Category: News

Congratulations, Graduates! Show Us Your #StatsGrad Pride

Congratulations to all our 2017 data science and statistics graduates! Whether you have reached the end of your academics at the high school, college, or graduate level, this is truly something to celebrate. And when you study statistics, there is even more to celebrate! Your skills in this important emerging field will help you no...

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Graduation Roundup: The Latest News in Data Science Careers

We’re hitting graduation season! Best wishes to all the graduating students out there, whether it be high school or college, as you move on to your next big thing. As you look ahead, might we recommend pursuing an education (or career) in data science? As you already know if you’ve visited This is Statistics before,...

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Real or Fake News? Let Statistics Help: 7 Questions to Ask   

There is a lot of discussion today about whether the stories we see in the news are real or fake. Statistical thinking can help you assess the validity of reports, claims from a new study, or other conclusions flashing through your social media feed. Here are a few tips from statisticians – experts in the...

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AP Statistics Students Get a Leg Up on Today’s Hottest Skill

April showers bring May flowers—and if you are a high school student, Advanced Placement (AP) exams. Tomorrow, AP Statistics students around the country will sit for their exam, potentially setting them on a course for one of the fastest growing undergraduate degrees and in-demand skills for today’s job market. If you’re cramming right now, you’re...

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What’s the Year’s Hottest Job? Statistician

Quiz time: What is one of the most in-demand jobs, with even more potential for growth in the coming years, that pays well and encompasses everything from sports to healthcare to marketing? Once again, it is statistician. Job-seeker website CareerCast recently released its annual “Best Jobs” rankings, and the job of statistician ranked at number one....

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Teachers, Your Statistics Teaching Resource Just Got a Reboot

If you teach statistics and data science to grades K-12, ASA’s top resource for you just got a reboot. Meet Statistics Teacher. Combining the forces of ASA’s Statistics Teacher Network Newsletter (STN), which started as a print-only publication in the 1980s, and STatistics Education Web (STEW), a database of lesson plans, this revamp brings the...

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Mathematics & Statistics Awareness Month: Advice from Young Professionals

Earlier this week, we highlighted the many different careers young professionals are building for themselves, starting with their statistics degrees. But how does one go from the classroom to data-crunching pro? ASA recently issued a survey to young professionals in the field to learn more about their careers, and they had great insights to share....

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Mathematics & Statistics Awareness Month: Careers in Statistics

One of the coolest things about statistics is the breadth and diversity of the career opportunities available to a professional with this skill set. From politics to animal care to clinical trials for pharmaceuticals, statistics has a place in essentially every career sector. As we celebrate Mathematics & Statistics Awareness Month, we’re sharing insights from...

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Going Greener with Statistics: National Environmental Education Week

From April 23 to 29, it’s National Environmental Education Week (NEEW)! The National Environmental Education Foundation, the organization behind NEEW, as well as other environmental organizations, are harnessing the power of big data analysis to measure climate change and other weather related events. Even better, the insights they glean are helping to find ways to...

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Mathematics & Statistics Awareness Month

Each April, the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics, a partnership between the American Mathematic Society, the Mathematical Association of America, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and the American Statistical Association, celebrates Mathematics Awareness Month. For the very first time, this year’s event includes our favorite topic – statistics – in the newly-minted Mathematics...

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