Welcome Margot, the Marmot!

useR! 2021 Key Visual From MiR to R-Ladies and AfricaR, Margot got 'em all – fashionable scarfs. #RStats world, please welcome our latest addition to the team. Say hi to Margot, the Marmot. Margot is a cosmopolitan gnawer with roots around the globe. She spent the early days of her life in Northern Africa and Europe. The idea to replace the traditional pictures of locations in useR! material with an animal was first brought up by Fodil in our Slack space.

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It Doesn't Just Happen

“Not very probable,” is what we would have said only a few years ago when asked as statisticians, about the chances that our working environment, our work and peers equate to a diverse, inclusive and remarkably social community. Still though, all of this continues to happen within a discipline that is built on focused, cerebral work and spending countless hours in front of computer screens. A Journey Through a Wonderful Community Ecosystem We thank community leaders Laura Acion, Shelmith Kariuki, Yanina Bellini Saibene, Heather Turner and GSoC scholar Ben Ubah for their input and time as well as Beatriz Milz for her help with our research.

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