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Noel Cressie visited Capitol Hill as part of the 7th annual Climate Science Day

12 May | 2017

On March 21, Distinguished Professor Noel Cressie visited Capitol Hill as part of the 7th annual Climate Science Day. Professor Cressie had the opportunity to discuss climate science issues with policy staff members of the Ohio Congressional delegation. “My pitch was to be a resource for them in matters of the environment and climate-change impacts, which I think is how we can make a real difference.”

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A new approach to relative risk regression

19 April | 2017

Associate Professor Robert Clark and Dr Margo Barr have recently published a paper in Statistical Methods in Medical Research which introduces a blended link approach to relative risk regression.

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Rigorous Inference for Social Network Models based on Egocentric Data, and its Implications for Epidemiology of HIV

10 April | 2017

What to do when you want to understand disease spread over a social network… but you can’t actually observe the network?

NIASRA member Dr. Krivitsky has recently published a paper in Annals of Applied Statistics describing an approach for fitting whole-network models to egocentrically-sampled data: data where the researchers can only observe limited information about a small sample of individuals and non-identifying information about their partners. This facilitates simulation of what the whole network might look like, and how it might mediate the spread of disease.

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Workshop: Frontiers in Social Statistics Methodology

17 February | 2017

The National Institute for Applied Statistics Research Australia (NIASRA) of the University of Wollongong presented a one-day workshop on emerging topics in quantitative social and health research methodology, consisting of nine talks covering an array of recent developments and trends in social statistical analysis and design.

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Dr Andrew Zammit-Mangion on Global Challenges Program funded travel to the University of Bristol, UK

26 January | 2017

On 27 January 2017, Dr Zammit-Mangion will travel to the University of Bristol, UK for a month. The visit is part of an ongoing collaboration between the University of Wollongong, the University of Bristol, and the University of Melbourne, for developing statistical methods for establishing the sources and sinks of carbon dioxide from satellite data. The travel is partially funded by the Global Challenges Program at the University of Wollongong.

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Number cruncher puts R&D on the fast track

25 January | 2017

University of Wollongong researcher and former honours student Daniel Tolhurst’s move into medical mathematics is helping to revolutionise the quality testing of Australian Prime Hard wheat and could one day expand the areas in which it can be grown.

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Dr Sandy Burden has been awarded an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellowship for 2017 - 2019

25 January | 2017

Her research aims to develop statistical tools to improve prediction of environmental exceedances (locations where the environmental process of interest exceeds a given threshold). It is motivated by the compelling need to predict the effect of changing greenhouse gas concentrations on Earth's atmosphere for political, social and economic decision making.

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PhD Scholarship position available in NIASRA

20 January | 2017

A PhD Scholarship position is available in NIASRA at the School of Mathematics and Applied Statistics (SMAS) at the University of Wollongong, to work in the area of statistical modelling for spatial environmental processes. The UOW scholarship is for three (3) years full-time, with a top-up scholarship available for outstanding candidates.

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Dr. Pavel Krivitsky of NIASRA invited to Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences Workshop on Dynamic Networks

12-16 December | 2016

The Isaac Newton Institute at Cambridge University hosts themed programmes on mathematics and mathematical sciences with a wide range of application. As a part of their series on social network analysis, Dr. Krivitsky was invited to present at a workshop on dynamic networks --- networks that evolve over time.

Dr. Krivitsky spoke about what to do when you don’t get to observe the network directly, but rather from the point of view of just each individual in the network. Is statistical inference for whole network models even possible? It turns out that for exponential-family random graph models, it is.

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Australian Network Scientists Network in Australia

16-17 November | 2016

A 2-day inaugural Australian Social Network Analysis Conference took place at Swinburne University in Hawthorn. How do you test if a friend of a friend is a friend in a social network? It turns out that different people having different propensities to have friends can look like that, even if there is no pressure to close a friendship triad. Dr. Pavel Krivitsky gave a presentation comparing different approaches for accounting for individual heterogeneity when modelling friend-of-a-friend effects in social networks.

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NIASRA at the Australian Statistical Conference 2016

19 December | 2016

NISARA staff members made a significant contribution to the scientific programme at the Australian Statistical Conference organised by the Statistical Society of Australia in Canberra during 5 to 9 December 2016.

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Vice Chancellor’s Award for Chris Skinner

16 December | 2016

Chris Skinner, Professor of Statistics at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), has been successful in obtaining a Vice Chancellor’s Visiting International Scholar Award. This will enable Chris to visit NIASRA from 16 January to 23 March 2017.

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J. B. Douglas Awards Day

28 November | 2016

The NSW branch of the Statistical Society of Australia (SSAI) held the 17th Annual J.B. Douglas Awards on Wednesday 23rd November 2016 at UTS.

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We are recruiting a Lecturer in Statistics (Level B) position

25 November | 2016

The successful person will carry out teaching, research, governance and community outreach/professional service duties consistent with a Lecturer Level B position. They should have research experience in field(s) of statistics, with priority being given to candidates with research strength in application to real world problems, in particular applications of genomics to plant breeding of relevance to the grains industry. People with research focus is in this area and/or biometrics, with demonstrated potential to collaborate with other research active staff in the Centre for Bioinformatics and Biometrics (CBB) and collaborators of CBB and SMAS are encouraged to apply.

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Conference on Privacy in Statistical Databases

1 November | 2016

During 14-16 September 2016, PSD2016 (Privacy in Statistical Databases 2016) conference was held in Dubrovnik, Croatia. During the Conference NIASRA PhD student Yue Ma presented a paper “A New Algorithm for Protecting Aggregate Business Microdata via a Remote System” jointly authored with his supervisor Yan-Xia Lin, and James Chipperfield, John Newman and Victoria Leaver from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

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Contemporary Theory and Practice of Survey Sampling: A Celebration of Research Contributions of J. N. K. Rao

1 November | 2016

The Research Institute of Big Data at Yunnan University is pleased to announce that it is hosting a conference celebrating Professor Rao's research contributions. The conference will feature talks by some of the most prominent researchers from the world in survey sampling and official statistics, including NIASRA's Ray Chambers.

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Changing the way health surveys are conducted in Australia

17 October | 2016

Margo Barr considered ongoing health surveys from a quality perspective in her recently completed PhD undertaken under the supervision of Professor David Steel in NIASRA. Margo found that the diminishing coverage of landline phone frames was affecting the accuracy of the estimates from land-line only phone surveys.

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Brian Cullis elected to the International Biometric Society Executive Board

1 September | 2016

Professor Brian Cullis has been elected to the International Biometric Society Executive Board as a Director from the Asia/Australasia area, for a four-year term starting 1 January 2017.

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IBS-AR Student Scholarships

29 August | 2016

To help attract enthusiastic and talented students to career paths in biometrics, the International Biometric Society Australasian Region (IBS-AR) offers scholarships for suitably qualified students who intend to undertake a fourth or honours year of study, or a coursework Masters, in statistics, mathematical statistics, bio-statistics, bioinformatics or biometrics.

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Professor Noel Cressie will be delivering the Barnett Lecture at RSS 2016 this September

19 April | 2016

Distinguished Professor Noel Cressie will be delivering the Barnett Lecture at the RSS 2016 Conference in Manchester this September. The Barnett Award this year was awarded to Professor Cressie in recognition of his work advancing fundamental methodology and his applications of statistical methods to address a diverse array of issues in the environmental sciences.

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Dr Emi Tanaka will be giving a talk at University of NSW, 13th May 2016

19 April | 2016

Dr Emi Tanaka from CBB, NIASRA will be giving a talk on "Analysis of crop breeding trials using linear mixed models" at the Statistics Seminar series at School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of NSW on Friday 13th May 2016.

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Australasian Applied Statistics Conference 2016

19 April | 2016

The Australasian Applied Statistics Conference is an excellent opportunity to liaise with fellow statisticians within the agricultural, biological and environmental sciences and to keep abreast of the most recent developments in statistics within this context.

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Wilcoxon Award for Best Applications Paper

18 March | 2016

The paper “Spatio-Temporal Data Fusion for Very Large Remote Sensing Datasets” by Hai Nguyen, Matthias Katzfuss, Noel Cressie & Amy Braverman received the 2015 Wilcoxon Award for best practical application paper appearing the 2014 issues of Technometrics.

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NIASRA academic elected as president of Statistical Society of Australia Canberra branch

24 February | 2016

Robert Clark is halfway through a two-year term as President of the Canberra Branch of the Statistical Society of Australia (SSAI). The Society exists to further the study, application and good practice of statistical theory and methods in all branches of learning and enterprise.

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Associate Professor Robert Clark of NIASRA invited to Environmental Statistics Symposium in Tokyo

24 February | 2016

The Institute of Statistical Mathematics (ISM) is a national research institute focussing on the theory and applications of statistics and data science. The Institute is located in Tachikawa, Tokyo.

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