Risk Analysis is a section of the American Statistical Association. The section grew out of an ASA committee, advisory to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. A prime mover in the establishment of the Section is Professor Bernard Harris (University of Wisconsin). Bernie was the first Chair of the Section (and is currently the Section's Representative to the ASA Council of Sections). Other members of the initial Executive Committee included Lee R. Abramson (U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission), Robert F. Bordley (General Motors Research Laboratories), Harry F. Martz (Los Alamos National Laboratory), Lisa Weissfeld (University of Pittsburgh), and Stanley L. Sclove (University of Illinois at Chicago).
Section business meetings, with two short invited scientific presentations, were held at the 1994 Joint Statistical Meetings, Toronto and the 1995 Joint Statistical Meetings, Orlando. The section participated more extensively in JSM96/Chicago.
At JSM97/Anaheim, the Section hosted three sessions, two Invited Sessions (including "The Many Faces of Risk in the 21st Century", in keeping with the theme of JSM97, "Shaping Statistics for Success in the 21st Century") and one Contributed Paper Session and sponsored or co-sponsored six other sessions (including "Applications of Decision Analysis in the Pharmaceutical Industry").
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