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Quality and Productivity
Incoming Chair Offers Message
Martha Gardner, GE Global Research
A
s the incoming chair for the ASA Section on Quality and
Productivity, I would like to tell you how excited I am to
be serving the section in this role and that I plan to be
Mary G. and Joseph Natrella
even more involved in the activities the section offers. It is a ded-
Scholarship
icated bunch of volunteers who drive the mission of the section:
“To promote quality and productivity through the development,
The Mary G. and Jo seph Natrella Scholarship
teaching, and proper application of statistical thinking and tools.”
is presented annually by the Quality and
I am looking forward to getting to know even more of our mem-
Productivity Section to honor the distinguished
bers in 2009 during our activities.
career of Mary G. Natrella, author of the well-
JSM 2009—to be held August 1–6, 2009, in Washington,
known NBS/NIST handbook Experimental Statistics.
DC—will be here before you know it. The invited sessions
The scholarship supports the participation of two
are all set, and abstract submission for contributed papers and
students in the 2009 Quality and Productivity
posters closed February 2, so I am looking forward to seeing
Research Conference, which will be held in
your posters and hearing your talks this summer.
Yorktown Heights, New York, June 3–5, 2009. Each
We also sponsor the Quality and
will receive a $2,500 grant, a $500 stipend toward
Productivity Research Conference
travel and housing expenses, complimentary
(QPRC). The 2009 meeting, themed

We have many
registration, and complimentary registration
“Data, Statistics, and Vision Lead to
for any pre- or post-conference tutorials
opportunities
Great Decisions,” will be hosted by IBM
given in conjunction with the conference. In
Research, Yorktown Heights, New York,
June 3–5, 2009. A highlight of the con-
addition, winners will present their research.
for folks to
ference is the presentation of Natrella
help out and
Application is open to full-time students who are
scholarships. The scholarship includes
currently pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree
become more
a grant and travel stipend to attend the
at an accredited college or university and who
QPRC, where the recipients present
have a demonstrated interest in applications
active …

their research. Faculty members should
of statistics to quality and productivity.
encourage their master’s or doctoral stu-
dents with demonstrated interest in qual- The application deadline is March 16, 2009.
ity applications to apply for the scholar-
ships. All information can be found at
Further information about the scholarship
www.amstat-online.org/sections/qp.
and application forms can be found at
Another activity we participate in is the Fall Technical
www.amstat-online.org/sections/qp or
Conference, which we cosponsor with SPES, ASQ-CPID, and
obtained by contacting Keith Eberhardt
ASQ-STATS. Abstracts for presentations at this conference are
at keith.eberhardt@kraft.com.
due on February 27, 2009. We look forward to expanding our
relationship with ASQ in the coming years.
Finally, our Q&P webinars have been a great success. Many
thanks to our 2008 webinar speakers for their support: Roger
Hoerl of GE Global Research, Doug Montgomery of Arizona
State University, and Brad Jones of JMP. The webinars will
continue in 2009, so watch www.amstat-online.org/sections/qp
for more information.
Of course, we are always looking for ways to improve our
offerings and address topics that are most critical to our mem-
bership. We have many opportunities for folks to help out
and become more active in how our section evolves, so please
do not hesitate to contact me with your input and interests at
gardner@research.ge.com. ■
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