RAND Statistics Seminar Series

Statistics and Public Policy

Presented by David A. Marker, PhD, WESTAT, Rockville, MD
Thursday June 19, 2008
1:30 P.M. ET
Conference Room 6202
RAND Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA
Please contact Denise Miller if you would like to attend this seminar.


The use (and abuse) of statistics in public policy seems to grow each year. The American Statistical Association has made a concerted effort over the last few years to raise the profile of statisticians, and of the ASA, with regard to public policy. This talk will discuss the role of statisticians in climate change, assuring the fairness of elections, and other recent topics.

Speaker Bio

David Marker has worked at Westat for almost 25 years. During that time he has worked on projects involving environmental protection, homelessness, terrorism risk insurance, children's health, and many others. He chairs the ASA Scientific and Public Affairs Advisory Committee, is a Fellow of the ASA, and an elected member of the International Statisticial Institute. Last year he organized a workshop on "The role of statisticians in climate change" held at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. His recent publications include "Methodological review of 'Mortality after the 2003 invasion of Iraq: A cross-sectional cluster sample survey'" in Public Opinion Quarterly (2008) and "Informed consent: Interpretations and practice on social surveys" (with J. Martin) in Social Science & Medicine (2007).

Attending a Seminar

Other Locations/Times:
Washington, D.C. Conf. Rm. 4132: 1:30pm ET
Santa Monica, Conf. Rm. 1226/1228: 10:30pm PT

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