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We note with sadness the deaths of two long-retired pillars of the federal statistical system, Yvonne Bishop and Herman Miller. Yvonne died May 26, 2015, in Washington, DC. She was for many years the director of the Office of Statistical Standards at the Energy Information Administration. Her classic text, Discrete Multivariate Analysis: Theory and Practice, co-authored with Stephen Fienberg and Paul Holland and first published in 1974, was republished in 2007. Herman died July 7, 2015, in Phoenix, AZ. He was chief of the Population Division at the U.S. Census Bureau around the time of the 1970 census and wrote extensively on income statistics.

We note with great interest the announcement on July 6, 2015, that the Council of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has approved the nomination of Marcia K. McNutt, editor-in-chief of the Science family of journals, for election as president of the Academy, to succeed Ralph J. Cicerone when his second term as NAS president ends on July 1, 2016. In her capacity as president of the NAS, she will also chair its operating arm, the National Research Council. A geophysicist, Dr. McNutt earned her B.A. in physics at Colorado College and her Ph.D. in earth sciences at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego. Her research concentration is in marine geophysics, where she has used a variety of remote sensing techniques from ships and space to probe the dynamics of the mantle and overlying plates far from plate boundaries on geologic time scales. She was Griswold professor of geophysics at MIT and served as director of the Joint Program in Oceanography & Applied Ocean Science & Engineering sponsored by MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She later served as president and chief executive officer of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and as professor of geophysics at Stanford University. From 2009 to 2013 she was director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While at the USGS, she helped lead the response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, for which she was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by the U.S. Coast Guard. She also oversaw completion of the ground station for Landsat 8, which was launched in February 2013 and continues Landsat’s 40-year record of satellite imaging of natural and human-induced changes on the global landscape. She became the 19th editor-in-chief of Science in 2013. She was elected to the NAS in 2005, and has served on more than 30 Academies committees and boards. Most recently, she chaired an expert panel that evaluated options for slowing or offsetting global climate change Her name will be presented to the full membership for formal ratification on December 15. That ballot will also contain the names of candidates for the Academy's treasurer and for four positions on the Council. Balloting is to be completed on January 31.

We congratulate the following members of the Washington statistical community on their election as fellows of the American Statistical Association. They will be honored at the Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) in Seattle, WA, taking place August 8-13, 2015.
Kennon Copeland, senior vice president and director, Statistics and Methodology Department, NORC at the University of Chicago
Jill Dever, senior research statistician, RTI International
Linda Jacobsen, vice president, U.S. Programs, Population Reference Bureau
Peter Miller, chief scientist, Center for Survey Measurement, U.S. Census Bureau
Frank Potter, senior fellow, Mathematica Policy Research
Diane Willimack, methodology director for measurement and response improvement in the Economic Programs Directorate, U.S. Census Bureau


 

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Reminder: Slides from previous CNSTAT public seminars are available on the CNSTAT public seminars and symposia page; slides from several major workshops are available on the presentations page on the CNSTAT website. Presentations from the July 31-August 1, 2014 CNSTAT International Conference on Census Methods are available here.
 

 

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On July 1, 2015, the institutional complex in which CNSTAT is housed rebranded itself as the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. A key part of this change is that the Institute of Medicine (IOM) became the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). There remain four components of the complex, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS – president Ralph Cicerone), the National Academy of Engineering (NAE – president C. D. Mote, Jr), the National Academy of Medicine (NAM – president Victor Dzau), and the National Research Council (NRC – chair Ralph Cicerone).

On July 10, 2015, Bureau of Labor Statistics commissioner Erica Groshen announced a year-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of the BLS flagship publication, Monthly Labor Review (MLR). Each month from July 2015 through June 2016 will feature one or more “visioning essays” about the likely future of the American economy and society that will affect what statistics BLS collects and MLR dissects.
 

 

 CNSTAT Meetings

 CNSTAT holds three regular meetings each year, with its spring and fall meeting dates following a set formula; our May meetings are always the Thursday–Friday preceding Mother’s Day and our October meetings are always the second-to-last Thursday–Friday of the month. Here are the next three meetings: 


CNSTAT’s 128th meeting will be held October 22–23, 2015, in the NAS main building at 2101 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC. On the 23rd, the meeting will feature a luncheon with statistical agency heads, followed by a public seminar, beginning with light refreshments at 2 pm and ending with a reception at 4:30 pm. The seminar will feature developments in measuring consumer prices and expenditures as a tribute to the late BLS commissioner, Janet Norwood.

CNSTAT’s 129th meeting will be held February 11–12, 2016, at the Keck Center of the National Academies at 500 Fifth Street NW, in Washington, DC. It will be a retreat meeting; there will be no agency head luncheon or public seminar.

CNSTAT’s 130th meeting will be held May 5-6, 2016, in the NAS main building at 2101 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC. On the 6th, the meeting will feature a luncheon with statistical agency heads, followed by a public seminar, beginning with light refreshments at 2 pm and ending with a reception at 4:30 pm.
 

 

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[Listed by sponsor agency, beginning with federal departments. Unless otherwise noted, meetings are in Washington, DC, and include open sessions. For further information, contact the person listed as the study director or project assistant (e-mail addresses follow the formula of first initial plus last name as oneword@nas.edu). Also see the CNSTAT web site under “Our Work.”]

Department of Agriculture

  

Panel on Methods for Integrating Multiple Data Sources to Improve Crop Estimates
Sponsor: National Agricultural Statistics Service
Duration: September 2014–September 2017
Study director: Nancy Kirkendall; project assistant: Mary Ann Kasper
Chair: Mary Ellen Bock (Purdue University)
Report planned: Final report
Upcoming meetings: First meeting, November 12-13, 2015, in Washington, DC

Workshop on Model-Based Methods for Producing Estimates of Livestock with Appropriate Measures of Uncertainty
Sponsor: National Agricultural Statistics Service
Duration: September 2014– September 2017
Study director: Nancy Kirkendall; project assistant: Mary Ann Kasper
Chair: TBD
Report planned: Workshop summary
Upcoming meetings: TBD

Workshop on Rationalizing Rural Area Classifications for ERS/USDA
Sponsor: Economic Research Service
Duration: September 2014–December 2015
Study director: Nancy Kirkendall; senior program officer: Gooloo Wunderlich; project assistant: Mary Ann Kasper
Chair: David Brown (Cornell University)
Report planned: Workshop summary is being prepared
Meeting: Workshop held April 16-17, 2015, at the NAS Keck Center in Washington, DC



Department of Commerce

  

Panel to Reengineer the Census Bureau’s Annual Economic Surveys
Sponsor: U.S. Census Bureau
Duration: May 2015–May 2018
Study director: Glenn White; senior program officer: Nancy Kirkendall; project assistant: Mary Ann Kasper
Chair-designate: Katharine Abraham (U. Maryland)
Report planned: Final report
Upcoming meetings: First meeting scheduled for October 29-30, 2015, in Washington, DC

Panel to Review and Evaluate the 2014 Survey of Income and Program Participation Content and Design
Sponsor: U.S. Census Bureau
Duration: September 2013–November 2016
Study director: Carol House; project assistant: Agnes Gaskin; research assistant: Adrienne Bradford
Chair: John Czajka (Mathematica Policy Research)
Report planned: Final report
Upcoming meetings: Fourth meeting scheduled for October 1-2, 2015, in Washington, DC

Standing Committee on Reengineering Census Operations
Sponsor: U.S. Census Bureau
Duration: September 2014–September 2019
Study director: Daniel Cork; senior program officer: Michael Cohen; program officer: Jordyn White; project assistant: Anthony Mann
Chair: Thomas Cook (Decision Analytics International)
Reports: Standing committees do not issue reports; they meet for discussion; they also stand up workshops or consensus panels; this committee will stand up workshops on central topics for 2020 census planning; it stood up a consensus panel on reengineering the Census Bureau’s annual economic surveys. A website for the committee is maintained at this link.
Upcoming meetings: Fourth meeting scheduled for September 8-9, 2015, in Washington, DC


Department of Education
  

Committee on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Achievement Levels Evaluation (joint with the Board on Testing and Assessment, which has the lead)
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics
Duration: September 2014–March 2016
Study director: Judith Koenig (BOTA); program officer: Jordyn White (CNSTAT); project assistant: Kelly Arrington (BOTA)
Chair: Christopher Edley, Jr. (University of California, Berkeley)
Report planned: Final report
Upcoming meetings: Fourth meeting (closed) scheduled for August 25, 2015, by teleconference


Department of Health and Human Services

Standing Committee on Integrating New Behavioral Health Measures into SAMHSA’s Data Collection Programs (joint with the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences and the Board on Health Sciences Policy)
Sponsors: Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Duration: August 2014–July 2016
Study director: Krisztina Marton; senior program officer: Jeanne Rivard (BBCSS); senior program officer: Adrienne Stith Butler (BHSP); project assistant: Michael Siri
Chair: James Jackson (University of Michigan)
Reports: Standing committees do not issue reports; they meet for discussion; they also stand up workshops or consensus panels; this committee is standing up workshops on the topics of serious emotional disturbance in children, specific mental illness diagnoses with any functional impairment, trauma, and recovery. A website is maintained for the committee at this link.
Upcoming meetings: Workshop/third meeting on Specific Mental Illness Diagnoses with Functional Impairment scheduled for September 24-25, 2015; Workshop/fourth meeting on Trauma scheduled for December 17-18, 2015; Workshop/fifth meeting on Recovery scheduled for February 24-25, 2016 (all meetings in Washington, DC)
 
 
Department of Homeland Security
 

Committee on Affordability of National Flood Insurance Program Premiums (joint with the Water Science and Technology Board, which has the lead, and the Board on Mathematical Sciences and Their Applications)

Sponsor: Federal Emergency Management Agency

Duration: September 2013–September 2015

Study director: Jeffrey Jacobs (WSTB); CNSTAT director: Constance Citro; BMSA director: Scott Weidman

Chair: Leonard Shabman (Resources for the Future)

Reports planned: Affordability of National Food Insurance Premiums—Report 1 released in prepublication format, March 26, 2015; available in PDF; printed copies will be available shortly; second report being drafted

Upcoming meetings: Fifth and final meeting held May 6-7, 2015, in Irvine, CA



Department of Justice

 

Panel on Modernizing the Nation’s Crime Statistics (joint with the Committee on Law and Justice)

Sponsor: Bureau of Justice Statistics and Federal Bureau of Investigation

Duration: September 2013–March 2016

Study director: Daniel Cork; senior program officer: Seth Hauser; project assistant: Michael Siri

Chair: Janet Lauritsen (University of Missouri–St. Louis)

Reports planned: Interim report is being drafted; final report

Upcoming meetings: Ninth meeting scheduled for August 4-5, 2015, in Washington, DC



Department of Transportation

Panel on Research Methodologies and Statistical Approaches to Understanding Driver Fatigue Factors in Motor Carrier Safety and Driver Health (joint with the Board on Human-Systems Integration and Transportation Research Board)
Sponsor: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Duration: September 2013–September 2015
Study director: Michael Cohen; senior program officer: Richard Pain; associate program officer: Esha Sinha; Board on Human-Systems Integration director: Poornima Madhavan; TRB Studies and Special Programs Division director: Stephen Godwin; project assistant: Agnes Gaskin
Co-chairs: Hal Stern (University of California, Irvine); Matthew Rizzo (University of Nebraska Medical Center)
Report planned: Final report is being drafted
Upcoming meetings: Sixth and final meeting (closed) held July 13-14, 2015 in Washington, DC


National Science Foundation

 

Forum on Open Science

Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Duration: October 2013–October 2016

Study director: Hermann Habermann; project assistant: Michael Siri

Chair: David Ward (University of Wisconsin–Madison)

Reports: Forums do not issue reports; they meet for discussion among a wide range of stakeholders; they can also stand up workshops or consensus panels

Upcoming meetings: Fourth and last meeting held March 27, 2015, in Washington, DC; follow-on activities to be scheduled

 

Standing Committee on the Future of Major NSF-Funded Social Science Surveys

Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Duration: March 2015–March June 2016

Study director: TBD; project assistant: Eileen LeFurgy

Chair-designate: Barbara Entwisle (University of North Carolina)

Reports: Standing committees do not issue reports; they meet for discussion; they may also stand up workshops or consensus panels

Upcoming meetings: TBD

 

The Carnegie Corporation of New York

Standing Committee on Creating the American Opportunity Study, First Phase

Sponsor: The Carnegie Corporation of New York

Duration: April 2015–March 2017

Study director: Carol House; project assistant: Agnes Gaskin

Chair-designate: Michael Hout (NYU)

Reports: Standing committees do not issue reports; they meet for discussion; they also stand up workshops or consensus panels; this committee will stand up workshops on the design and research uses of the American Opportunity Study (AOS), which is being developed to measure intergenerational mobility by linking 1990 census records (after capturing the necessary information) with subsequent census records, American Community Survey records, and administrative records that become available. The result will be a facility for researchers to obtain extracts of linked files for analysis within the Census Bureau’s Research Data Center network. The First Phase AOS is intended to address the challenges of capturing linking information for the 1990 census short- and long-form records, to evaluate the likely quality of matches with other records, and to propose the next phase of work. A website will be maintained for the committee.

Upcoming meetings: First meeting scheduled for October 15-16, 2015, in Washington, DC



The Laura and John Arnold Foundation
  

Panel on Improving Federal Statistics for Policy and Social Science Research Using Multiple Data Sources and State-of-the-Art Estimation Methods
Sponsor: The Laura and John Arnold Foundation
Duration: April 2015–September 2017
Study director: Brian Harris-Kojetin; project assistant: Agnes Gaskin
Chair-designate: Robert Groves (Georgetown U)
Report planned: Final report
Upcoming meetings: First meeting scheduled for September 4-5, 2015, in Washington, DC



The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Panel on the Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Immigration
Sponsor: The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Duration: May 2013–October 2015
Study director: Christopher Mackie; associate program officer: Esha Sinha; project assistant: Anthony Mann
Chair: Francine Blau (Cornell University)
Report planned: Final report is being drafted
Upcoming meetings: Seventh and final meeting (closed) to be held September 11-12, 2015, in Washington, DC

 

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