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Q&P Announces Short Course Offerings and Invited Program for JSM

1 April 2010 No Comment

At the 2010 Joint Statistical Meetings in Vancouver, the ASA Section on Quality and Productivity is sponsoring two invited sessions and three roundtable events.

Martha Gardner has organized a session titled “Statistical Engineering: An Idea Whose Time Has Come,” inviting speakers Ronald Snee, Geoff Vining, Bill Parr, and Roger Hoerl. These speakers will discuss how both the profession and those it serves may benefit from transitioning the view of statistics as a pure science to an engineering one. A panel including Douglas Montgomery, Peter Goos, and Rachel T. Johnson was invited by Dana Krueger to provide a discussion, “Future Developments in Experimental Design.” These panelists will cover potential research areas such as computer and choice experiments as well as optimal designs in both linear and nonlinear problems.

Roundtables provide excellent opportunities for networking and discussion of a relevant statistical topic while enjoying a meal with colleagues in the profession. Julia O’Neill will lead a roundtable discussion on “Designing Experiments for Biopharmaceutical Process Development.” William Notz, along with other participants, will discuss the basic ideas behind computer experiments in “What You Always Wanted to Know About Computer Experiments but Were Afraid to Ask.” And Hadley Wickham will guide the participant’s eye to sound concepts when “Visualizing Data.”

Call for Short Courses

All three annual conferences involving the ASA Section on Quality and Productivity offer short courses. The section is always interested in receiving proposals for short courses you may have or would like to develop. We would also appreciate hearing about short courses you would like to attend or have seen in other venues that may still be appropriate at one of the aforementioned conferences. Please contact Reid Landes at rdlandes@uams.edu.

Fall Technical Conference

The 54th annual Fall Technical Conference will take place in Birmingham, Alabama, October 7–8. “Quality and Statistics: The Engines of Success” is the theme. Session and short course information can be found here.

Joint Research Conference

From May 25–27 in Gaithersburg, Maryland, the 27th annual Quality and Productivity Research Conference and 17th annual Spring Research Conference join together to offer a wide range of technical sessions covering topics in the design and analysis of experiments as well as reliability, forecasting, and other topics useful to statisticians and quality control professionals. On Monday, May 24, the day before the conference begins, Ronald Snee and Roger Hoerl will provide a highly interactive short course on how to move “From Statistical Consultant to Effective Leader.” Speaking from vast experience, these two statistically minded leaders will teach what management needs and expects leaders to be, expose some barriers that can hinder statisticians from becoming leaders, discuss skills not typically taught in statistical training, and provide in-class opportunities to solidify the material. Registration is open for both the short course and conference; click here for more details.

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