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Abstracts, Nominations Sought for JSM 2012

1 December 2011 No Comment
Edited by Songthip Ounpraseuth, Biometrics Section Publications Officer

    Abstract submission is now open for contributed and topic-contributed papers to be presented at JSM 2012 July 28 to August 2 in San Diego, California.

    JSM 2012 Biometrics Section program chair, Timothy D. Johnson, is collecting proposals for topic-contributed talks. Topic-contributed sessions are a nice alternative to contributed sessions because they are organized around a central topic, the talks are longer (20 minutes rather than 15), and one can have discussants. All sessions consist of five speakers (e.g., four speakers and one discussant; three speakers and two discussants).

    If you are interested in organizing such a session, contact Johnson at tdjtdj@umich.edu. While the deadline for submitting topic-contributed session abstracts is February 1, 2012, proposals should be sent to Johnson as early as possible.

    Also consider proposing a topic-contributed panel session. These usually have 3-6 panelists and one abstract for all speakers. Note that if each speaker wishes to provide an abstract, speak on a specific topic, and submit an individual paper to the JSM Proceedings, then your session should be a paper session.

    Byar Young Investigator Award and Travel Awards

    Do you know a young investigator who is planning to submit an abstract for the 2012 Joint Statistical Meetings? If so, you might mention that the ASA Biometrics Section is seeking applications for the 2012 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 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 December 15. 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 2012 in San Diego, California, as a talk or poster presentation.

    Applicants must submit their JSM abstracts to the Biometrics Section by December 15 in addition to submitting them to the ASA by February 1, 2012. They also must contact Johnson at tdjtdj@umich.edu prior to the abstract deadline. The section will organize a series of topic-contributed sessions to highlight the submitted papers.

    Applicants should submit 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 J. Jack Lee at jjlee@mdanderson.org.

    The 2012 awards committee is composed of the current and past section chairs and chair-elect, as well as three individuals appointed by the section chairs.

    Officer Transition

    With the arrival of 2012, we will have a new set of officers. The current past chair, Barry Graubard, will retire from meritorious service. The current chair, J. Jack Lee, will become past chair, while Dianne Finkelstein will become chair and Jianwen Cai will become chair-elect. Also, Scarlett Bellamy will become a Council of Sections representative, Timothy D. Johnson will become JSM program chair, and Daniel Scharfstein will become ENAR chair.

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