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WEBINAR: Statistical Excellence Award for Early Career Writing competition


The YSS and Significance Magazine hosted a webinar for early-career statisticians thinking of entering the RSS Statistical Excellence Award for Early Career Writing competition. A video of the webinar is below:


Hosted by Katie Fisher from YSS, and featuring presentations from:

Brian Tarran (Significance) – Overview of the writing competition, including guidance on the competition process, how to get started and what the judges will be looking for

Brian Tarran has been editor of Significance since June 2014. He is a journalist by training, having previously worked for local newspapers in East London and later as launch editor of the Market Research Society’s award-winning Impact Magazine.

Robert Matthews (Significance) – Hints and tips on writing engaging statistical articles

Robert Matthews is an award-winning journalist, statistician and member of the Significance editorial board. After reading physics at the University of Oxford, he began a dual career in journalism and academia. His media career included 17 years at The Times and the Sunday Telegraph as a specialist correspondent and columnist, and freelance work for publication in the UK and abroad. He is currently a columnist for The Sunday Times Magazine and The National newspaper in the Emirates. On the academic front, he is Visiting Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Aston University, where his interests include probability and Bayesian inference. In 2016 he also published “Chancing It”, a popular-level book on probability and statistics.

Previous competition finalists, Jonathan Auerbach and Sam Tyner, providing insight into their competition experiences

Jonathan Auerbach is a PhD student in the Statistics Department at Columbia University. Previously he was a research associate at the Center for Urban Research in the City University of New York. His interests include urban politics, public policy, open data and statistical methodology. Jonathan won our 2014 writing competition for his article, “Does New York City really have as many rats as people?”.

Sam Tyner earned her PhD in Statistics from Iowa State University in December 2017. She is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence at ISU, focusing on education, outreach, and computing. Her other research interests outside of forensics include statistical graphics and social network analysis & visualization. She is also the co-founder and co-organizer of the Ames chapter of R-Ladies. Sam was a finalist in our 2015 competition with her article, “The joy of clustering”.



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