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Notices & News

  • Just over 50 years ago, three papers appeared which independently described the fundamental approach for analyzing capture-recapture data. It is now called the Cormack-Jolly-Seber model. This anniversary is celebrated in the second issue of Statistical Science, 2016, guest edited by Steve Buckland and Byron Morgan. It features transcribed interviews with George Seber and Richard Cormack. In addition there are eight research papers that demonstrate how the capture- recapture area is still developing, with applications to genetics, social and medical areas, as well as ecology.


    Steve Buckland presenting a copy of the issue to Richard Cormack in St Andrews University.

    Rachel Fewster, a co-author of two of the papers in the issue, presenting a copy to George Seber, in the University of Auckland.

    Byron Morgan presenting copies to George Jolly’s two daughters Heather Hannah and Fiona Davies. A third copy goes to their brother David Jolly, who lives in Saudi Arabia.











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  • Mathematics in Industry New Zealand, 2017

    Massey University, Palmerston North


    Come join us at Massey University, Palmerston North to solve interesting and vital industry challenges to help New Zealand businesses innovate and grow.

    Where: Massey University, Palmerston North

    When: 26-30 June 2017


    Youtube video from the 2015 event:

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  • Photos from the NZSA-ORSNZ 2016 conference are available on flickr.


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  • Congratulations Emeritus Professor Alastair Scott

    The Royal Society of New Zealand 2016 Research Honours

    The RSNZ has awarded the Jones Medal to Emeritus Professor Alastair Scott FRSNZ (University of Auckland) for his lifetime contribution to statistics.   Alastair’s  career in statistics  has spanned over 50 years during which he’s contributed “through path-breaking research in survey sampling and biostatistics, and through service to the wider statistical profession in academia, government, and society.” For more details, see:


    Alastair Scott, RSNZ Jones Medal Recipient, 2016

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  • Liz Viggers: 1929-2016

    A Life Story - Elizabeth Viggers, fundraiser extraordinaire, dies, 87

    Liz Viggers was a long-standing member of the NZ Statistical Association from 1962-2010.   An article on Liz appeared in the Dominion Post on 10 Sept, 2016.


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Young Statisticians

Lisa Hall from Fonterra’s Research and Development Centre, is the Young Statistician’s Representative.

Visit the Young Statistician’s page for more details.

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Last Modified: Tuesday, 13th December 2016