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A Message from the AWIS Spokesperson

Statistics is a versatile scientific discipline encompassing many facets. Wikipedia for example provides a variety of definitions. An overview of "Statistics” can include, statistics as only numbers, the field of statistical science as a branch of mathematics that incorporates probability, and the science of measuring, controlling, learning from and communicating uncertainty about data patterns and results. Statisticians can derive new theory or methods or they can apply their own or others’ methods to solve meaningful problems from almost any application area. Sponsored by the American Statistical Association and 7 other international statistical societies, the year 2013 has been designated as the International Year of Statistics. This was organized to emphasize that Statistical Science has risen to a pinnacle of importance worldwide by supplying the sole scientific approach to data analysis and the conduit to both scientific and societal advances.

With broad internet access and the ability to compose data sets of previously unimagined dimension, positions as well as salaries for Statisticians are on the rise. Within this context women will find a clear and challenging avenue to achieving a successful as well as meaningful career. One of the best aspects of a career in statistics is that it can involve as many or as few application areas as she may want. If multiple areas of study intrigue her in school, she can major in statistics, apply those skills and that knowledge and find a position in almost any area she may desire. Alternatively, she may select one such as statistical theory, health, law or education and specialize. Statisticians not only function in, but are essential to, problem solution in for example, public policy, law, finance, marketing, health, city management, ecology, agriculture, museum and wildlife conservation, economics and climate change. Indeed it is difficult to think of a field in which statistical thinking and application cannot aid in obtaining solutions to previously intractable problems.

Lee-Ann C. Hayek, PhD
Chief Mathematical Statistician and
Senior Research Scientist, Smithsonian Institution
Fellow, American Statistical Association;
Royal Statistical Society


Lee-Ann Hayek Appointed AWIS Spokesperson for the International Year of Statistics, 11/26/12

AWIS Highlights Women in Statistics During the International Year of Statistics, 01/29/13


 International Year of Statistics Participating Organization

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