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A Chapter of the American Statistical Association

January 2000


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APHA Statistics Section Call For Papers

The 2000 American Public Health Association's (APHA) Annual Meeting will be held in Boston, November 12-16 with the theme "Eliminating Health Disparities". The APHA Statistics section welcomes abstracts related to advances in statistical methodology; innovative applications of statistical methodology to public health and medical problems; database development; federal and state health statistics; and statistical computing. The Statistics Section plans to have a session devoted to student papers. Professors and other members are encouraged to suggest participation by their students. Abstracts will be accepted from December 20,1999 to February 1, 2000. Submission is via an on-line system accessible through

For more information, please contact the 2000 Statistics Section program chair, Deborah D. Ingram, Ph.D. via e-mail (

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Short Course

Make room on April 11 and 12 to attend a short course on data mining. The instructor will be Dr. Edward Wegman, George Mason University. Further details will appear in the upcoming newsletters.

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QL Volunteers Needed

The WSS sponsored Quantitative Literacy (QL) group reaches out into community to give the public, especially young people, an interest, understanding, and appreciation of statistics. We need volunteers to meet with teachers, attend career days, aid students with statistical projects, and make guest appearances in K-12th grade classes.

Classroom activities often end with "eating the data" after a statistical experiment using M&Ms, Hershey's Hugs and Kisses, or goldfish crackers (activity sheets provided). Volunteers may also use a video with excerpts from the series "Against all Odds". This comes complete with prepared questions and answers. Your own creative projects are welcome. Behind the scenes work with teachers can be a wide range of tasks from helping to plan the statistical curriculum, to soliciting interest in QL and the Curtis Jacobs Memorial Prize for Outstanding Statistics Project.

If this sounds like fun to you, please join by sending the following information:

If you have any questions, feel free to give Wendy Rotz a call at the number below. Thank you for your interest.

Send volunteer information via e-mail, fax or post to:

fax #: (202) 327-6740
voice: (202) 327-7822

Wendy Rotz
Ernst & Young LLP
1225 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20036

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SIGSTAT for January - March, 2000

SIGSTAT, the Special Interest Group in Statistics for CPCUG & WINFORMS, has resumed its monthly meetings on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. All meetings are at 12:30 in Waugh A, 1800 M St, NW. See See for directions to the meetings and a current schedule. First time attendees should contact Charlie Hallahan at 202-694-5051 or and leave their name for inclusion on the list left at the guard's desk.

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Note From The WSS NEWS Editor

Items for publication in the March 2000 WSS NEWS should be submitted no later than January 25, 2000. E-mail items to Michael Feil at FAX items to Michael Feil at (301) 443-4234.

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WSS People

Mary Batcher (202) 327-6740
Past President
Dwight Brock (301) 496-9795
Cynthia Clark (301) 457-2165
Tom Mule (301) 457-8322
Jill Montaquila (301) 517-4046

Vice Chair for District 2 of
Council of Chapters

Andrew A. White (202) 334-2511
Council of Chapters Representative
Ron Fecso (703) 306-1780 ext. 6906
Carolyn Shettle (301) 215-9100 x 166
Linda Atkinson (202) 694-5046
John Czajka (202) 484-4685
Glenn White (202) 327-6414

WSS Program Chairs
Agriculture & Natural Resources
Dwight French (202) 586-1126
Art Kennickell (202) 452-2247
Ginny deWolf (202) 395-7314
Stuart Scott (202) 606-7383
Public Health and Biostatistics
Paul Hshieh (301) 295-9762
Public Policy
Carolee Bush (202) 366-6946
Phil Ross (202) 260-5244
Quality Assurance
Amrut Champaneri (202) 690-3130
Short Courses
Roberta Sangster (202) 606-7517
Fritz Scheuren (703) 549-1120
Social & Demographic Statistics
Michael Horrigan (202) 606-5905
Edith McArthur (202) 219-1442
Statistical Computing
Bob Jernigan (202) 885-3170
Mike Fleming (703) 235-5213 ext. 170
Data Collection Methods
Brad Edwards (301) 294-2021
Linda Stinson (202) 606-7528

Fotios Kokkotos (202) 414-4563
Michael Feil (301) 443-4234
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
Video Librarian
Mel Kollander (202) 537-6700
Social Arrangements
Jeri Mulrow (202) 327-6772
Local Arrangement
Wendy Rotz (202) 874-0969
WSS Historian
Michael P. Cohen (202) 219-1917
WSS Committee on ASA Fellows
Phil Kott (703) 235-5211 x 102

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