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Nick Fisher, University of Sydney & ValueMetrics Australia, is coordinator of IDSSP, an international cooperative venture to create a framework for teaching Data Science in high schools, and to teach their teachers how to deliver the curriculum. He explains: What is Data Science? Twenty years ago, the term ‘Data Science’…

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Yuval Peres recalls hearing the following story from Shizuo Kakutani in 1991, when he was a postdoc at Yale. He relates: “Once, during 1960, Paul Erdős was visiting the US, and he stayed at Aryeh Dvoretzky’s NYC apartment. One day, Shizuo Kakutani drove from Yale to see them. After a…

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The International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM) is a worldwide organisation for professional applied mathematics societies—including IMS—and for other societies with a significant interest in industrial or applied mathematics. At the ICIAM Congress in Valencia in July, discussions took place at the meeting of presidents and the ICIAM…

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Hadley Wickham wins the prestigious 2019 COPSS Presidents’ Award Hadley Wickham, Chief Scientist at RStudio, is the recipient of the 2019 COPSS Presidents’ Award. This award is presented annually to a young member of one of the participating societies of COPSS in recognition of outstanding contributions to the profession of…

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The Department of Statistics at the University of Michigan marks its 50th anniversary this September. Its Department Chair, Xuming He, reports: In 1912, James W. Glover, a Professor of Mathematics who specialized in actuarial science, taught the first course devoted entirely to statistical theory at the University of Michigan. In…

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