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author Wojtek J. Krzanowski. He also indicator of where my interests really lay.”
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JSM 2009 (continued from pg. 1)
There are also several invited session categories that are cho- You probably realize by now that I had a lot of help putting
sen at the discretion of the JSM Program Chair, such as ASA the program together, and I would like to take this opportu-
journals, outside societies, ASA committees, memorial ses- nity to acknowledge the help of many people. First, I would
sions, and Introductory Overview Lectures. The General like to thank our ASA President, Sally Morton for her excel-
Methods Chairs and I also had some lent leadership and support. The JSM
invited session slots that we could fill. I think that this is one of the important Program Committee, the General
Thus, we could somewhat shape the challenges that all members of the program Methods Chairs, and the Poster Chair
program via these selections. committee faced – organizing a balanced did the bulk of the work organizing the
program and not letting our biases and program. In particular, our JSM Poster
Most of the invited program was final- interests motivate our choices.
ized by December 2008, after which we Chair, Lara Schmidt did an outstand-
turned our attention to the contributed ing job putting together and promoting
program. Proposed invited sessions that did not make it on the poster sessions. We could not do anything without the won-
program could be converted to topic contributed sessions. derful people at the ASA Meetings Department: Donna
However, for the most part, the JSM Program Committee just Arrington, Kathleen Wert, and Steve Porzio. I want to say a
had to wait for contributed abstracts to roll in, which they did. special thank you to Donna, who was responsible for the JSM
We received approximately 500 more abstracts (on average) technical program. She was always helpful, cheerful, and
than the previous two meetings! Needless to say, this present- patient with our many questions and issues. Of course, the
ed some significant scheduling challenges to the ASA JSM could not happen without the participation of the pre-
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or tional assumption of independence
between observations. James LeSage and
mod1 < –lm(y ~ x1 + ... + xk –1, R. Kelley Pace explore recent advances
data=ds) in spatial econometric models—includ-
ing some previously unpublished
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