increase not only its own output, but the quality and relevance of U.S. academic statistical research.
For the direct development of the SED staff, increased flexibility, support, and opportunity for visits by SED personnel to academic and non-academic institutions to establish long-term collaboration would be beneficial. So also would increased funding opportunities and support for participation in conferences and other professional statistical activities. The latter is important not only for the development of existing staff, but also to make the division attractive to the best new potential hires.
Opportunities for the Future
Overall, the situation in the SED is quite healthy. Important and fascinating opportunities outstrip the division’s present physical ability to respond. There is much important work going on within the ITL that could genuinely benefit from increased SED involvement and collaboration. If the small group in Boulder were larger, there would be the opportunity to collaborate with scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. More could be done in the way of participation on editorial boards and the organization of sessions (at both statistical and metrological meetings). More could also be done to raise the SED profile in the statistics community. The division has access to some of the most interesting statistical problems in the world, and it does some of the most interesting physical-science-related work in the world. Statisticians broadly should know more about opportunities and the work at NIST.