Activities of the Washington Academy of Sciences Affiliate Organizations
The Washington Statistical Society (WSS) and most other science, engineering, and science policy oriented organizations in the Washington DC area are affiliate members of the Washington Academy of Sciences (WAS). WSS members may be interested in the activities (e.g. lectures, meetings) of the other affiliated organizations. Many of these are displayed on the WAS Web site at
The WAS also will e-mail out a description of activities by affiliate member organizations. If you would like to have such e-mails forwarded to you, contact Michael P. Cohen, the WSS representative to WAS, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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JPSM / One-week courses at the University of Maryland's campus in College Park, Maryland
This summer, in conjunction with the University of Michigan's Summer Institute, JPSM is happy to offer the following one-week courses at the University of Maryland's campus in College Park, Maryland. If you are interested in receiving registration materials, please email JPSM at email@example.com.
These courses are different from the two-day short courses - there is a slightly more involved application process. All forms and instructions will be mailed to you upon request. Cost of the courses is $451 for Maryland residents or federal employees and $550 for out of state, non-federal students. All courses can carry 1 credit of graduate level credit. The title and dates of the courses are "Introduction to Questionnaire Design" (6/10 - 6/14)," Introduction to Survey Quality" (6/24 - 6/28), "Introduction to Small Area Estimation and Related Topics" (7/15 - 7/19), "Model-Based Small Area Estimation and Related Topics" (7/22 - 7/26), and "Event History Calendar Interviewing Methodologies" (6/17 - 6/21).
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ASA/SRS-NSF Research Fellowship Program
The American Statistical Association (ASA) and the Division of Science Resources Statistics (SRS) of the National Science Foundation are proud to announce the ASA/SRS-NSF Research Fellowship Program. The Program will entail having an outstanding academic researcher/fellow conduct interdisciplinary research using SRS data on-site at the National Science Foundation for a three month period plus support for 10 percent of the researchers time at their home institution.
Possible topic areas include but are not limited to:
- Analysis of science and engineering resources issues
- Research related to the redesign of research and development surveys to increase the consistency and integration across separate surveys
- Methodologies to improve the timeliness of data collections from institutional and individual respondent
- Estimation techniques for state level estimates
- Graphical displays and analysis of data
- Web based survey development
Compensation is commensurate with the researcher's qualifications and experience. Fringe Benefits and travel allowances are negotiable. SRS will provide administrative support, office space, computer equipment, and access to SRS data and staff.
The researcher/fellow will be selected through a rigorous, competitive application process.
Deadline for summer program is May 15, 2002. Deadline for fall program is August 31, 2002.
For more information, including how to apply, please visit http://www.scs.gmu.edu/~wss/asa_nsf.html.
Visit the ASA Research Fellowships and Grants web page at http://www.amstat.org/research_grants/ for other fellowship opportunities.
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Judges Need for the ASA Poster and Project Competition
Last year the WSS judged the ASA Statistical Poster Competition posters for the Washington DC area. We will be doing so again this year. Additionally we have our own set of prizes to award for the WSS Statistical Poster Competition which mirrors the ASA competition. For more information check the ASA Poster Competition web-site at:
The poster competition ends April 15th and the following week-end we will be judging the posters. The finalist of this judging will be sent to the national ASA office for the final round.
Ernst and Young has volunteered their conference space on Sunday April 21st. WSS will provide snacks and refreshments.
Depending on the number of judges and posters, the process will take up to 4 hours, but should be much quicker.. Quantitative Literacy among school children is a worthy cause and judging the statistical posters created by 1'st through 12'th graders should be interesting and fun. We will be meeting at the downtown Ernst & Young office at 2 in the afternoon. The address is:
1225 Connecticut Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20036
An Ernst and Young person will be downstairs to admit the judges to the second floor conference area.
Please contact Aljoscha Kapan (Aljoscha.Kaplan@ey.com