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Thanks to all IBS members for your outstanding participation in the recent Society-wide election for IBS President-Elect. More than 1,100 ballots were cast and the results are in! We are pleased to announce that Iris Pigeot, Director of the Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology - BIPS, University of Bremen, has been selected by the membership to serve the Society as President-Elect from 1 January 2023 through 31 December 2023. Iris will automatically ascend to the office of President for two years on 1 January 2024, followed by a term of one year as Outgoing President. Please join us in congratulating the new IBS President-Elect! If you ...
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On 3 rd May 2022, the British and Irish Region of the Biometric Society hosted an online meeting on Variational Bayes. Variational Bayes is a computational method that allows scalable Bayesian inference that can be used as an alternative to the more commonly used Markov Chain Monte Carlo methods. The meeting consisted of an introduction to Variational Bayes given in the morning by Dr David Hughes (University of Liverpool). David introduced the basic concepts of variational approximations using a simple example to demonstrate the main ideas. Mean Field Variational Bayes attempts to approximate a complex posterior using a product of simpler distributions. ...
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Want to learn the latest about our anniversary, officially happening this September? Visit our new anniversary homepage, here . There will be much more information to come. Happy anniversary to all members of the International Biometric Society!
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Delighted to share the good news that our immediate past-President, Prof. Ruth King, has received the Royal Statistical Society's Barnett Award in recognition of her exceptional work in statistical ecology. The tribute also acknowledges her many contributions to statistics and statisticians more broadly, including her distinguished leadership of the British and Irish Region of the International Biometric Society. See for yourself at https://rss.org.uk/news-publication/news-publications/2022/general-news/announcing-our-honours-recipients-for-2022/ Many congratulations, Ruth!
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In acknowledgment of Sir David Cox's passing, we would like to invite the IBS membership to contribute stories of their interactions with Prof. Cox over the span of his remarkable career, starting the thread with a personal account of the former IBS president, Clarice Demétrio. "Encouraged by Gauss M. Cordeiro(UFPE) and with a grant from a Brazilian research funding agency, CNPq, I went for a post-doctorate at Imperial College in London, from February 1986 to September 1987, under the supervision of Sir David Cox, known for his great contributions to theoretical and applied statistics. It was difficult for me at the beginning, with problems of adaptation ...
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The European Union has adopted a revised recommendation on measures affecting free movement. Read the statement here.
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Many of you will have heard through other channels the very sad news of the death of Sir David Cox earlier this week. David was an Honorary Life Member of the International Biometric Society, and a longtime friend of our British and Irish Region. Asked at a conference what he worked on, David replied, "Oh, a little bit of this, and a little bit of that". This charming understatement highlights two important aspects of David's life: his extraordinary humility, and the staggering breadth of his contributions to the field of statistics and its applications beyond. We remember David with fondness and gratitude, and send our deepest sympathy to his family, and to ...
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12 January - Authorities in Latvia have announced that vaccinated and recovered travelers who hold a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate are no longer required to undergo a testing process upon their arrival in the Baltic State; the country’s Ministry of Health has confirmed. However, the Ministry has clarified that the new rule that will become effective on January 12 will not include countries that have recently been profoundly affected by the spread of the Coronavirus, especially from the Omicron variant, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
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We are pleased to report on an exciting development! Over the past several years, one of our past society Presidents, Professor Lynne Billard from University of Georgia, has been diligently pouring through our extensive archives. With the encouragement of current and past IBS officers, Lynne has written a manuscript based on the materials in the IBS archives. The result is a fascinating read describing the early establishment and development of the society and all its regions. The book will be published through CRC Press and will be available in time for the IBC2022 conference in Riga, Latvia. More information on this development will be made available ...
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A celebration of women in statistics and data science! Join us for the Florence Nightingale Day to discover the opportunities for careers in statistics and data science, to do fun data activities, and to develop connections. This event is free to students. All middle and high school students (at least 13 years old and before college/university) are welcome! This event is open to all students in the US and internationally. Women and underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to participate. This event is being hosted by multiple sites: The Ohio State University, the University of Texas at Dallas and various Canadian sites. We encourage participation ...
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Thank you to those who submitted your online ballot for the 2021 election for Secretary and Treasurer of the International Biometric Society . We had outstanding candidates, and the person receiving the largest number of votes will win the election. We look forward to announcing the results soon!
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Want to promote a new job opportunity? Promote an upcoming event? Announce a new program or service? Announce a new award or grant program? The International Biometric Society is pleased to offer opportunities for paid text, banner and page advertisements in the Society's Biometric Bulletin , on the www.biometricsociety.org website, and on the brand new "Industry Opportunities" page which has been developed exclusively to promote job openings in our profession. Ads will reach our IBS global audience of members and friends 24/7. These advertising opportunities are open to all universities and for-profit companies. However, members placing ads will receive ...
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We are very excited to start thinking about travel again in 2022 but we do understand that parts of our world are still struggling with the COVID-19 virus and its variants. We will be continuously monitoring the situation and will do our best to update you with the most accurate and timely travel requirements and restrictions for the Society and in Riga specifically. You can monitor current restrictions in Riga, Latvia by reviewing the resources below: Take note that additional local COVID-19 resources and restrictions might be available for your country and we urge you research and to bookmark those for future review. Investment and Development Agency ...
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Job Description and Responsibilities As a Member of the Committee on Communications (ex-officio) Purpose The primary purpose of the Social Media Officer is to work with IBO Staff to ensure that a steady stream of relevant content for biometricians and statisticians is sourced from and shared with our audience through all active social media channels. This voluntary position is formed in order to centralize these efforts and candidates must be a member of the Society to be considered. Term The incumbent serves a term of two years (January of year 1 through December of year 2) and works with and receives assistance from an Officer-elect ...
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The International Biometric Society (IBS) and the International Statistical Institute (ISI) are thrilled to announce the two winners of the ISI & IBS Young Ambassadors who were selected to participate in the International Statistics Institute (ISI) World Statistics Congress (WSC) 2021 being held virtually from 11-16 July 2021. Congratulations to: Fernanda and Oscar have been invited to present their paper live during the “IAOS and IBS Early Career Award Presentation” which is scheduled as a live session on Friday, 16 July 2021 at 13:00 – 14:00 BST. Register to attend the ISI World Statistics Congress: https://www.isi2021.org/registration/ ...
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The Executive Board is pleased to approve the appointment of three editors. Dr. Ajit Sahai (Indian region) has been re-appointed for a second term as Biometric Bulletin Executive Editor. Dr. Jorge Mateu (Spanish region) has been appointed as successor to Dr. Brian Reich as JABES Editor. Dr. Katja Ickstadt (German region) has been appointed as successor to Dr. Mark Brewer as Biometrics Co-Editor. Congratulations to all! All terms will start on January 1 2022 and run through December 31 2024. We would also like to thank Brian Reich and Mark Brewer for their service to the Society.
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Four half day and three full day Short Course proposals have been selected for presentation just before the International Biometric Conference begins on 11 July 2022. All Short Courses will take place on Sunday, 10 July 2022. These courses are taught by experienced professionals who are experts in their fields, so you do not want to miss out! We'll be providing additional information about these courses over the next few months! We're excited to see our IBC2022 program come together. Congratulations to the following: Full Day Courses Pseudo Observations in Survival Analysis Instructors - Per Kragh Anderson & Henrik Ravn Bayesian ...
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The Society is currently searching for a new Society Secretary, with a term to start on 1 January 2022. Until now, the Society has not had this position but rather there has been a combined Secretary/Treasurer. You may recall that the membership approved a change in 2020 to create a separate standalone position. In addition to things such as overseeing revisions to the Society by-laws and other official documents, ensuring minutes are correct, etc., there will be an exciting opportunity to engage with regional officers and the members more broadly. Since all of the current officers are from Europe or North America, our committee is eager to identify candidates ...
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The International Biometric Society (IBS) invites abstracts for contributed oral and poster presentations for the 2022 International Biometric Conference (IBC2022) to be held in Riga, Latvia from 11-15 July 2022 . Abstracts may be submitted online through 30 September 2021 . The mission of the IBS is ‘to promote the development and application of statistical and mathematical theory and methods in the biosciences, including agriculture, biomedical science and public health, ecology, environmental sciences, forestry and allied disciplines.’ Contributions at the conference are therefore welcome across a wide range of both methodological topics and ...
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A series of events on the topic of advanced spatial sampling was held on the 24 th March 2021. The day was split into two parts with the morning dedicated to a workshop on Spatial sampling: some principles and practicalities and was run by Professor Murray Lark and the afternoon dedicated to a series of three webinars by Professor Janine Illian, Dr Peter Henrys and Dr Eleni Matechou. Both events were run online using zoom and with great participation. We had a sell-out of 31 participants to the morning workshop and around 58 attendees to the free afternoon webinars. The morning workshop focussed on three principles, sampling to estimate the mean, sampling ...
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