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The ASA NYC Metro Area Chapter is involved in an emerging collaboration with ASA National, the ASA Section on Statistical Computing, and the NYC Office of Technology and Innovation (formerly known as the NYC Mayor's Office of Data Analytics). NYC Open Data is free public data published by city agencies and other partners. The chapter continues to help raise the awareness of NYC Open Data and its use. To learn more about NYC Open Data, visit Stay tuned for additional details and learn how you too can become involved with this wonderful and exciting opportunity.

Call for Proposals: The NYC Open Data Team at the Office of Technology and Innovation, BetaNYC and Data Through Design have published their call for proposals for NYC Open Data Week 2024, including BetaNYC's NYC School of Data and Data Through Design's Aftermath exhibition. They're looking for presentations, talks, workshops, demos, and data visualizations that celebrate open data and NYC. The deadline to submit a proposal for Open Data Week and School of Data is December 11. The deadline to submit a concept to Data Through Design was November 15. Learn more and submit at

NYC Open Data Week: March 16-24, 2024 | NYC School of Data: March 23, 2024 | Data Through Design (DxD) Exhibition: March 16-24, 2024


The Inaugural Statistical Innovation Community Summit, sponsored by the NYC Metro Area Chapter of the ASA and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, was a one-day hybrid workshop on Exploring the Opportunities and Challenges of Statistical Innovation in the Pharmaceutical Industry and Health Agencies. It was held Thursday, November 9, at Regeneron in Tarrytown, New York. The workshop was well-received and well-attended.

The keynote session, Maximizing the Impact of Innovative Statistical Methods in Partnership with Health Agencies, was chaired by Bret Musser (Regeneron), and the keynote speakers were John Scott (FDA), Jose Pinheiro (Johnson & Johnson), Ying Yuan (University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center), and Neal Thomas (Independent Consultant).


The inaugural Statistics and Large Language Models (LLMs) Workshop sponsored by the Columbia University Department of Statistics, ASA NYC Metro Area Chapter, and ASA Section on Text Analysis was the chapter's first in-person event since the pandemic and its first collaboration with an ASA Section. The workshop was on July 24 at Columbia University.

The invited speakers were Bob Carpenter (Flatiron Institute), Sachit Menon (Columbia University), Claudia Shi (Columbia University), Marjan Kamyab (IQVIA NLP), and Kaitlyn Whyte (IQVIA NLP). The moderator was Professor David Banks (Duke University), who also led an in-depth conversation about the roles of statistics in an era of LLMs, not only on the opportunities for statistical innovation, but also the potential risks. Presentation slides are available on the chapter's event page.

The scientific program committee was David Banks, Marcia Levenstein, Cynthia Scherer, Brandon Sepulvado, Tian Zheng, and Kelly H. Zou.

"Workshop Focuses on Role of Statistics in LLM Era" (David Banks, Duke University, Amstat News, 2 October 2023) | Amstat News (September 2023) AI Special Issue

CHAPTER CHATTER (Fall 2023) is a newsletter published by the ASA Council of Chapters and is a great way to find out what other chapters are doing. All chapters are encouraged to share what is going on with their chapter. The chapter has an article in the Fall 2023 and Spring 2023 issues. Chapter Chatter archive.

FACING THE DANGERS OF DATA ILLITERACY: The Data Science and Literacy Act of 2023 aims to boost data literacy and data science education across the USA. Members of the American Statistical Association's Scientific and Public Affairs Advisory Committee explain why this opportunity demands our attention.

Journal Article: "DSLA 2023: Facing the dangers of data illiteracy," Gregg M Gascon, Katherine K Wallman, Sridhar Ravula, Joseph Cappelleri, Julia Lee, Kristian Lum, Chaitra H Nagaraja, Sudeshna Paul, Dooti Roy, Edward Wu, DSLA 2023: Facing the dangers of data illiteracy, Significance, Volume 20, Issue 5, October 2023, Pages 26-29,

INTERNATIONAL CHINESE STATISTICAL ASSOCIATION PANEL DISCUSSES REAL-WORLD STATISTICS, DATA SCIENCE SKILLS: Panelists from Industry Offer Advice at the Chinese Statistical Association's 2023 Statistics Symposium. (Amstat News, 1 November 2023, pages 9-11.)

COPSS AWARD WINNERS honored at 2023 JSM. "Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies Honors Top Statisticians" (Maya Sternberg, COPSS Secretary/Treasurer, Amstat News, 2 October 2023).

ASA JSM 2023 PLENARY VIDEOS are now available. These include the ASA President's Invited Address, Deming Lecture, ASA President's Address & Awards, and COPSS Distinguished Achievement Award and Lectureship.

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ASA Giving Day kicks off November 17, 2023. This is a time when we all come together as a community to support the future of statistics and data science.

The NYC Metro Area Chapter needs your help for us to win the 2023 Chapter Challenge contest for our region. You can participate in Chapter Challenge by filling in the chapter's name when donating. It is the number of people that donate and not the size of the donation that matters in this contest. Each donation equals one chance to win. Thank you and please consider participating in this effort by donating.

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