With all the attention number crunchers are getting lately, this Washington Post article delves into the diversity statistics of a few STEM fields, and found that, surprisingly, Statistics stands above the pack: women earn 40% of statistics degrees, and represent 40% of statistics faculty poised for tenured positions. Women receive only 18% of earned computer science degrees, and represent only 11% of math faculty.
The Big Data fields could certainly benefit from a stronger female presence, and it is widely quoted that women represent 25% of STEM fields as a whole. For example, the Burtch Works Study (Sept. 2014) shows that only 26% of the overall analytics workforce is female, and our data science study (April 2014) found that only 12% of data scientists are women.
Hopefully things will continue to improve with Statistics leading by example!
As we begin to think about the spring semester, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Planning Committee is excited to invite you to share in the week of events to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Events will take place throughout the week of January 16, 2015 – January 24, 2015. Please share the calendar throughout your campus and community networks as well as with your students. You can also follow us on Facebook at University of Illinois: 2015 MLK Jr. Celebration or see the calendar on the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Access’ website at http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu/mlk/calendar.html.
Anthony V. Fontana
Associate Director of Admissions and Enrichment Academy
College of Business
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Looking for some new blogs to follow? Data Science Central posted an article with over 100 leading blogs for statisticians (and like-minded professionals). The topics run the gamut from statistics and analytics to SAS, R, data mining, data visualization and more – there is really something for everybody!
The blogs are compiled from meta-blog StatsBlogs, whose number one featured blog is written by CCASA Statistician of the Year award-winner Andrew Gelman.
There is also a new book out that might interest you: What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions.
From the creator of the hilarious and irreverent STEM blog xkcd comes a new book What If? which seeks to answer ridiculous hypothetical situations in the most scientific way possible. Although not written by or specifically for a statistician, if you’ve ever wondered how fast you could you hit a speed bump while driving and live, or how long humanity would last if there was a robot apocalypse, this book is for you.
— from the Chicago Chapter of the American Statistical Association Newsletter, October 2014
Interested in data about the University of Illinois? Me too. Take a look at this from the Division of Enrollment Management about our newest Illini.
Entering Class 2014
Read our new feature, Entering Class 2014 <http://enrollmentmanagement.illinois.edu/entering-class-2014> , to learn more about the incoming freshman class, including their demographics, academic profile, and more.
Have a great week!
This article about M.S. in Statistics alumnus, Sky Andrecheck, appeared in the Spring 2014 issue of LAS News.
An article in the most recent issue of AMSTAT News from the American Statistical Association synthesizes the results of a continued study on the growth of academic programs in statistics. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has graduated the third most bachelor’s students and the fifth most master’s students over the three year period from 2011-2013!
“The recently released 2013 statistics and biostatistics degree data from the National Center for Education Statistics show continued robust growth for bachelor’s degrees, with a 21% jump over the 2012 number and a near doubling since 2009.” [Full Story here]
We’re glad to have you all as a part of our well-regarded programs and look forward to also counting you among our successful alumni in the coming years.
The Office of Undergraduate Research announces its Fall 2014 conference travel grant competition. Deadline for submissions is October 5, 2014, for conferences in Fall 2014. Competition for Spring 2015 will take place in November. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact OUR at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information and link to application form is available on our website at: http://provost.illinois.edu/our/conferences-journals.html .
Office of Undergraduate Research
(Professor Paul F. Diehl, Director)
From the CCASA,…
We’re all well aware that math education in the United States could use a few improvements. While many are calling for an overhaul, one author makes the case for using the ASA framework to teach statistical concepts much earlier than they are now (if they’re taught at all) – in kindergarten.
The case for starting statistics education in kindergarten
Emeritus Professor Michael Weissman
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Wed 9/10/2014 4:00 pm 141 Loomis
Although the statistical and systematic problems of public opinion polls are fairly widely recognized, we tend to assume that published polling results reflect some sort of actual poll. In 2009 a prominent blog suggested that the pollster Strategic Vision might be fabricating data, based in part on surprising deviations from uniformity of the distribution of trailing digits of the results. Objections were raised to the assumed uniform distribution, but we were able to use Fourier analysis together with known polling statistics to show that the results were weird even if that assumption were dropped.
In 2010 we were contacted by a political consultant who had noticed anomalies in Research2000 poll reports. Using a variety of elementary statistical techniques, we showed that those results could not have accurately represented real polls.
Unfortunately, we do not know if there are other bogus pollsters, disguising results via a random binary generator (cost $0.01).