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Section Readies for Spring Meeting, JSM

1 November 2009 808 views No Comment
Edited by Page Moore, Biometrics Section Publications Officer

We are pleased to invite you to New Orleans, Louisiana, March 21–24, 2010, for the ENAR Spring Meeting, sponsored by sections of the ASA and IMS. There is an exciting program planned, with strong representation from the ASA Biometrics Section, and we look forward to seeing many of you there.

This year’s presidential invited speaker is Robert Kass of Carnegie Mellon University, whose research ranges from geometrical foundations of inference to the statistical assessment of time-varying dependence between neurons. The IMS Medallion Lecturer is Marie Davidian of North Carolina State University, who has made substantial contributions to longitudinal data, nonlinear mixed models, and biostatistics. Additionally, up to 20 distinguished student paper awards will be presented. The complete invited portion of the scientific program is available here.

The Biometrics Section is sponsoring the following three invited sessions: ROC Methods: Experiments with Time-Dependent and Clustered Data, Competing Risks in Action, and Statistical Analysis of Brain Imaging Data.

The continuing education program will include six half- and full-day short courses, five tutorials, and 11 roundtable discussions. Short courses include Practical Introduction to Bayesian Statistics, Statistical Methods for Analysis of High-Dimensional Data with Applications in Biosciences, Analyzing Complex Survey Data, Bioinformatics, Metabolomics, and Adaptive Randomization for Phase III Studies. The tutorials are Bayesian Computation in SAS, Comparative Effectiveness Research, SWEAVE, Statistical Challenges in Genome-Wide Association Studies, and Likelihood Methods for Measuring Statistical Evidence.

Finally, two workshops will be offered. Fostering Diversity in Biostatistics will provide a forum for discussing important issues related to diversity. Themes of the workshop include career and training opportunities within biostatistics. The workshop will target racial/ethnic groups that are traditionally under-represented in biostatistics. Another workshop for junior researchers is aimed at promoting the career development of junior investigators by bringing them together with a prestigious panel of senior investigators.

2010 Joint Statistical Meetings

Topic-contributed sessions are good alternatives to contributed sessions because they are organized around a central topic, the talks can be longer (20 minutes), and there can be discussants. Typically, sessions consist of five speakers (e.g., four speakers and one discussant or three speakers and two discussants). 2010 JSM Biometrics Section Program Chair Hormuzd Katki is collecting proposals for topic‑contributed talks. If you are interested in organizing a session, contact him at katkih@mail.nih.gov. While the deadline for submitting topic-contributed session abstracts is February 1, proposals should be sent to Katki as early as possible.

Applications Wanted

Do you know a young investigator who is planning to submit an abstract for the 2010 Joint Statistical Meetings? If so, you might mention that the ASA Biometrics Section is seeking applications for the 2010 David P. Byar Young Investigator Award. This annual award is given to a young investigator for best emerging work to be presented during JSM. The award commemorates the late David Byar, a biostatistician who made significant contributions to the development and application of statistical methods and was esteemed as an exceptional mentor during his career at the National Cancer Institute. The winner will receive a $1,500 award. Additionally, the section may provide travel awards to the authors of other outstanding papers submitted to the competition.

Applicants must have held a doctorate in statistics, biostatistics, or a related quantitative field for three or fewer years as of April 1 of the current year or be enrolled as a doctoral student in statistics or biostatistics and in active pursuit of a doctoral degree. They also must be current members of the ASA Biometrics Section and first author of the paper submitted. (Membership in the ASA does not automatically confer section membership. Applicants may join at the time of submission for a $5 annual membership fee.) The paper may be submitted to a journal or be under review, but may not have appeared online or in print at the time of the application or have been accepted for publication as of January 1, 2010. Also, the paper may not have been submitted to any other ASA section student/young investigator award competition. Finally, applicants must be scheduled to present the submitted paper at JSM 2010 in Vancouver, BC, Canada, as a talk or poster presentation.

Applicants must submit their JSM abstracts to the Biometrics Section in addition to submitting them to the ASA by February 1, 2010. They also must contact Katki at katkih@mail.nih.gov prior to the abstract deadline. The section will organize a series of topic-contributed sessions to highlight the submitted papers.

By March 1, applicants should complete their application by submitting a cover letter certifying that they meet the eligibility requirements and are not submitting the paper to another ASA section student/young investigator award competition, a current CV, and one copy of the finished paper. All materials must be submitted electronically to Dan Heitjan, section chair, at dheitjan@upenn.edu.

The 2010 awards committee is composed of the current and past section chairs and chair-elect, as well as three individuals appointed by the section chairs.

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