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Short course at JSM 2014

The Statistics in Epidemiology Section is pleased to offer a short course on causal mediation analysis taught by Tyler VanderWeele on Tuesday, August 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For registration and pricing, see http://www.amstat.org/meetings/jsm/2014/registration.cfm.

The course will cover some of the recent developments in causal mediation analysis and provide practical tools to implement these techniques. Mediation analysis concerns assessing the mechanisms and pathways by which causal effects operate. The course will cover the relationship between traditional methods for mediation in epidemiology and the social sciences and new methods in causal inference. For dichotomous, continuous, and time-to-event outcomes, discussion will be given as to when the standard approaches to mediation analysis are valid. Using ideas from causal inference and natural direct and indirect effects, alternative mediation analysis techniques will be described when the standard approaches will not work. The no-confounding assumptions needed for these techniques will be described. SAS, SPSS and Stata macros to implement these techniques will be covered and distributed to course participants. The use and implementation of sensitivity analysis techniques to assess the how sensitive conclusions are to violations of assumptions will be covered. Discussion will be given to how such mediation analysis approaches can be extended to settings in which data come from a case-control study design. The methods will be illustrated by various applications....

Call for SPEED session submissions

Abstracts submissions close on Feb. 3.

SPEED SESSIONS - Five large ASA sections (Biometrics, Statistics in Epidemiology, Statistical Learning and Data Mining, Biopharmaceutical Statistics, and Survey Research Methods Section) will collaborate on this pilot venture. A SPEED session will consist of 20 oral presentations of approximately five minutes, with a 10-minute break after the first set of 10 talks. These short oral presentations will be followed by a poster session later on the same day. The following incentives will be offered to the presenters who agree to participate in the pilot SPEED sessions:
-Electronic poster boards will be provided to SPEED presenters, so there will be no additional costs or hassle associated with printing or transporting your poster
-A certificate of appreciation and a special badge will be given to SPEED presenters
When you submit your contributed paper abstract to any of the above five ASA sections, you will see an option asking whether you are willing to participate in a SPEED session. Choose one of the five ASA sections (Biometrics, Statistics in Epidemiology, Statistical Learning and Data Mining, Biopharmaceutical Statistics, and Survey Research Methods Section) and "SPEED" from the list of track options . In this session type, you will have approximately five minutes of oral presentation time and continue the conversation during the electronic poster session the same day.


The Section on Statistics in Epidemiology (SIE) Section of the ASA invites applications from young investigators who will present their papers at the 2014 JSM, August 2 – August 7, Boston, MA, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. The awards honor the best papers by young investigators in statistics in epidemiology presented at the JSM. The awards are open to all current graduate students in statistics, biostatistics and epidemiology and also recent graduates who received their degrees no earlier than December 31, 2011. The award consists of $500 to help defray travel costs to the JSM. A reception will be held at the Boston meeting to honor award recipients.

Preference will be given to papers with both methodological contributions and substantive epidemiological applications. Jointly authored papers are certainly acceptable, but the applicant is expected to be the lead author and present the work at the 2014 JSM. The presentation at JSM may be in a regular session, speed session or poster session. Further, the presentation does not have to be in a session sponsored by the SIE Section nor must applicants necessarily be current members of the SIE Section. The presentation at JSM must, however, correspond to the paper receiving the award.

In order to apply for the award, please submit the paper by December 15, 2013 along with a cover letter stating where you are a current student or your year of graduation, if you are a recent graduate, to: Susan Shortreed (shortreed.s@ghc.org), Section Secretary/Treasury....


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