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April 2007


Herriot Award Seminar

Nathaniel Schenker of NCHS, winner of the 2006 Roger Herriot Award for innovations in Federal Statistics, will present a seminar at a special session of WSS to be held on Monday, April 16, 2007 from 12:30 to 2:00 PM in the BLS Conference Center. A presentation ceremony will precede the talk, and a reception will be held following the session.

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New Nominations Sought For
2007 Wray Jackson Smith Scholarship

April 15, 2007 Deadline

Nominations are now being sought for the 2007 Wray Jackson Smith Scholarship. The award is intended to reward promising young statisticians for their diligence and encourage them to consider a future in government statistics. The 2006 recipient of the scholarship will be chosen by a committee of representatives of GSS and SSS. Applicants are not required to be members of GSS, SSS or ASA. Dr. Smith was strongly supportive of these organizations during his career and actively mentored younger statisticians. The scholarship of $1,000.00 can be used for activities like the following:

  • Attendance at a conference, short course, or long course
  • Travel to a conference
  • Purchase of government data
  • Costs associated with research

Please note the Wray Jackson Smith Scholarship Eligibility Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent
  • Participation in the advancement of government statistics, whether as a government employee, researcher under government contract or using government statistics, or student involved with government statistics

To apply, you will need to complete and submit the following:

For more information, contact Juanita Tamayo Lott, 2007 Chair of the Wray Jackson Smith Scholarship Committee, 301.763.3127 or juanita.t.lott@census.gov. The other committee members are Michael P. Cohen and Bob Kominski. All necessary materials must be submitted by April 15, 2007 . Electronic submissions are permissible.

All materials should be mailed before April 15, 2007, to:

Juanita Tamayo Lott
Human Resources Division
U.s. Census Bureau
Washington, D.C. 20233-1400

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2007 CDC & ATSDR Symposium on Statistical Methods

Analyzing and Mapping Health Inequities to Impact Policies for Eliminating Disparities

Eleventh Biennial CDC & ATSDR Symposium on Statistical Methods

April 17-18, 2007


Go to: http://www.cdc.gov/od/ads/sag/index.htm

Statisticians, social and behavioral scientists, epidemiologists, economists, policy analysts, and others are invited to participate in the Eleventh Biennial Symposium on Statistical Methods, sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention & Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (CDC & ATSDR), the American Statistical Association (ASA) and the Biostatistics Department at Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. The Symposium will be held in Atlanta, GA. The theme for the 2007 Symposium is "Analyzing and Mapping Health Inequities to Impact Policies for Eliminating Disparities." Two short courses (Bayesian Small Area Estimation and Statistical Analysis Using GIS Data Measuring Disparities) will be offered on April 16, 2007 in conjunction with the Symposium.

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Students' Corner

In order to provide an informal information resource to both undergraduate and graduate students who major in statistics in the Washington area, I, as this year's student representative to the WSS board, decided to write a short (hopefully monthly) column in the WSS newsletter, starting from this April issue.

I am sure that one of the major concerns/interests that every student has is finding an exciting, intellectually challenging, rewarding job (assuming no one wants to or can afford to stay as a student permanently). So, in this very first column, I would like to introduce you to a couple of very useful web pages for job searches. The first one, as I assume many students already know, is the WSS website's employment page (http://www.scs.gmu.edu/~wss/employ.html). You will find a list of up-to-date job openings that are located in the Washington area. I like this list, because all the postings are local and I do not have to worry about the geographic locations of the jobs.

The second one is ASA's JobWeb (http://jobs.amstat.org/search.cfm or you can access this page through the WSS employment page). If you are a member of ASA, you can post your resume on this website. Even if you are not a member, you can use the very nifty job search engine. This search engine allows you to look for job openings by areas of expertise (e.g., "biometrics/biostatistics", "mathematical statistics", "sampling/sampling design", etc.) or geographical locations. If you did not know about this, check it out yourself. I highly recommend this job search engine!

That's all I have for this month. If you have any feedback on this column or ideas of topics for future issues, please send an email to me at hikawa@gwu.edu.

Hiro Hikawa
The George Washington University

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Probability and Statistics Day at UMBC on April 28, 2007

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) will host a one day conference on Probability and Statistics on Saturday, April 28, 2007. This will be a full day event with Keynote addresses by two outstanding statisticians. Plenary sessions, technical sessions, and oral and poster presentations by graduate students are also planned. Three best student oral and poster presenters will be recognized and awarded certificates and cash prizes.=20 Graduate Students presenting talks or posters can attend this event free of charge. There are opportunities for contributing a paper in the technical sessions. The following website, http://www.umbc.edu/circ/hosting/ProbStatDay2007, gives more information about the conference with links to registration etc.

Please note that the registration deadline is April 13, 2007.

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Note From The WSS NEWS Editor

Items for publication in the May issue of the WSS NEWS should be submitted no later than March 27, 2007. E-mail items to Michael Feil at michael.feil@usda.gov.

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Click here to see the WSS Board Listing (pdf)
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