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Professionalism - What Is It, and Why Is It Important? A Conversation with Students
03 April 2014
327 Thomas Bldg.
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In this discussion, I will define professionalism and discuss its importance in a statistical career, regardless of the sector - academe, government or industry - a statistician works in. I will also address statistical collaboration from the perspective of a biostatistician. I will consider the role professional societies play in one's career and, more broadly, in the scientific community. Finally, I will provide advice for success in graduate school and discuss the job interview process. Questions and comments will be welcomed throughout this informal presentation.

Sally C. Morton is Professor and Chair of the Department of Biostatistics, and Director of the Comparative Effectiveness Research Core at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to joining the University, she was Head of the RAND Statistics Group, and Vice President for Statistics and Epidemiology at RTI International. Her research focuses on the use of statistics in evidence synthesis, particularly meta-analysis, observational study standards, and strength of evidence. She serves as the statistical expert to the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Methodology Committee, and was the 2009 president of the American Statistical Association (ASA). Dr. Morton received a PhD in statistics from Stanford University.