2014 Spring Banquet

The 2014 Spring Banquet will take place on Thursday, April 17 at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association in Oakland. Our featured speaker is Prof. Daniel Nagin of Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College!
See this flyer for details.
Students are encouraged to enter the poster competition.
You can buy your tickets at this site, or at the link below.

Keynote Speaker: Daniel S. Nagin is Teresa and H. John Heinz III University Professor of Public Policy and Statistics in the Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University. He is an elected Fellow of the American Society of Criminology, American Society for the Advancement of Science, and American Academy of Political and Social Science. He was awarded the American Society of Criminology’s Edwin H Sutherland Award in 2006 and the Stockholm Prize in Criminology in 2014. His research focuses on the evolution of criminal and antisocial behaviors over the life course, the deterrent effect of criminal and non-criminal penalties on illegal behaviors, and the development of statistical methods for analyzing longitudinal data. His work has appeared in such diverse outlets as the American Economic Review, American Sociological Review, Journal of the American Statistical Association, American Journal of Sociology, Archives of General Psychiatry, Criminology, Child Development, Demography, Psychological Methodology, Law & Society Review, Crime and Justice Annual Review, Operations Research, and Stanford Law Review. He is also the author of Group-based Modeling of Development (Harvard University Press, 2005) and chaired and co-edited the report of the (US) National Academy of Science’s Committee on Deterrence and the Death Penalty.

Poster Presentations: We provide a friendly atmosphere for students to get experience presenting work to their fellow colleagues. We follow the same guidelines as the JSM poster presentations. Relevant information from the JSM Web-Site (http://amstat.org/meetings/jsm/2014/posters.cfm) follows:

  • A poster session is a presentation where materials such as maps, photographs, graphs, charts, and/or tables are posted on a display board along with brief textual summaries of their work. Ideally, a well-constructed poster will be self-explanatory. Successful poster presentations are those which achieve both coverage and clarity.
  • Coverage: Have you provided all the obvious information? Will a casual observer walk away understanding your major findings after a quick perusal of your material? Will a more careful reader learn enough to ask informed questions? In addition to title/author and abstract, most successful posters provide brief statements of introduction, method, subjects, procedure, results, and conclusions. Ask yourself, "What would I need to know if I were viewing thismaterial for the first time?" and then state that information clearly.
  • Clarity: Is the sequence of information evident? Indicate the ordering of your material with numbers, letters, or arrows when necessary. Is the content being communicated clearly? Keep it simple. Place your major points in the poster and have the non-essential, but interesting, sidelights for informal discussion. Be selective. Your final conclusions or summary should leave observers focused on a concise statement of your most important findings.
  • Each poster display should include a lettered sign giving the title and the name(s) of the presenter(s). This sign should be 6" in height with letters at least 2" high in a bold font. Extensive, imaginative use of captioned illustrations, photographs, graphs, or other types of visually appealing material is an extremely effective mode of communication in a poster presentation.
  • People attending a poster session are free to move about from poster to poster and does not allow time for people to read excessive text. Text should be limited to four or five pages of double-spaced, 16-20 point text. This will allow lettering to be read from several feet away. Do not mount materials on heavy board because these may be difficult to position on the poster board. Be sure to provide clear labels for each section of your presentation.
  • Each author is provided space on which to display a summary of their paper. Authors must remain in the vicinity of the bulletin board for the duration of the session (60 minutes) to answer questions. Note that poster presenters are not supplied with audiovisual equipment or electricity.
  • Ideally, a well-constructed poster is self-explanatory, achieving both coverage and clarity. When signing up using EventBrite, be sure to sign up as a poster –presenter and provide your email and the title of your poster. Please sign-up by 4/10 to ensure a spot in the competition. You will receive a confirmation email on or prior to 4/11/2014 with more poster details.