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December 1997



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1997 International Conference on Health Policy Research

The 1997 International Conference on Health Policy Research is being held December 5-7, 1997 at the Washington National Airport Hilton, Crystal City, Virginia. With the theme of Methodologic Issues in Health Services and Outcomes Research, the conference is sponsored by the ASA Health Policy Statistics Section and co-sponsored by the American Public Health Association (APHA), the Association for Health Services Research (AHSR), the Society for Medical Decision Making, and the Washington Statistical Society.

The conference will be held at the Washington National Airport Hilton, close to the Crystal City Metro and to downtown Washington DC and within easy walking distance of the Metro.

The conference web site is (with link from The web site includes registration and accommodation information, as well as the preliminary program.

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LearnSTAT to host 7 courses

Spring promises be a very busy season the ASA's Center for Statistical Education's LearnSTAT program as seven courses have been scheduled between the end of February and April 1.

On February 23, Bruce Weir will repeat Introduction to Statistical Genetics, a course he introduced at the 1997 JSM and for which he received much praise. It will be held at the George Washington University Alexandria Graduate Education Center in Alexandria, Virginia.

Dan Steinberg will bring CART-Classification and Regression trees to the east coast on March 6, 1998 at the GWAGEC in Alexandria and on the following Monday, March 9, in Philadelphia. He previously taught this program last year at the JSM and in San Francisco in December.

Merck Laboratories will host Ingram Olkin and Joseph Lau, who will teach Meta-Analysis: A Quantitative Approach to Research Integration in the Medical and Health Sciences at the Somerset Conference Center, in Somerset, New Jersey on March 9 and 10. Tuition for this two-day course is $895.

University of Minnesota professors R. Dennis Cook and Sandford Weisburg will travel to New York to teach Re-inventing Regression thru Graphics on March 16, 1998 at Pfizer Biometrics.

Quality Management will be Van Bowen's topic on March 12, 1998 at the University of Richmond, Richmond.

Back in Alexandria, the Washington Statistical Society will feature Howard Hogan's two-day Experimental Data Analysis with Upgraded S+ on March 19 and 20 at the GWAGEC.

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics will meet this spring in Washington, DC, and Peter Bruce hopes that many teachers will attend his Making Hypothesis Tests and Confidence Intervals Easier via Resampling/Simulation, at the GWAGEC on April 1. Dr. Bruce's course was very well attended when he taught it a year ago and again at the JSM in Anaheim.

Classes will fill quickly for these courses, and additional programs are being added frequently. For more information or a registration form for any course, contact Sue Kulesher,, Fax 703-684-3422 or consult the ASA website http//

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SIGSTAT Meetings

SIGSTAT is the Special Interest Group in Statistics for the Capital PC User Group (CPCUG) and the Washington Operations Research and Management Science Council (WORMSC). It meets on the second Wednesday of each month.

The December meeting of SIGSTAT features a demonstration of ActivStats. The meeting is on December 10 from 12:30 to 1:30 in the 2nd Floor Conference Room, 1800 M St, NW.

Directions to the meeting site and the full schedule is available at http://www.ers.usda.govsigstat/ or on the Members/SIGS page of First-time attendees should contact Charlie Hallahan at 202-694-5051 or to leave their name for gaining entrance to the building.

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Annual Holiday Party!!!

Come test your sampling skills!

The Brickskeller claims they have the largest beer selection in the world, over 500 brands! How many will you have to sample before you agree?

Join your WSS colleagues to conduct your own beer survey!

Tuesday, December 9, 1997 -- 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

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).

  • Cost: $17.00 per person. Reservations must be received by December 3, 1997.

  • Please send your check (payable to WSS) to:
    Jill Montaquila
    42840 Corning Way
    Ashburn, VA 20147

  • A variety of appetizers and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

  • Cash Bar.

  • The Brickskeller
    1523 22nd St., NW
    Washington, D.C.

  • Located two blocks from Dupont Circle.

  • Parking: a limited amount of curbside parking may be available on nearby side streets. There is also a pay parking lot on P St. between 21st and 22nd Streets (flat rate of $7.00).

  • Metro: Take the Red Line to Dupont Circle. Exit on the Q Street escalator, turn left on Q St., and walk 2 blocks to 22nd St.

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Note From The WSS NEWS Editors

Items for publication in the February 1998 WSS NEWS should be submitted no later than December 30, 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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