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TIES News September 2014


Environmetrics 25th Year

The International Environmetrics Society's (TIES) journal, Environmetrics, is now in its 25th year of operation, and editorial activity continues apace. As many readers know, the journal began in 1990 as a response to the growing need for modern quantitative methods to help us understand environmental problems. Founding Editors A.H. El-Shaarawi and I.B. MacNeill responded with gusto: issue 1 of volume 1 in 1990 contained an extensive suite of articles from the First International Conference on Statistical Methods for the Environmental Sciences, held 4-7 April 1989, in Cairo, Egypt. Professor J. Stuart Hunter, an early adopter and supporter of the term 'environmetrics,' gave the Keynote Address, which became the journal’s first article (doi: 10.1002/env.3170010102). Professor Hunter discussed the blending of physical, chemical, and biological/health sciences that environmetrics represents; the growing interchange, still underway, of quantitative information on the environment; the need to apply the inferential arts of statistics to the consequent deluge of data, also still underway; and even scripture (Proverbs 11:1). The article is worth reading as much today as it was in 1990


To celebrate this quarter-century of growth and advancement, the 25th volume will culminate at year's end with a Special Celebratory Issue, collecting together a variety of perspectives on the past, present, and future of environmetrics as an endeavor.


TIES Conferences in 2014 and 2015 

TIES2014 in Guangzhou in China, 15-18th December. We have joined forces with the Chinese Society of Environmental and Resources Statistics in organizing this meeting. We are very proud that TIES and a number of its committed members have helped establish this society – particularly through TIES’ first meeting in Beijing, China, in 2005 (organized by Ray Correll and Quanxi Shao). Note our Abdel-El Shaarawi Award nominations are currently open (please spread the word!) http://www.environmetrics.org/


TIES2015 is being planned for Australia (most likely at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane). This will be the 25th annual meeting of TIES – so we will be ensuring some memorable celebrations! Please send any ideas regarding the 25th celebrations, invited sessions, you would like to organize, or ideas for short courses to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Statistical Society of Australia's International Travel Grant

The Statistical Society of Australia has established an International Travel Grant to assist a candidate from a developing country to attend the Young Statisticians Conference for the Statistical Society of Australia (5-6 February 2015). This Grant will provide the successful candidate AU$2000 in order to support their attendance at the conference, the remaining costs involved in this visit will need to be provided by the candidate (or other sources available to the candidate, such as the candidate’s workplace). To be eligible for this award, each candidate must be currently enrolled as a PhD student in a local or foreign institution. For more information about the travel grant and how to submit an application, please visit the SSAI website at http://www.statsoc.org.au/international-travel-grant. Please note that applications are due in on the 5th of October 2014.


TIES President's Move from Industry to Academia

Dr. Bronwyn Harch, President of TIES, has accepted a newly created role at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) as Professor and Deputy Director - Research for the Institute for Future Environments and Assistant Dean of the Science and Engineering Faculty. This role will allow Bronwyn to make connections across the broader Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines and to industry and government dimensions, which she is so passionate about – essentially catalysing research outcomes "for the real world". Congratulations to Bronwyn on this exciting new opportunity!

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