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December 2000



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Annual Holiday Dinner!!!

Please come join your friends and colleagues for a celebration of the holiday season. The 2000 WSS Holiday Dinner will be held Monday, December 11, at the Capital City Brewing Company-Capital Hill. Hope to see you there!

Reservations must be received by December 6,2000.

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2001 Science Fairs

Volunteers are now being solicited to represent the Washington Statistical Society as judges in local area science fairs next spring. The WSS sponsors awards at fairs in Northern Virginia, suburban Maryland and the District of Columbia. Since 1986, WSS has provided special awards at these fairs to students whose projects demonstrate excellence in statistical theory or application. Those who have participated in this activity have very much enjoyed the opportunity to interact with the students and to observe the widely diverse projects which are presented. The fairs are held on a Saturday morning in mid-March to mid-April. The only time required is that one Saturday morning, plus one weekday lunchtime meeting to discuss judging strategy and to distribute the awards to be given out at each fair.

If you would like to be a WSS science fair judge next spring, please e-mail Lee Abramson at by January 12, and include your work and home phone numbers and your mailing address. (Please contact Lee even if you judged last year, as he needs your current e-mail address.) If you do not have access to e-mail or have any questions, please call Lee at 301-415-6180.

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Christine Mirzayan Internship Program
National Academies, Washington, DC

This Internship Program of the National Academies is designed to engage graduate and postdoctoral students in science and technology policy and to familiarize them with the interactions among science, technology, and government. As a result, students in the fields of science, engineering, medical, veterinary, business, and law develop essential skills different from those attained in academia, which will help them make the transition from being a graduate student to becoming a professional.

For the year 2001, the internship program will comprise two sessions: January 16-April 6 and June 4-August 10. To apply, candidates should submit the application and one letter of reference; the application and reference form are available on the Web at The deadline for receipt of materials is November 1, 2000 for the January program and March 1, 2001 for the June program. Additional details about the program and how to join our mailing list are also available on the Web site. Questions should be directed to:

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Herriot Award Nominations Sought

Nominations are sought for the 1998 Roger Herriot Award for Innovation in Federal Statistics.

After the sudden death in May 1994 of Roger Herriot, an Associate Commissioner for Statistical Standards and Methodology at the National Center for Education Statistics, the Washington Statistical Society, the Social Statistics and Government Statistics Sections of the American Statistical Association established an award in his memory to recognize individuals who develop unique approaches to the solution of statistical problems in Federal data collection programs.

The award is intended to reflect the special characteristics that marked Roger Herriot's career: dedication to the issues of measurement; improvements in the efficiency of data collection programs; and improvements and use of statistical data or policy analysis.

The award is not restricted to senior members of an organization; nor is it to be considered as a culmination of a long period of service. Individuals at all levels, from entry to senior, Federal employees, private sector employees, or employees of the academic community, may be nominated on the basis of the significance of the specific contribution.

A nomination form can be obtained by contacting Lynda Carlson by phone: (703) 292-7766; fax (703) 528-4585; or email: All nomination forms should be to the Roger Herriot Award Committee c/o Lynda Carlson, 3400 N. Peary Street, Arlington, VA. 22207. Completed nomination forms must be received by May 11, 2001.

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SIGSTAT Topics for December & January

SIGSTAT is the joint Special Interest Group in Statistics for CPCUG, the Capital PC User Group, and WINFORMS, Washington Institute for Operations Research and Management Science. It usually meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. The topics for December, 2000 and January 2001 are:

December 13: Mathcad 2000

Mathcad performs numerical and symbolic mathematical calculations along with graphics.

January 10: Forecast Pro XE 3.0

Forecast Pro is a forecasting package that includes automatic model selection. Available methods include exponential smoothing, Box-Jenkins, dynamic regression, event adjustment models, multiple level models, and Census X-11.

All SIGSTAT meetings are held in Waugh A, 1800 M St., NW from 12:30 1:30. Directions to the site can be found on the SIGSTAT website, First-time attendees should contact Charlie Hallahan at 202-694-5051 or and leave their name.

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Note From The WSS NEWS Editor

Items for publication in the February 2001 WSS NEWS should be submitted no later than December 8, 2000. E-mail items to Michael Feil at Any items received after this date will appear in the next issue of the WSS NEWS.

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WSS People

Cynthia Z.F. Clark (301) 457-2165
Past President
Mary Batcher (202) 327-6740
Andrew White
Tom Mule (301) 457-8322
Jill Montaquila (301) 517-4046

Vice Chair for District 2 of
Council of Chapters

Ron Fecso (703) 306-1780 ext. 6906
Council of Chapters Representative
Carolee Bush (301) 457-3840
Carolyn Shettle (202) 537-6793
Linda Atkinson (202) 694-5046
John Czajka (202) 484-4685
Glenn White (202) 327-6414

WSS Program Chairs
Agriculture & Natural Resources
Anne Peterson (703) 235-5218 ext 113
Art Kennickell (202) 452-2247
Linda Atkinson (202) 694-5046
Methodology Section
Stuart Scott (202) 606-7383

Methodology Program
Ginny de Wolf (202) 395-7314
Public Health and Biostatistics
Paul Hshieh (301) 295-9762
Jai Choi (301) 458-4144
Public Policy
Carolyn Shettle (202) 537-6793
Phil Ross (202) 260-5244
Quality Assurance and Physical Sciences
Amrut Champaneri (202) 690-3130
Michael Feil (202) 690-3137
Short Courses
Robin Lee (202) 327-7575
Social & Demographic Statistics
Roberta Sangster (202) 606-7517
Manual de la Puente (301) 457-4997
Statistical Computing
Bob Jernigan (202) 885-3170
Doug Samuelson (703) 978-5030
Data Collection Methods
Brad Edwards (301) 294-2021
Linda Stinson (202) 606-7528
Jonaki Bose (202) 219-1619

Fotios Kokkotos (202) 822-5592
Michael Feil (301) 443-4234
Electronic Mail
Michael L. Cohen (202) 334-3765
Michael Greene (703) 247-1575
S.V. (Vince) Massimini (703) 883-5893
Renee Miller (202) 426-1117
Antionette Martin 202) 426-1110
Fritz Scheuren (202) 261-5886
Quantitative Literacy
Wendy Rotz (202) 327-7822
Carolyn Carroll (703) 379-4500
Science Fair
Lee Abramson (301) 415-6180
Video Librarian
Mel Kollander (202) 537-6700
Social Arrangements
Jeri Mulrow (202) 327-6772
Local Arrangement
Kevin Cecco (202) 874-0464
WSS Historian
Michael P. Cohen (202) 219-1917
WSS Committee on ASA Fellows
Phil Kott (703) 235-5211 x 102
Jacobs Memorial Committee
Paul Cook (703) 235-5218
Wendy Rotz (202) 327-7822
Shiskin Committee
Howard Hogan (301) 457-2665
Hansen Lecture Committee
Nancy Kirkendall
Wes Schaible
Rich Allen
Bob Groves
Joseph Waksberg
Student Representative
Currently Vacant

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