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April 1999



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Herriot Award Nominations Sought

Nominations are sought for the 1999 Roger Herriot Award for Innovation in Federal Statistics.

After the sudden death in May, 1994 of Roger Herriot, an Associate Commissioner for Statistical Standards and Methodology at the National Center for Education Statistics, the Washington Statistical Society, the Social Statistics and Government Statistics Sections of the American Statistical Association established an award in his memory to recognize individuals who develop unique approaches to the solution of statistical problems in federal data collection programs.

The award is intended to reflect the special characteristics that marked Roger Herriot's career:

The award is not restricted to senior members of an organization; nor is it to be considered as a culmination of along period of service. Individuals at all levels, from entry to senior, federal employees, private sector employees, or employees of the academic community, may be nominated on the basis of the significance of the specific contribution.

The recipient of the 1999 Roger Herriot Award will be chosen by a committee of representatives of the Social Statistics Section and Government Statistics Section of the American Statistical Association and a representative of the Washington Statistical Society. Roger Herriot was associated with and strongly supportive of these organizations during his career. The award consists of an honorium of $500 and a framed citation.

Joseph Waksberg (Westat), Monroe Sirken (National Center for Health Statistics), Constance Citro (National Academy of Sciences), Roderick Harrison (U.S. Bureau of the Census), and Clyde Tucker (Bureau of Labor Statistics) are previous recipients of the Herriot Award.

A nomination form can be obtained by contacting Daniel Kasprzyk at 202-219-1588, 202-219-1325 (fax), or e-mail: All nomination forms should be returned to the Roger Herriot Award Committee, c/o Daniel Kasprzyk, 4906 Colonel Contee Place, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772-2875.

Completed nomination forms must be received by May 14, 1999.

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1999 FCSM Research Conference
November 15-17, 1999

The Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology will be holding a research conference on November 15-17, 1999 at the Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, Va. The conference will consist primarily of contributed papers, most of which will receive formal discussion at the conference. The conference will feature papers and demonstrations on topics related to a broad range of government statistical research interests. Papers and demonstrations may address methodology, empirical studies, or relevant issues. Final papers will be available at the conference.

To obtain additional conference and registration details or to be added to the conference mailing list, contact: Ruth Detlefsen, Bureau of the Census Bureau, Room 2641-3, Washington, D.C. 20233; Phone: 301-457-2665, Fax: 301-457-1343, and E-mail: Periodic updates concerning the conference may be found on web site

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Joint Statistical Meetings

Transportation in Baltimore

I am sure that most of you know by now that the Joint Statistical Meetings this summer is in Baltimore. We know that it may be too close for some of you to be funded to attend on a full time basis and stay in a convention hotel. We are considering making daily transportation available to people in the DC area who are interested in attending but who do not have easy transportation or do not want to pay for parking in Baltimore ($10-$14/day). The bus would run between Union Station and the Baltimore Convention Center.

We are proposing the following schedule for an anticipated $5 one way. We would take advance reservations to ensure seats. On-site tickets would be if seats are available.

Suggested Schedule:

Sunday, 8/8
To Baltimore:
12:30 pm
To DC:
7:00 pm
Monday, 8/9, Tuesday, 8/10, and Wednesday, 8/11
To Baltimore:
7:00 am and 9:00 am
To DC:
6:00 pm and 8:30 pm
Thursday, 8/12
To Baltimore:
7:00 am
To DC:
1:00 pm

I would appreciate any feedback you can give me on the viability of this service. Specifically:

  1. Would you use this service? Would you commit yourself to reserving space on a particular day and time?

  2. Is $5 one way a reasonable amount to charge?

  3. Would this schedule fit your needs? If not, what would be better?

Please e-mail me with your thoughts ( Thanks for your help.

Lee L. Decker, Manager, Meetings
American Statistical Association

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SIGSTAT Meeting for April 1999

The April meeting is on the 21st and will feature a demo of SAS JMP, a graphical statistics package for EDA (Exploratory Data Analysis).

All SIGSTAT meeting are held in Waugh A on the 3rd floor of 1800 M St, NW. Directions to the meetings and a full schedule can be found on the SIGSTAT website First-time attendees should contact Charlie Hallahan at 202-694-5051 or to leave your name for admittance to the building.

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Note From The WSS NEWS Editor

Items for publication in the May 1999 WSS NEWS should be submitted no later than March 30, 1999. E-mail items to Michael Feil at FAX items to Michael Feil at (301) 443-4045.

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WSS People

Dwight Brock (301) 496-9795
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Council of Chapters

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