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Submitted by Joseph Salvo and Lisa Blumerman,
2010 Program Chairs for the Social Statistics and Government Statistics Sections


The 2010 Social Statistics Section (SSS) and Government Statistics Section (GSS) program chairs encourage you to organize a contributed session and submit an abstract for the 2010 Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM). The theme of JSM 2010 is “Statistics: A Key to Innovation in a Data-Centric World.” There are two types of contributed sessions: regular and topic-contributed. Before you submit an abstract to the ASA for a topic-contributed session, contact Joseph Salvo, SSS 2010 program chair, at jsalvo@planning.nyc.gov or Lisa Blumerman, GSS 2010 program chair, at lisa.m.blumerman@census.gov.

Abstract submissions will be accepted here from December 1, 2009, to February 1, 2010.

Session Formats

Topic-Contributed Paper Session
A topic-contributed session is 110 minutes in length and includes talks and discussions that share a common topic. Presentations are 20 minutes each, with 10 minutes of floor discussion at the end. Options include five paper presentations, four paper presentations and one discussant, or three paper presentations and two discussants.


Contributed Session Chairs Needed
If you will attend the 2010 Joint Statistical Meetings in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, from July 31 to August 5, 2010, and want to volunteer as a contributed session chair for Social Statistics Section– or Government Statistics Section–sponsored sessions, email Joseph Salvo, SSS 2010 program chair, at jsalvo@planning.nyc.gov or Lisa Blumerman, GSS 2010 program chair at lisa.m.blumerman@census.gov.

All speakers must submit an abstract to the ASA and indicate it is for a topic-contributed session (give the name of the organizer).

Topic-Contributed Panel Session
Panel sessions are 110 minutes in length and in a panel discussion format, with panel members providing commentary on a particular topic. These sessions require a minimum of three and maximum of five panelists. Panel sessions require one abstract to be submitted by the session organizer.

Topic-Contributed Poster Cluster
These require three to six posters on a related topic. The theme can be applied, methodological, or theoretical.

Contributed Session
Contributed sessions are 110 minutes in length and include opening remarks by the session chair and six or seven presentations of 15 minutes.

Contributed Poster Session
This session is 110 minutes in length.

JSM 2010 Student Paper Competition

The 2010 program chairs for the Social Statistics, Government Statistics, and Survey Review Methods sections are pleased to announce a competition for student and post-graduate papers to be presented at the Joint Statistical Meetings in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, from July 31 to August 5, 2010. Papers entered into this competition must involve either a new statistical methodology or a creative application of statistical analysis to a problem, issue, or policy question pertinent to the subject area of one of the sponsoring sections. At least five awards will be granted. Winning papers will be presented by the authors during a JSM session and recognized at the sections’ business meetings. A subsidy of up to $800 will be provided to each winner to cover JSM 2010 expenses.

To be eligible to participate, an entrant must be a current undergraduate student, graduate student at any level, or a 2009 graduate who presents research that was conducted as a student. Faculty members are urged to encourage students to apply for these awards.

Applications must include the following:

  • A cover letter with the applicant’s name, current affiliation and status, and contact information (address, telephone, email)
  • An abstract (300 words maximum)
  • A draft paper (if available) or a three-page research prospectus
  • A letter from an adviser that certifies the applicant’s status (i.e., current student or new graduate who completed the degree within the past year) and describes plans to complete the research.

The research does not have to be complete, but competitors must be able to submit an abstract prospectus that describes the planned research and nature of the intended innovation(s).

All materials are due by 5 p.m. EST on December 18, 2009. Winners will be notified by mid-January 2010. If a student receives an award from more than one section, he/she must immediately inform the other cosponsoring sections and decline one of the awards.

Questions may be sent to Salvo at jsalvo@planning.nyc.gov; Blumerman at lisa.m.blumerman@census.gov; or Michael Elliott, SRMS program chair, at mrelliot@umich.edu. Check the Social Statistics, Government Statistics, and Survey Review Methods sections in Amstat News for updates.

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