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October 4, 2022, 2:00 – 5:00 pm
October 25, 2022, 2:00 – 5:00 pm
Panel on an Integrated System of Household Income, Consumption, and Wealth Data and Statistics to Inform Policy and Research will hold two virtual open meetings; see this site for more information.

October 13, 2022
2:00 – 5:30 pm Register here
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; see this site for more information and agenda at the end of the newsletter.

People News

CNSTAT Congratulates Sallie Keller on Being Named Associate Director for Research and Methodology at the U.S. Census Bureau
Sallie Keller, who has been working as a special adviser at the Census Bureau since July 2022, will officially assume the position of associate director for research and methodology and chief scientist on October 17, 2022. She is distinguished professor in biocomplexity and director of the Social and Decision Analytics Division within the Biocomplexity Institute and Initiative at the University of Virginia. Her prior positions include professor of statistics and director of the Social and Decision Analytics Laboratory at Virginia Tech; academic vice-president and provost at University of Waterloo; director of the Institute for Defense Analyses Science and Technology Policy Institute; the William and Stephanie Sick Dean of Engineering at Rice University; head of the Statistical Sciences group at Los Alamos National Laboratory; professor of statistics at Kansas State University; and statistics program director at the National Science Foundation. She is a member the National Academy of Engineering, served on CNSTAT and the Board on Mathematical Sciences and their Applications, and chaired the Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics. She is fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an elected member of the International Statistics Institute, and a fellow and past president of the American Statistical Association. She has a B.S. and M.S. in mathematics from the University of South Florida and a Ph.D. in statistics from Iowa State University.

CNSTAT Thanks John Abowd for His Service at the U.S. Census Bureau
John Abowd steps down as associate director for research and methodology and chief scientist at the Census Bureau on October 16, 2022. He will continue as a special advisor. During his tenure, he oversaw the development and implementation of differentially private algorithms for data products from the 2020 Census. Formerly, as distinguished senior research fellow at the Census Bureau, he made major contributions to the development of the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) program He is the Edmund Ezra Day professor emeritus of economics, statistics and data science at Cornell University, a fellow of the American Statistical Association, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Econometric Society, and Society of Labor Economists, 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 Chris Haffer and Shelly Wilkie Martinez on Receiving Data Coalition DATUM Awards
The Data Foundation’s Data Coalition presented the 2022 DATUM Awards on September 22, 2022, to six “innovators, leaders, and champions in the use of data in evidence-based decision-making, transparency, and accountability, to better our government and society.” Samuel C. “Chris” Haffer received the Chief Data Officer Award. He is the first CDO for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The award announcement notes that he “has launched EEOC Explore, an accessible data query and mapping tool, run nationwide surveys of employers and workers during the pandemic, and created the District Demographic Dashboard to help identify and better serve vulnerable workers.”

Shelly Martinez received the Federal Statistical Official Award. She is senior statistician, Statistical and Science Policy Office, U.S. Office of Management and Budget, and former executive director, U.S. Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking. From the award announcement, “With a deep knowledge of the federal data ecosystem, Mrs. Martinez has worked tirelessly in her role with OMB to fulfill the vision of the Evidence Commission and support compliance with the Evidence Act.”

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