Case Study


With environmental statistics becoming more visible in the news, it has become more politicized, which makes it harder for the public to both understand and interpret all the different results that are being published. NISS provided a multi-disciplinary team that would act as a non-biased, third party analyzing the data to help the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with its complex datasets and models.

Research Project

Integrity, Independence and Innovation:  The Future of NCES report

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) charged this Expert Panel to review NCES progress and changes over the decades since the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) issued its report on NCES, “Creating a center for education statistics: A time for action,” in 1986, and to consider challenges and priorities for the future. The National Institute of Statistical Sciences (NISS) assembled a panel consisting of academic, government, and private-sector experts from the fields of statistics and of education. Panelists were chosen because of their experience as both users and providers of education data, and their understanding of federal statistical operations, purposes, policies, and constraints. The Expert Panel drew on materials assembled from public sources, including federal directives, NCES documentation, presentations by NCES administrators and senior staff, and summaries of interviews NISS conducted with NCES personnel from the level of team leader to Commissioner. 

Dr. Karen Messer, UC San Diego
On October 31st, 2019 NISS Academic Affiliates committee hosted a webinar geared primarily towards faculty researchers that are in the process of or have been thinking about writing a grant. Grants provide you with the opportunity to extend your line of research, collaborate with other scientists... more
NISS Associate Director Lingzhou Xue receives Bernoulli Society New Researcher Award
Each year the Bernoulli Society identifies from its members those who are active researchers of mathematical statistics. The main goal of the New Researcher Award is to recognize innovative research by new researchers.  This year, Dr. Lingzhou Xue, Assistant Director of NISS, was selected as one of... more
NISS Research Associate Lu Chen along with National Agriculture Statistic Services (NASS) colleague Irwin Anolik entered the U.S. Department of Agriculture's AgCensus Visualization Challenge an opportunity to explore AgCensus Data and create interactive visualizations. There were seventeen... more
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