One of the final tasks of the JSM program chair is to provide a summary of what happened during the meetings. This year’s chair, Wendy Martinez, takes a moment to reflect on the wonderful times she had with colleagues and friends in Washington, DC.
One of the highlights of any JSM are the introductory overview lectures (IOLs). We had five great lectures this year on many timely topics: high-dimensional data, spatial statistics, designing longitudinal studies, causal inference in statistics, and data mining. I was able to attend two, which were very informative, and I heard through the grapevine that the other IOLs were equally as good and well-attended.