NISS Virtual 3rd Government Career Fair!

Friday, May 22, 2020 12-1 pm (ET)

[Please Note: This event has already occurred.  Go to the News Story to read about what happened and to access a recording and speaker slides.]

Government institutions have a unique mission when it comes to the data they collect as well as the importance of the research they engage in - especially when it comes to informing policy issues that surround health issues, disease prevention, and health research. 

This event is the seventh in a series of Virtual Career Fairs that NISS is hosting for NISS Affiliates.  This session features opportunities for statisticians/data scientists in three government organizations.  Senior statisticians from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), the United States Energy Information Administration (EIA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) will be on hand to provide attendees with an inside look at the research that statisticians in these organizations get involved in and career opportunities for you to consider!


Each presenter will have 15 minutes to address the following general topics:

  1. What are the job opportunities for statisticians/data scientists/analysts in your organization?
  2. Describe the range of skills statisticians/data scientists/analysts need to succeed in your organization?
  3. What is the career path for statisticians/data scientists/analysts in your organization?
  4. Is your organization currently hiring statisticians/data scientists/analysts?
  5. What advice would you give to students based on your experience?

Please Note: Attendance at all career fairs is restricted to NISS affiliates only. You can check to see if your institution is a NISS Affiliate on the List of Affiliates NISS web page.

Intended Audience

Students/Faculty (at all levels) from NISS Affiliate Institutions who may be interested in career opportunities in government agencies either now or in the future. The career fair may also be of interest to those who are considering a career change to work in the government.

Registration Process

To register for the virtual career fair, your organization needs to be a NISS affiliate. Please check the list of NISS affiliates to see if your organization is a NISS affiliate. If you qualify to register, please use your .edu, .gov or .com email address when registering.

While the live event is limited to NISS affiliates, NISS will subsequently make video recordings from the fair available to the public at its website ( under Events -> Meet-up Recordings at a later date.

The Career Fair will be conducted using Zoom.   REGISTER TODAY!  


The program for this virtual career fair will be organized as follows:

12:00-12:05         Opening remarks

Nathan Cruze, Mathematical Statistician, USDA NASS Research and Development Division

12:05-12:20         Dean Follman from the (NIH / NIAID)

12:20-12:35         Greg Lawson from the (EIA)

12:35-12:50         Jennifer Parker from the (CDC)

12:50-13:00         Q&A

Moderated by Nathan Cruze

About the Presenters

Nathan Cruze (moderator) is a mathematical statistician in the Research and Development Division at USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) where he has served since 2013.  His recent work with NISS researchers and academic collaborators has focused on small area estimation and developing models in support of some of NASS’s crop and economic survey programs.  He holds masters degrees in economics and statistics.  Nathan received a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary programs from Ohio State University in 2013.  His dissertation work in the study of economic and environmental impacts of alternative transportation fuels was co-directed by faculty from disciplines of statistics, chemical engineering, and environmental economics.

Dr. Dean Follmann is Chief of the Biostatistics Research Branch at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a role he has held for the past 16 years.  He has authored or co-authored more than 250 peer-reviewed research articles and received numerous awards, including the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service, the Best Paper in Biometrics 2009, and is an elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association in 2003.  He serves on committees and advisory boards for the US Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health, and academic departments.     Current research interests focus on statistical methods related to vaccinology.

Greg Lawson has been with the U.S. Energy Information Administration for four years, where he works as an operations research analyst primarily studying residential energy consumption, and he has also spent time studying wholesale electricity markets.  Prior to joining EIA, Greg was at Thomson Reuters studying and modeling wholesale electricity markets, and before that he was in academia researching atmospheric science, methods of state estimation, and predictability in nonlinear dynamic systems.  He even spent time as a research scientist studying the weather and climate on Mars.  

Jennifer Parker is the Director of the Division of Research and Methodology at the National Center for Health Statistics.  Her research interests concern relating socioeconomic status, air pollution, and birth weight of infants. Jennifer completed her Ph.D. in biostatistics at the University of California, Berkeley, and did postdoctoral research at the University of California, San Francisco.  She also holds a position as adjunct research professor in the Department of Applied Environmental Health of the University of Maryland School of Public Health.  Jennifer has served as the president of the Caucus for Women in Statistics in 2010 has also been elected as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association in 2017.


Previous Virtual Career Fairs

The following Career Fairs have already taken place.  Follow the link to review the advice from senior statisticians in a wide array of sectors!

April 23, 2020 "Academic Career Paths Explored During NISS Career Fair

March 11, 2020 "Career Paths Highlighted in Three Health Related Government Agencies"

February 19, 2020 "Advice and Insights Offered During Third NISS Industry Career Fair"

January 8, 2020 -"NISS Government Career Fair Outlines Opportunities for Statisticians!"

December 6, 2019 - "Opportunities in Banking & Marketing Sectors Highlighted in Virtual Career Fair"

September 26, 2019 - "NISS Virtual Career Fair for NISS Affiliates"

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Moderator: Nathan Cruze (NASS) Speakers: (left to right) Dean Follmann (NIH/NIAID), Greg Lawson (EIA) and Jennifer Parker (CDC).