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Responding to professional call(s)

If you are reading this blog, then you likely identify ‘statistician’ as one of your vocations. Vocation is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as a “summons or strong inclination to a particular state or course of action” or as a synonym of occupation – “the work in which a person is employed.”

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Providing for our future

The fourth of our strategic priorities is to secure our financial stability. The financial stability of ISI  supports our pursuit of the three strategic priorities described in previous columns, namely, to encourage statistical communication and networking, to increase the public voice of statistics, and to develop statistical capacity.

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Growing, Collaborating and Empowering

The first two ISI strategic priorities were discussed in February and March. Statistical Communication and Networking and increasing the Public Voice of Statistics. The focus of my comments this month are on Developing Statistical Capacity.

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Projecting Our Voice

Increasing the Public Voice of Statistics, the second of ISI strategic priorities, is the focus of my comments this month. Be warned that there are homework assignments embedded in this column.

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Continuing Strong in 2021

I decided to review my January 2020 President’s message before writing this message. That message reflected an excitement about the preparation for upcoming in-person conferences. We planned and, ultimately, the coronavirus causing COVID-19 laughed.

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2020 in Review; 2021+ in Preview

2020: A year for the record books

As long as you wear a mask, spend less than 15 minutes reading this message and wash your hands after then you shouldn’t have to worry about COVID-19 exposure here.

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Gratitude

November is the month when Thanksgiving is celebrated in the United States. It is a day often characterized by gatherings of family and friends. This year is different. Many families will have remote, virtual meals together as part of efforts to control the continuing spread of COVID-19. Virtual gatherings of families are natural given how much of our paid work and volunteer work is being done virtually as well. While there may be disappointment with not being together, reasons to be thankful remain. I decided to focus my message this month on my gratitude for the work of ISI members and staff.

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What do you get for someone on World Statistics Day?

You know who is being honored on birthdays, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and even Labor Day. But who is being recognized and celebrated on World Statistics Day (WSD)? The simple and easy answer is the profession and practice of statistics. The WSD website, worldstatisticsday.org, describes this year’s theme: Connecting the world with data we can trust.

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Purposeful participating presence

Planning for the virtual World Statistics Congress 2021 continues. The final testing of the online submission system is occurring now. While I participated in multiple online conferences this summer, I recently had the pleasure of meeting (online!) with organizers of the Bernoulli-IMS One World Conference, Siva Athreya, Leif Döring (chair), Andreas Kyprianou, Jean-Christophe Mourrat, Christian Robert.

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Purposeful participating presence