Joint Statistics Meetings Denver 2008

Clare at JSM, Denver Convention Center
JSM (the Joint Statistical Meetings) is the largest gathering of statisticians held in North America, and this year I’m happy to say, it was being held in Denver…So, of course I attended! I was lucky in that my employer allowed me to go for work, and all I had to pay for was gas & parking.
Outside the Denver Convention Center

JSM is held jointly with the American Statistical Association, the International Biometri Society (ENAR and WNAR), the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and the Statistical Society of Canada.

Lobby of Denver Convention Center

It was attended by over 5000 people, the largest collection of nerds I have ever seen! Activities included oral presentations, panel sessions, poster presentations, continuing education courses, exhibit hall (with state-of-the-art statistical products and opportunities), career placement service, society and section business meetings, committee meetings, social activities, and networking opportunities.

I went to see several panel sessions, all having to do with or related to Health & Medical Statistics. Some presenters were better than others, but there were a few highlights. I learned about “Pick a Better Snack” programs for children in Iowa and about the efficacy of Sexual Education under the Bush Administration’s Funded programs.

I also attended two very thought provoking (rather enticing) lectures by keynote speakers:

Sir Donald Berwick
Deming Lecture- Sir Donald M. Berwick
“Inference and Improvement in Health Care”
Tuesday, August 5, 4:00 p.m.

Donald M. Berwick is president and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. He is also a clinical professor of pediatrics and health care policy in the Department of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and professor of health policy and management in the Harvard School of Public Health. He is a pediatrician, adjunct staff member in the Department of Medicine at Boston’s Children’s Hospital, and a consultant in pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital.

President’s Invited Address – Mark B. McClellan
“Health Care Considerations for the Millennium”
Monday, August 4, 4:00 p.m.

Mark B. McClellan is senior fellow and director of the Engelberg Center for Healthcare Reform and the Leonard D. Schaeffer Director’s Chair in Health Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution. McClellan has also served two presidential administrations in roles such as administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, commissioner of the FDA, member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors, senior director for health care policy at the White House, and deputy secretary of the Office of Economic Policy at the U.S. Treasury.

At the end of the week, I arranged a Univ. of KY Alumni dinner downtown…here’s a picture at the BrewPub downtown
Arny (Far Left) Head of UK Stats Dept

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