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December 13, 2010

Data visualization seminar

This will be accessible to undergraduates. Andrew Gelman is a very well-known statistician at Columbia University.

MISC Seminar - Andrew Gelman (Columbia University) - "Data Visualization versus Statistical Graphics"

When: Tue, December 14, 11:30am – 1:00pm
Where: North Quad 1255 (note room change!)

Description: The importance of graphical displays in statistical practice has been indicated sporadically in the statistical literature over the past century, with wider awareness following Tukey’s Exploratory Data Analysis (1977) and Tufte’s books in the succeeding decades. But statistical graphics still occupies an awkward in-between position: Within statistics, exploratory and graphical methods represent a minor subfield and are not well-integrated with larger themes of modeling and inference. Outside of statistics, infographics (also called information visualization or Infovis) is huge, but their purveyors and enthusiasts appear largely to be unaware of and uninterested in statistical principles. We present here a set of goals for graphical displays from the statistical and Infovis points of view and discuss some inherent contradictions in these goals that may be impeding communication between these allied fields. (One of our constructive suggestions, to Infovis practitioners and statisticians alike, is to try not to cram into a single graph what can be better displayed in two or more.) Our goal in this work (joint with Antony Unwin) is to broaden the communication among graphics designers, statisticians, and users of statistical methods.

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An R "meta blog"

There are quite a few interesting things here if you poke around:

http://www.r-bloggers.com/

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Create your own job

Think outside the box about things you might do when you graduate.

With all the new ways data are being collected and analyzed, there are many opportunities for statisticians to become entrepreneurs.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/12/business/12yec.html?_r=1&src=me&ref=homepage

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December 08, 2010

The Joy of Stats

An excellent series of videos about statistics:

http://www.open.ac.uk/openlearn/whats-on/the-joy-stats

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Publication bias

Interesting writing about publication bias. Unfortunately you need to buy the magazine to get the full article.

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/12/13/101213fa_fact_lehrer

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2010/12/the-truth-wears-off/

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December 07, 2010

BNP Investment Bank -- Campus visit

BNP Investment Bank will be visiting campus to present to undergraduates interested in careers in investment banking and finance:

Wednesday, December 8th
7:00-8:30pm
Ross School of Business- Room R1230.

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December 04, 2010

Important and interesting applications of statistics

The second of these is likely to become an area with a lot of opportunities for statisticians.


http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/04/books/04victorian.html?hp

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/04/education/04teacher.html?hp

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December 02, 2010

Undergraduate Research Programs at SAMSI

We've heard very favorable things about these workshops from students who attended them in the past:

http://www.samsi.info/programs/education-and-outreach-programs

http://www.samsi.info/workshop/two-day-undergraduate-workshop-february-25-26-2011

http://www.samsi.info/workshop/interdisciplinary-workshop-undergraduates-may-2011

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Summer research opportunity

This REU (research experience for undergraduates) is sponsored by the School of Information here at UM:

http://www.si.umich.edu/reu/

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Undergraduate Summer Program at NIST

Summer Opportunity for Undergraduates at NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology)

11 weeks, $5,000 stipend + travel and housing allowances, and experience working with world-class physicists, physical scientists, chemists, and engineers at two great locations. Apply by February 15, 2011.

See:

www.nist.gov/surfgaithersburg

www.nist.gov/surfboulder

Contact:

Aimee Generoso-Nguyen
EEO Specialist/Disability Program Manager/Outreach
National Institute of Standards and Technology/Civil Rights and
Diversity Office
100 Bureau Drive MS 1080, Gaithersburg MD 20899
Phone: 301-975-2043
Fax: 301-990-6492
Email: aimee.generoso-nguyen@nist.gov

Why NIST?

From automated teller machines and atomic clocks to mammograms and semiconductors, innumerable products and services rely in some way on technology, measurement, and standards provided by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). NIST?s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program gives undergraduate students a chance to gain valuable scientific research experience by working on projects of economic importance. The program, co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation, is committed to attracting and training future generations of scientists and engineers. SURF students work on their own project for 11 weeks and contribute to an ongoing research project under the guidance of a NIST scientist or engineer from one of the Institute?s major laboratories (Materials Measurement
Laboratory, Physical Measurement Laboratory, Engineering Laboratory, Information Technology Laboratory, Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, NIST Center for Neutron Research). A summer-long lecture series and tours expose students to a sampling of diverse research topics.

SURF is a competitive program. Applications submitted by the student universities are ranked and reviewed; and students are matched with advisors based on technical interests. About 130 fellowships in Gaithersburg, MD and another 22 fellowships in Boulder, CO are awarded each year. Over 1000 students have participated in the SURF program since 1993 and when asked about their experience: 83% said SURF helped them make a decision about their career type, 73% said SURF helped them make a decision about their field of study; and 94% said that SURF gave them a deeper understanding of what it is like to be a
research scientist.

If you know good undergraduate students that would like to try out a research career for the summer, please tell them about the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program (www.nist.gov/surfgaithersburg or www.nist.gov/surfboulder). They will get to spend the summer working elbow-to-elbow with researchers at the NIST, one of the world?s leading research organizations and home to three Nobel Prize winners. They will gain valuable hands-on experience, work with cutting-edge technology, network with students from all across the nation, sample the Washington, DC or Boulder, CO area, and get paid while they
learn.

We offer this 11-week summer internship program every summer. The deadline for this year's program is February 15, 2011. Students that are accepted into the SURF program, we receive a stipend ($5,000), and travel and housing allowances. For the students that live outside of the immediate Gaithersburg, MD or Boulder, CO areas, we provide funds to pay for shared apartments and travel to/from the area. FYI - Students pay for food and entertainment expenses out of their own funds.

The SURF program regularly receives rave reviews from its participants. For example:

* We contributed in a meaningful way to ongoing work.
* I have a much better idea of what I want to do in the future.
* One of the most valuable experiences that I will appreciate for
the rest of my life.
* The work I did this summer will actually make a difference in
industry.
* The hands on experimental experience was second to none.

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Internships at National Research Labs

2011 Summer Internships for Undergraduate Students

10 week research experience; $5,000 stipend plus travel expenses

Areas of research: Engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological/life sciences, agricultural sciences, environmental science, emergency and incident management, psychology, social sciences

Projects offered at:

National research laboratories: Argonne, Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest, Sandia, Savannah River

DHS laboratories: Transportation Security Laboratory

Other research facilities, including Battelle, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Naval Research Laboratory

Locations include CA, CO, IL, MD, NM, NJ, SC, TN, WA

U.S. citizenship required

Application deadline: January 5, 2011

http://www.orau.gov/dhsinternships

Administered by Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education

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