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November 1997



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WSS Honors The Recipient Of The 1997 Roger Herriot Award

Please join the Washington Statistical Society (WSS) on November 12 in honoring the recipient of the 1997 Roger Herriot Award, Constance F. Citro (known to most of us as Connie). Connie's career includes frequent examples of her dedication to improving the quality, quantity, availability, and interpretableness of federal statistics. In the 1970's she played a key role in the public dissemination of microdata from the Decennial Census (first as an employee of the Census Bureau and then as an original member of DUALABS). As Deputy Director of the Washington Office of Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., she led the effort to develop microdata products from the Seattle and Denver Income Maintenance Experiments and the Income Survey Development Program. In the 1980s she served as a American Statistical Association/National Science Foundation Fellow at the Census Bureau working on the concept of longitudinal units. Soon thereafter Connie turned her attention back to the Decennial Census, serving as a study director for the first of many projects on the 1990 and 2000 Censuses to be conducted by the Committee on National Statistics of the National Research Council. She was rewarded for excellence in this early work by being named a Fellow of the American Statistical Association in 1987. In the most recent period of her career, Connie focussed on improving many of the critical federal surveys and statistics through her role as study director at the Committee on National Statistics. Her panels included: Panel on Poverty and Family Assistance which lead to the report Measuring Poverty: A New Approach, Panel to Evaluate Microsimulation Models for Social Welfare Programs, and the Panel to Evaluate the Survey of Program Participation. Connie has long been well respected for her quantitative skills as well as her diplomacy and excellent communication abilities and WSS welcomes this opportunity to honor her.

The meeting will be held at 12:30 p.m. in room 2990 at the Postal Square Building. A reception will follow the meeting. The Postal Square Building is located at 2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Washington, DC (Red Line -- Union Station). Please enter at Massachusetts Avenue and North Capitol Street. Please call Karen Jackson (202-606-7524) to be placed on the visitor list.

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32nd Annual Symposium of the Washington Operations Research-Management Science Council

The 32nd ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM of the WASHINGTON OPERATIONS RESEARCH / MANAGEMENT SCIENCE COUNCIL (a Washington Academy of Sciences Affiliate, as is the WSS) will be held at the Brookings Institution on November 5, 1997 all day. The theme will be "Managing Change. The contribution of Operations Research and Management Science." The Plenary Session will feature Hon. James L. Witt, Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Keynote Speaker will be Bill Owens, Vice Chairman, President and COO, SAIC.

A number of parallel track sessions will be held with the following chairs Public Policy - Phil DePoy, President, National Opinion Research Center Transportation Systems - George Donohue, Associate Administrator FAA Military Applications - Clayton Thomas, Chief Scientist, AF Studies and Analysis Cost & Financial Analysis - David Chu, RAND Corporation. Additional information can be obtained from Bruce MacDonald, Program Chair, (phone 703-505-4600), or Peg Kay, Vice President - Affiliated Societies Washington Academy of Sciences (phone: 703-478-3285; fax: 703-478-3287; or e-mail: Further information can be found at the website:

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BLS Statistical Seminar Series on Confidentiality

BLS is continuing its seminar series on issues concerning confidentiality of and access to statistical data. Several lectures are planned for the next year. Members of the Washington statistical community are invited to attend all lectures in this series.

On Tuesday, November 25th, 10:30 a.m. - noon, Jerry Sheehan, National Academy of Sciences-National Research Council's Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, will give a seminar entitled "Protecting Electronic Health Information." The seminar will be held at BLS, 2 Massachusetts Ave., N.E., Room 2990.

ABSTRACT: In 1995 the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB) initiated a study on maintaining privacy and security in health care applications of the national information infrastructure. The purpose of the study was to investigate the threats to electronic health information and to evaluate alternative technical and nontechnical means of protecting health information that are being used today. To conduct this study, CSTB formed the 'Committee on Maintaining Privacy and Security in Health Care Applications of the National Information Infrastructure' to make such an assessment. A natural outgrowth of such a study was a judgment about the technical and nontechnical means that can be used to maintain privacy and security in health care information systems, about future research that is needed to develop additional mechanisms, and about the obstacles that stand in the way of future advances.

The speaker will present a summary of the findings and recommendations of this Committee which are contained in the report, 'For the Record: Protecting Electronic Health Information.' Mr. Sheehan is a CSTB staff member and served as Study Director for this Committee.

Please note that BLS has special security procedures for non-BLS employees. Non-BLS staff who want to attend either lecture should call (202-606-7374) or email ( Virginia de Wolf by COB Monday, November 24th, in order to be placed on the visitor's list. Please provide your name, name of your employer, and office phone number.

The next lecture in this series, "Disclosure Limitation for the 2000 Census," will be given by Phil Steel, Census Bureau. It will be held at BLS on January 20, 1998, 12:30-1:45. An abstract of this talk with appear in a later edition of the WSS Newsletter.

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Annual Holiday Party!!!

Please come join your friends and colleagues for a celebration of the holiday season. The 1997 WSS Holiday Party will be held Tuesday, December 9, at the Brickskeller. Dowload the flyer (41 kb as an Adobe Acrobat PDF file) for details and registration information. You can also call Jill Montaquila for more information: (301) 729-1927 (H) or (301) 517-4046 (W).

Hope to see you there!

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Note From The WSS NEWS Editors

Items for publication in the December 1997 WSS NEWS should be submitted no later November 25, 1997. E-mail items to [Michael Feil] or [Fran Chevarley]. FAX items to Michael Feil at (301) 443-4045.

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WSS People

Graham Kalton (301) 251-8253
Past President
Phillip Kott (703) 235-5211 ext. 102
Dwight Brock (301) 496-9795
Elizabeth Sweet (301) 457-4865
Carolyn Shettle (703) 306-1780

Vice Chair for District 2 of
Council of Chapters

Andrew A. White (202) 334-2511
Council of Chapters Representative
Ron Fecso (703) 235-5211 ext. 142
N. Clyde Tucker (202) 606-7371
Sandra West (202) 606-7384
Alan R. Tupek (703) 306-1780
David Marker (301) 251-4398

WSS Program Chairs
Agriculture & Natural Resources
Bill Iwig (202) 720-3895
Stan Freedman (202) 426-1099
Linda Atkinson (202) 219-0934
Art Kennickell (202) 452-2247
Karol Krotki (202) 944-5243
Brenda Cox (202) 484-4231
Public Health and Biostatistics
Trena Ezzati-Rice (301) 436-7022 ext. 133
Rene Gonin (301) 517-8084
Public Policy
Carolee Bush (202) 366-6946
Phil Ross (202) 260-5244
Quality Assurance
Amrut Champaneri (202) 268-2299
Glenn White (202) 327-6414
Statistical Computing
Bob Jernigan (202) 885-3170
Mike Fleming (703) 235-5213 ext. 170
Social & Demographic Statistics
Michael Horrigan (202) 606-5905
Edith McArthur (202) 219-1442
Short Courses
Roberta Sangster (202) 606-7517
Fritz Scheuren (703) 549-1120
Data Collection Methods
Brad Edwards (301) 294-2021
Linda Stinson (202) 606-7528

Bill Arends (202) 720-6812
WSS NEWS Editors
Michael Feil (301) 443-4234
Fran Chevarley (301) 436-7093 ext. 153
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 (703) 549-1120
Quantitative Literacy
Carolyn Carroll (703) 352-1712
Science Fair
Lee Abramson (301) 415-6180
Mel Kollander (202) 973-2820
Social Arrangements
Jill Montaquila (301) 517-4046
Local Arrangement
Wendy Rotz (202) 874-0969
WSS Historian
Michael P. Cohen (202) 219-1917
WSS Committee on ASA Fellows
Brenda Cox (202) 484-4231

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