With the start of the new year last Tuesday, it is now time to make resolutions and plans for the 12 months ahead. For scientists and especially for those who are involved in statistical matters, it will be a special one, since 2013 has been declared as the International Year of Statistics by the American Statistical Association, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, the International Biometric Society, the International Statistical Institute (and the Bernoulli Society), and the Royal Statistical Society. This year commemorates major events that were determinant for the evolution of Statistics. As mentioned on the International Statistics Institute website, “2013 will be the 300th anniversary of Ars Conjectandi, written by Jakob Bernoulli and considered a foundational work in probability… and the 250th anniversary of the first public presentation of Thomas Bayes’ famous work.”
One of the FreshBiostats initial aims is to promote amongst young researchers, and within our limits, this science that is a complete unknown for many people, but plays at the same time a very important role in many other more popular fields -like Biology or Medicine in the particular case of Biostatistics.
It is with great pleasure that we find as one of the main objectives of Statistics2013 “nurturing Statistics as a profession, especially among young people”, and makes us very proud to be one of the participating groups supporting this and other also important goals. Hopefully, this initiative will contribute to the exponential trend that has been noticed in the interest of students towards this topic (you can find graphical representations of Harvard´s stat concentration enrollment here).
We hope to make a significant contribution to this fantastic year, how will you take part in the celebration? Time is running out!!