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JSM 2009 Goes to Washington
Wendy L. Martinez, JSM 2009 Program Chair
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Members have a lot of latitude
when putting together an
invited session
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J
SM 2008 is right around the corner, so now is the time to start
planning for JSM 2009, which will take place in Washington,
DC. The theme for the 2009 meetings is “Statistics: From
Evidence to Policy.”
Members of the program committee encourage potential
JSM participants to think broadly about the 2009 program and
begin organizing sessions relating to the theme. In particular, con-
sider topics that would be especially appropriate given that the
meetings will take place in Washington.
Committee members also would like to have sessions that attract
nontraditional attendees. For example, interesting sessions that draw
nonstatisticians from the medical, defense and homeland security,
diplomatic, law enforcement, and policymaking communities.
Members have a lot of latitude when putting together an invited
session. Overall, these sessions can be classified as invited papers,
panels, or posters. Invited paper sessions are the most common style,
and they include two to six speakers. Invited panels, which also are
popular, must have three to six members who are able to provide
commentary or a point of view on the panel topic. An invited poster
session is organized by the JSM poster chair and usually consists of
10 to 12 participants.
Organizers should first identify the session details and potential
participants (e.g., chair, speakers, discussants, panelists) and write a
brief description of the session (e.g., topic, purpose, structure). The
next step is to contact an appropriate member of the 2009 JSM
Program Committee for sponsorship. Finally, if a program com- present one time in the overall JSM program.
mittee member wishes to sponsor the session, the organizer should Contact information for members of the program commit-
get a commitment from the session participants. Once the session tee, participation guidelines, and important dates may be found
is organized, the sponsoring program committee member will work at www.amstat.org. Also, new this year, members will be able to
with the organizer to submit the session proposal. submit invited session proposals for 2009 JSM via the Cyber
Program committee members expect online submission of invit- Center page at JSM 2008 in Denver. Ideas for special sessions,
ed session proposals to be open from July 21 to September 9, 2008. such as introductory overview lectures and memorial sessions,
Thus, there will be an opportunity during JSM in Denver to net- should be emailed to 2009 JSM Program Chair Wendy Martinez
work with colleagues and put sessions together. It is important to at martinezw@verizon.net. Suggestions for invited posters should be
note that a participant can organize multiple sessions, but can only sent to Poster Chair Lara Schmidt at Lara_Schmidt@rand.org. n
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