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  • 01 Nov 2021 11:03 AM | Jessica Minnier (Administrator)

    WNAR has initiated an IBS/WNAR Impact Award and Lectureship for outstanding individuals or teams from the WNAR Region.  The inaugural call for nominations is now open, with a submission deadline of January 15, 2022.  

    Details can be found in the attached Call for Nominations and also within the WNAR Awards section of the website.


    The Lectureship will occur at JSM in August 2022.

  • 28 Apr 2021 1:27 PM | Megan Othus (Administrator)

    The Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies (COPSS) condemns in the strongest possible terms all forms of racism and hate. The recent, horrendous event in Atlanta that targeted Asians and Americans of Asian ancestry in the United States is but one more manifestation of the systemic racism and exclusion that many of our colleagues and neighbors suffer routinely.


    The FBI reports that hate crimes in the United States are at their highest point in over a decade; similar statistics have been reported in Canada. Hate crimes are motivated by biases towards a person’s race, religion, sexual preference and other categories. Critically for us as statisticians, violence against targeted groups occurs when we fail to make our profession — and all of society — more diverse and inclusive. Through our skills in quantitative reasoning, we are best equipped to generate evidence on impacts of inherent biases on targeted groups so that informed actions are taken to prevent hate crimes.

    While Asian, Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) are not alone in terms of how frequently they are subjected to hate and prejudice, 2020 saw a sharp increase — as high as 150% relative to earlier years — in the number of crimes reported by AAPI persons. This is intolerable. COPSS, on behalf of its partner societies and all their members, stands firmly in support of all Asian, Asian Canadian, and Asian-American statisticians.

    As a profession, we have benefited from the many and important contributions of our AAPI colleagues. There is no question that the influx of talent from other nations, but particularly from Asian countries, has enabled the United States and Canada to sustain its leadership role in science, technology, and innovation. Science and technology are the engine that drives economic development and opens more opportunities for advancement in society.

    COPSS states in no uncertain terms that hate, prejudice, and exclusion have no place in any of its partner societies and will not be tolerated. We all need to do our part to build a more just society. COPSS has established a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Taskforce to develop strategies and activities to ensure that our profession is welcoming to all, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion and any other personal attributes. Furthermore, COPSS will continue to reflect on its own role in the perpetuation of any implicit biases against any member of our professional community by examining the fair representation of all deserving statisticians (including members of Asian and Pacific Islander descent) among recipients of COPSS awards, identifying any systematic underrepresentation or historical exclusion, and implementing more equitable solutions.

    We all need to do more to promote justice, fairness, and respect. Let us commit to doing everything we can to ensure that those values guide our profession. Please join COPSS in expressing its deepest appreciation to all its members in these difficult times and in expressing its solidarity with the entire Asian community, and especially our cherished members of Asian descent and their loved ones.

     

    *This statement was approved by leadership of all five COPSS societies.

    American Statistical Association (ASA)
    Eastern North American Region of the International Biometric Society (ENAR)
    Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS)
    Statistical Society of Canada/Société statistique du Canada (SSC)
    Western North American Region of the International Biometric Society (WNAR)

  • 18 Dec 2020 9:54 AM | Megan Othus (Administrator)

    Congratulations to WNAR President-Elect Gary Chan from University of Washington, Secretary-elect Jessica Minnier from Oregon Health Sciences University, Program, Coordinator Elizabeth Juarez-Colunga from University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, and Regional Committee Representatives Charlotte Gard from New Mexico State University and Julia Palacios from Standard University.


    Special thanks go out to outgoing WNAR Past-President Katerina Kechris, outgoing Program Coordinator Dongseok Choi, and outgoing Regional Committee Representatives Ed Bedrick, Roy Mendelssohn, and Cristina Murray-Krezen for their efforts and dedication to WNAR. 


    In addition, the WNAR By-Laws proposed amendments were approved.


    We would like to thank all the WNAR members who volunteered to be candidates for these offices. WNAR is fortunate to have so many talented members willing to dedicate their time and energy to WNAR, which makes each election a choice among outstanding individuals.

  • 05 Dec 2020 2:12 PM | Megan Othus (Administrator)

    The first virtual WNAR Business Meeting was held successfully on December 5, 2020.  The slide deck and Zoom screenshot can be found here.

  • 11 Aug 2020 7:17 AM | Megan Othus (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Professor Tomi Mori, President of WNAR in 2018, who has received the prestigious Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Development of the IBS. 


    Professor Mori is the Chair and Member of the Department of Biostatistics at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  Prior to January 2020, she was the Walter & Clara Brownfield Professor of Cancer Biostatistics at Oregon Health & Science University and Portland State University School of Public Health.


    She has been a member of IBS since 1998 a long record of serving in leadership roles for WNAR and IBS, including serving as WNAR President-Elect, President, and Past-President between 2017-2019.


    Among her many accomplishments, she has forged ongoing relationships between WNAR and the IBS Japanese and Argentinian Regions and with the Korean International Statistical Society.  Due to her role as the ASA representative to the AAAS Medical Science Section she was a liaison between WNAR and AAAS and was instrumental in helping WNAR become a founding member of the Societies Consortium on Sexual Harassment in STEMM.  She has made many contributions to making meetings more accessible and promoting participation in IBS.  

     

    Congratulations to Professor Mori!



  • 10 Jul 2020 6:07 PM | Megan Othus (Administrator)

    Although the 2020 WNAR meeting was cancelled due to COVID-19, WNAR was committed to support student researchers and transitioned to a virtual Student Paper Competition.

    • Twenty-four students participated in the virtual student paper competition. 

      The winners in the written category were: 

    •      Lingjing Jiang, University of California San Diego: “Assessing Reproducibility of Selected Features with Big Data"
    •      Kwangho Kim, Carnegie Mellon University: “Causal Clustering” 
    • The winner of the oral category was:

    •      Jinyuan Liu, University of California San Diego: “Regression Models for within-subjects Responses with between-subject Explanatory Variables: Applications to Microbiome Data”

    The students received their award at a virtual meeting. 

    We give a special thanks to the chair of the student paper competition, Harold Bae from Oregon State University and the other Student Competition judges: Jay Barber (Northern Arizona University), Fang Chen (SAS), Charlotte Gard (New Mexico State University), Tusharkanti Ghosh (University of Colorado), Jessica Minnier (Oregon Health & Sciences University), Camille Moore (National Jewish Hospital), Debmalya Nandy (University of Colorado), and Laura Saba (University of Colorado). Summary (and photo) here.



  • 31 Mar 2020 7:46 AM | Megan Othus (Administrator)

    NISS has several upcoming events for junior researchers: a virtual academic career fair on April 23rd (link) and the NISS Writing Workshop to be held at the Joint Statistical Meetings in August (link).


    WNAR is proud to be a participating society in NISS and sponsor of the Writing Workshop and encourages eligible WNAR members to apply and register for both events. 

  • 20 Dec 2019 9:53 AM | Megan Othus (Administrator)

    Congratulations to WNAR President-Elect Laura Cowen from University of Victoria, Secretary Megan Othus from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and Regional Committee Representatives Lisa Brown from Seattle Genetics and Karen Messer from University of California San Diego.


    Special thanks go out to outgoing WNAR Past-President Tomi Mori and outgoing Regional Committee Representatives Marco Carone and Miguel Marino for their efforts and dedication to WNAR. 


    We would like to thank all the WNAR members who volunteered to be candidates for these offices. WNAR is fortunate to have so many talented members willing to dedicate their time and energy to WNAR, which makes each election a choice among outstanding individuals.

  • 05 Jul 2019 2:03 PM | Megan Othus (Administrator)

    Thirty-eight students participated in the student paper competition at the 2019 WNAR/IMS/JR conference. The winner in the written category was Tiffany Tang, University of California Berkeley (“Integrated Principal Components Analysis “). There were three winners (tied) in the oral category: Natalie Gasca, University of Washington (“Using dimension-reduction methods to identify interpretable diet patterns related to body mass index (BMI) in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA)”), Evan Rosenman, Stanford University (“Propensity Score Methods for Merging Observational and Experimental Datasets”), and Justin Williams, University of California, Los Angeles (“Maximum Likelihood Estimation of a Truncated Normal Distribution with Censored Data”). The students received their award at the conference banquet. We give a special thanks to the chair of the student paper competition, Jessica Minnier from Oregon Health Sciences University.  

  • 21 Dec 2018 1:23 PM | Megan Othus (Administrator)

    Congratulations to WNAR President-Elect Ying Lu from Stanford University, Treasurer-Elect Brandie Wagner from University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Treasurer Mary Redman from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Program Coordinator Dongseok Choi from Oregon Health Sciences University, and Regional Committee Representative Katie Kerr from University of Washington.


    Special thanks go out to outgoing WNAR Past-President Sarah Emerson and outgoing Regional Committee Representative Xioaming Sheng for their efforts and dedication to WNAR. 


    We would like to thank all the WNAR members who volunteered to be candidates for these offices. WNAR is fortunate to have so many talented members willing to dedicate their time and energy to WNAR, which makes each election a choice among outstanding individuals.

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