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Highlights of the December 2009 Board of Directors Meeting

1 January 2010 7,981 views No Comment

2009 Board Members
Sally Morton, President

    Sastry Pantula, President-elect

      Tony Lachenbruch, Past President

        Alicia Carriquiry, Third-Year Vice President

          Nat Schenker, Second-Year Vice President

            Christy Chuang-Stein, First-Year Vice President

              Tom Santner, Third-Year Council of Sections Representative

                David Banks, Second-Year Council of Sections Representative

                  Jeri Mulrow, First-Year Council of Sections Representative

                    John Boyer, Third-Year Council of Chapters Representative

                      Susan Hilsenbeck, Second-Year Council of Chapters Representative

                        David Marker, First-Year Council of Chapters Representative

                          Geert Verbeke, International Representative

                            Karen Kafadar, Publications Representative

                              Keith Ord, Treasurer

                                Ron Wasserstein, Executive Director

                                Sally Morton wound down her term as ASA president by leading the board through intense discussion of important topics during the board’s December 4–5, 2009, meeting at the ASA office in Alexandria, Virginia. The board was joined by some of the new board members as part of the annual board orientation process. Here are the highlights:

                              • The board appointed Sandip Sinharay and Matthew Johnson editors of the Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics (JEBS) for 2011–2013, subject to similar approval by the American Educational Research Association, with which the ASA partners in production of this journal.
                              • Lisa LaVange was reappointed editor of the ASA-SIAM book series, for the period 2011–2013.
                              • The board approved the changes to the ASA bylaws considered during its meeting at JSM and presented to the membership through Amstat News in September. The changes realign the ASA’s committee structure to make it more efficient and effective.
                              • The board approved a new agreement with the International Biometric Society (IBS) on the publication of the Journal of Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Statistics (JABES). The ASA and IBS will continue to share editorial responsibility for the journal, but business operations will transfer from the ASA to IBS this year.
                              • The board approved a publishing partnership with Taylor & Francis on the Journal of Nonparametric Statistics (JNPS). The ASA will assume editorial control of this journal, appointing future editors. As part of this action, the board approved continuing the appointment of Suojin Wang as JNPS editor.
                              • The board heard a report from Bill Seltzer, chair of a working group asked to address statistical methodologies used in program evaluations related to international development activities. ASA leadership will communicate with appropriate government officials based on Seltzer’s report.
                              • Tim Keyes, chair of the Membership Surveys Committee, presented preliminary results of the recently completed meetings survey. Further analysis of these useful findings will be completed and shared with the board and membership.
                              • The board conducted its first annual review of the effectiveness of the ASA’s strategic plan implementation. The board found that several concrete results already had occurred from the adoption and implementation of the plan and that progress continues on other aspects. Annual review of the plan will help maintain its freshness, vitality, and relevance.
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