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Biometrics Section Focuses on Abstract, Proposal Submission

1 January 2013 No Comment
Edited by Feifei Wei, Biometrics Section Publications Officer

    The Biometrics Section would like to thank Dianne Finkelstein for her service during 2012. She will assume the past chair position as Jianwen Cai becomes chair in 2013 and Mike Daniels becomes chair-elect. We also wish to thank Songthip Ounpraseuth, who served as publications officer from 2011–2012, a role now held by Feifei Wei. Finally, we thank Council of Sections representative Mousumi Banerjee, whose place will be taken by Limen Clegg.

    JSM 2013

    The Biometrics Section will sponsor the following invited sessions at the Joint Statistical Meetings, August 3–8, in Montréal, Québec:

    • Current Statistical Issues in Comparative Effectiveness Research, organized by Haibo Zhou of The University of North Carolina
    • Dynamic Treatment Regimes and Adaptive Designs Toward Personalized Health Care, organized by Lu Wang of the University of Michigan
    • Emerging Statistical Methods for Big Data, organized by Ping Ma of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • Frontiers in Longitudinal and Survival Data Analysis, organized by Gang Li of the University of California at Los Angeles
    • Big Data, Big Impact When Statistics Matter, organized by Ching-Ti Liu of Boston University
    • Questions in Cancer Research: What Are the Most Pressing Statistical Problems?, organized by Michelle Dunn of the National Cancer Institute

    Abstract submission will be open until February 4 for contributed and topic-contributed papers.

    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. Sessions typically consist of five participants (i.e., four speakers and one discussant or three speakers and two discussants). Wei Sun, Biometrics Section program chair, will accept proposals for topic-contributed sessions until buy ativan ny January 15. If you are interested in organizing such a session, contact him at wsun@bios.unc.edu.

    When proposing a topic-contributed panel session, only one abstract should be submitted. If each speaker wishes to provide an abstract, speak on a specific topic, and submit an individual paper to be published in the JSM Proceedings, they should submit an abstract for a topic-contributed paper session.

    Proposals Sought

    The ASA Biometrics Section invites applications for funding to support innovative outreach projects focused on enhancing awareness of biostatistics among quantitatively talented U.S. students. Of particular interest are projects that will encourage students to pursue advanced training in biostatistics. We anticipate funding up to three projects, with total funding of up to $3,000 per project. All ASA members are encouraged to apply.

    A three-page application in the following format is due January 21:

    • Title, objectives, and specific aims
    • Background, significance, and/or rationale
    • Design and methods
    • Budget

    A project period with a starting date no earlier than February 15, 2013, and an ending date no later than December 31, 2013, also should be specified.

    We are particularly interested in projects that provide generalizable models for outreach and/or materials that can be used by others. Allowable expenditures include supplies, domestic travel when necessary to carry out the project, professional expertise (e.g., instructional designer or webmaster), and cost of computer time. Unallowable expenditures include secretarial/administrative personnel, tuition, foreign travel, and honoraria and travel expenses for visiting lecturers to the investigator’s home institution.

    Applications should be submitted electronically to the Strategic Initiatives Subcommittee chair, Roslyn Stone, at Roslyn@pitt.edu. All investigators will be expected to submit a brief report at the conclusion of the project to the subcommittee chair.

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