[Cowystats] CO/ WY Chapter ASA Notes - Sept - 2005

Matt Pocernich pocernic at rap.ucar.edu
Thu Sep 15 17:46:15 MDT 2005

Discussed in this notice

** Volunteerism in Statistics
** Survey Results
** Seminar notices
** Student memberships
** Fall events
** Spring Meeting

** Volunteerism in Statistics

At the Joint Statistical Meeting in Minneapolis, there was a special
session devoted to the topic of volunteerism.  The group is being
formed to allow statisticians to contribute their skills in a useful
manner.  I attended this meeting and was very impressed with
the experiences of people there.  They ranged from education at a
range of levels, working with health clinics in Guatemala and assisting
groups in the process of data collection and analysis.  ASA President
Fritz Scheuren  attended the meeting and is strongly supporting this
effort.  The following is a note from group organizer Jonathon
Kurlander.  If you are interested in more information on this type of
work, please send him a note.


The ASA Special Interest Group on Statistical volunteerism is open to
any ASA member with an interest in using their skills to help with
projects ranging from curriculum development and science fairs, to human
rights assessments and world health.  Roles range from the more
administrative tasks such as organizing people, meetings and emailing to
the more cerebral, such as discourse, design, analysis and report

Anyone interested can contact Jonathan Kurlander at JLK at MN.RR.COM

** Survey Results

Thanks to those who completed the survey.  With 41 responses,
approximately 40% said they would likely attend a meeting in either
Boulder or Denver.  40% said "maybe" they would attend an event in
Fort Collins.  Support was less strong for Laramie or Colorado

People are most likely to attend a meeting on a weekday evenings

3/4 of those who responded have attended an chapter event.

Not surprisingly, people were interested in a broad range of topics.
The most commonly mentioned topic was biostatistics.  Other popular
suggestions included design of experiments, data mining and
statistical education.

** Seminar notices

The following are links to seminars offered by some of the schools in
our area.  As they are commonly updated, you might want to revisit
them periodically.

CU - Boulder

Colorado State University

Colorado School of Mines

** Student memberships
We will be contacting professors and instructors directly, but please
note that new student members may join the ASA for $10/ year for up to
2 years.  The regular student rate is $25/ year.  The local chapter
fee is $3/ year.


One may join the local chapter without joining the national ASA
organization by going to the chapter website.

** Fall events

We are tentatively planning on 1 or 2 fall events. Details will be forthcoming.

** New officers 
Since the spring elections, the following people are on the executive

President		- Matt Pocernich - NCAR - pocernic at ucar.edu
Secretary		- Deborah Hall 
Treasurer		- Sharar Boneh - Metro State College Denver
Chapter Representative	- Nels Gravested - Metro State College Denver 
President Elect		- Vacant
Newsletter Editor	- Vacant

If you would like to help organize chapter events - with or without a
title, please contact us.

** Spring Meeting

The tentative date for the spring meeting is Friday April 21st, 2006.
More details will follow.

Matt Pocernich
NCAR - Research Applications Program

More information about the Cowystats mailing list