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******** February 2004 Newsletter **********

1. JANUARY MEETING: Many thanks to Professors Pat Brockett and Linda Golden for arranging a delightful evening, January 26th, at Joe's Crab Shack with generous appetizers and a fascinating talk on Ridits for analyzing data with ordered responses, illustrating their use in insurance fraud detection.

2. NEXT CHAPTER MEETING: The next chapter meeting on Tuesday, February 24th, will feature Melvin Hinich, Professor of Economics and Mike Hogg Professor of Government, who will present a talk on a measure of signal coherence for a stochastic waveform and show its application to acoustical characterization. Announcement of time and place later this week.

3. NO SPRING SHORT COURSE ON REPEATED MEASURES: We (NE Texas, Austin, and San Antonio chapters) lost out on our bid(s) for the ASA Traveling Short Course on Repeated Measures, for which a great deal of contingency planning was necessary. Two triads of chapters were selected for the short course; ten other chapters (counting Austin) applied.

4. CHAPTER web site: Check out the new chapter web site designed by our chapter Secretary Di Michelson at http://www.amstat.org/chapters/austin/index.htm, which you may want to bookmark. The web site will post local statistical job openings that are brought to the attention of the officers (send to Di Michelson and copy Ray Marr).

5. JOB ALERTS: Those who prefer to be notified ASAP by e-mail of local statistical job openings should so request in an e-mail to Ray Marr .

6. UPCOMING EVENTS of STATISTICAL INTEREST:
Feb. 24 February Austin Chapter Meeting featuring Professor Mel Hinich.
Mar. 25-26 Annual Conference of Texas Statisticians (COTS) will be held the last weekend in March, Friday and Saturday, March 26-27, at Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, TX.
April 7 Dr. Bill Smith, retired professor from Texas A&M, will be speaking Tuesday, April 7, to the Austin ASA.
April 23 Professor Peter John's retirement talk and reception will be Friday, April 23rd.

7. COTS 2004: So far as I know the web site for COTS 2004 is not yet available, but since the conference is in Nacogdoches, the chapter will try to coordinate transportation to defray expenses. This is always a fine program with a central theme. Typically the thematic presentations begin noon Friday; poster sessions are held about 4:30 - 5:30 PM, followed by a dinner meeting at which the Don Owen award is presented, the recipient of which presents an entertaining illustrated talk. A variety of non-thematic talks is typically given on Saturday morning. Some may choose to return to Austin after the Friday dinner.

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