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September 20, 2022, 2-5pm ET
Panel on an Integrated System of Household Income, Consumption, and Wealth Data and Statistics to Inform Policy and Research will hold a virtual open meeting; see this site for more information.

Save the Date October 13, 2022, 2:00 – 5:30 pm ET
Public Seminar:
Celebrating 50 years of CNSTAT and Looking to the Future: Toward a 21st Century National Data Infrastructure
Please plan to join us in person for our fall seminar followed by a reception. More details to come.

People News

CNSTAT Congratulates Alex Piquero on Being Named Director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Alexis R. Piquero was sworn in as director of BJS on August 15, 2022. He is an internationally recognized criminologist with expertise ranging from criminal careers to criminal justice policy and crime prevention to the intersection of race and crime, with a focus on quantitative methodology. He has published over 500 scholarly articles and several books and served as editor of the Journal of Quantitative Criminology and the Justice Evaluation Journal. He is a fellow of the American Society of Criminology and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. In 2019, he received the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Bruce Smith Sr. Award for outstanding contributions to criminal justice, and in 2020, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Division of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology of the American Society of Criminology. He has served on several National Academies’ study panels, including the CNSTAT panel that produced Modernizing the Nation’s Crime Statistics, Reports 1 & 2 in 2016 and 2018. Prior to joining BJS, he served as professor and chair of the Department of Sociology & Criminology at the University of Miami and as professor of criminology at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He has a Ph.D., M.A., and B.A. in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Maryland College Park.

CNSTAT Congratulates John Abowd on Receiving a Champion of Freedom Award from EPIC
The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), on August 9, 2022, named John Abowd, associate director for research and methodology, U.S. Census Bureau, as one of five people to honor at its annual Champions of Freedom Awards ceremony, to be held on September 21st in Washington, DC. EPIC established the Champions of Freedom Awards in 2004 to honor individuals and organizations that worked to safeguard the right to privacy, open government, and democratic values with courage and integrity. EPIC honored Abowd “For making remarkable strides for privacy and civil rights by transforming the disclosure avoidance system at the U.S. Census Bureau through the introduction of differential privacy.” Abowd is the Edmund Ezra Day professor emeritus of economics, statistics and data science at Cornell University, a fellow of the American Statistical Association and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute. He served on CNSTAT, chaired a study panel that produced Collecting Compensation Data from Employers in 2012 for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and served on the study panel that produced Understanding Business Dynamics—An Integrated Data System for America’s Future in 2007 for the Kauffman Foundation. He has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago.

CNSTAT Congratulates Jean Opsomer on Receiving the 2022 ASA Founders Award
The American Statistical Association (ASA) on August 9, 2022, bestowed the 2022 ASA Founders Award on Jean Opsomer, vice president and senior statistical fellow at Westat, for his distinguished service to and impact on the association. A fellow of the ASA, he has been a stalwart leader for its mission, serving many key roles on committees over the years, including currently as Chair of the Survey Research Methods Section. He is also a member of the Statistics Canada Advisory Committee on Statistical Methods; associate editor for Survey Methodology; and adjunct professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is a fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute. He has served on several CNSTAT study panels, including a panel that produced Understanding American Agriculture—Challenges for the Agricultural Resource Management Survey in 2008 and a panel that produced Improving Data Collection and Measurement of Complex Farms in 2019. He has a Ph.D. in operations research from Cornell University.

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