditation
committee, but as I understand it a unanimous opinion did not emerge. My personal
opinion is that the chair of the committee should be appointed by the President-Elect, at
least during the initial phase, because it is very important to have a strongly committed
chair who is willing and able to deal with both start up issues and quite a bit of
administration. This also should ensure that the President is quite involved with
accreditation, which I think is also important in the short term. However, in the longer
term the operation of accreditation will function much more like a section than a
committee, and election of the chair will be quite appropriate. (The official name of the
accreditation committee at the moment is indeed the “initial accreditation committee”. A
time frame for changing over may also be a good idea.)
3. David Binder has asked our committee to suggest trying to clarify the wording around
elections in the official accreditation document. We will do this, in discussions with the
accreditation committee, and the Accreditation Committee will then report the proposal
to the board for their meeting in June.
4. It is possible that a motion is needed to approve the counting of the ballots at the
University of Toronto, by myself and a volunteer who I have yet to enlist. If the board
would like to make such a motion now, that is fine, but I think we could also do it by
email vote in the coming weeks.
Respectfully submitted,
Nancy Reid (Chair)
Noel Cadigan
Judy-Anne Chapman
Gordon Fick
Stephan Sheiner
Changbao Wu
Julie Zhou
Report from the Program Committee
SSC Board Meeting, October 2005
Report from the Program Committee
Meeting of the Board of Directors of the SSC
October 15-16, 2005
The Program Committee has been busy with a number of issues regarding some policy issues for
the Annual Meeting, as well as some planning for 2008. In particular, we present the following
four motions for possible adoption by the Board of Directors.
Respectfully submitted,
Christian Léger
Program Secretary
Report from the Program Committee
SSC Board Meeting, October 2005
A New Schedule for the Annual Meeting
Motion 1: The Program Committee recommends that the schedule of the 2006 Annual
Meeting be as follows:
Monday
8:30-8:45: Opening remarks
8:45-10:00: PLEN 1 (Presidential Invited Address)
10:00-10:30: Coffee break
10:30-12:00: Session 1
12:00-13:30: Lunch
13:30-15:00 Session 2 (CJS Award + 2 other invited sessions)
15:00-15:30: Coffee break
15:30-17:00: Session 3
17:00-18:00: Sections’ AGM
Tuesday
8:30-9:45: PLEN 2 (Gold Medal Address)
9:45-10:15: Coffee break
10:15-11:45: Session 4
11:45-13:15: Lunch
13:15-14:45: Session 5
14:45-15:15: Coffee break
15:15-16:45: Session 6
16:45-18:15: SSC's AGM
Wednesday
8:30-10:00: Session 7 (Pierre-Robillard Award + 2 invited sessions)
10:00-10:30: Coffee break
10:30-12:00: Session 8
12:00-13:30: Lunch
13:30-14:30: PLEN 3 (CRM-SSC Prize)
14:30-15:00: Coffee break
15:00-16:30: Session 9
Notes:
- There are three plenary talks (and time slots), two of 75 minutes (Presidential
Invited and the Gold Medal Addresses) and one of 60 minutes (CRM-SSC Prize).
- There are nine other parallel sessions. The length of the Presidential Invited and
Gold Medal Addresses is reduced to 75 minutes from 90 minutes, which was
judged quite long for plenary addresses. It is the first time that the CRM-SSC
Prize Winner will give a plenary address.
- The CJS Award and Pierre-Robillard sessions will be 60 minutes in a 90-minute
time slot. A total of four invited sessions will be in parallel with these two
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sessions leaving 35 other invited sessions to be allocated among 7 time slots
(excluding Sessions 2 and 7), e.g., 7 sessions of 5 parallel talks.
The Sections’ Invited Addresses will also last 60 minutes; the session could last 90
minutes provided that there are discussants.
The AGM will start at 16:45 on Tuesday leaving ample time for a good meeting.
The sections’ AGM will be Monday at 17:00.
Even though the CJS and Pierre-Robillard Awards winners will not be giving a
plenary talk, there will only be two invited sessions in parallel (with perhaps other
contributed paper sessions in parallel). Moreover, they will now have 60 minutes
each, instead of 45 minutes.
Introductory remarks, including the announcement of the prize winners, are limited
to 15 minutes.
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SSC Board Meeting, October 2005
Motion 2: The Program Committee recommends that the Refund Policy for the Annual
Meeting be as follows:
Refund Policy for SSC’s Annual Meeting
1. All cancellations must be submitted in writing to [email protected];
2. Cancellations received by Friday, 5 weeks before the meeting will be subject to a
cancellation fee of the amount we are charged to register one participant;
3. Cancellations received between Saturday, 5 weeks before the meeting and
Thursday, two weeks before the meeting, will be subject to a cancellation fee of
the amount we are charged to register one participant plus the amount for the
Banquet; BBQ, extra Banquet tickets and workshop registration will be subject to
a 40% cancellation fee;
4. Any cancellations received after 11:59 p.m. EDT, Thursday, two weeks before the
meeting will not be refunded.
Background:
This policy is largely inspired from the JSM policy.
For comparison purposes, the refund Policy in 2003 and 2004 was
1. Full reimbursement until Friday 5 weeks before the meeting;
2. Cost of the Banquet (60$ in 2003) between Friday 5 weeks before the meeting
and Sunday 1 week before the meeting;
3. No refund will be made for cancellations received thereafter (an exception was
made in 2004).
Refund Policy for SSC 2006
5. All cancellations must be submitted in writing to [email protected];
6. Cancellations received by Friday, April 21, 2006 will be subject to a cancellation
fee of 40$;
7. Cancellations received between April 22 and Thursday May 11, 2006 will be
subject to a cancellation fee of 100$; BBQ, extra Banquet tickets and workshop
registration will be subject to a 40% cancellation fee;
8. Any cancellations received after 11:59 p.m. EDT, May 11, 2006 will not be
refunded.
Report from the Program Committee
SSC Board Meeting, October 2005
Motion 3: To diminish the difficulties associated with speakers registering late or not
showing up, the Program Committee recommends that the registration policy for speakers
at the Annual Meeting be as follows:
Registration Policy for Speakers
All speakers must pay registration fees. Invited papers pay the member’s rate, whether
they are SSC members or not. Speakers have until the early-bird deadline to register. If
they are not registered by that date, their paper will be withdrawn. In practice, right after
the early-bird deadline, the list of speakers who have not registered yet will be sent to the
Program Chair who will contact them (with cc to the session organizer in the case of
invited speakers) to warn them that if they have not registered within one week, their
paper will be withdrawn. Those who will not have registered by that second deadline
will have their paper withdrawn.
Background:
The most convenient way to implement such a policy would be to tie the submission of
abstract to registration. Unfortunately, the abstract is currently submitted at CRM while
registration takes place at a different place each year and so it is not easy to do this. This
policy seems like a reasonable compromise that can be implemented in practice.
Motion 4: The Program Committee recommends that the Local Organizing Committee
consider providing an environment-friendly bag to the participants of the Annual
Meeting.
Background:
At the September Executive Meeting, it was suggested that we consider the possibility of
providing environment-friendly bags or even no bag at all! As currently worded, the
motion gives a weak support to the idea. If you will more strongly about this, we could
replace “recommends that” by “urges” and “consider providing” by “ to provide”.
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Motion to Accept P.Stat. #61-68, with #61 being our first level 3 review.
Motion to Open for individual A.Stat. applications, with November 15th, 2005
deadline.
Motion to set-up accreditation portion of SSC website.
Motion to set-up public database for accredited members at SSC website.
Elections for Accreditation Committee Members
Revised: Accreditation of A.Stat. through Universities (attached – for
directional feedback)
1. Motion: Accept P.Stat. #61-68: one of which is our first level 3 review.
61. Pui Man Victor Yu, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.
Summary: Victor Yu is currently Manager, Portfolio Management at Group Risk
Management, Royal Bank of Canada. His work includes building risk and marketing
statistical models. He also teaches statistics at the Department of Economics,
University of Toronto. Victor holds a Ph.D. in Statistics.
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62. Mayer Alvo, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.
Summary: I have receved from McGill University a B.Sc. in mathematics in 1967
as well as an M.Sc. in 1968 in statistics. In 1972, I received a Ph.D. in mathematical
statistics from Columbia University in New York. I have been a professor at the
University of Ottawa since 1973. I have taught courses on various subjects in
statistics at both the undergraduate and the graduate level. My research interests are in
non-parametric statistics, specializing in the use of statistical analyses based on the
ranks of the data. I also have an interest in the use of statistical methods dealing with
data distributed in space and in sequential analysis. My work is a blend of theoretical
and applied statistics.
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63. David R. McDonald, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.
Summary: David McDonald is a professor in the Department of Mathematics and
Statistics at the University of Ottawa. He has published more than 50 research papers
as well as a textbook on applied probability. His recent interests chiefly lie in the area
of applied probability. In particular he has contributed to the theory of rare events in
networks and to the performance of internet protocols. Past interests include
nonparametric quality control and regression as well as the statistical study of ion
channels. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics.
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64. Mahmoud Zarepour, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.
Summary: Mahmoud Zarepour PhD (Toronto, 1997) is an associate Professor in the
department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Ottawa. He has worked
in the development of statistical techniques. These techniques can be applied to a
range of problems in experimental data arising in Economics, Medical Science and
experimenatl. science. He continues his research with involvement of his students in
the field of Statistics.
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65. Peter D.M. Macdonald, B.Sc., M.Sc., D.Phil.
Summary: I completed my B.Sc. (1966) and M.Sc. (1967) in the Department of
Mathematics at the University of Toronto, then went to the Department of
Biomathematics at the University of Oxford to study under the late Prof. M.S.
Bartlett, F.R.S. I defended my D.Phil. thesis in 1971 and joined McMaster University
as an Assistant Professor. I am now a Professor in the Department of Mathematics
and Statistics and have been Co-ordinator of the Graduate Program in Statistics for
much of my time at McMaster. I have a general interest in biological applications of
statistics and have worked on mark-recapture methods and software for fitting
mixture distributions. Since 2000, I have served on numerous United States
Environmental Protection Agency FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panels, reviewing
methodology proposed by the EPA for pesticide risk assessment.
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65. Trevor Avery, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.
Summary: Previous to my current position as an Assistant Professor (currently
between contracts), I was employed as a statistical consultant at Memorial University
serving the faculty and students of the Ocean Sciences Centre. I have significantly
contributed to close to 30 publications over the past 6 years as designated by the
authors. Since 1991, I leveraged a Minor in statistics and incorporated statistical
analysis into graduate research culminating in a Ph.D. in 2001. My recent career
change back to academia has resulted in a need at Acadia for my statistical services in
much the same capacity that I have served over the past 6 years at Memorial. I have
been approached by faculty and students to teach a graduate level practical and
applied statistical course to biologists this fall and work is being completed to bring
this course to fruition.
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66. Milena T. Kurtinecz, B.Sc., M.A., Ph.D.
Summary: I earned my BSc degree in Mathematics (minor Computer Science) in
1997, M.A. in Applied Statistics in 2002 from York University, Toronto, and I’ve
been admitted to commence the part-time PhD program in Biostatistics (minor:
Epidemiology) with University of Pennsylvania, Faculty of Medicine.
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I’ve practiced statistics for more than seven years both in hospital/academia and
pharmaceutical settings. I have been working in the following therapeutical areas:
internal medicine, cardiology, central nervous system, hepatology, hematology,
infectious diseases, and cancer research, frequently using a wide variety of statistical
techniques, such as: longitudinal data analysis, mixed models, generalized linear
models, non-parametric regression, and survival analysis. In addition to this, I
contributed to choosing the optimal design for various clinical trials, to developing
and implementing protocols, statistical analysis plans, to reporting the findings of the
study, and other statistical sections of NDAs and to helping physicians writing their
grant proposals and manuscript preparations. My good communication skills for
interacting effectively with clinical research investigators, appropriate statistical and
computing expertise, the need to satiate my mind’s inquisitiveness for seeking deeper
knowledge in the ever-changing area of biostatistics, the understanding of the
comprehensive meaning of professional integrity and the desire to be abided by a
code of ethical statistical practice, reinforce this PStat application.
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67. John Amrhein,B.Sc., M.Sc., M.Stat.
Summary:
Education: Master of Statistics, North Carolina State University, 1992
Experience: Since 1999 I have been employed as a Statistical Services Specialist at
SAS Institute (Canada) Inc. I teach statistics and data mining methods using SAS
software. I also provide consulting/mentoring services to clients in a variety of
industries. Between 1988 and 1999 I was employed as a Mathematical Statistician at
USDA-NASS where I designed sampling strategies for agri-business surveys. My
current areas of interest include survey sampling methods, data mining, and
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68. David J. Thomson, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.
Summary: David J. Thomson received the B.Sc. (Honours Math./Physics) from
Acadia University, Wolfville, N.S. in 1965 and his M.S.(EE) and Ph.D.(EE) from the
Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1967 and 1971, respectively. In 1965 he became
a Member of the Technical Staff at Bell Telephone Laboratories, Inc. and has worked
on multipair and coaxial cable development and the WT4 Millimeter Waveguide
System. In the Advanced Mobile Phone Service project he was responsible for the
circuit design of and software for a microprocessor-controlled modem for Rayleigh
fading channels. He has been a Green Scholar at Scripp's Institution of
Oceanography, and the Steinbeck visiting Scholar at Woods Hole Oceanographic
Institution. In 1983 he became a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in the
Communications Analysis Research Department. In addition to spectrum estimation
and communications theory, his research interests include digital signal processing,
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robust statistics, phase tracking and time delay problems, modulation theory, circuit
design, seismology, paleoclimatology, and gravitational lensing. At present, his major
research interests are analysis of global climate data and space physics. He has over
100 papers and 25 patents, most dealing with his primary interests of signal
processing and time series analysis.
Dr. Thomson is a member of the American Geophysical Union, the Statistical Society
of Canada, the American Statistical Association, and a Fellow of the Institute of
Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is a Chartered Statistician and a Fellow of
the Royal Statistical Society. He was a member of the Panel on Sensors and Electron
Devices of the Army Research Laboratory Technical Assessment Board, Chairman of
Commission C of USNC-URSI and an associate editor for Radio Science. He was
associate editor for Communications Theory and for Detection and Estimation of the
IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, an adjunct professor in the Graduate
Department of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and consulted at the
Neurological Institute of Columbia University. He has taught statistical inference at
Princeton University, time series at Stanford University, gave the Houghton lectures
at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and was a participant at the Isaac Newton
Institute at the University of Cambridge. In 2002 he became a Canada Research Chair
in Statistics and Signal Processing in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics of
Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario.
2. Motion: Open for individual A.Stat. applications, with November 15th, 2005
deadline.
To meet previous SSC announcement made by Mary Thompson, plus to restrict first
application period to minimize # of applicants to manageable #.
3. Motion: Set-up accreditation portion of SSC website, with accredited
members only password. (Cost – from SSC webmaster is minimal.)
This will house the electronic accreditation seals, accreditation database established
by SSC Office to be specific fields of SSC database that just get pulled for a variety
of purposes, other items of professional development interest.
4. Motion: Set-up public database for accredited members at SSC website.
(Cost – from SSC webmaster is minimal)
Public database for SSC Accredited members:
The list of accredited members at the SSC website would become hot links to
1. electronic pictures, for identification purposes, most of which are already available
through Liaison;
2. short biographies that could be of interest to students about interesting statistical
jobs held by professional statisticians and their career paths to get to these jobs;
3. there would be no personal contact information in this database;
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4. the posting of biographical details would be optional, and each accredited member
would be responsible for their content posted;
5. suggested questions to be answered include topics of statistical interests, area of
application, challenges in area, career path, education.
Two examples are provided:
P.Stat. #1
Kenneth B McRae
Regional statistician (Atlantic), Research Branch, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
Ken leads a research development and statistical team within agricultural and food
research that integrates statistical thinking into the fabric of multi disciplinary studies.
His interests range from creating adaptive experimental designs for these studies to
facilitating their conduct, analyzing their data, and elucidating their results for a
variety of audiences. Special challenges include conducting series of factorial
experiments over space and time, multi-stage and multivariate studies.
Education
Ph.D. (1972) and M.S. (1969) in statistics, Oregon State University
B. Ed. (mathematics and physics), UBC, 1967
Website: http://res2.agr.ca/kentville/emp/mcraek_e.htm
P.Stat. #2
Judy-Anne Chapman
Senior Biostatistician, National Cancer Institute of Canada - Clinical Trials Group
Judy-Anne specializes in transdisciplinary breast cancer research proposing statistical
standardization of hormone receptor values, improvements for cancer survival
analyses, and new genome era tumour sample size considerations. She worked in the
teaching hospitals of the University of Toronto from 1977-2005, and held an adjunct
research appointment at the University of Waterloo from 1999-2005 before joining
the NCIC-CTG group as Senior Biostatistician and the Department of Community
Health and Epidemiology at Queen’s.
Education:
Postdoctoral training (3 years at University of Waterloo: Research Fellow of National
Cancer Institute of Canada '74-'76)
Ph.D. (Statistics - Biometry; University of Waterloo '74)
B.Sc. (Honours Chemistry and Mathematics, double major; University of Waterloo
'71)
5. Elections for Accreditation Committee Members
Per Main Accreditation document:
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a. Like Sections, Chair, Initial Accreditation Committee sits on the Elections
Committee. Nominees will be P.Stat., voting by P.Stat.
b. Roughly half of both Initial Accreditation Committee and Initial Appeals
Committee will be replaced in 2006, with the drawing of lots as required,
to secure _ leaving, _ staying. Nominations of P.Stat. from Accreditation
Committee will be submitted to the Elections Committee.
c. Chair of Accreditation Appeals Committee is usually the President Elect,
who need not be a P.Stat. For specific appeals, another member of the SSC
Exec may sit as Chair, and need not be a P.Stat.
d. Issues about Chair of Initial Accreditation Committee, about whether the
person should be appointed by the SSC President (like Committee Chairs),
or elected (like Heads of Sections) Vote of SSC Initial Accreditation
Committee produced the following:
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1. The Chair of the Accreditation Committee should be a SSC Presidential
appointee, rather than an elected member: yes______ no_______.
===> 5 yes,
but 1 had caveats:
there should be some consultation with Committee;
this time because of work-up with Carl Schwarz, he should be chosen;
from now on the SSC President should be a P.Stat.
1 with no problems for President selecting, but could be persuaded to
support election
4 no,
but 1 with very important point
"I think the chair should be elected...in practice, it may involve
recruitment and election by acclamation, but should controversy loom,
it is better to have an elected Chair who can claim some authority on that
basis."
Aside from me: I find this last argument especially compelling because of
SSC time-sequence with incoming President choosing Chairs, and PastPresident acting as Chair of Appeals, there really could be perception of
confounding.
The Chair only votes in a tie, but given the responses above, I'm going to
declare an extra vote in favour of election. The vote and comments above
would be passed to the Board.
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2. The Chair of the Accreditation Committee need not be a P.Stat.:
yes______ no ______.
===> The vote here was much clearer.
1 in favour of Accreditation Chair not needing to be P.Stat.
9 in favour of Accreditation Chair needing to be a P.Stat.
6. Revised: Accreditation of A.Stat. through Universities (attached – for
directional feedback)
Guidelines for Accrediting Courses
Draft 4 – 20 August 2005
This is a revised proposal for the accreditation of courses leading to an A.Stat.
designation. In previous drafts, the emphasis was on accrediting programs. However,
departments may not offer all courses required for an A.Stat.; students may complete
many of the courses required for an A.Stat. designation but may not be enrolled in a
program leading to a degree in Statistics; and students may change institutions in the
middle of a program. For this reason, the emphasis has been changed in this proposal
to accedition on a course basis and applicants for the A.Stat. will need to complete a
“checklist” of accredited courses. This revision is based on reactions to the earlier
proposal at the SSC Meeting in June 2005.
A sample check list for A.Stat. applicants and a sample list of accredited course using
the SFU list of courses is presented at the end of this document.
1. Introduction
There are two levels of qualifications for the profession practice of statistics in Canada –
P.Stat. (Professional Statistician) and A.Stat. (Associate Statistician).
The A.Stat. designation is intended to indicate that the holder has completed a course
of study equivalent to a major or honours degree in statistics, or in exceptional
instances, has otherwise demonstrated an advanced understanding of statistical theory
and its application. It is expected that most students who have completed a Masters
degree and better undergraduates would be suitably qualified for the A.Stat.
designation. An A.Stat. would be regarded as the entry level requirements for a
Statistician practicing in Canada under the direction of a P.Stat. or other suitably
qualified individual. It is expected that most A.Stat. would work towards obtaining their
P.Stat. designation.
The qualification of P.Stat. is intended to indicate that the holder has the necessary
academic qualifications, and a minimum of six years of professional experience in the
application of statistics.
The educational qualifications for an A.Stat. are outlined in Appendices A and F of the
SSC accreditation document and are reproduced in this document for convenience. The
A.Stat. designation will be automatically awarded upon the successful completion of
suite of accredited courses in Statistics and related disciplines. A majority of the
coursework must be completed in Canada. As of the time of writing this document, there
are no accredited courses yet established in Canada.
This document will outline the requirements for a course to be awarded an accredited
status, and how accreditation is renewed. While the guidelines below are couched in
terms of an academic department at a University or College, usually in the area of
Statistics or Mathematics and Statistics, other structures are possible.
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2. Applying for Accredited Status for Courses
The application should be submitted to the Accreditation Committee of the SSC
electronically (e.g. as a PDF file).
2.1 Demonstration of internal support
An application for accreditation of courses is usually sponsored by a Department. The
application should have the demonstrated support of at least three faculty within the
Department (e.g. cosigning the application), and the support of the more senior
administration (e.g. the Dean should also cosign the application). As there is little or no
financial costs to accreditation, lack of support by members internal to the Department,
or more senior administration, would not be desirable.
2.2 Documentation of program
While the intent is that the A.Stat. educational requirements are equivalent to a major
degree in Statistics, it is not necessary that only institutions offering such degrees be
eligible for accreditation of courses, nor must the suite of accredited courses be exactly
the same as a Department’s degree program. This allows flexibility for Departments that
are too small to offer a specialized program in Statistics, or for students who have
different educational paths.
As noted below, the education requirements for an A.Stat. have been grouped into
modules. A module may or may not be equivalent to a particular course offered by a
Department. The Department will ensure that their documentation makes it clear which
module is covered by which course. For each module (particularly for the statistical and
probability modules), a copy of the official detailed course outline showing topics
covered in the course and the textbook used, some sample assignments, some sample
term tests, and a sample final exam should be submitted.1
2.3 Length of accreditation
Successfully accredited courses shall maintain their status for five years from the date
that accreditation was awarded by the SSC.
At the end of the five year period, a new application should be submitted in full. The
resubmission will help Departments avoid “drift” in the courses and its standards and to
update their program as courses change over time.
Courses need not be accredited in lock-step, i.e. application for courses may be
submitted at any time, but departments are encouraged to accredit and re-accredit
courses together.
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Some of the courses may not be taught by the sponsoring department, e.g. calculus
and linear algebra, computing, or communication skills. In these cases, the Department
should review these “outside” courses on a regular basis to ensure that they meet the
needs of the department.
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2.4 Revoking of accredited status
The Board of the SSC (upon recommendation from the Accreditation Appeals
Committee) may revoke accredited status at any time. Normally, the Department
involved would be invited to make a submission to the Board before such a decision is
made.
3. Standards for an accredited courses
The suite of courses have been broken into a number of areas corresponding to
mathematical prerequisites; statistical methodology; computer skills; communication
skills; and substantive knowledge in an application area.
Within each area, a number of modules have been identified. It is envisioned that
approximately 18-20 courses would be necessary to fulfill the requirements for an
A.Stat. of which approximately half would be in Statistics with the remainder providing
the mathematical, computation, communication, and breadth requirements. A course is
defined as approximately 30 hours of instruction, e.g. a standard thirteen week course
that meets three times a week for 50 minutes. While not every course may cover every
topic, it is envisioned that approximately 80%+ of a module should be covered in a
course.
Each university should specify a minimum standard (a minimum grade in each course).
Individual departments are free to set higher standards (e.g. minimum grades in
courses that exceeds their university pass requirements). Each Department’s standards
will be reviewed by the Accreditation Committee who may recommend changes to the
Department for consideration.
The textbooks listed are exemplary only to indicate the expected level of instruction, and
do not constitute an endorsement by the SSC nor are Departments obligated to use
these textbooks.
3.1 Mathematical modules – approximately 4 courses
(a) Calculus I
(b) Calculus II
(c) Calculus III
These modules should cover the standard topics in differentiation, single variable
integration , and multivariable integration. These are to a great extent standard
topics offered in introductory calculus courses and so little detail is provided here.
(d) Linear Algebra
This module should cover matrix manipulations, vector spaces, singular values,
eigenvalues and eigenvectors. These topics are to a great extent standard topics
in an introductory linear algebra course.
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3.2 Statistical and probability modules
Note that some of these courses may require additional introductory courses in statistics
and probability which are usually not counted towards completion of the A.Stat.
requirements.
The following modules can usually be covered in approximately 8 courses. The first five
modules are core, i.e. all A.Stat. applicants should have completed these topics, while
the last set of modules is elective.
3.2.1 Mathematical statistics modules – approximately 2 courses
(a) Distributional theory (moments, transformations, moment generating functions)
(b) Basic distributions (normal, t, chi-square, F, exponential, weibull, uniform, etc)
(c) Relationships among basic distributions.
(d) Basic theory of estimation; sufficiency; method of moments; maximum likelihood
estimation; basic Bayes estimation; confidence intervals; credible intervals;
prediction intervals
(e) Basic theory of hypothesis testing; likelihood ratio tests; chi-square tests;
(f) Basic probability theory; convergence types;
These modules should cover the majority of the topics in books such a Hogg and
Craig (Introduction to Mathematical Statistics) or Mood, Bose, and Graybill
(Introduction to the Theory of Statistics)
3.2.2 Linear Regression module – approximately 1 course
(a) Single variable regression;
(b) Multiple regression using matrix notation; diagnostics;
(c) Model selection; forwards, backwards, stepwise, Cp, AIC, etc.
This is a standard course in regression methods as covered in Netter and
Wasserman (Applied Linear Models).
3.2.3 Design and analysis of experiments module – approximately 1 course
(a) Completely randomized designs;
(b) Complete block designs;
(c) Latin squares
(d) Incomplete block designs
(e) Split-plot designs;
(r) Fractional factorial designs;
(g) Response surface designs;
These topics should also discuss sample size determination and power
determination. There should be practice in both DESIGN and ANALYSIS of
experiments. These are standard topics covered in books such as Montgomery ,
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Design and Analysis of Experiments; or Kuehl, Statistical Principles of Research
Design and Analysis.
3.2.4. Survey sampling module – approximately 1 course
(a) Simple random samples;
(b) Systematic samples;
(c) Cluster samples;
(d) Two stage samples;
These topics should cover stratification; ratio and regression estimation; domain
estimation; estimates of means, total, proportions, and ratios. These are standard
topics in books such as Lohr, Survey Sampling.
3.2.5. Other modules – approximately 4 courses
The applicant should complete an additional 4 course that can incorporate a wide
variety of topics. Some of the potential topics are listed below – this list is exemplary
rather than exhaustive – Departments can use other topics with approval from the
Accreditation Committee.
(a). Generalized linear models
Logistic regression; log-linear models; contingency tables
(b). Modern computational methods
Bootstrapping; jackknifing, and other resampling methods
(c) Computational Bayesian methods
(d) Generalized estimating equations
(e) Survival analysis
(f) Data mining
(g) Statistical consulting
(h) Time series
(i) Multivariate methods
(j) Non-parametric methods
(k) Quality control
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(l) Data analysis/capstone course
In this course students should take an integrative approach to data analysis
using such topics as visualization, model building, model validation, etc.
(m) Econometrics
(n) Actuarial Science courses
(o) Categorical data analysis
3.3 Computer skills - (approximately 2 courses)
Students should be able to use the standard productivity tools, be able to use common
statistical packages, and should also be able to program non-standard analyses. Many
programs integrate these topics through out the undergraduate experience without
formal courses in productivity tools or statistical packages.
(a) Productivity tools – word processors; spreadsheets; drawing programs; web
usage
(b) Statistical packages
Students should have experience in at least one of S-Plus, R, SAS, SPSS, etc.
(c) Formal computer language
Students should have a basic understanding of programming at the base level
using a language such as FORTRAN, C, Basic, Matlab, S-Plus, R, or similar
languages.
3.4 Communication Skills – approximately 1 course
(a) Written and oral communication
In some programs, student may take specialized courses in these areas. In other
courses, these skills may be integrated into the program over a broad array of
courses. For example, some courses in a program may be designated as writing
intensive courses. The student should receive substantial feedback to help
develop their communication skills.
3.5 Substantive Area – approximately 4 courses
The student should develop expertise in a substantive area other than statistics.
In many programs, this would be obtained by a minor in another area consisting
of four courses after the first year. A “minor” in mathematics is acceptable.
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Checklist to be used by A.Stat. Applicants.
The following check list should be completed by the A.Stat. applicant and offical
transcripts should be supplied to verify the grades required. A list of accredited courses
is available on the web at the SSC Accreditation site.
Module
Accredited Course from which
Institution
Grade obtained
Mathematics Modules
1. Calculus I
2. Calculus II
3. Calculus III
4. Linear Algebra
Statistics and probability modules
5. Mathematical statistics I
6. Mathematical statistics II
7.Linear Regression
8. Design of Experiment
9. Survey Sampling
10. Stat Elective
11. Stat Elective
12. Stat Elective
13 Stat Elective
Computer Skills
14. Computer skills 1
15. Computer skills 2
Communication Skills
16. Communication skill 1
Substantive Area1
17. Area 1
18. Area 2
19. Area 3
20 Area 4
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The student should develop expertise in a substantive area other than statistics. In
many programs this would correspond to a minor in another area. A minor in
mathematics is acceptable.
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List of accredited courses at SFU that may be used
towards the A.Stat. Designation1.
The following is a list of SFU courses that have been accredited by the SSC that can be
used towards fulfilling the requirements of the A.Stat. designation.2
Module
Accredited Course from SFU
Minimum
Grade
required
Mathematics Modules
1. Calculus I
2. Calculus II
3. Calculus III
4. Linear Algebra
MATH 151, MATH 154, or MATH 157
MATH 152, MATH 155, or MATH 158
MATH 251
MATH 232
C+
C+
C+
C+
Statistics and probability modules
5. Mathematical statistics I
STAT 330 and STAT 450 or
6. Mathematical statistics II STAT 801 (fulfills both requirements)
7.Linear Regression
STAT 350
8. Design of Experiment
STAT 430
9. Survey Sampling
STAT 410
10. Stat Elective
Select from STAT 380, STAT 390, STAT 400,
STAT 402, STAT 460, STAT 495, STAT 802,
11. Stat Elective
STAT 804, STAT 805, STAT 806, STAT 870,
12. Stat Elective
STAT 890, or ACMA courses at 300+
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C+
C+
C+
C+
C+
C+
C+
C+
C+
Computer Skills
14. Computer skills 1
15. Computer skills 2
CMPT 126 (fulfills both requirements), or
both of CMPT 120 & CMPT 125, or
two courses from CMPT200+
C+
C+
Any Writing Intensive course offered at SFU or
STAT 811 and STAT 812
C+
A minor from another Department following the
SFU calendar; or
Four courses at 300+ level from one
Department other than STAT.
C+
C+
C+
C+
Communication Skills
16. Communication skill 1
Substantive Area
17. Area 1
18. Area 2
19. Area 3
20 Area 4
1
2
Not offical.
Courses numbered Stat 800+ are at the graduate level.
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Appendices from “Accreditation of Statisticians by the
Statistical Society of Canada” (http:/www.ssc.ca)
Appendix A
Educational Guidelines for Accrediting Statisticians
These Educational Guidelines will serve as the non-binding basis for awarding the A.Stat. (Associate
Statistician) designation. They are also part of the requirements for receiving the P.Stat. (Professional
Statistician) designation.
An A.Stat. should have the equivalent of at least a major or honours degree in Statistics, or in exceptional
instances, have otherwise demonstrated an advanced understanding of statistical theory and its
application (see Appendix B). Substantial work in developing curriculum guidelines for such programs is
underway in the American Statistical Association. Their general guidelines for an undergraduate program
in statistics are available on their web site and presented in Appendix F.
In particular: “Effective statisticians at any level display a combination of skills that are not exclusively
mathematical. Programs should provide some background in these areas:
* Statistical: Graduates should have training and experience in statistical reasoning, in designing
studies (including practical aspects), in exploratory analysis of data by graphical and other
means, and in a variety of formal inference procedures.
* Mathematical: Undergraduate major programs should include study of probability and statistical
theory along with the prerequisite mathematics, especially calculus and linear algebra....
* Computational: Working with data requires more than basic
computing skills. Programs should require familiarity with a standard statistical software package
and should encourage study of data management and algorithmic problem solving.
* Nonmathematical: Graduates should be expected to write clearly, to speak fluently, and to have
developed skills in collaboration and teamwork and in organizing and managing projects.....
* Substantive area: Because statistics is a methodological discipline, statistics programs should
include some depth in an area of application.”
The Accreditation Committee recommends that applicants who are not from accredited programs
(Appendix E) review the list of core topics below. In creating this list, the Committee is mindful of the
observation by Moore (2001, P.5) that with “diminished expectations: we cannot teach a wide audience
what we might like to ‘ cover’....Niss warned against the ‘dreaded disease syllabitis’ that assesses a
course or programme by the length of list of topics”. Bryce et al. (2001) and Ritter et al. (2001) also
discuss the undergraduate curriculum for a degree in Statistics.
Some of the topics appear to be graduate level material (e.g., survival analysis, data mining, or neural
nets). The decision to include them required careful thought. The Committee agrees with Ritter et al.
(2001) “that no student could have studied all the topics....nor could realistic undergraduate programs be
constructed to cover every topic....what most employers want are bright individuals who have a good core
knowledge of statistics, good computing capability, and good people skills.” At the same time, the
Committee is mindful of another comment by Moore (2001), who states that “no undergraduate
programme is intended to train professional statisticians. For better or worse, statisticians are defined as
having at least a master’s degree or equivalent experience. Holders of a bachelor’s degree may
eventually reach this status via on the job training and practical experience, but their degree does not
equip them for professional practice.” Too many employers think that an honours degree will do as long
as the person can run a statistical package without supervision by higher level personnel.
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1. Mathematical Background
* single and multivariable calculus (integration and differentiation)
* linear algebra
* matrix algebra
* linear systems of equations
* eigenvalues/eigenvectors, singular value decomposition
2. Statistical Background
* probability theory and stochastic processes
* distributional theory (e.g., relationships among the standard distributions)
* estimation and hypothesis testing theory
* foundations (sufficiency, etc...)
* methods of moments
* maximum likelihood
* general estimating equations
* Bayesian methods
* core methodology
* data visualization and exploration
* single/multiple/logistic regression
* chi square and generalized linear models
* design and analysis of experiments
* single and multifactor designs
* crd, rcb, split plot, repeated measures, fractionation
* design and analysis of surveys
* srs, cluster, multistage sampling designs
* variance reduction: stratification, ratio, regression
* bootstrapping and jackknifing
3. Computational skills
* basic programming skills with procedural languages
* using statistical packages effectively
* databases and data management
* simulation and modelling
* data transfers between different formats (e.g., Excel > SAS > ACCESS)
4. Communication skills
* effective technical writing and presentations
* teamwork and collaboration
5. Specialization (depending upon area of expertise). Some examples are:
Industry/Manufacturing/Engineering
* quality/process control, time series, reliability
* neural nets
Medical
* survival analysis, categorical data analysis
* generalized estimating equations
Business and Management
* multivariate analysis, time series, quality/process control
* data mining
Government
* multivariate analysis, privacy issues, advanced survey sampling
Biology/Ecology
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* capture/recapture, Taylor’s power law
* principal components, multivariate analysis methods
* randomization tests
Social Sciences
* factor analysis, principal components, survey instrument design
Bryce, G.R, Gould, R., Notz, W.L., and Peck, R.L. (2001). Curriculum Guidelines for Bachelor of Science
Degrees in Statistical Science, American Statistician, 55, 7-13.
Moore, D.S. (2001). Undergraduate Programs and the Future of Academic Statistics, American
Statistician, 55, 1-6.
Ritter, M.A., Starbuck, R.R. and Hogg, R.V. (2001). Advice from Prospective Employers on Training BS
Statisticians, American Statistician, 7, 14- 18.
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Appendix E
Accrediting Educational Programs
Institutions (universities, colleges, and others) will submit “programs” for consideration by the
Accreditation Committee, and approval by the Board of the SSC. Students who successfully complete
accredited programs with a specified level of performance would automatically receive the A.Stat.
designation.
The package brought for approval will include detailed course outlines, sample assignments, sample
examinations, and a written statement on how the program meets the educational guidelines. For an
initial submission, there should be an indication of the length of time that the program has been operative.
Accredited programs will be reviewed every five years.
Programs proposed for accreditation should follow the American Statistical Association guidelines on
undergraduate programs in statistical science, as given in Appendix F.
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Appendix F
American Statistical Association
Curriculum Guidelines for Undergraduate Programs in Statistical Science (quotes are used below inthe
skills needed area to indicate minor modifications from:
http://www.amstat.org/education/Curriculum_Guidelines.html).
The American Statistical Association endorses the value of undergraduate programs in statistical science,
both for statistical science majors and for students in other majors seeking a minor or concentration. This
document provides guidelines for development of curricula for such programs.
Principles
Undergraduate programs in statistics are intended to equip students with quantitative skills that they can
employ and build on in flexible ways. Some students will plan graduate work in statistics or other fields,
while others will seek employment after their first degree. Programs should be sufficiently flexible to
accommodate varying goals. Undergraduate programs are not intended to train professional statisticians,
though some graduates may reach this level through work experience and/or further study.
Institutions vary greatly in the type and intensity of programs they are able to offer. The ASA believes that
almost all institutions can provide a level of statistical education that is useful to both students and
employers. We encourage flexibility in adapting these guidelines to institutional constraints. In many
cases, statistics min ors or concentrations for quantitatively oriented students in fields such as biology,
business, and behavioral and social science may be more feasible than a full statistics major.
Undergraduate statistics programs should emphasize concepts and tools for working with data and
provide experience in designing data collection and in analyzing real data that go beyond the content of a
first course in statistical methods. The detailed statistical content may vary, and may be accompanied by
varying levels of study in computing, mathematics, and a field of application.
Though statistics requires mathematics for the development of its underlying theory, statistics is distinct
from mathematics and uses many nonmathematical skills; thus, the curriculum must be more than a
sequence of mathematics courses. It is essential that faculty trained in statistics and experienced in
working with data be involved in developing statistics programs and in teaching or supervising courses
required by the programs.
Skills Needed
Effective statisticians at any level display a combination of skills that are not exclusively mathematical.
Programs should provide some background in these areas:
* Statistical Graduates should have training and experience in statistical reasoning, in designing studies
(including practical aspects), in exploratory analysis of data by graphical and other means, and in a
variety of formal inference procedures “at both univariate and multivariate levels”.
* Mathematical Undergraduate major programs should include study of probability and statistical theory
along with the prerequisite mathematics, especially calculus and linear algebra. Programs for non-majors
may require less study of mathematics. Programs preparing for graduate work may require additional
mathematics.
* Computational Working with data requires more than basic computing skills. Programs should require
familiarity with a standard statistical software package and should encourage study of data management
and algorithmic problem-solving.
* Nonmathematical Graduates should be expected to write clearly, to speak fluently, and to have
developed skills in collaboration and teamwork and in organizing and managing projects. Academic
programs often fail to offer adequate preparation in these are as.
* Substantive area Because statistics is a methodological
discipline, statistics programs should include some depth in an area of application “and integration of
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statistical principles in an applied context”.
Curriculum Topics for Undergraduate Degrees in Statistical Science
The approach to teaching the following topics should:
* Emphasize real data and authentic applications.
* Present data in a context that is both meaningful to students and indicative of the science behind the
data.
* Include experience with statistical computing.
* Encourage synthesis of theory, methods, and applications.
* Offer frequent opportunities to develop communication skills.
Statistical Topics:
* Statistical theory (e.g., distributions of random variables, point and interval estimation, hypothesis
testing, Bayesian methods).
* Graphical data analysis methods.
* Statistical modelling (e.g., simple, multiple, and logistic regression; categorical data; diagnostics; data
mining).
* Design of studies (e.g., random assignment, replication, blocking, analysis of variance, fixed and
random effects, diagnostics in experiments; random sampling, stratification in sample surveys; data
exploration in observational studies).
Mathematical Topics:
* Calculus (integration and differentiation) through multivariable calculus.
* Applied linear algebra (emphasis on matrix manipulations, linear transformations, projections in
Euclidean space, eigenvalue/eigenvector decomposition and singular value decomposition).
Probability:
* Emphasis on connections between concepts and their applications in statistics.
Computational Topics:
* Programming concepts; database concepts and technology.
* Professional statistical software appropriate to a variety of tasks.
Non-mathematical Topics:
* Effective technical writing and presentations.
* Teamwork and collaboration.
* Planning for data collection.
* Data management.
Electives:
There are many electives that might be included in a statistics major. Since resources will vary among
institutions, the identification of what will be offered is left to the discretion of individual units.
Practice:
When possible, the undergraduate experience should include an internship, a senior-level “capstone”
course, a consulting experience of some kind, or a combination of these. These and other opportunities to
practice statistics should be included in a variety of venues in an undergraduate program.
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THE CANADIAN JOURNAL OF STATISTICS
LA REVUE CANADIENNE DE STATISTIQUE
Douglas Wiens, Editor
The Canadian Journal of Statistics
Mathematical & Statistical Sciences
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB, T6G 2G1
Canada
Phone:
Dept.:
Fax:
E-mail:
(780) 492-4406
(780) 492-3396
(780) 492-6826
[email protected]
[email protected]
October 8, 2005
Penny Brasher
Secretary, Statistical Society of Canada
Re: Editor’s Report to SSC Board
Dear Penny:
My Editor’s report to the SSC Board is attached.
Best,
Douglas Wiens, Editor
The Canadian Journal of Statistics
CJS Editor’s Report
p. 1
Report to the SSC Board of Directors
from
Editor, The Canadian Journal of Statistics/La revue canadienne de statistique
October 2005
• Journal business is proceeding smoothly.
• Two Associate Editors - Duncan Murdoch and Hugh Chipman - have stepped down in the
past year. They have been replaced by Denis Larocque and Min Tsao, maintaining the total
number at twenty.
• There remains only one pre-2004 submission on which a final decision has yet to be made.
The disposition of the submissions since January 1 2004 is detailed in the table below. The
figures in parentheses are the 2004 figures as reported by me one year ago. The numbers
point to an overall acceptance rate of about 20% for 2004. The number of submissions is
increasing - at this point (October 1) last year there had been 112 submissions, compared
with 127 this year. Last year in turn was a local maximum. Unfortunately, it seems that
the increase in submissions has come largely from papers that are clearly unsuitable for us,
resulting in my personally declining an increasing number of papers.
2004
Under 1st
review
2
2005
to 10/01
22
(29)
Period
Disposition of submissions; 04/01/01 - 05/10/01
First decisions made
Declined
Declined
Under
Under subWithw/o review w/ review revision sequent review drawn1
61
59
4
3
7
64
(41)
31
(27)
4
(7)
3
(4)
0
(2)
Accepted
Total
22
158
3
(2)
127
(112)
1 Submissions to which revisions were requested but which have nonetheless been dormant for over a year have been classified
as ‘withdrawn’ by me - with the offer to accept revisions which are received by the end of the calendar year.
• A paper accepted today would appear in the second (June) issue of 2006. This moderate
backlog is partially due to the special DeMoSTAFI issue in September 2005, for which seven
accepted submissions were handled entirely by Guest Editor Christian Genest and do not
appear in the tally above. During 2004 I increased the number of papers per issue from 8
to 9, and have recently increased it again, to 11, effective March 2006. If maintained, the
current acceptance and submission rates will slowly decrease the backlog.
CJS Editor’s Report
p. 2
• There are two continuing areas of concern. We receive very few submissions which might be
suitable as Case Studies, despite Gemai Chen’s solicitations. Sylvia Esterby has one which is
almost ready. I have not received any papers suitable for a Read Paper session at an annual
meeting, although a possible candidate is under preparation.
0
5
10
15
20
25
• In my opinion the times to first decisions are very acceptable. About half of the submissions
are declined (by me) almost immediately. For those that go to Associate Editors, and on
which first decisions have been made, the times to first decisions (for all papers handled during
my Editorship) are plotted below. The median time is 88 days and the third quartile is 132
days. For this I acknowledge, with thanks, the work of the Associate Editors and referees.
0
50
100
150
200
250
300
350
days
Times to first decisions on papers which go to Associate Editors; 04/01/01 - 05/10/07.
• The Journal owes a debt of gratitude as well to Managing Editor George Styan, his assistant
Evelyn Styan, and webmaster Christian Genest.
Respectfully submitted,
Douglas Wiens, Editor
Committee on Women in Statistics (COWIS)
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Members of COWIS for the 2005/2006 are Ying Zhang, Hélène Crépeau, Edit Gombay, Caryn
Thompson, Susana Rubin-Bleuer, Julie Horrocks (Caucus, to 2006-12-31), and myself (Chair).
Despite e-mail and fax attempts, I have not been able to initiate contact with Caryn since becoming Chair in 2004.
Web-Site: Ying Zhang volunteered to maintain the COWIS web-site. She is currently learning
how to use the new content management system.
Invited Session: I have organized an invited COWIS session, jointly sponsored with the Canadian Section of the Caucus for Women in Statistics, for the 2006 SSC meeting in London. The
session is titled “Regression Models: Recent Advances and Applications” and features Irina
Dinu (University of Alberta), Tulay Koru-Sengul (University of Saskatchewan), and Yun-Hee
Choi (University of Waterloo).
Social Event: Planning is underway for a social event at the 2006 SSC meeting. The 2005 event
was popular but difficult to schedule and organize. Julie Horrocks will organize the 2006 event
and initial plans are to meet after the Monday BBQ at the University of Western Ontario’s grad
club.
Female Participation Report: The retrospective review of female participation in the 2000–2005
SSC meetings has been completed. A description is attached to this report and shows that 19%
of invited speakers over the study period were female. For future reports of this nature, electronic data sources would be required to minimize the time spent on data entry from programs.
ASA COWIS: Elizabeth Margosches, Chair of the the American Statistical Association’s COWIS,
invited me to their committee’s meeting at the Joint Statistical Meetings in Minneapolis in August. Many of the activities and issues were the same for both groups. I have been listed as an
ex officio member of their committee and Elizabeth has expressed interest in becoming an ex
officio member of our COWIS.
Initiatives Under Consideration: Suggestions have been made for a chat room and scholarship.
I will initiate discussions with COWIS members on the interest in pursing the establishment of
these activities.
Respectfully submitted,
Rhonda Rosychuk, Chair
Committee on Women in Statistics
Prepared October 5, 2005
Meeting Participation by Gender
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2000-2005 SSC Annual Meeting Participation by Gender
Prepared by
Rhonda J. Rosychuk, Ph.D.
on behalf of the
SSC Committee on Women in Statistics (COWIS)
October 3, 2005
Introduction
The objective of this study was to determine women’s participation as speakers, organizers, and
chairs in the annual Statistical Society of Canada (SSC) scientific meetings.
Methods
The programs from the 2000 to 2005 annual meeting were used for data collection. Information
collected included session sponsor (e.g. Biostatistics Section), type of session (e.g. invited,
contributed), and role of participants (e.g. organizer, speaker). The speaker was assumed to be
the first author listed in a multi-authored talk. Sponsors were only recorded for invited sessions.
Contributed sessions with an organizer listed were classified as contributed and the organizer was
not included in any analysis. Poster sessions, sessions based on awards, case studies, and other
sessions such as NSERC information sessions were not included in the analysis.
The gender and name of each participant was entered into an Excel spreadsheet by Marilyn
Josefsson, Rhonda Rosychuk’s administrative assistant. When the gender was not easily
identifiable, the internet was searched (MJ) and selected SSC members queried (RJR) for the
correct gender. The number of female (F), male (M), and unknown (U) participants are
calculated by year, sponsor, and session type. Chi-square tests assess the association of
categorical variables. For small sample sizes, Fisher’s exact test is used.
David Binder provided the 2005 SSC membership by gender and type (student, non-student).
Results
Tables 1 and 2 provide the number of sessions by year, type, and sponsor. The 2001 annual
meeting was held jointly with the Western North American Region of the International Biometric
Society and the structure of sponsors and sessions was different than the other years. The
President’s type refers to the Presidential Invited Address.
The gender was identified in 96% (1040/1079) of participants. Organizers and chairs with
unknown gender were: RP Gupta, Fangliang He, Khoshnevisan, Deli Li, Dibyen Majumdar, S
Smith, and Jianrong Wu. Invited speakers with unknown gender were: Rami Atar, Remi
Desmeules, Ilie Grigorescu, IU Ingold, Yannis Jemiai, RJ LeRoy, Reza Modarres, Jamie Myles,
Hee-Seok Oh, MB Rajarshi, Yongzhao Shao, Jianrong Wu, and Xiaoping Xiong.
Meeting Participation by Gender
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Female participation in all roles ranged between 18% and 30% during the six year study period
with an average of 21% (Table 3, Figure 1). Few females have been workshop speakers. If the
unknowns are removed for analysis and all years are combined, there is weak evidence that the
females are more likely to be contributed speakers than invited speakers (χ21 =3.638, p=0.057).
As an individual year, 2005 had a higher proportion of female contributed speakers than invited
speakers (χ21 =4.253, p=0.039). A variety of female speakers have been invited. One female
speaker was invited three times, five female speakers were invited two times, and the remaining
female speakers were invited only once during the study period (Table 4).
When the data are grouped by session sponsor, the gender of organizers and speakers of invited
sessions are provided in Tables 5 and 6, respectively. For the three Biostatistics, BISS, and
Survey Methods Sections, 8% to 43% of organizers were female when all years are combined.
These same Sections had 7% to 21% female invited speakers (Figure 2).
Table 7 and Figure 3 provide the gender of invited speakers by the gender of the organizer .
Omitting the unknown category and combining all years, significantly (χ21 =26.572, p < 0.001)
more female organizers invited women as speakers (48/137) than male organizers (47/342). The
same can be said for individual years 2003, 2004, and 2005. The gender of organizers and invited
speakers are further divided by session sponsor in Table 8.
Table 9 shows the 2005 SSC membership by gender and type. For non-students, there was no
evidence of a difference in the proportion of female membership (28%, 176/625) and the
proportion of female invited speakers (22%, 19/86) in 2005 (χ21 =1.110, p = 0.292).
Discussion
Overall, 21% of the roles at the SSC annual meetings between 2000 and 2005 have been female.
The proportion of females has varied over year and role. It is clear that female organizers are
more likely to invite female speakers than male organizers.
Table 1: Number of sessions by year and type.
Session Type
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
President’s
1
1
1
1
1
1
Invited Panels
2
1
0
0
1
1
Invited
26
31
28
34
33
33
Contributed
15
16
13
19
23
17
Workshops
2
0
3
3
3
3
Total
46
49
45
57
61
55
All
6
5
185
103
14
313
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Table 2: Number of invited sessions by year and sponsor.
Session Sponsor
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
President’s
1
1
1
1
1
COWIS/Caucus
1
1
1
1
1
Biostatistics Section
4
0
4
4
4
Business & Industrial Statistics Section (BISS)
0
1
2
3
3
Survey Methods Section
7
0
3
4
3
Joint: Survey Methods and Biostatistics
1
0
0
0
1
Joint: Survey Methods and BISS
0
0
1
0
0
Other
15
30
17
22
22
Total
29
33
29
35
35
2005
1
1
4
4
4
0
0
21
35
100
Figure 1: Female participation by role and year.
60
40
20
0
Percent Female
80
Organizer & Chair
Organizer
Chair
President’s
Invited Speaker
Contributed Speaker
All Roles
2000
2001
2002
2003
Year
2004
2005
All
6
6
20
13
21
2
1
127
196
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Table 3: Gender by role and year.
2001
2002
2003
2004
2000
Organizer and Chair
F
9(32%)
8(31%)
M
19(68%)
15(58%)
U
0(0%)
3(12%)
Total
28
26
Organizer
F
1(100%)
3(33%)
M
0(0%)
4(44%)
U
0(0%)
2(22%)
Total
1
9
Chair
F
4(25%)
10(43%)
M
11(69%)
13(57%)
U
1(6%)
0(0%)
Total
16
23
Discussant
F
M
Total
President’s Invited Speaker
F
0(0%)
0(0%)
M
1(100%)
1(100%)
Total
1
1
Workshop Speaker
F
1(33%)
M
2(67%)
Total
3
Invited Panelist
F
1(10%)
2(67%)
M
9(90%)
1(33%)
U
0(0%)
0(0%)
Total
10
3
Invited Speaker
F
10(17%)
17(22%)
M
47(80%)
60(76%)
U
2(3%)
2(3%)
Total
59
79
Contributed Speaker
F
16(20%)
28(37%)
M
58(72%)
46(61%)
U
6(8%)
1(1%)
Total
80
75
All Roles
F
28(18%)
47(30%)
M
117(76%)
108(68%)
U
8(5%)
3(2%)
Total 153
158
5(20%)
20(80%)
0(0%)
25
0(0%)
4(100%)
0(0%)
4
4(24%)
12(71%)
1(6%)
17
5(19%)
21(81%)
0(0%)
26
4(44%)
5(56%)
0(0%)
9
10(36%)
18(64%)
0(0%)
28
6(19%)
25(81%)
0(0%)
31
0(0%)
5(100%)
0(0%)
5
2005
All
14(41%)
18(53%)
2(6%)
34
47(28%)
118(69%)
5(3%)
170
0(0%)
1(100%)
0(0%)
1
8(28%)
19(66%)
2(7%)
29
7(26%)
20(74%)
0(0%)
27
4(22%)
14(78%)
0(0%)
18
39(30%)
88(68%)
2(2%)
129
0(0%)
2(100%)
2
1(50%)
1(50%)
2
1(33%)
2(67%)
3
2(29%)
5(71%)
7
0(0%)
1(100%)
1
0(0%)
1(100%)
1
1(100%)
0(0%)
1
1(100%)
0(0%)
1
2(33%)
4(67%)
6
1(17%)
5(83%)
6
0(0%)
3(100%)
3
1(14%)
6(86%)
7
4(14%)
25(86%)
29
2(40%)
2(40%)
1(20%)
5
5(22%)
17(74%)
1(4%)
23
1(10%)
9(90%)
10
0(0%)
5(100%)
0(0%)
5
16(21%)
56(75%)
3(4%)
75
13(14%)
82(86%)
0(0%)
95
19(20%)
74(80%)
0(0%)
93
19(21%)
67(74%)
5(5%)
91
94(19%)
386(78%)
12(2%)
492
10(14%)
58(83%)
2(3%)
70
18(17%)
81(79%)
4(4%)
103
24(20%)
88(75%)
6(5%)
118
29(35%)
47(57%)
7(8%)
83
125(24%)
378(71%)
26(5%)
529
27(18%)
120(79%)
5(3%)
152
31(15%)
167(83%)
4(2%)
202
45(20%)
176(78%)
6(3%)
227
52(28%)
122(65%)
13(7%)
187
230(21%)
810(75%)
39(4%)
1079
Meeting Participation by Gender
Frequency
3
2
1
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Table 4: Frequencies and names of female invited speakers.
Name
Jenny Bryan
Louise Bourque, Jane Gentleman, Denise Lievesley, Rachel MacKay Altman,
Jeanette O’Hara Hines
Gulhan Alpargu, Teresa Alpuim, Lorna Bailie, Raluca Balan, Wendy Bergerud,
Gay Bradshaw, Penny Brasher, Shelley Bull, Jeanine Bustros, Judy-Anne Chapman, Jennifer Connolly, Anne-Marie Croteau, Charmaine Dean, Nandini Dendukari, Ruth Detlefsen, Sherri Dressel, Sandrine Dudoit, Sylvia Esterby, AnneCatherine Favre, Montserrat Fuentes, Cindy Fu, Genevieve Gauthier, Isabella Ghement, Edit Gombay, Carol Gotway, Jinko Graham, Priscilla Greenwood, Susan
Holmes, Julie Horrocks, Sophia Huyer, Sallie Keller-McNulty, Barbara Keyfitz,
Nan Laird, Danielle Laroche, Lisa M LaVange, Laura Lazzeroni, Karen Leffondre, Mary Lesperance, Christiane Lemieux, Janice Lent, Diane Leroux, Wei Li,
Shili Lin, Xihong Lin, Crystal Linkletter, Shaw-Hwa Lo, Sharon Lohr, Irene Lu,
Lenka Mach, Helene Massam, Mary Meyer, Kim McAuley, Kathy McClean, Sylvie
Michaud, Diana Miglioretti, Susan Murphy, Elena Naumova, Patricia NewcombeWelch, Brenda Norcross, Kara Perritt, Ruth Pfeiffer, Elizabeth Potter, Jing Qin,
Nancy Reid, Jian-Jian Ren, Anne Rhodes, Evelyn Richards, Georgia Roberts, Natalie Rodrigue, Kathryn Roeder, Rhonda Rosychuk, Judith Rousseau, Abe Sue
Rubin, Susana Rubin-Bleuer, Donna Salopek, Susanne Schennach, Donna Spiegelman, Ashley Steel, Fiona Steele, Jiayang Sun, Patricia Tai, Heather Thiessen, Elizabeth Thompson, Mary Thompson, Constance Van Eeden, Marina Vannucci, Marcia
Wang, Julie Zhou
Meeting Participation by Gender
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Table 5: Gender of organizers of invited sessions by sponsor and year.
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
President’s
F
0(0%)
0(0%)
0(0%)
M
1(100%)
1(100%)
1(100%)
Total
1
1
1
COWIS/Caucus
F
1(100%)
1(100%)
1(100%)
Total
1
1
1
Biostatistics Section
F
2(50%)
0(0%)
M
2(50%)
4(100%)
Total
4
4
BISS
F
0(0%)
1(50%)
M
1(100%)
1(50%)
Total
1
2
Survey Methods Section
F
3(43%)
2(67%)
M
4(57%)
1(33%)
Total
7
3
Joint: Survey Methods and Biostatistics
F
1(100%)
Total
1
Joint: Survey Methods and BISS
M
1(100%)
Total
1
Other
F
3(20%)
10(31%)
1(6%)
M
12(80%)
17(53%)
16(94%)
U
0(0%)
5(16%)
0(0%)
Total 15
32
17
All
0(0%)
1(100%)
1
1(100%)
0(0%)
1
1(100%)
0(0%)
1
2(33%)
4(67%)
6
1(100%)
1
1(100%)
1
1(100%)
1
6(100%)
6
1(25%)
3(75%)
4
0(0%)
4(100%)
4
2(50%)
2(50%)
4
5(25%)
15(75%)
20
0(0%)
3(100%)
3
0(0%)
3(100%)
3
0(0%)
4(100%)
4
1(8%)
12(92%)
13
2(50%)
2(50%)
4
1(33%)
2(67%)
3
1(25%)
3(75%)
4
9(43%)
12(57%)
21
1(100%)
1
2(100%)
2
1(100%)
1
5(23%)
17(77%)
0(0%)
22
2(9%)
21(91%)
0(0%)
23
9(43%)
10(48%)
2(10%)
21
30(23%)
93(72%)
7(5%)
130
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Table 6: Gender of invited speakers by sponsor and year.
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
President’s
F
0(0%)
0(0%)
0(0%)
M
1(100%)
1(100%)
1(100%)
Total
1
1
1
COWIS/CAUCUS
F
1(33%)
3(100%)
3(100%)
M
2(67%)
0(0%)
0(0%)
Total
3
3
3
Biostatistics Section
F
3(30%)
2(18%)
M
7(70%)
8(73%)
U
0(0%)
1(9%)
Total 10
11
BISS
F
0(0%)
0(0%)
M
1(100%)
4(100%)
Total
1
4
Survey Methods Section
F
5(26%)
2(20%)
M
14(74%)
8(80%)
Total 19
10
Joint: Survey Methods and Biostatistics
F
1(33%)
M
2(67%)
Total
3
Joint: Survey Methods and BISS
F
0(0%)
M
2(100%)
Total
2
Other
F
1(3%)
16(21%)
9(20%)
M
31(91%)
60(77%)
34(76%)
U
2(6%)
2(3%)
2(4%)
Total 34
78
45
All
0(0%)
1(100%)
1
1(100%)
0(0%)
1
1(100%)
0(0%)
1
2(33%)
4(67%)
6
3(100%)
0(0%)
3
3(100%)
0(0%)
3
3(100%)
0(0%)
3
16(89%)
2(11%)
18
1(9%)
10(91%)
0(0%)
11
0(0%)
7(100%)
7
1(10%)
9(90%)
10
0(0%)
9(100%)
0(0%)
9
2(18%)
8(73%)
1(9%)
11
8(15%)
42(81%)
2(4%)
52
1(14%)
6(86%)
7
1(10%)
9(90%)
10
2(7%)
27(93%)
29
2(25%)
6(75%)
8
2(18%)
9(82%)
11
12(21%)
46(79%)
58
2(100%)
0(0%)
2
3(60%)
2(40%)
5
0(0%)
2(100%)
2
8(12%)
56(88%)
0(0%)
64
11(16%)
58(84%)
0(0%)
69
13(21%)
43(70%)
5(8%)
61
58(17%)
282(80%)
11(3%)
351
Meeting Participation by Gender
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100
Figure 2: Female participation as invited speakers by sponsor and year.
60
40
0
20
Percent Female
80
No Sponsor
Biostatistics
Survey Methods
COWIS
BISS
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
Year
100
Figure 3: Female invited speakers by gender of organizer, with and without COWIS/Caucus
session.
60
40
20
0
Percent Female
80
Male Organizer
Female Organizer, without COWIS
Female Organizer, with COWIS
2000
2001
2002
2003
Year
2004
2005
Meeting Participation by Gender
Table 7: Gender of organizer and invited speakers
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
Female Organizer (excludes COWIS/Caucus sessions)
F
4(17%)
4(21%)
2(15%)
5(22%)
5(50%)
M
17(74%) 14(74%) 11(85%) 18(78%)
5(50%)
U
2(9%)
1(5%)
0(0%)
0(0%)
0(0%)
Total 23
19
13
23
10
Female Organizer (includes COWIS/Caucus sessions)
F
5(19%)
7(32%)
5(31%)
8(31%)
8(62%)
M
19(73%) 14(64%) 11(69%) 18(69%)
5(38%)
U
2(8%)
1(5%)
0(0%)
0(0%)
0(0%)
Total 26
22
16
26
13
Male Organizer
F
6(14%)
7(18%) 11(18%)
5(7%)
11(13%)
M
38(86%) 32(80%) 46(77%) 65(93%) 71(87%)
U
0(0%)
1(2%)
3(5%)
0(0%)
0(0%)
Total 44
40
60
70
82
Unknown Organizer
F
2(17%)
M
10(83%)
U
0(0%)
Total
12
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by year.
2005
All
12(32%)
22(59%)
3(8%)
37
32(26%)
87(70%)
6(5%)
125
15(38%)
22(55%)
3(8%)
40
48(34%)
89(62%)
6(4%)
143
7(14%)
43(84%)
1(2%)
51
47(14%)
295(85%)
5(1%)
347
0(0%)
4(67%)
2(33%)
6
2(11%)
14(78%)
2(11%)
18
Meeting Participation by Gender
Table 8: Gender of organizer and invited
2000
2001
2002
President’s
F F
Total
M M
1(100%) 1(100%)
1(100%)
Total
1
1
1
COWIS/Caucus
F F
1(33%)
3(100%)
3(100%)
M
2(67%)
0(0%)
0(0%)
Total
3
3
3
Biostatistics Section
F F
0(0%)
M
4(100%)
U
0(0%)
Total
4
M F
3(50%)
2(18%)
M
3(50%)
8(73%)
U
0(0%)
1(9%)
Total
6
11
BISS
F F
0(0%)
M
3(100%)
Total
3
M F
0(0%)
0(0%)
M
1(100%)
1(100%)
Total
1
1
Survey Methods Section
F F
3(27%)
2(29%)
M
8(73%)
5(71%)
Total 11
7
M F
2(25%)
0(0%)
M
6(75%)
3(100%)
Total
8
3
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speakers by selected sponsors and year.
2003
2004
2005
All
1(100%)
1
1(100%)
1
3(100%)
0(0%)
3
3(100%)
0(0%)
3
16(89%)
2(11%)
18
0(0%)
9(100%)
0(0%)
9
2(29%)
4(57%)
1(14%)
7
0(0%)
4(100%)
0(0%)
4
2(14%)
11(79%)
1(7%)
14
6(16%)
31(82%)
1(3%)
38
1(100%)
1
3(100%)
0(0%)
3
0(0%)
3(100%)
0(0%)
3
1(12%)
7(88%)
0(0%)
8
2(100%)
2
4(100%)
4
0(0%)
7(100%)
7
1(14%)
6(86%)
7
1(10%)
9(90%)
10
0(0%)
3(100%)
3
2(8%)
24(92%)
26
1(17%)
5(83%)
6
0(0%)
4(100%)
4
0(0%)
1(100%)
1
2(29%)
5(71%)
7
1(33%)
2(67%)
3
1(12%)
7(88%)
8
7(25%)
21(75%)
28
5(17%)
25(83%)
30
Table 9: SSC 2005 membership by
Gender Student Non-Student
F
49(33%) 176(27%)
M
64(44%) 449(69%)
U
33(23%)
28(4%)
Total
146
653
gender and type.
All
225(28%)
513(64%)
61(8%)
799
Electronic Publications Committee
SSC Board Meeting, October 2005
Montreal, 11 October, 2005
To: Board, Statistical Society of Canada
Re: Electronic Publications
The Electronic Publications committee consists of Richard Lockhart, Jamie Stafford,
George Styan, and myself (as Chair). Our activities so far are summarized below.
1 I contacted William Meeker, Chair of the ASA Committee on Publications, regarding
the ASA's plans. His response: ''The ASA office staff was negotiating with some
commercial publishers last Spring. I do not know if Euclid was among those being
considered or not. As I understand it, these discussions are on hold for a couple of
years, at least.''
(2)I contacted Elyse Gustafson, Executive Director of the IMS. She provided a very
thorough reply. In summary, the IMS seems to have taken a very "moral" stance on
the commercial vs not-for-profit issue and is quite happy with Project Euclid so far.
( 3 )I contacted Teresa Ehling, Director of Project Euclid, and obtained the latest
information. She even offered to meet with a member of our committee in
Minneapolis last August, but none of us were attending the meetings.
(3)The Electronic Publications Committee has conducted business via e-mail. Richard,
Jamie, and myself have managed an exchange of ideas, but we have yet to get a reply
from George. Our progress seems to be blocked by the fact that I can't find anyone
who can give me our current problems with Ingenta, Nancy Reid says that the answer
lies with George. Perhaps as soon as we can get to him, we will be close to making
recommendations.
Best Wishes,
Debbie Dupuis
Report from the Biostatistics Section
SSC Board Meeting, October 2005
Report of the Biostatistical Section
Meeting of the SSC Board of Directors
October 15-16, 2005
1) 2006 SSC conference
a) The biostatistics workshop will be Michael Escobar of the University of Toronto on
Applied Bayesian Methods.
b) Special President invited address will be given by Don Berry of the University of
Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.
c) There will be 4 other invited speaker sessions which the section is sponsoring
organized by Joan Hu, Judy-Anne Chapman, Joanna Flemming and Aurelie Labbe.
2) Biostatistics Job Fair.
There has been a steady decline in the interest of employers to attend the job fair. Last
year there were no employers who contacted us about the job fair and the previous year
there was only one university who used the job fair. It is hypothesized that the present
form of the job fair may no longer be valid and we are considering different ideas on how
to revamp this program. At the present time, this process is still in its earliest stage.
One idea is to develop a web based or electron version of the job fair. In this version of
the job fair, students and potential employees would send their CV’s electronically.
Then, potential employers would pay a fee to receive the electronic collect of files. One
problem with this idea is that one of our members reported that thirteen years ago, the
Society decided that the web site could not be used for revenues.
3) Some other concerns and thoughts which were discussed at the biostatistics executive
meeting:
a) Should there be a specific email/discussion list for the members of the biostatistics
section. This idea was brought up at the Annual General Meeting of the section. The
reason that this idea was proposed was that there were several issues arose about the
biostatistics profession and it was thought that maybe there should be forum for a
discussion of this issues. These issues include 1) the changes in the administration of
clinical trials data by computer scientist as opposed to biostatisticians and 2) the mandate
of several medical journals such as the Canadian Journal of Public Health to have a
statistician “sign off” on all submitted manuscripts. If such a list was developed, then
Report from the Biostatistics Section
SSC Board Meeting, October 2005
one would need to specify the purpose and policy for such a list as well as how to
practically implement it.
b) Should the section have a liaison with the accreditation committee? Many if not all
members of the biostatistics section engage in statistical applications, so policies of the
accreditation committee would have an impact on the sectional members. On the other
hand, both are in the umbrella of the SSC, so maybe there is no need for this.
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Business and Industrial Statistics Section (BISS)
Report of Activities Submitted to the SSC Board
Fall Meeting of October 2005
BISS Executive:
President (2005-06): François Pageau (SNC TEC, Past President 2006-07)
President-Elect (2005-06) : Gemai Chen (University of Calgary, President 2006-07, Past
President 2007-08)
Past President (2005-06): Stefan Steiner (University of Waterloo)
Secretary (2005-07): Shirley Mills (Carleton University)
Treasurer (2004-06): Thierry Duchesne (Université Laval)
1. Membership
The total number of Section members is 60, which represents an increase from last
year membership of 54.
2. 2005 Annual General Meeting
The 2005 Section AGM was held on Monday June 13, 2005, at the University of
Saskatchewan during the SSC Annual Meeting. Most of the discussion was directed
at the 2006 invited sessions and the workshop. A suggestion was made that our
Section should develop its own mission statement beyond the overall objective posted
on the website.
3. Financial Status
The financial report for 2004-05 and the budget for 2006 have been prepared by
Section Treasurer Thierry Duchesne, who will present them to the SSC Board at the
Fall Board Meeting.
4. BISS Program at the SSC 2005 Annual Meeting
Four invited sessions were organized by BISS. Our special invited session, the Isobel
Loutit Address was delivered by Jerry Lawless. His conference on statistics and
technology was very well received. A pre-conference workshop was led by Eric
Neufeld from University of Saskatchewan on “Building causal models from
observational data”.
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5. Invited Paper Sessions at SSC 2006 Annual Meeting
Our Section is organizing four invited paper sessions:
Special Invited Session – Isobel Loutit Address (by Dr. Geoffrey Vining, Virginia
Tech)
Organizer: François Pageau (SNC TEC)
Session 1 : Industrial Experimental Design
Organizer : John Brewster (University of Manitoba)
Session 2: Statistical Applications in Marketing
Organizer: Fernando Camacho (DAMOS Consulting)
Session 3: Recent Advances in SPC and Data Driven Statistics
Organizer: Gemai Chen (University of Calgary)
6. Pre-Conference Workshop at SSC 2006 Annual Meeting
Dr. Liem Ferryanto, from Research in Motion, will lead the BISS workshop. The
topic of this half-day workshop will be “Design for Six Sigma (DFSS). As such a
topic might be of interest to quality engineers and engineers involved in design, a
special effort will be made to encourage their attendance. For example, plans are
underway to advertise our workshop in the newsletters of the American Society for
Quality Sections around London.
7. Section Website
Thanks to our Section Treasurer, Thierry Duchesne, the BISS website has been
updated. The page is accessible through the SSC website at URL
http://www.ssc.ca/biss/index_e.html. The web page content can now be modified
directly by Thierry.
Respectfully submitted by François Pageau, BISS President
Budget, Business and Industrial Statistics Section
REVENUE
Membership
Regular
Student
Other
Workshop
Regular
Student
Other
Other
(as of Oct. 2005)
(Oct. 2005 forecast)
2005
2006
$300.00
60x$5
$300.00
60x$5
$945.00
$2,000.00
(Bigger than Saskatoon)
(Smaller than Montreal)
$0.00
$0.00
$1,245.00
$2,300.00
$0.00
$0.00
Donation
Total, revenue
EXPENDITURE
SSC Invited sessions
Workshop
Registration
Coffee/luncheon
AV
Printing/CD-ROM
Speaker
Room
Dinner
Student support
Student travel
$1,342.12
$0
$84
$445
$41
$500
$0
$272
$2,000.00
(Bigger than Saskatoon)
(Smaller than Montreal)
$500.00
1x$500
$500.00
1x$500
$0.00
$0.00
$30.00
6x$5
$60.00
12x$5
Total, expenditure
$1,872.12
$2,560.00
Surplus, year
CUMULATIVE SURPLUS
-$627.12
$4,404.88
-$260.00
$4,144.88
Other
Brochure
TDBank Transaction fees
Report from SSM
SSC Board Meeting, October 2005
Report from the SSM to the board of the SSC
In 2005, the Montreal chapter of the Statistical Society of Canada, known as the Statistical
Society of Montreal, has been quite active, with three luncheon seminars so far and two more to
come before the end of the year.
The first one was actually held in November 2004 during the SSM annual general meeting. The
speaker was Nancy Reid, the SSC president at the time. Around 20 participants attended the
lunch while twice as much attended the conference entitled « Statistics in the news ».
The second seminar was held on May 27th. The speaker was Diane Potvin from Services
Pharma MDS. Her talk was entitled « Role of the Statistics' team in the department of
Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics at MDS Pharma Services ». Around twenty
statisticians attended this conference.
The third luncheon seminar was a joint event organised by SSM, ASSQ (Association des
statisticiennes et statisticiens du Québec) and NCM2 (Network for Computing and Mathematical
Modeling). The speaker was Bradley Efron, from Stanford University, who talked about « Largescale simultaneous hypothesis testing ». The seminar, which took place on September 23rd at
Bell University Laboratories, was attended by more than 100 people from various organisations,
including local universities, Bell University Laboratories, INRS, Genome Quebec, etc.
On October 21st, the SSM is also holding a luncheon seminar at Concordia University. The
speaker is James O. Ramsay, from McGill University, who will give a talk entitled « Exploring
event/intensity data : the structure of lupus flares ».
Finally, on November 18th, the SSM will have its annual general meeting at Concordia
University. David Binder has accepted our invitation to attend the meeting and to give a talk
entitled « Why Take a Design-based Approach to Modeling Data from Complex Surveys? ».
The SSM now has around sixty members and its executive committee is composed of the
following members :
Function
President
1st Vice-president
2nd Vice-president
Treasurer
Secretary
1st Industrial liaison
2nd Industrial liaison
Scientific program coordinator
Academic program coordinator
Johanne Thiffault
Présidente SSM 2005
[email protected]
Name
Johanne Thiffault
Krzysztof Dzieciolowski
Delija Geca
Guy Cucumel
Jean-François Angers
Natalie Rodrigue
Sonia Benghiat
Xiao Wen Zhou
Marc Bourdeau
Organisation
Société de transport de Montréal
Fido
Hydro-Québec
UQAM
Université de Montréal
Creascience
Bell Canada
Concordia University
École Polytechnique de Montréal

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