Sorry, it has been really a long period of time since my last update. Forgive me but I haven't got anything new in academic so I don't want to waste your time.

Just now received an email from Yihui, and I'd like to forward and post it here. Pay attention if you are interested.

## John M. Chambers Statistical Software Award - 2011

Statistical Computing Section

American Statistical AssociationThe Statistical Computing Section of the American Statistical

Association announces the competition for the John M. Chambers

Statistical Software Award. In 1998 the Association for Computing

Machinery presented its Software System Award to John Chambers for the

design and development of S. Dr. Chambers generously donated his award

to the Statistical Computing Section to endow an annual prize for

statistical software written by an undergraduate or graduate student.

The prize carries with it a cash award of $1000, plus a substantial

allowance for travel to the annual Joint Statistical Meetings where

the award will be presented.Teams of up to 3 people can participate in the competition, with the

cash award being split among team members. The travel allowance will

be given to just one individual in the team, who will be presented the

award at JSM. To be eligible, the team must have designed and

implemented a piece of statistical software. The individual within

the team indicated to receive the travel allowance must have begun the

development while a student, and must either currently be a student,

or have completed all requirements for her/his last degree after

January 1, 2009. To apply for the award, teams must provide the

following materials:Current CV's of all team members.

A letter from a faculty mentor at the academic institution of the

individual indicated to receive the travel award. The letter

should confirm that the individual had substantial participation in

the development of the software, certify her/his student status

when the software began to be developed (and either the current

student status or the date of degree completion), and briefly

discuss the importance of the software to statistical practice.A brief, one to two page description of the software, summarizing

what it does, how it does it, and why it is an important

contribution. If the team member competing for the travel

allowance has continued developing the software after finishing

her/his studies, the description should indicate what was developed

when the individual was a student and what has been added since.An installable software package with its source code for use by the

award committee. It should be accompanied by enough information to allow

the judges to effectively use and evaluate the software (including

its design considerations.) This information can be provided in a

variety of ways, including but not limited to a user manual (paper

or electronic), a paper, a URL, and online help to the system.All materials must be in English. We prefer that electronic text be

submitted in Postscript or PDF. The entries will be judged on a

variety of dimensions, including the importance and relevance for

statistical practice of the tasks performed by the software, ease of

use, clarity of description, elegance and availability for use by the

statistical community. Preference will be given to those entries that

are grounded in software design rather than calculation. The decision

of the award committee is final.All application materials must be received by 5:00pm EST, Monday,

February 21, 2011 at the address below. The winner will be announced

in May and the award will be given at the 2011 Joint Statistical

Meetings.Information on the competition can also be accessed on the website of

the Statistical Computing Section (www.statcomputing.org or see the

ASA website, www.amstat.org for a pointer), including the names and

contributions of previous winners. Inquiries and application

materials should be emailed or mailed to:Chambers Software Award

c/o Fei Chen

Avaya Labs

233 Mt Airy Rd.

Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

feic@avaya.com