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November 29, 2010

Readings about the census

Here are a series of recent articles about the US census. There are a lot of statistical issues in the census, and also a lot of non-statistical issues. But it's all interesting.

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/304/5676/1452.full?sid=4ad2c618-f032-4669-ace7-9eb882393ec4

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/330/6002/310.full?sid=4ad2c618-f032-4669-ace7-9eb882393ec4

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v466/n7306/full/466532a.html

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v466/n7310/full/4661043a.html

And for an even greater challenge, consider the census in China:

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/330/6003/436.full?sid=0d0a2deb-292b-4fe3-b7c5-6132c483f353

or a census of the oceans!

http://www.significancemagazine.org/details/magazine/879803/The-sea-the-Census-and-statistics-.html

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November 24, 2010

Advice from admissions chairs

An informative video about the admissions process in the School of Public Health:

http://www.sph.umich.edu/students/prospective/2010/

Posted by kshedden at 03:21 PM | Comments (0)

November 23, 2010

Graduate programs at Univ. Colorado-Denver

Forwarded message:

The Mathematical and Statistical Sciences Department at the University of Colorado at Denver is actively recruiting students for its M.S. and Ph.D. programs. We anticipate a significant number of open graduate assistantships this year and are eager to identify promising students interested in pursuing a M.S. or Ph.D. in applied mathematics.

Our program features:

* Vibrant research groups in Computational Mathematics, Discrete Mathematics, Operations Research, Finite Geometry, Probability, Statistics, Computational Biology and Mathematics Education.

* High faculty-to-student ratios, enabling students to develop close working relationships with their advisors.

* Opportunities for collaborations with local industry and national laboratories through our Math Clinic Program, our Statistical Consulting Workshop and Statistical Consulting Service.

* Financial support for Ph.D. students (over 75% of our Ph.D. students receive financial support).

* Centers for Computational Mathematics and Computational Biology, which provide opportunities for students to explore multidisciplinary research collaborations.

Our college is strongly committed to the promotion of diversity. We have a number of assistantships specific to underrepresented populations.

Needless to say, there is the additional attraction of living at the foot of the Rocky Mountains! Further information on our program is available at math.ucdenver.edu, on the University of Colorado at www.ucdenver.edu/ and on Denver at www.denver.org.

Stephanie A. Santorico, Ph.D.
Graduate Program Director
Stephanie.Santorico@ucdenver.edu
303-556-2547

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Good advice for writing involving numbers

http://topics.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/23/numbers-in-the-news/

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November 17, 2010

Data for a better planet

http://www.slate.com/id/2274809/

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November 16, 2010

Undergraduate workshop in North Carolina

SAMSI (the Statistics and Mathematical Sciences Research Institute) is a first rate research center located in the research triangle area of North Carolina.

They hold several workshops for undergraduates each year. Their next workshop is to be held February 25-26, 2011, and addresses the topic "analysis of object data" (it's not important for you to know what that means at this point).

All expenses are paid, and it gives you the opportunity to see how advanced statistics is used in research, and how people do research in the field of statistics.

Several of our students have done this in the past and we've heard a lot of favorable comments.


Apply here

Questions? E-mail ugworkshop2010-11@samsi.info

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Statistics Project Competition

This is a great opportunity to build your statistics skills and get some research experience.

We've had several students do this in the past. The rules are flexible and you can choose a topic from whatever area interests you (data analysis, methodology, theory, graphics and visualization, ...).

www.causeweb.org/usproc

If you are interested and want help putting a project together please contact Brenda or Kerby. Team based projects with up to three student team members are permitted.

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November 12, 2010

Summer research program in Germany

Forwarded message:

For undergraduate students who are interested in conducting research at RWTH Aachen University in Germany next summer, we are pleased to announce the next call for applications to the UROP International program.

- Program dates: June 6 – August 12, 2011

- Application deadline: January 31, 2011 at http://www.urop-germany.de

- Informational webinar for interested students and study abroad advisors: November 19, 2010 – Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/300987678

UROP International (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program) at Germany’s RWTH Aachen University gives Sophomore and Junior applicants the chance to work closely with RWTH faculty on exciting new research projects while also broadening their cultural horizons through German language instruction, intercultural workshops, activities, and excursions. Students will have a wide selection of internships to choose from in the fields of Engineering, Computer Science, Biology, Chemistry, and many other departments. In the first two weeks of the program, students will engage in intensive German language instruction and also receive an introduction to research in Germany. The remainder of the program will shift its focus to the research internships while students continue language instruction twice a week.

There is no participation fee for this program, and after the application deadline (January 31st, 2011), up to 30 scholarships of € 1850 each will be awarded to qualified students.

For further information, visit at www.urop-germany.de

or contact:

Laura Montgomery

RWTH Aachen University - Liaison Office USA/Canada
Executive Director / Geschäftsführerin
871 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017 USA
Tel: +1 212.758.RWTH (7984)
Fax: +1 212.758.1629

http://www.rwthaachenuniversity.us


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Summer research programs at Harvard-MIT

This summer research program could be a good fit for some statistics students:

http://web.mit.edu/hstsummer

Note that you need to submit your application, transcript and two letters of recommendation by January 31, 2011.

Contact e-mails for the two programs are:

bigsummer@mit.edu (The Summer Institute in Bioinformatics and Integrative Genomics)

BioOpticsSummerInstitute@partners.org (The MGH Summer Institute in Biomedical Optics)

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November 05, 2010

Election poll summary

Some interesting comments about how the election polls performed this year:

http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/04/rasmussen-polls-were-biased-and-inaccurate-quinnipiac-surveyusa-performed-strongly/?hp

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November 04, 2010

NCSU SIBS program

Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics (SIBS). SIBS is a 6-week program to give undergraduate students majoring in or with background in the quantitative sciences the opportunity to explore a career in biostatistics or statistics. Summer 2011 will be NC State's 8th year of SIBS! Applications are accepted beginning December 1, 2010:

http://www.stat.ncsu.edu/sibs

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November 02, 2010

Rising above the gathering storm

This report is dry reading ... but it is relevant for undergraduates:

http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=11463

It is a recent report by a very high profile US government panel which found major weaknesses in the US preparedness to be economically competitive in the near future, largely due to the low numbers of students focusing on mathematical and scientific disciplines. As a growing technical major, Statistics bucks this trend. This may mean more opportunities for you all, but the bigger picture is definitely not good. Here's a brief op-ed on the same topic:


http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/26/opinion/26tue2.html

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