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January 07, 2013

STATISTICIANS PROMOTE CONTRIBUTIONS TO SOCIETY

 

Statisticians Promote Contributions to Society
During the International Year of Statistics in 2013
1,400 groups, 111 countries participate in global awareness campaign
 
MT AIRY, MARYLAND, JAN. 07, 2013—EmpiriStat, Inc. and more than 1,400 organizations in 111 countries are combining energies in 2013 to promote the International Year of Statistics (Statistics2013), a worldwide initiative that will highlight the contributions of the statistics field to finding solutions to global challenges.
The goals of this awareness campaign are to:
  • Increase public understanding of the power and impact of statistics on all aspects of society
  • Nurture statistics as a profession, especially among high-school and college students
Statistics2013 participants include national and international professional societies, universities, schools, businesses, government agencies and research institutes. These groups will help millions of people understand the value of statistical science through seminars, workshops and outreach to students and the media.
Statistics—the science of learning from data and of measuring, controlling and communicating uncertainty—is much more than numbers on sports pages. Statistical science has powerful and far-reaching effects on everyone, yet most people are unaware of how it improves their lives, says Dr. Nicole C. Close, Founder and Principal Biostatistician of EmpiriStat, Inc.
“For most people, statistics is an invisible science,” continues Dr. Close.  “Through this yearlong, worldwide awareness campaign, we will remove the veil that cloaks statistics from the public consciousness.”
Examples of the impact of statistics abound in our society. For instance, statistics predicts weather and other natural hazards, powers Internet search engines and marketing campaigns, discovers and develops new drugs and makes the world secure and sustainable. Throughout the last two centuries, statistics was indispensable in confirming many of humankind’s greatest scientific discoveries and breakthroughs, such as the Higgs-Boson particle and the agricultural Green Revolution.
Today, statistics is improving the quality of human life on the world’s major continents:
·         Africa—Statistical analysis is reversing the cycle of poverty by improving literacy.
·         Asia—Transportation infrastructure is being improved based on statistical models of people flow.
·         Australia—Statistics was key in catching drug cheats during the 27th Olympic Games in 2000.
·         Europe—Statistical science is a critical tool in planning efficient recycling systems.
·         North America—Statistics is synthesizing evidence that improves treatments for heart conditions.
·         South America—Statistical methods are helping to feed the world by identifying new crop varieties in breeding experiments.
“Our world is increasingly data-rich and data-dependent. Statistical analysis extracts information from this voluminous data to form the basis for decision-making in all types of organizations,” explains Dr. Close. “Without statistics, life would be very different.”
Central features of the Statistics 2013 awareness campaign are its website—www.statistics2013.org—and an informative two-and-a-half-minute video—Why Statistics Is Important to You—that explains how statistics improves the lives of the world’s 7 billion people. The website includes the following:
·         What Is Statistics?—An explanation in layman’s language
·         Stats2013AtSchool—A statistics quiz for students
·         Statistics as a Career—Information about the work of statisticians and careers in statistics
·         Teacher Resources—Primary and secondary school resources, a downloadable flyer and posters
EmpiriStat has embraced the mission of Statistics2013 and Dr. Close will be incorporating activities throughout the year internal and external to her organization. Activities include participation in Hood College’s Sonia Kovalevsky Day – a day for high school girls to come to campus and learn about some fun topics in mathematics and be encouraged to keep taking math. (Sonia Kovalevsky was the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics,) to promoting Statistics2013 as a Speaker at the Aerospace Medical Associations annual scientific meeting in Chicago. All EmpiriStat events related to Statistics2013 will be posted in advance their website www.empiristat.com.
About EmpiriStat, Inc.
EmpiriStat, Inc. is a woman-owned biostatistical partner specializing in sound clinical trial support grounded in biostatistics and statistical programming. Our strength is our knowledge of pre-clinical and clinical research, as well as the ability to understand and contribute to our collaborator’s program mission and objectives. For more information visit our website at www.empiristat.com.
 
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For more information:
Dr. Nicole C. Close
Office: 240-744-0000
E-mail: nclose@empiristat.com



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