Os ex-alunos de mestrado, Thiago Guerrera Martins e João Batista de Morais Pereira, tiveram suas dissertações classificadas, respectivamente, em 1.º e 2.º lugar no concurso de melhor dissertação de mestrado no 19.º SINAPE. Os orientadores foram Dani Gamerman e Alexandra Mello Schmidt, respectivamente. Maiores detalhes sobre os trabalhos do Thiago e do João (inclusive para download dos textos premiados) podem ser obtidos na página do Programa de Pós-graduação em Estatística.
Os professores Carlos Antonio Abanto-Valle, Leandro Pinto Rodrigues Pimentel e Marina Silva Paez terão bolsas de pesquisa por período de 3 anos a partir de março de 2010. Assim, o DME passa a contar com 9 bolsistas de pesquisa do CNPq em seu quadro permanente, ou seja, 40% de seus membros efetivos. Considerando apenas os docentes DE, essa proporção sobe para 47%. E todos têm suas bolsas no Comitê de Matemática, na área de Probabilidade/Estatística.
MESSAGE ON WORLD STATISTICS DAY
20 October 2010
Today marks the first observance of World Statistics Day, proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly to recognize the importance of statistics in shaping our societies.
Statistics permeate modern life. They are the basis for many governmental, business and community decisions. They provide information and insight about the trends and forces that affect our lives. Collected in surveys and censuses – three billion people will participate in population and housing censuses this year alone – statistics affect the planning of schools, hospitals, roads and much else.
Statistics are a vital tool for economic and social development, including our efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. For development to succeed, we need data collection and statistical analysis of poverty levels, access to education and the incidence of disease. Statistics are a central consideration in justifying almost every aspect of budgets and programmes that enable hungry children to be fed or that provide shelter and emergency health care for victims of natural disasters.
The United Nations Statistical Commission, established in 1947, has created international methodological standards and guidelines in virtually every area of statistics. It has played a key role in helping governments strengthen their statistical reporting, making data more available and comparable across countries and regions than ever before.
I commend the dedication that many statistical experts bring to their reports and publications . They carry out an essential public service -- one that promotes peace and democracy by giving citizens reliable and impartial public information about their communities. Their core values -- service, integrity and professionalism -- deserve full support in all nations.
However, as in so many other areas, developing countries often find themselves at a disadvantage, lacking funds to pay salaries, train staff and collect data. On this first World Statistics Day I encourage the international community to work with the United Nations to enable all countries to meet their statistical needs. Let us all acknowledge the crucial role of statistics in fulfilling our global mission of development and peace.
Secretary-General of the United Nations