Symposium of the U.S. Statistical Agencies—Statistics2013
Several U.S. agencies organized an outreach event called the "Symposium of the U.S. Statistical Agencies" to celebrate the International Year of Statistics 2013. The symposium will take place on November 13 and 14 at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Information on the sessions and how to register are given below. The goals of the symposium are twofold:
- Increase public understanding of the power and impact of statistics
- Nurture statistics as a profession, especially among college students
The symposium speakers will present an overview of statistical methodologies and how they can be applied to diverse applications in econometrics, demography, medicine, agriculture, energy, transportation, and more. We anticipate that the audience for this symposium will come from a diverse background of users and consumers of government statistics, data, and analyses.
November 13, 8:45 to 12:15—Statistics for Economists
- Commissioner, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
- Director, Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)
- Director, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) Workforce
- Associate Director for Economic Programs, Census Bureau
- Visualizing Transaction Data, George Mason University
- Bootstrap Approaches for Economic Analysis, Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Understanding Price Indexes, Bureau of Labor Statistics
November 13, 1:15 to 4:30—Statistics in Health
- National Cancer Institute (NCI), Estimating Sibling Recurrence Risk in Population Sample Surveys
- National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), Quality of Cancer Care among Foreign-Born and U.S.-Born Patients with Lung or Colorectal Cancer
- NCHS, Sample Design of the National Health Interview Survey
- Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Biostatistics in Public Policy: A View from the Food and Drug Administration
- Census Bureau, Health Insurance Coverage from the Census Bureau – National and Local
November 13, 10:00 to 12:00 and 2:00 to 4:00—Career Choices in Statistics
This session will provide attendees with an opportunity to explore various career paths, learn career development skills and enhance their job marketability, discuss tips for landing interesting positions within various government agencies, and develop connections with professionals in the field of statistics.
Presenters from various federal statistical agencies will introduce the hiring process and job qualifications and will talk about the basic mission and work done at their agencies for students in the statistics and related fields and young statisticians.
There will be a morning session starting at 10:00 a.m. which will last about 2 hours with presentations from several agencies, perhaps followed by a panel discussion and Q&As. There will also be an afternoon session that begins at 2:00 p.m. which will include presentations along with a panel discussion. The following agencies will be participating: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Census Bureau, Internal Revenue Service, USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, National Center for Health Statistics, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, and the Federal Reserve Board.
Note that this is not a job fair. This is an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to learn more about careers in statistics.
November 14, 10:30 to 12:00—Statistics for Journalists
This session will be oriented to reporters of all types—broadcast, print and online media—who want to learn about federal statistical agencies, the official statistics produced by these agencies, and how they can use the statistics, studies, etc. produced by these agencies in their reporting. During the session, representatives from several statistical agencies will give presentations that will educate reporters on various topics, such as agency missions, data sources, how to access data, and more. A list of participating agencies is given here:
- Economic Research Service
- Bureau of Justice Statistics
- National Center for Education Statistics
- National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics
- National Center for Health Statistics
November 14, 1:00 to 3:00—Statistics in the New Media Era
This session brings experts from around the federal government (including the federal statistical system) to discuss the usage of new media tools and services such as apps and APIs to ensure the public has greater access to government data. During the session, panelists from various federal agencies will share case studies on the sources of digital media they have implemented to reach new and existing users. Agencies will discuss the importance of involving and communicating with developer communities to ensure success of new media tools and services. We believe the primary audience would be statisticians, public affairs and communications specialists, and web developers. A list of participating agencies is given here:
- Bureau of Justice Statistics
- Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Bureau of Economic Analysis
- Census Bureau
- Energy Information Administration
Schedule and participants subject to change.
There is no registration fee for this symposium. Travel and other support will not be provided. To register, send an e-mail to Wendy Martinez (BLS) with the following information:
- Full Name
- Session(s) you are attending
- Special needs
Click this link to send registration e-mail:
Wendy L. Martinez
Office of Survey Methods Research
Last Modified Date: October 22, 2013