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     November 10, 1997 Vol. 32 No. 2     
     Editor: Cheryl Bissett Fall 1997     

Statistics Seminars:
Monday, November 10, 1997
Werner Stuetzle, Department of Statistics, University of Washington
"Prim-9: the early days of data visualization."
Thomson 101 at 3:30 P.M.

Monday, November 17, 1997
Usama Fayyad, Microsoft Research
"Data Mining & KDD: So What's New?."
Thomson 101 at 3:30 P.M.

Combined Food Drive:

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Non-specified contributions are distributed to all of the charities in your county of work that are in the CFD.

The Charity Guides are forms are available in the main office by the outgoing mail.

Our Mission: Enabling Washington State Employees to imporve their world, their state and their communities by making it easier for them to support charitable organizations.


The University of Washington will be closed on:

November 11th, Veteran's Day; and
November 27 and 28th, Thanksgiving.

Pacific Norhtwest Statistics Meeting:

Friday, November 21, 1997. Pre-registration is being handled via the web. It should be extremely interesting, especially for those interested in "environmental" topics.

The speakers are:

Nhu Le, UBC, "Spatial predictive distributions for explanatory variables in environmental health impact studies."

Gerald van Belle, UW, "Composite Sampling -- Doting on Very Absence."

Full abstracts are available on-line.


Adrian Raftery has been appointed Coordinating and Applications Editor of the Journal of the American Statistical Association for the years 1998-00. He started handling new manuscripts on November 1st.

Janet Wilt is the Editorial Assistant for JASA.

Out of Town:
Thomas Richardson
7/25 - 12/19, U. of Cambridge
Connie Sugatan
11/10 - 11/14, vacation
Cliff Lunneborg
9/2/97 - 3/1/98, Open University, UK
Elizabeth Thompson
12/10 - 12/11; NIGMS workshop, Wash. DC
Chris Triggs
11/7 - 11/24; NC University, University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon U.