Two items I read this week:

John Nelder's paper in The Statistician, Vol 48:2 1999, "From statistics 
to statistical science" in which he comments that "almost nobody knows 
what statisticians do" and stresses the role of the statistician 
in designing experiments and evaluating results.

And a job advert in THES 11 June p42 for the "Director of the Library and
Information Statistics Unit": "The Director leads on developing and
delivering the research agenda, and credibility with the sector is 
therefore essential.  Interest in and commitment to providing excellent 
quantitative data is expected, but a qualification in statistics is not 

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