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We were thrilled to see so many of you at our celebration of the past and future of national statistics on October 13. Let’s keep the conversation going!

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small expert meetings? We are uniquely positioned to guide effective, forward-looking, and
scientifically rigorous approaches to improving statistical methods and information. We can bring
together experts to help you tackle your most challenging issues.

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Resources for you
View a recording of our recent seminar, Celebrating 50 Years of CNSTAT and Looking to the Future: Toward a 21st Century National Data Infrastructure.

Watch and share this 3-minute video (scroll to the Value of National Statistics section) about why data and statistics matter—and how we can ensure they are used responsibly for the common good.

Upcoming Events

November 14, 9:00am
Panel on a Roadmap for Disclosure Avoidance in the Survey of Income and Program Participation will hold a public virtual meeting; see this site for more information

December 2, 7, and 8
Workshop on Considerations for Returning Individual Genomic Results from Population-Based Surveys with a Focus on the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey scheduled virtually for December 2 (10:00 am – 5:00 pm), December 7 (12:00 – 4:00 pm), and December 8 (1:00 – 5:00 pm), 2022; see this site for more information

People News

CNSTAT Congratulates Four Recipients of ASA Founders Awards
At the Joint Statistical Meetings in Washington, DC, August 2022, the American Statistical Association bestowed five Founders Awards, which recognizes members who have rendered distinguished service to the association. Four of the awardees were of the federal statistical and research communities:

  • David Marker (Westat, retired)
    For dedicated service to the ASA over a 25-year period; for leadership of the Washington Statistical
    Society as president; for chairing the Scientific and Public Affairs Advisory Committee; for service as
    the program chair of the Survey Research Methods Section; for service as a member of the
    Committee on Representatives to AAAS and the Committee on Nominations; for leadership as a
    member of the ASA Board of Directors; for exemplary service and leadership as vice chair of the
    Professional Issues and Visibility Council; and for outstanding leadership as co-chair of the
    Antiracism Task Force.
  • Jean Opsomer (Westat)
    For dedicated leadership and service to the American Statistical Association for more than 20 years
    at the national and international levels; for leadership on the Caucus of Academic Representatives,
    the JABES Editorial Management Committee, the Statistics and the Environment Section, the
    Nonparametrics Statistics Section, the Survey Research Methods Section, and Statistics Without
    Borders; for leadership as program chair of the Joint Statistical Meetings; and for service on the ASA
    Task Force on Sexual Harassment and Assault, the Edward C. Bryant Scholarship Committee, the
    Investments Committee, the Committee on Publications, the Noether Awards Committee, and the
    Committee on Energy Statistics.
  • Stephanie Shipp (Social and Decision Analytics Division, Biocomplexity Institute, University of
    For dedicated leadership and service to the American Statistical Association for 25 years; for service
    on the JSM Task Force; for service on and leadership of five committees—the Committee on
    Professional Ethics, the Committee on Privacy and Confidentiality, the JSM Program Committee, the
    Committee on Fellows, and the Committee on Women in Statistics—having chaired those last two;
    for service on the Leadership Support Council as a council vice chair; for leadership as the JSM
    Program Chair for the Social Statistics Section; and for chairing the Government Statistics Section
    and serving as its Council of Sections representative.
  • Hal Stern (University of California, Irvine)
    For dedicated leadership and service to the American Statistical Association for more than 25 years;
    for service on the Committee on Publications and leadership as chair of the committee; for
    leadership as chair of the Task Force on the Future of CHANCE; for leadership as chair of the
    Statistics in Sports Section; for leadership as chair of the Section on Bayesian Statistical Science; for
    leadership as vice chair and chair of the Advisory Committee on Forensic Science; for editorial
    leadership as editor of CHANCE; and for editorial leadership as editor of JASA Applications & Case


CNSTAT Congratulates Steven Ruggles on Receiving a MacArthur Genius Grant

Steve Ruggles, Regents professor of history and population studies and director of the Institute for Social Research and Data Innovation at the University of Minnesota, is one of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellows for 2022, announced on October 12, 2022.  Commonly known as the “genius grant”, the fellowship is regarded as one of the most prestigious awards in the United States for
intellectual and artistic achievement and is typically awarded to 20-30 individuals a year. A historical demographer, Steve developed IPUMS, the world’s largest publicly available database of population statistics. His own work analyzing the decline of multigenerational households and the rise of single parenthood and divorce in the United States over many decades required massive quantities of individual and household-level census data from manuscript collections dating back to the mid-19th century. To provide researchers with free and easy access to harmonized census and other data, he launched IPUMS at the University of Minnesota in 1991. Today, IPUMS includes U.S. census data from 1790 to 2021, as well as international census and survey data from 157 countries spanning more than two centuries.

CNSTAT Congratulates William (Sandy) Darity, Jr., and Glenn Loury on Their Induction as 2022 AAPSS Fellows
The American Academy of Political and Social Science held an event in Washington, DC, October 19, 2022, to induct its 2022 fellows. Among them are two who have served or are serving on CNSTAT study panels:

  • William (Sandy) Darity, Jr., the Samuel DuBois Cook professor of public policy, African and African American studies, and economics at Duke University, where he also directs the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity, is the AAPSS 2022 W.E.B. Du Bois fellow. As noted in the citation, his work has informed understanding of racial, ethnic, and class inequality, stratification, and many other topics at the intersection of economics and race. He is serving on the CNSTAT Panel on an Integrated System of U.S. Household Income, Consumption, and Wealth Data and Statistics to Inform Policy and Research.
  • Glenn Loury, Merton P. Stoltz professor of the social sciences and professor of economics at Brown University, is the AAPSS 2022 John Kenneth Galbraith fellow. According to the citation, his work on applied microeconomic theory and the economics of race and inequality has made him an influential voice on racial differences, inequality, and affirmative action in the United States. He served on the CNSTAT panel that produced the 2004 report, Measuring Racial Discrimination.
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