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December 2001


Herriot Award Nominations Sought

Nominations are sought for the 2002 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 problemsin 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.

The recipient of the 2002 Roger Herriot Award will be chosen by a committee of representatives of the Social Statistics Section and Government Statistics Section of the American Statistical Association and a representative of the Washington Statistical Society. Roger Herriot was associated with and strongly supportive of these organizations during his career. The award consists of an honorarium of $500 and a framed citation. Joseph Waksberg (Westat), Monroe Sirken (National Center for Health Statistics), Constance Citro (National Academy of Sciences), Thomas Jabine (SSA, EIA, CNSTAT), Donald Dillman (Washington State University), and Jeanne Griffith (OMB, NCES, NSF) are recipients of the Herriot Award.

A nomination form can be obtained by contacting Ed Spar by phone: (703) 836-0404; fax (703) 684-3410; or email: The form can also be down loaded from the Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics web site at All nomination forms should be returned either to or the Roger Herriot Award Committee c/o COPAFS, 1429 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Completed nomination forms must be received by May 10, 2002.

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Judges for the 2002 Science Fairs

Volunteers are needed to represent the Washington Statistical Society next spring as judges in five regional science fairs in Northern Virginia, suburban Maryland and the District of Columbia. Since 1986, WSS has provided special awards at thesefairs to students whose projects demonstrate excellence in data analysis or the application of statistical methods. 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 10, and include your work and home phone numbers, your fax number and your mailing address. (Please contact Lee even if you judged last year, as he needs your current e-mail address.) If you have any questions, please call Lee at 301-415-6180.

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Don Owen Award

The San Antonio Chapter of the American Statistical Association presents the Don Owen Award to a statistician who embodies the three-fold accomplishments of Professor Donald B. Owen, who before his death in 1991 was Distinguished Professor of Statistics at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Owen's illustrious career serves as the ideal against which nominees are evaluated for excellence in research, statistical consultation, and service to the statistical community. Among his accomplishments, Dr. Owen authored seven textbooks, seven monographs, and more than 75 articles in refereed journals; and trained 19 doctoral and master's students. He served as an applied statistician for ten years for the Sandia Corporation, and operated his own private consulting firm, specializing in quality control. Professor Owen was editor of Communications in Statistics for both Series A and B, associate editor of Technometrics and of JASA; and he edited over 50 textbooks, including many for Marcel Dekker.

The sponsor of this award, the Dekker Foundation, promotes scientific research, supports educational programs, and rewards outstanding academic achievement in the sciences through its Awards Program. The San Antonio Chapter is currently accepting nominations for the 2002 Don Owen Award from ASA chapters nationwide. The nominee must be a member of the ASA, but is not required to be a member of the nominating chapter. In addition to a cover letter highlighting the accomplishments of the nominee, the nomination packet must contain the following supporting information:

  1. Name of the Nominee
  2. Degrees (titles, dates, schools)
  3. Present position(s), followed by significant former positions (with dates)
  4. List of major publications having statistical content
  5. List of activities related to teaching and dissemination of statistical knowledge,
  6. List of consulting activities related to statistical problems or editorial contributions, and
  7. List of activities supporting the mission of the ASA and related professional organizations

To submit a nominee send four copies of the nomination packet to James M. Lamiell, 34 Westerleigh, San Antonio, TX 78218. You may contact J.M. Lamiell at telephone 210-221-2511 or send e-mail to The deadline for nominations is January 15, 2002.

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Education Announcements

NCHS/Academy Health Policy Fellowship

Application Deadline -- January 25, 2002
Fellowship Commencement -- September, 2002

The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and the Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy are pleased to announce a new fellowship program, the NCHS/Academy Health Policy

Fellowship. This Fellowship is aimed at using NCHS data systems to study issues of concern to policymakers and the health services research community, and NCHS will award up to two fellowships annually over the course of the program. Applicants must demonstrate training and/or experience in health services research, reflecting disciplines such as health care administration, statistics, sociology, economics, behavioralsciences, or the health professions (e.g., medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacology, etc.). Doctoral students in their dissertation phase, recent graduates of doctoral programs, and junior faculty are encouraged to apply.

For more information regarding the Fellowship and a copy of the Call for Applications, which describes the application requirements, visit or e-mail the Academy at

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December, 2001 - June 2002 SIGSTAT

December 12, 2001
January 9, 2002
Output Delivery System (ODS) in SAS
February 13, 2002
March 13, 2002
R for Windows
April 10, 2002
May 8, 2002
June 12, 2002

SIGSTAT is the Special Interest Group in Statistics for the CPCUG, the Capital PC User Group, and WINFORMS, the Washington Institute for Operations Research Service and Management Science.

All meetings are in Room 3056, 1800 M St, NW from 12:30 to 1:30. Enter the South Tower & take the elevator to the 3rd floor to check in at the guard's desk.

First-time attendees should contact Charlie Hallahan, 20 Announcements2-694-5051, and leave their name. Directions to the building & many links of statistical interest can be found at the SIGSTAT website,

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Note From The WSS NEWS Editor

Items for publication in the February 2002 WSS NEWS should be submitted no later than December 26, 2001. 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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