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CHAPTER NEWS
Central Indiana
Statistics Career Day, which took place
on November 4, turned out to be an
overwhelming success, as more than 225
students and teachers from six area high
schools participated. Invited speakers
shared the path that led them to their
current career and gave insight into what
they do on a daily basis and how satisfy-
ing it is to each of them.
The day started with opening remarks
and an overview of statistics by Edward
Brizendine, a former chapter secretary.
The morning session was then devoted
to talks by industry statisticians and
graduate students. Melissa Spann from
Eli Lilly & Company talked about her
unconventional career path and experi-
Students ask questions of the presenters and exhibitors during Statistics Career Day, spon-
ence as a pharmaceutical statistician.
sored by the ASA Central Indiana Chapter. More than 225 students and teachers from six
Vicky Yuan from Conseco, Inc. dis-
area high schools participated.
cussed her role in an insurance company
as an actuary. Meghan Honerlaw and and share success stories from speakers
Allison Cummin, graduate students at working in different areas of statistics.
Purdue University, shared their experi- Over the years, we have witnessed an
Southern California
ences as both students and consultants increasing trend of interest among stu-
in Purdue’s Statistics in the Community dents in Indiana. The Southern California
(STATCOM) program. This year, Statistics Career Day was Chapter of the American
The afternoon session began with held at the brand new campus center at Statistical Association
Jennifer Fouty of the U.S. Department IUPUI, allowing the high-school stu- presents the 28th Annual
of Labor, who discussed her role as a dents to get a closer glimpse of college life. Workshop in Applied
labor statistician in Indiana and the Students were encouraged to interact with Statistics Advances in
benefits of working for the federal speakers and representatives at the exhibi- Count Data Regression
government. Kristofer Jennings from tion booths. Those who talked to all the
the Department of Statistics at Purdue presenters and booth representatives were
Professor Colin
talked about his experiences as a teach- entered in drawings to win fabulous priz-
Cameron, Department
er and general statistical researcher. es, including two iPod shuffles.
of Economics, University
Finally, Mark Inlow from Rose-Hulman Students and teachers commented
of California, Davis
Institute talked about his diverse career that the events and one-on-one time
as a statistical consultant and the many with the presenters were educational
Saturday, March 28,
fields in which he has worked. and helpful. There was definite excite-
2009, at the University of
In addition to the inspiring talks, exhib- ment in the air—and not only during
California, Los Angeles
it booths from the Indiana University- the prize drawings.
Please go to www.sc-asa.
Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
org for the abstract and
School of Science, Eli Lilly & Company,
STATCOM, and IUPUI admissions
Connecticut
registration details.
office provided information and materials The seventh annual ASA Connecticut
about statistics and career opportunities. Chapter mini-conference, “Non-
The event was jointly organized by Inferiority Clinical Trials,” will be held
the Central Indiana Chapter of the ASA, Tuesday, March 3, 2009, at Bristol-Myers
Department of Mathematical Sciences Squibb in Wallingford, Connecticut.
at IUPUI, and Division of Biostatistics Speakers include Susan Ellenberg of
at Indiana University to promote aware- the University of Pennsylvania School of
ness of statistics careers among high- Medicine, David Henry of Bristol-Myers
school students. The goal of this effort, Squibb, Mark Rothman of the FDA,
which has taken place annually for the and Steve Snappin of Amgen. Details
past several years, is to give an overview about the conference can be found at
of statistics; present its applications in www.amstat.org/chapters/Connecticut/
academia, government, and industry; home/index.htm. ■
FEBRUARY 2009 AMSTAT NEWS 53
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