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28 August 2014: Short Course in R

Introduction to R: This course is designed for those who are interested in using R for their statistical analyses, but have little or no prior experience using R.

The course will cover four introductory subjects: R basic operations, data manipulation, univariate statistics, and simple graphics. The goal is to provide sufficient fundamental knowledge to enable participants to start using R and to further advance their knowledge of R from other sources as desired.

There will be lecture and hands-on opportunities. Lunch will be provided.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop computers with R installed (http://www.r-project.org)

Prior registration is required. Please visit the WSS Meetup page for details and to register.

19 August 2014: ASA PR Campaign Launches This Week

The ASA public relations campaign-designed to increase interest in the field of statistics and recruit the next generation of statisticians-launched August 19. The "This is Statistics" campaign will educate students, parents, teachers, and counselors about the abundant and well-paying career opportunities in statistics. The informational website features videos of "cool" statisticians doing interesting work, career and salary information, sectors that employ statisticians, and an interactive map of select organizations across the world at which statisticians work. We encourage ASA members to share the website link with friends and colleagues, follow the latest news on Twitter, find additional information on Facebook, and view campaign videos on YouTube. The more we spread the word, the more we can correct the frustrating misconceptions about statistics. Contact Jeff Myers with your questions or comments.

New! Click here to see pictures from the 2014 WSS Annual Dinner!

Dear Colleague,

If you work with statistics in the metropolitan Washington DC area, you owe it to yourself to belong to the Washington Statistical Society (WSS).

The WSS is the largest, most active chapter of the American Statistical Association (ASA) with about 900 members. Our members work in the government, academic, and private sectors, spanning many disciplines. Members' interests and expertise cover an extensive range of areas in applied and theoretical statistics, data collection, survey methods, and allied subjects.

WSS offers opportunities to:

  • network with colleagues in your field,
  • increase the level of quantitative literacy in area schools,
  • continue your own statistical education,
  • help to develop the next generation of statisticians,
  • participate in numerous seminars and workshops,
  • recognize your colleagues' important contributions, and
  • offer your expertise in volunteer or elected roles.

Our activities include a large and varied technical seminar program, short courses, social events, and service opportunities. WSS members receive our monthly email newsletter (The WSS News), with announcements and descriptions of forthcoming events, volunteer opportunities, and listings of job openings and job-seeking members' credentials. Our website provides information on additional events, WSS contacts, and a WSS history.

Annual Dues

  • ASA member $9 (Full)
  • Non-ASA member $11 (Associate)
  • Student $3

To Join WSS
Access the associate membership form via the JOIN! link at the top right of this webpage, or send a check (payable to WSS) to:
WSS, P.O. Box 2033, Washington, DC 20013.
Include: name, ASA number (if ASA member), mailing address, and Email address.

Please feel free to contact me (by email: Dherz@mathematica-mpr.com, by phone: 202-250-3529) if you have any questions about membership or participation in WSS. We encourage you to join WSS either as a member or as a volunteer!


Diane Herz
WSS President, 2014-15

June 2014 Newsletter
Upcoming Events
September 18, 2014
October 28, 2014
October 31 & Novemember 1, 2014
Previous Annual Dinners
2014 — June 24
Flyer (pdf)
Jerome Reiter, Recipient of the 2014 Gertrude M. Cox Statistics Award
Sharing Confidential Data in an Era with No Privacy
2013 — June 25
Flyer (pdf)
Frauke Kreuter, Joint Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Maryland
Recipient of the 2013 Gertrude M. Cox Statistics Award
Big Data in Survey Research: Analyzing Process Information (Paradata)
2012 — June 12
Flyer (pdf)
Amy Herring, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Recipient of the 2012 Gertrude M. Cox Statistics Award
2011 — June 16
Flyer (pdf)
Nilanjan Chatterjee, National Cancer Institute
Recipient of the 2011 Gertrude M. Cox Statistics Award
Estimating the "Known-Unknowns" from "Known-Knowns" in the Search of Missing Heritability of Complex Traits
2010 — June 10
Flyer (pdf)
Dr. Michael R. Elliot, University of Michigan
2009 — June 18
Program (pdf)
Dr. Jean Opsomer, Colorado State University
Recipient of the 2009 Gertrude M. Cox Statistics Award
Aspects of Sampling Design: a Tale of Two Natural Resource Surveys (slides pdf)
Morris Hansen Lectures
2013 — January 7, 2014 (postponed from October 3, 2013)
2012 — October 9
2011 — October 18
2010 — October 12
2009 — October 13
2008 — October 28
The Federal Statistical System: Is It Stronger Now Than It Was Eight Years Ago?
2007 — October 30
Slides From Selected Seminars

Board of Directors and Committees

WSS Constitution

WSS Bylaws

WSS Handbook

WSS Program Chair Guidelines

WSS Video Contacts

WSS History 1896 to 2012

If you need the WSS employer identification number, Federal tax exempt information, or DC tax exempt information, please contact the WSS Secretary or WSS Treasurer. The WSS D-U-N-S Number: 786066571