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  • NZSA Newsletter 87 is out now!
    It can be read here: https://www.stats.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/newsletter87.pdf
  • NZSA Awards 2022 Call for Nominations
    The NZSA Awards Committee is accepting nominations for the Association’s awards for 2022.  The list of awards is: Campbell Award: This award recognises an individual’s sustained contribution to the promotion and development of statistics. Jean Thompson Award: This award recognizes excellence in the application of statistics in New Zealand industry. Littlejohn Research Award: This award recognizes excellence in ...
  • NZSA Jean Thompson Award Established
    The Jean Thompson award was established in 2022 and is named after the inspirational New Zealand Statistician C. Jean Thompson. This award celebrates statistical excellence by practitioners in New Zealand industry, including business, Crown Research Institutes, government agencies and departments, media, etc. The award celebrates the insightful use of statistical thinking and practice in solving ...
  • NZSA Mentoring Programme Launched
    The NZSA Mentoring Programme was launched in March 2022 with a webinar which was attended by over 60 NZSA members. The first cohort of the mentoring programme is running from May–Oct 2022 and involves 14 mentor/mentee pairs. Participants expressed interest in being involved by completing a short survey with pairings being communicated in April. More information about ...
  • 2021 NZSA Award Recipients
    We are pleased to annouce that the 2021 NZSA Awards recipients are Charlotte Jones-Todd (Worsley Award) and Russell Millar (Littlejohn Award).
  • Our new website
    Welcome to the NZ Statistical Association’s new website. Please be patient with us as we get all the content up and running.
  • Royal Society Te Apārangi remembers celebrated mathematician Sir Vaughan Jones
    It is with sadness we share news of the passing of Sir Vaughan Jones FRS Hon FRSNZ, aged 67, from the complications from an ear infection. Sir Jones will be remembered as a brilliant mathematician who made outstanding contributions to the field of mathematics, scientific research and higher education. Sir Vaughan Jones was born and raised ...
  • New version of ANZStat mailing list
    The old ANZSTAT mail list has now been replaced by ANZSTAT discussion forum, hosted by the Statistical Society of Australia. This is a great place to connect with the statistical community, to have interesting discussions, and advise of jobs vacancies or upcoming events. You can join the forum here  https://www.statsoc.org.au/Discussion-forum. There is also a nice YouTube video with ...
  • Interview with Adrian Barnett
    A fun interview on RNZ with Adrian Barnett (Statistician, QUT) from Sunday 23 August 2020: https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/sunday/audio/2018760724/from-dna-to-rna-science-s-unhealthy-obsession-with-acronyms   Their paper is “Meta-Research: The growth of acronyms in the scientific literature” Adrian Barnett, Zoe Doubleday https://elifesciences.org/articles/60080
  • George Seber interview on RadioNZ
    Alcohol: A dangerous love affair? While coping with the lockdown might have you reaching for the wine – or something stronger – George Seber would caution against that. He’s an Emeritus Professor of Statistics at Auckland University and has crunched the numbers on the harm caused by the $4b New Zealanders spend on alcohol each year. His book, ...
  • COVID-19: Advocacy of statistical expertise
    Acting on behalf of the NZSA, the President, Secretary and Immediate Past President sent the following email to the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor,  the Government Statistician and the Chief Science Advisor for the Ministry of Health   Dear Professor Juliet Gerrard, Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor cc Mark Sowden, Government Statistician Ian Town, Chief Science Advisor, Ministry of ...
  • COVID-19 Resources
    Statistical Society of Australia webinar on COVID-19 by by Nicholas Fisher and Dennis Trewin “Learning about the knowns and unknowns: The essential role of statisticians” is on the SSAI Youtube channel: https://youtu.be/naQZlpuWdbE About this webinar: Understanding and controlling the spread of COVID-19 is critically dependent on the availability of high-quality data to inform modelling and forecasting, and ...
  • Obituary – Tom Robertson
    Tom Robertson was the former Director Biometrics, Ministry Agriculture and Fisheries. He died in his 87th year. His death notice was published in Dominion Post on Dec. 30, 2019 ROBERTSON, Thomas Gilchrist: Formerly of Paraparaumu. Passed away peacefully on Saturday 28 December 2019, in his 87th year. Much loved husband of the late Elva. Loved dearly by all his ...
  • 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. John Harraway’s career highlights the remarkable power of statistics to ...
  • 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.
  • 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 of national eating habits. As well as revealing ...
  • 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 house prices. He also collects thousands of coincidences, trying to separate blind ...
  • 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. Jones Award for Excellence in Education, in recognition of his work training thousands of researchers ...
  • 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  
  • 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 Crown Street Wollongong. In lieu of flowers ...
  • Data Science curriculum frameworks for schools
    INVITATION TO COMMENT on draft, BY 31 MAY 2019 The International Data Science for Schools Project (IDSSP) is an international collaborative activity to develop a curriculum framework for pre-calculus introductory course in Data Science for the last two years of high school, and to develop a parallel framework to teach teachers how to teach such a ...
  • The present and future of tidy data
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0KfXPVBNQk