Media Advisory: Joint Statistical Meetings Open Today at Colorado Convention Center

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The 2008 Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM), organized by the American Statistical Association (ASA), opens today at the Colorado Convention Center here. Keynotes will speak on the future of health care; elections, sports, sex, and drugs are featured session topics. Statistical experts will participate in more than 2,500 oral presentations, panel sessions, poster presentations, continuing education courses, career placement, business meetings, social activities and networking opportunities during the five-day program. The theme for the 2008 JSM is "Communicating Statistics: Speaking Out and Reaching Out."

Communicating Statistics: Speaking Out and Reaching Out.

The 2008 Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM), organized by the American Statistical Association (ASA), opens today at the Colorado Convention Center here. JSM, the world's largest annual gathering of statisticians, brings some 5,200 statisticians to Denver and, according to the Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (DMCVB), will pump $10.3 million into the city's economy. The conference runs through August 7th.

Statistical experts will participate in more than 2,500 oral presentations, panel sessions, poster presentations, continuing education courses, career placement, business meetings, social activities and networking opportunities during the five-day program. The theme for the 2008 JSM is "Communicating Statistics: Speaking Out and Reaching Out." Visit the JSM newsroom at http://www.amstat.org/meetings/jsm/2008/index.cfm?fuseaction=newsroom for more information.

Media Registration:
Members of the media are invited to participate in any or all of the sessions at JSM. Media registration is required; call Rosanne Desmone at 703.946.3820. Press credentials can be picked up or requested at the Special Assistance Desk in the registration area of the conference.

Attendees & Presenters:
The JSM participants represent academia, business & industry, and federal, state, provincial, and local governments. The majority of participants - about 75 percent -- are from the US; international participants represent the continents of Australia, Europe, Africa, Asia and South America.

19th Annual Cox Scholarship 5K race and 2.5 K Fun Run - Tuesday, August 5, 7-8:30 am:
The annual Cox Scholarship Race/Run, sponsored by the Caucus for Women in Statistics in conjunction with the ASA, benefits the Gertrude Cox scholarship fund. The race will take place from 7--8:30 am at the Cherry Creek Bike Path and Platte River Parkway. Currently, three Coloradans are registered in this run to raise funds for the scholarship.

Session Topics Include Elections, Sports, Sex, Drugs and the Future of Health Care"
Link to the releases below to view some of the sessions of interest in the areas of elections, sports, and a variety of other fields.

College Stat Bowl - Tuesday, August 5, 8:30 to 12:30 am
There are 16 players in the tournament. There will be four first round games, from 8:30 to 10:30, each game consisting of four players. Round two, which will determine the winner, will begin at 10:30. Click here for more information.

Exhibitors:
Approximately 70 exhibitors will have displays in the exhibit hall at the conference. Exhibitors include Google, California; the Colorado School of Public Health, Denver: Space-Time Research, Australia; NCSS software, Utah; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, California; Bureau of Labor Statistics and the US Census Bureau, Washington, DC; US Dept. of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, Washington, DC; Eli Lilly, Indiana; RTI International, North Carolina.

About JSM:
The 2008 JSM is the 168th annual meeting of the ASA. JSM is held jointly with the American Statistical Association (ASA), the International Biometric Society (ENAR and WNAR), the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS), and the Statistical Society of Canada.

About the American Statistical Association:
The American Statistical Association (ASA), a scientific and educational society founded in Boston in 1839, is the second oldest continuously operating professional society in the United States. ASA held its first annual meeting in 1840 with 10 people in attendance. For more than 160 years, ASA has been providing its 18,000 members serving in academia, government, and industry and the public with up-to-date, useful information about statistics. The ASA has a proud tradition of service to statisticians, quantitative scientists, and users of statistics across a wealth of academic areas and applications. For additional information about the American Statistical Association, please visit the association's web site (Amstat.org) or call 703.684.1221.

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