International Year of Statistics: coming up soon!
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Did you know that next year will be the International Year of Statistics? Well, you probably didn’t! There is a site organizing the activities and listing the institutions that morally support the celebration. I’m happy to see my current work place listed there but at the same time concerned that the National Autonomous University of Mexico is not in it.
Maybe it’s not that surprising since there is no big Statistics department at UNAM. Googling I found a Department of Probability and Statistics listing 14 faculty members and it seems that it was last updated in 2007. Not looking good! There is a more recent site listing 3 staff members and it seems to be geared towards helping students. I did find a graduate program on Mathematical Sciences specializing in Applied Statistics and a short diploma course on Probability and Statistics. I think that most statisticians at UNAM work in institutes without Statistics in the name. I hope that there are plenty more out there!
There are several other Mexican institutions listed (just look at the participants list and search “Mexico” in your browser). Looking at the list highlights how vastly spread is the field. By that I mean that there are plenty of organizations across the world that teach it, and use it. I’m also happy to see that most of the activities (which are almost exclusively conferences) are not in the US. I’m sure that by 2013 there will be plenty more activities listed and hopefully some public outreach events.
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