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June 2010


2010 Annual Dinner

June 10, 2010

The WSS Annual Dinner will be held Thursday, June 10, 2010, at Maggiannos in Chevy Chase in Washington, DC. Michael R. Elliot of the University of Michigan and winner of the Gertrude M. Cox Award will be our Guest Speaker. Dr. Elliot will speak about the relevance of probability sampling in the 21st century.

Please see the flyer (pdf) for more details.

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Interface 2010:
Computational Statistics and Human Behavior

The Westin - Seattle
Seattle, Washington
June 16-19, 2010

More information is available at http://www.interfacesymposia.org/Interface2010/.

Program Chairs

Edward J. Wegman
Department of Computational and Data Sciences and Department of Statistics
George Mason University
MS 6A2, 4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

Yasmin H. Said
Department of Computational and Data Sciences and Center for Social Complexity
George Mason University
MS 6A2, 4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

Keynote Address

Adrian E. Raftery, University of Washington
"Probabilistic Projections of HIV Prevalence Using Bayesian Melding with Incremental Mixture Importance Sampling (IMIS)"

Short Courses

Tim Gulden, Agent-Based Modeling and Simulation

Edward J. Wegman, Statistical Natural Languages and Text Mining


THe Interface Foundation Of North America

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You are cordially invited to the

2010 Jeanne E. Griffith Mentoring Award Ceremony
Wednesday, June 23, 2010, at 4:00 pm

Seminar Room 3, Bureau of Labor Statistics Conference Center
Massachusetts Avenue, Washington, DC

The 2010 Awardee is Deborah H. Griffin, U. S. Bureau of the Census.

The ceremony, as in previous years, will be held in the BLS Conference Center, down one flight, after entering the building through the First Street entrance. The BLS building is a secured facility, thus those wishing to attend must have their names on the BLS "visitor entrance list" for that day AND have a photo ID with them. If you plan to attend, please send an e-mail to Stella Godbolt, Bureau of Labor Statistics, at godbolt.stella@bls.gov. Responses are due by Friday, June 18.

The Jeanne E. Griffith Mentoring Award is managed by the Government Statistics Section of the American Statistical Association. Sponsors of the award are:

The Government Statistics Section, ASA
National Opinion Research Center (NORC)
American Institutes for Research
Washington Statistical Society
The American Educational Research Association
The Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics
The Interagency Council on Statistical Policy

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Student Column

The WSS annual dinner is approaching and includes a presentation by Michael R. Elliot from University of Michigan. Come and join us and meet the WSS members.

In this issue, Gurudev Gadwale, a graduate student, has written about the Statistical Consulting Group at American University:

"The Statistical Consulting Group in American University

The StatisticalConsulting Group was set up by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at American University to assist in comprehensive understanding and analysis of campus-wide statistical concerns, and also undertakes off-campus projects from time to time. The staff consists of first and second-year statistics graduate students and a faculty member who oversees the group's activities. The questions dealt with are mainly related to study design, data analysis and support with statistical software.

The objectiveof the Statistical Consulting Group is to encourage the graduate students to work with individuals from non-statistics backgrounds and apply their theoretical knowledge to real-world problems. Typically, a majority of the group's clients are graduate students from the Department of Psychology who need assistance with the statistical aspects of their dissertations - design of experiments, interpretation of results, and so on. The main off-campus project undertaken by the group this year was for the Military Times newspaper. We assisted a reporter with the Military Times in designing and analyzing a survey on the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy and its application in the military. The results of the survey were subsequently published in the paper."

We are here for sharing our experiences and learning from each other's activities. Let's make a powerful network with your support and contribution.

Parisa Meisami
Student Representative

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Click here to see the WSS Board Listing (pdf)
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