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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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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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ALEXANDRIA, VA (March TK, 2021) The 2021 International Prize in Statistics has been awarded to US biostatistician Nan Laird, Harvey V. Fineberg Professor of Biostatistics (Emerita) at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, in recognition of her work on powerful methods that have made possible the analysis of complex longitudinal studies. Thanks to Laird’s work, applied researchers have been able to wring detailed information from large studies that follow participants and collect their data over time—sometimes for many decades, such as with the Nurses’ Health Study in the US or the National Child Development Study in the UK. The design of these studies ...
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The International Statistical Institute (ISI) and the International Biometric Society (IBS) are jointly sponsoring an initiative to fund two young statisticians who are members of both Societies to participate in the 63 rd International Statistics Institute (ISI) World Statistics Congress (WSC) 2021 being held virtually from 11-16 July 2021. For the purpose of this competition, a “young statistician” is defined as someone who has obtained their most recent statistics qualification in the last ten years, i.e. their PhD (or latest degree in statistics) was awarded after 1st January, 2012. He or she must be a current member of the IBS. If not already a member ...
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The International Program Committee (IPC) of the International Biometric Society’s (IBS) 31 st International Biometric Conference ( IBC2022 ) calls for invited session proposals. IBC2022 is scheduled to be held as an in-person even on 10 - 15 July 2022 at the Radisson Blu Latvija Conference & Spa Hotel, Riga, Latvia. An IBC invited session brings together a small number of speakers (two–four) on a particular statistical topic. A discussant may also form part of a session. A discussant should describe the latest research in the session topic and make it accessible to a ‘non-expert’ audience, as well as provide commentary on the various talks in the ...
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The International Biometric Society (IBS) calls for proposals for Short Courses to be offered at its XXXI International Biometric Conference ( IBC2022 ). IBC2022 will be held 11-15 July 2022 at the Radisson Blu Latvija Conference & Spa Hotel, Riga, Latvia. An International Biometric Conference short course is usually taught by one or more instructors on a topic that is likely to be of interest to many potential IBC participants. Short courses may be on an introductory level or may address more advanced and specialized topics. Participants are often drawn to courses that have a strong computational component, for example, learning about methods for which ...
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Student Members: Kuan Liu, ENAR A Bayesian latent class approach to causal inference with longitudinal data Abstract Poster Ryan Peterson, ENAR “But what about interactions, are any of those significant?” Resolving the Collaborative Nightmares of Covariate Interactions through Regularization Abstract Poster Regular IBS Member: Paola G. Ferrario, German Region (DR) A new workflow combining R packages for statistical analysis of metabolites Abstract Poster Ebun Dosumu, Nigerian Region Analysis of the Effect of Greenhouse Gas Emission on Rainfail and Corresponding Environmental Outcomes in Nigera Abstract Poster
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Year in Review: 2020

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Virtual IBC 2020 We must start with the event that brought nearly 800 of our colleagues together, but was very close to not happening at all! As a result of careful negotiation, the IBS was able to eliminate most of its debts related to the canceled in-person event originally planned for Seoul, Korea, and instead focus its efforts on an eight-week event that took place entirely online. Through the heroic efforts of Organizing President Louise Ryan, International Program Committee Chair Renato Assunção, excellent keynotes, IBS staff, and countless presenters and moderators, this IBC was as unforgettable as it was unique for the IBS. Still, it was not the ...
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The International Biometric Society and the American Statistical Association invite nominations for the position of editor of the Journal of Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Statistics ( JABES ). JABES publishes articles of immediate and practical value to applied researchers and statistical consultants in the agricultural, the biological (including biotechnology), and the environmental sciences (including those dealing with natural resources). JABES is published quarterly by Springer in March, June, September, and December. The editor reviews new submissions and sends selected papers to associate editors, who also review the papers and either ...
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