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ASA Twin Cities Chapter

Welcome to the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Statistical Association. We aim to support and promote the field of Statistics in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area and surrounding region by connecting academic and industrial statisticians both to each other and to national ASA initiatives. Our membership includes statisticians from the University of Minnesota, Mayo Clinic, Medtronic, and other local colleges, universities, and companies.

Chapter Events

The Twin Cities ASA Chapter sponsors several events throughout the year. If your organization is interested in hosting a local ASA event, please contact us.

Upcoming Events:

Spring Meeting

Click here for a preliminary flyer for the event!

The spring meeting for the chapter will be held at Downtown Minneapolis at the Pizza Luce 2nd Avenue Banquet Room on Monday, April 16th starting at 5:30pm.

We are looking for students who are interested in giving a short (15-20 minute) presentation about their research at our annual spring meeting. Please consider submitting an abstract of at most 300 words for this opportunity. Presentations will take place from 6:30-7:30pm followed by networking!

Students who submit an abstract will by reimbursed for the ticket price, and those who are chosen to present will also receive $100.

There will be free appetizers as well as a cash bar and full dinner menu. This event is a wonderful networking opportunity as attendees will include faculty, students, and industry professionals from the surrounding area.

Please e-mail your abstract (300 word maximum) to the chapter by 11:59pm on March 9th.

The Chapter has traditionally sponsored seminars held at the University of St. Thomas and the University of Minnesota. Periodically, the Chapter holds additional events to connect local statisticians. Become a member today and keep up to date on:

Past Events

    First Meeting of APS (Applied Probability and Statistics) Seminar, Friday, October 14 from 3-4pm

    Location: UST St. Paul Campus (OSS 227)
    Sports Analytics Challenge: Kevin Church (Analyze This!), Randy Istre (Inside Edge), Glenn Trygstad (MinneAnalytics), and Ashley Stadler Blank (OCB UST)

  • Monday, October 3, 2016, 8:30am - 4:30pm

    Our Second Annual Fall Research Meeting was held on October 3, 2016 at the Medtronic Campus in Mounds View, MN. Over 150 chapter members attended the meeting, which featured a short course, three invited talks, and a very successful poster session.

    Meeting links: [Undergraduate Posters] [Graduate Posters] [Meeting Flier][Meeting Summary]

    Speakers and Events:

    Short course by Dr. Dong Xi, Novartis: "Graphical Approaches to Multiple Testing"

    Invited Talks:

    Alicia Johnson, Macalester College: "Being Bayesian: Perspectives from a Researcher, Educator, and Human"

    Julian Wolfson, University of Minnesota Division of Biostatistics: "Statistical Analysis of Wearable Sensor Data"

    Aaron Rendahl, University of Minnesota School of Statistics: "Stories and Lessons from a University Consulting Center"

    60th ASQ/ASA Fall Technical Conference. Oct 6-7, 2016 in Minneapolis, MN

    The 60th ASQ/ASA Fall Technical Conference was held in Minneapolis, MN, October 6-7, 2016. The theme of the conference was “Statistics & Quality: Twin Pillars of Excellence”. The program committee put together an outstanding group of sessions including topics about design of experiments, statistical process control, big data, modeling and simulation. Friday concluded with a SPES special session on “Leadership Perspectives”.

  • Outreach: Second time at the Career Exploration Fair in Elk River
  • Several members of the Twin Cities Chapter volunteered their time on February 27th, 2016 to talk with high schoolers about potential careers in statistics at a career fair in Elk River, Minnesota. Read about it in the AmStat News!

  • Seminar: Jim Bridgeman, University of Connecticut
  • Friday, April 15, 2016, 3:00pm, St. Thomas OWS 257

    A Dual Version of Asset Liability Risk Modeling

  • Seminar: Gang Cheng, Travelers Insurance
  • Friday, December 11, 2015, 3:00 pm, St. Thomas OWS 250

    Rise of the Machines: Generalized Linear Models in the Property & Casualty Insurance Industry

  • Seminar: Panel Discussion
  • Friday, November 13, 2015, 3:00 pm, St. Thomas OSS 227

    A New Look at the Gambler's and Hot Hand Fallacies

  • Friday, October 30, 2015, 9:30am - 5:00 pm

    Our First Annual Fall Research Meeting was held on October 30, 2015 at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Over 160 chapter members attended the meeting, which featured an ASA traveling short course, three invited talks, and a very successful poster session. Congratulations to our outstanding poster presentation winners: Mark Ruprecht of the University of Minnesota in the undergraduate competition, and Cynthia Basu of the University of Minnesota Division of Biostatistics in the graduate student competition. Poster winners received $100 from the chapter.

    Meeting links: [Scientific Program] [Schedule] [Meeting Flier] [Closing Slides] [AmStat News article]

    Speakers and Events:

    ASA Traveling Course by Brad Carlin, University of Minnesota Division of Biostatistics: "Bayesian Methods and Computing for Evidence Synthesis and Network Meta-Analysis"

    Invited Talks:

    R. Dennis Cook, University of Minnesota School of Statistics: "Envelopes: Methods for Improving Efficiency in Multivariate Statistics"

    Daniel J. Schaid, Mayo Clinic Division of Biostatistics: "Multivariate Analysis in Genetic Studies: Pleiotropy, Causal Modeling, and Disentangling Statistical Confusion"

    Ted Lystig, Medtronic Director of Corporate Biostatistics: "Design Considerations and Alternatives for Clinical Trials of Medical Devices"

  • Seminar: Arkady Shemyakin, UST (with Natalia Kravchenko, Novosibirsk State University and Vasilisa E. Ovsyannikova, ASEF)
  • Friday, October 16, 2015, 3:00 pm, St. Thomas OSS 227

    How Did I Spend My Summer? Teaching Statistics in Russia or a Tale of Three Cities

  • UST Student Capstone Projects
  • Friday, May 15, 2015, 3:00 pm, St. Thomas OSS 227

    David Brateng, Shannon Currier, Michelle Reif

  • Seminar: UST Student Capstone Projects
  • Friday, May 8, 2015, 3:00 pm, St. Thomas OSS 227

    Jamie Boehme, Stephen Mayanja

  • Seminar: Stan Lipovetsky, GfK
  • Friday, April 10, 2015, 3:00 pm, St. Thomas OSS 227

    Construction and Comparison of Meaningful Regression Models

  • Seminar: Rick Lassow, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
  • Friday, March 20, 2015, 3:00 pm, St. Thomas OSS 227

    Health Status Based Risk Adjustment: Behind the Scenes of the Affordable Care Act

  • Outreach: Elk River Career Exploration Fair

  • On February 28, 2015, several Chapter members volunteered their time to inform high school students about Statistics careers at a career fair in Elk River. Over 100 students from local high schools attended and had the opportunity to meet Chapter members Brad Carlin and Julian Wolfson of the University of Minnesota's Division of Biostatistics, Louise Johnson of Quintiles, and Grant Weller of Savvysherpa. The Chapter members shared their experiences and offered advice to aspiring statisticians. Read about it in the AmStat News!

  • Seminar: John Kumerow, Nicole Lenz, Kelsie Sargent, Katie Wifvat (University of St. Thomas)

  • On February 20, 2015, several UST summarized their experiences at the joint mathematical meeting (AMS and MAA) at San Antonio, TX in January, 2015.

  • Seminar: Brad Carlin, Professor and Chair of Biostatistics, University of Minnesota School of Public Health

  • Professor Carlin spoke to the November 14, 2014 meeting of the Twin Cities ASA Chapter in a seminar held jointly with the University of St. Thomas' Applied Probability and Statistics seminar. After a brief introduction to Bayesian statistics and Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) sampling, Dr. Carlin discussed his recent work, "Bayesian network meta-analysis for multiple endpoints".

  • March 20, 2014: Two seminars on Statistics Education

  • Professor Milo Schield of Augsburg College presented "Two Big Ideas for Teaching Big Data", reflecting on the importance of causation and confounding especially in a world of data-driven decision making where the data is observational, and every association is "statistically significant." Dr. Michelle Everson of the University of Minnesota's Educational Psychology department then discussed lessons learned from her ten years of online statistics instruction.