American Statistical Association Seeks Nominations for 2009 Excellence in Statistical Reporting Award

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The American Statistical Association (ASA) is seeking nominations for its annual Excellence in Statistical Reporting Award (ESRA). Nominations for the 2009 award are due by April 15. The ESRA award recognizes members of the communications media who have best displayed an informed interest in the science of statistics and its role in public life. The award can be given for a single statistical article or for a body of work. The nomination form may be downloaded from the ASA web site at the link below: https://www.amstat.org/careers/pdfs/ExcellenceinStatisticalReportingAwardNominationForm.doc

The American Statistical Association (ASA) is seeking nominations for its annual Excellence in Statistical Reporting Award (ESRA). Nominations for the 2009 award are due by April 15. The winner will be announced in August 2009.

The ESRA was created in 2004 to encourage and recognize members of the communications media who have best displayed an informed interest in the science of statistics and its role in public life. The award can be given for a single statistical article or for a body of work. In selecting the recipient, consideration is given to:

  • Correctness, clarity, fairness, brevity, and professionalism of the communication
  • Importance, relevance and overall effectiveness in impacting the intended audience
  • Impact on the growth and national or regional exposure of statistics
  • Appreciation and emphasis of the statistical aspects of a particular issue or event
  • Excellent coverage of research on statistics or statistical issues

The award is a traveling cup that resides with the winner until the next winner is selected. If the winner is unable to take responsibility for the cup, the ASA will display the award at its Alexandria headquarters.

Submitting a nomination
Nominations may be made by editors, writers themselves, fellow writers, ASA members, statisticians and scientists. A nomination form, nominating letter and supporting documents are required for each nominee. The nominating letter should provide a detailed statement of the nominee's contributions to outstanding, innovative, and influential communications on statistics and the reasons for the nomination. Include copies (articles, books, videos) of the contributions of the nominee that serve as the basis of the nomination.

The nomination form may be downloaded from the ASA web site at the link below:
https://www.amstat.org/careers/pdfs/ExcellenceinStatisticalReportingAwardNominationForm.doc
All documents should be mailed to Pamela Craven, American Statistical Association, 732 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.

Former winners
Former winners of the award include: Mark Buchanan, New York Times, 2008; John Berry, Bloomberg News, 2005; and Gina Kolata, New York Times, 2004.

About the American Statistical Association
The American Statistical Association (ASA), a scientific and educational society founded in Boston in 1839, is the second oldest continuously operating professional society in the United States. For more than 160 years, ASA has been providing its 18,000 members serving in academia, government, and industry and the public with up-to-date, useful information about statistics. The ASA has a proud tradition of service to statisticians, quantitative scientists, and users of statistics across a wealth of academic areas and applications. For additional information about the American Statistical Association, please visit the association's web site at http://www.amstat.org or call 703.684.1221.

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