WSS NEWS--News about activities of the Washington Statistical Society - a Chapter of the American Statistical Association
Elections for the Washington Statistical Society Board of Directors for the 1997-1998 program year will be held next month. Biographical information on the canditates is provided.
WSS now has over 300 members on its electronic mailing list! This represents a significant saving in postage and printing for the Society, and provides the newsletter to members earlier in the month. Also, folks on the electronic mailing list receive notification of events of interest to statisticians, plus reminders and notices of cancellations of events. Please switch to the electronic distribution if you are able. If you would like to receive the newsletter by email, please send a note to Vince Massimini (email@example.com) listing your name, organization, and internet email address. If you are an ASA member, it would help if you could include your ASA number.
The newsletter can also be viewed as a part of the WSS WWW page, or can be downloaded in Adobe format to be read or printed. This is in addition to the usual employment, seminars, and other useful information. The WSS WWW page is at URL
if you would like to give it a try.
A continuing problem is out of date email addresses. The post office dosen't forward email--if your address changes, you get 'lost' in the Internet. The following folks are lost right now. If you know them, or know their current Intenet address, please have them contact Vince Massimini (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Donald Fowles (email@example.com) AA Khan (firstname.lastname@example.org) Phil Smith (email@example.com) Bonnie K. Li (bonniel@synmhs.) Denice M. Myers (firstname.lastname@example.org)
SIGSTAT is the Special Interest Group in Statistics for the Capital PC User Group (CPCUG) and WORMSC, Washington Operations Research and Management Science Council.
The April SIGSTAT meeting is on the 9th and will feature a demo of NeuroShell2 3.0 for Windows. NeuroShell2 3.0 is a full-featured program for building and training artificial neural networks. It handles several neural network architectures, including Backpropagation, Kohonen, PNN, and GMDH (which was added in Release 3). GMDH is a polynomial-based network algorithm which can prune the inputs and keep only the most relevant ones. The demo will consist of a stock market prediction example. Information on NeuroShell2 can be obtained at http://www.wardsystems.com.
The May SIGSTAT meeting is on the 14th and will feature a demo of Time Series Forecasting with Neural Connection. This SIGSTAT meeting will follow up on a previous demo of Neural Connections from SPSS by using the neural network program to predict a time series. Information on Neural Connections can be obtained at http://www.spss.com.
There will be no SIGSTAT meeting in June as the chairman will be at the beach avoiding all contact with statistical software.
All SIGSTAT meeting are held from 12:30 - 1:30 in Room 1208, 1301 New York Ave, Washington DC. Directions and a full schedule can be found at the SIGSTAT web site http://www.ers.usda.govsigstat/ or on the Members/SIGS page of http://www.cpcug.org. First time attendees should contact Charlie Hallahan, email@example.com or 202-501-6928, and leave their name to gain entrance to the building.
On September 11, 1997, the 9th Federal Forecasters Conference will be held at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Conference and Training Center at 2 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E. The theme of the Conference is "Forecasting in an Era of Diminishing Resources." For information, contact: Debra Gerald, National Center for Educational Statistics, 555 New Jersey Avenue, N.W., Room 408E, Washington, DC 20208-5654; phone: 202-219-1581; e-mail: Debra_Gerald@ed.gov.
The demonstration of S-PLUS 4.0 will not be held on May 12. StatSci is going to reschedule the demonstration sometime in August or September. Further details will be forwarded to the membership as they become available
Items for publication in the June 1997 WSS NEWS should be submitted no later than April 29, 1997. E-mail items to firstname.lastname@example.org [Mike Feil] or email@example.com [Fran Chevarley]. FAX items to Mike Feil at (301) 443-4045.
If you are interested in the editing process of publications and want some experience, contact Mike Feil at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-443-1330.
Dwight Brock is Chief of the Biometry Office, in the Epidemiology, Demography and Biometry Program at the National Institute on Aging, NIH. He holds a Ph.D. in Statistics from Southern Methodist University. He has served WSS as Co-chair of the Social Arrangements Committee (1987-89), Member-at-large of the Board of Directors (1989-91), Chapter Representative to the ASA Council of Chapters (1991-93), District 2 Vice-chair ofthe Council of Chapters (1994-96), member and chair of the Council Nominating Committee (1993-96), and is currently Montgomery County Coordinator for the WSS Quantitative Literacy Program. He served ASA as a member of the Local Arrangements Committee for the 1989 Joint Meetings and as member and chair of the ASA Snedecor Awards Committee (1989-92). His statistical interests include design and analysis issues related to data on the epidemiology of aging; applications of mixed effects and Markov models to longitudinal data on physical functioning, disability and other measures of aging; extensions of these models to complex sample surveys; and use of follow back survey techniques in studying characteristics of centenarian decedents.
Howard Hogan is Assistant Division Chief for Research and Methodology in the Census Bureau's Services Division, working on trade, services and transportation surveys. Until 1993, he lead the program to measure and correct for the undercount of population in the census. He teaches statistics and demography at the USDA Graduate School Evening Programs. He is active in the International Association of Survey Statisticians. He served as WSS representative-at-large from 1993 to 1996, and has served as secretary to the Shiskin Award committee since 1993. Last November, he gave a WSS short course on Exploratory Data Analysis using S-Plus.
Sandra A. West, Ph.D. Harvard University, currently is a mathematical statistician in the Office of Research and Evaluation at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Formerly held teaching positions at Harvard University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Associate Professor). Fields of major statistical activities include: Statistical inference, Bayesian Analysis, Imputation, and Regression Analysis. Publications include articles in the Annals of Statistics, Journal of American Statistical Association, and the Proceedings of Section on Survey Methods, ASA. A long standing member of ASA and WSS including a two year term as methodology section chair for WSS.
David Marker has been a senior statistician at Westat for the last 13 years. He was Methodology Program Chair of the WSS 1987-89 and helped organize and spoke at the five WSS Quality Assurance in Government Symposia. He currently is assisting the ASA Office in its quality improvement activities. He received his Ph.D. in Biostatistics from the University of Michigan with a dissertation on small area statistics. He has served on two National Academy of Sciences workshops on this topic and been an invited speaker in Warsaw Poland and San Francisco. Among his many activities at Westat are coordination of its quality improvement consulting and its activities as part of EPA's National Research Center on Statistics and the Environment and its role in NCES' Education Statistics Services Institute.
Sameena Salvucci is Director, Research and Statistical Services, Synectics for Management Decisions, Inc. since 1994. Former Positions: Deputy Director, Research and Statistical Services (1991-1994); Senior Analyst (1986-1991), both for Synectics. Analyst for Harris Smith Research, 1986. Instructor, Mathematics, University College of Bahrain (1982-1985). Degrees: Enrolled in the doctoral program in Mathematical Statistics in the Department of Information Technology at George Mason University, where she is working on her dissertation. M. A., State University of New York at Binghamton, 1982, Mathematics; B. A., Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York, 1980, Mathematics. Fields of Statistical Activity: Survey methodology, all aspects of statistical analysis, use of large education, Census, and defense databases, management of large statistical projects. Professional Activities: Member, American Statistical Association, the Washington Statistical Society, and the American Educational Research Association.
Bill Iwig is Chief, Survey Sampling Branch of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. Previous positions at NASS include Head of the Sampling and Estimation Research Section in Research Division and mathematical statistician in the Survey Sampling Branch and the Statistical Methods Branch. His major areas of interest include survey design, weighting, and estimation in the presence of influential data points. He has a Masters of Statistics degree from Texas A&M University. Bill was the Communications Officer for the ASA Council of Chapters (1991 - 1996), serving as Editor of the LINK Newsletter sent to ASA Chapters each quarter. He was a member of the Subcommittee on Small Area Estimation of the Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology (Working Paper #21, "Indirect Estimators in Federal Programs"). He will be a WSS Science Fair judge this spring.
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