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R-Ladies Meetup – 10 October 2019

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Retirement after 54 years – on the third go

      Associate Prof John Harraway has taught for 54 years in the University of Otago’s mathematics and statistics department and is  a former president of the International Association for Statistical Education.  He talks to reporter John Gibb about his long career and his third and final retirement. Read More

Kit Yates: Maths, a matter of life and death

Another RNZ podcast, as much statistical as mathematical https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/2018712945/kit-yates-maths-a-matter-of-life-and-death For example, statistics badly applied did lead to Sally Clarke’s death. And helped wrongly convict Angela Cannings, Trupti Patel and Donna Anthony for murders of their children also. Read More

Hadley Wickham – open source data wrangler

  New Zealand-born data scientist Hadley Wickham is developing open source ways to help people collect and analyse the information that surrounds us every day. He’s yet to meet a data set he doesn’t like and loves poring over his own heart rate statistics, hospital admissions data, and obscure surveys… Read More

Sir David Spiegelhalter on Radio New Zealand

Sir David Spiegelhalter talks for 50 minutes with Kim Hill: https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/saturday/audio/2018712277/david-spiegelhalter-the-art-of-statistics   “In his new book The Art of Statistics the Cambridge Professor shares his passion for data, scientific evidence and risk, and how it’s reported to us. So bacon kills? Well, not so much. And don’t get him started on average… Read More

International Statistical Ecology Conference 2020

You are now invited to submit an abstract for a presentation or poster at the International Statistical Ecology Conference (ISEC2020), to be held on June 22-26, 2020 in Sydney Australia.  Abstracts are due by December 2, 2019.  Bursaries are available to presenters from developing countries.   For details go to the conference website http://www.isec2020.org  … Read More

Genetics Society of America Award to Bruce Weir

Genetics Society of America (GSA) Grants 2019 Elizabeth W. Jones Award for Excellence in Education to Bruce Weir   Bruce Weir, PhD, of the University of Washington in Seattle is the recipient of the 2019 Genetics Society of America (GSA) Elizabeth W. Read More

Prestigious award for Hadley Wickham

  Kiwi Hadley Wickham has won a prestigious international statistics award for his outstanding contributions to the profession.             https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12254723&fbclid=IwAR2cyyunqObCFpyKSzztjg_fD3wA3Yj9vPA4WFLHXQ94_6SLNRIIzNAvg44  … Read More

Mirzakhani Hui

You are invited to attend this year’s Mirzakhani Hui (named for Maryam Mirzakhani), a local conference for women in the lower North Island from Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Chemistry, Modelling and Computer Science that is now going into its third year. It is to be held at Tatum Park on November… Read More

Obituary – Ken Russell

Ken Russell (ex Victoria University of Wellington) passed away peacefully in Wollongong on 16 July after suffering from cancer, in his 69th year. Ken is survived by his wife Janet, and brothers Colin and Ian. His funeral will be held on Tuesday 23rd July at 2pm, at St Mark’s Anglican Church, 433… Read More