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

Now that most National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) assessments and surveys are conducted using electronic modes, electronic data capture means that in addition to basic background information and final responses, data includes documentation of the process of responding. These process data comprise a time-stamped, click-by-click record of each student’s progress through the assessment or survey. To date these detailed process data have not been made available; however NCES is now preparing to establish a mechanism for release of process data for research purposes. The first panel was charged with making recommendations about how to minimize disclosure risks from such a data release. The second panel was asked to consider what data would be most useful to researchers, and how it should be preprocessed to allow a broad range of users able to use the data efficiently. 

Jeffrey Shaman (Columbia University) describes graphs of fitting and inference of the first wave of the virus in the US as part of his talk.
Dynamic models of infectious disease systems are often used to study the epidemiological characteristics of disease outbreaks, the ecological mechanisms and environmental conditions affecting transmission, and the suitability of various mitigation and intervention strategies.  In recent years these... more
Natalie Dean (University of Florida) reviews the criteria for determining if a vaccine is successful.
This was the eleventh meet-up co-sponsored by NISS and Merck and the first of 2021. The last meet-up in September of 2020 broached the same topic of how vaccines are developed with some emphasis on the current pandemic, but so much has changed since then. Now that a few vaccines have become... more
Adam Kucharski (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) demonstrates how epidemiologic models can help answer "What if" questions.
Epidemiologic models have played a key role during the COVID-19 pandemic, both in understanding how SARS-CoV-2 moves between people and through populations, predicts the spread of the pandemic and estimates the effects of different disease control measures. Over 350 people were in attendance as two... more
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George Mason University, Department of Statistics
The Department of Statistics within the Volgenau School of Engineering currently houses 20 full-time faculty. It offers a B.S. in...
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The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to...