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JSM 2019 in Denver ColoradoNISS Writing Workshop for Junior Researchers at JSM 2019

The theme of the 2019 Joint Statistical Meeting (JSM) hosted by the American Statistical Association is Statistics: Making an Impact! The conference will cover topics ranging from statistical applications to methodology and theory to the expanding boundaries of statistics, such as analytics and data science. The 2019 JSM Conference is being held at the Denver Convention Center from July 27 to August 1, 2019.

There are a number of NISS hosted events that all NISS Affiliates should be aware of.  These include:


Monday, 7/29, 2:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Statistical Challenges with Astronomical Data — Invited Papers  (The Jerome Sacks Award session)

Organizer(s): James L Rosenberger, NISS (National Institute of Statistical Sciences) and Penn State
Chair(s): Lingzhou Xue, Penn State University and National Institute of Statistical Sciences

Papers include:

Time Delay Cosmography Towards The Hubble Constant - Hyungsuk Tak, University of Notre Dame; Simon Birrer?, University of California, Los Angeles
Generating Realistic Galaxy Images - Chad M Schafer, Carnegie Mellon University; Benjamin LeRoy, Carnegie Mellon University
Detecting new signals under background mismodelling - Sara Algeri, University of Minnesota
Statistical Challenges of Pulsar Timing - G. Jogesh Babu, Penn State University



Monday, 7/29, 8:30 AM - 10:20 AM

Modeling applications for backcasting, nowcasting and forecasting — Contributed Papers
Survey Research Methods Section

Model-Based Crop Yield Forecasting; Covariate Selection and Related Issues - Habtamu Benecha, NASS/USDA; Luca Sartore, National Institute of Statistical Sciences; Nathan Cruze, USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

Monday, 7/29, 2:00 PM - 3:50 PM 

Machine Learning in Science and Industry — Contributed Papers
Section on Statistical Learning and Data Science, Text Analysis Interest Group

A machine-learning approach to extract remote-sensing features for predicting crop yield Luca Sartore, National Institute of Statistical Sciences; Arthur Rosales, National Agricultural Statistics Service; David Johnson, National Agricultural Statistics Service; Mary Frances Dorn, Los Alamos National Laboratory; Clifford Spiegelman, Texas A&M University.

Tuesday, 7/30, 10:30 AM - 12:20 PM

Expanding data utility - issues in disclosure and modeling — Contributed Papers
Government Statistics Section

Using Generative Adversarial Networks to generate synthetic population - Yijun Wei, NISS; Luca Sartore, National Institute of Statistical Sciences; Nell Sedransk, NISS



Monday, July 29, 12:30 PM to 1:50 PM

Survey Research Methods Section P.M. Roundtable Discussion

Constructing Better Coverage Intervals for Parameters Estimated from a Complex Sample Survey - Phil Kott, RTI.

Tuesday, July 30, 10:30 AM to 12:20 PM and 2:00 to 2:45

SPEED: Methodological developments in social statistics, Contributed Poster Session

Getting a Clear Picture of Students’ Writing PerformanceYa Mo and Nell Sedransk, Boise State University and NISS


NISS / SAMSI RECEPTION - Monday 7/29, 6 - 9 pm

Hyatt Regency Denver, Capitol Ballroom 7
650 15th Street, Denver, Colorado

The annual NISS Reception is traditionally held at the JSM Conference each year.  The Jerome Sacks Award for Cross-Disciplinary Research is presented.  This award honors Jerry Sacks, who was the first Director of NISS and a distinguished statistician who made significant contributions to the Statistics bridge theory, methodology and collaborative science and engineering.  In addition, NISS also presents the Distinguished Service Award to recognize individuals who have given extraordinary service to advance NISS and its mission and the NISS Distinguished Alumni Award to recognize NISS Postdocs who have had distinguished careers.  

NISS AFFILIATES LUNCHEON - Sunday 7/28, 11:30 - 2 pm

Hyatt Regency Denver, Mineral Hall C
650 15th Street, Denver, Colorado

Each year at JSM, NISS Affiliates get together for a luncheon. Each Affiliate is welcome to send one or two representatives to the luncheon.  Typically the department head and the liaison.

This year luncheon speakers will feature Lisa LaVange (Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Biostatistics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; 2018 President of the American Statistical Association) and  Daniel Jeske (Professor, Department of Statistics University of California, Riverside; Editor-in-Chief, The American Statistician) to talk about the real world evidence and alternatives to traditional p-values. Mimi Kim (Division Head, Division of Biostatistics Albert Einstein College of Medicine​) is the moderator. 

Both of these topics have been of keen interest to statisticians lately.  It will be exciting to hear from individuals who sit at the center of these topics!  We are very excited about hearing more from our affiliate colleagues on this topic and the discussion that will follow.  (more info...)

NISS WORKSHOP:  Writing Workshop for Junior Researchers - Sunday July 28 & Tuesday July 30, 2019

Hyatt Regency Denver, Capitol Ballroom 2
650 15th Street, Denver, Colorado

Held in two sessions, a full-day on Sunday and half-day on Tuesday, the goal of the workshop is to provide instruction for writing journal articles and grant proposals. Participants will be required to provide a recent sample of their writing, which will be reviewed by a senior mentor. The sample could be a current draft of an article to be submitted for publication or an early version of a grant proposal. Senior mentors will be former journal editors and program officers, who will critique the submitted material and provide individual feedback. This is a valued session that has been hosted by NISS for many years as a means of supporting early researchers in statistics.  (more info ...)


NISS will also have a table at JSM 2019. 

Check the JSM 2019 Online Program for any last minute changes to the conference schedule.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 by Glenn Johnson