New York Times Graphics Editor Amanda Cox Wins ASA 2012 Excellence in Statistical Reporting Award

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Amanda Cox, a graphics editor for the New York Times, has been named the recipient of the 2012 Excellence in Statistical Reporting Award (ESRA) of the American Statistical Association (ASA). The award will be presented at the Joint Statistical Meetings in San Diego on July 31.

Amanda Cox

Amanda Cox, a graphics editor for the New York Times, has been named the recipient of the 2012 Excellence in Statistical Reporting Award (ESRA) of the American Statistical Association (ASA).

ASA’s ESRA Committee selected Cox for her outstanding contribution to the profession of statistics and her dedication to the discipline,” said Morteza Marzjarani, committee chair, citing one piece of her work – Curves of Interestingness – as representative of the quality of her work; it can be viewed at

Cox joined the graphics staff of the New York Times in 2005, after graduating from the University of Washington with a master’s degree in statistics. One piece of her work, “The Pulse of Uncertainty,” was commended by Edward Tufte in a blog on his web site in 2008 in this way: “It integrates traditional news reporting with high-resolution (sparkline-like) graphics, and makes no distinction among words, numbers, graphics--the idea is whatever it takes to explain something.”

The award will be presented at the 2012 Joint Statistical Meetings in San Diego, California, on July 31. Previous winners of the ESRA include Felix Salmon, Reuters blogger; Sharon Begley, Newsweek magazine; Mark Buchanan, freelance science writer; Gina Kolata, New York Times; and John Berry, Bloomberg News.

The ESRA was created 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

About the Joint Statistical Meetings
JSM, which has been held annually since 1974, is conducted jointly with the American Statistical Association (ASA), the International Biometric Society (ENAR and WNAR), the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS), the Statistical Society of Canada (SSC), the International Chinese Statistical Association, and the International Indian Statistical Association. JSM activities include oral presentations, panel sessions, poster presentations, continuing education courses, exhibit hall (with state-of-the-art statistical products and opportunities), career placement service, society and section business meetings, committee meetings, social activities, and networking opportunities. JSM 2013 will be held in Montreal, Canada, and JSM 2014 will be held in Boston, where ASA had its beginnings in 1839. Complete information about JSM can be found at

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 170 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 or call 703.684.1221.


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