SRCOS BUSINESS MEETING at VCU
October 8, 2004
21 member Institutions (out of 39) were represented.
What MOTION passed at 1:35pm?
Mike Kutner brought up idea of honoring deceased members with memorial session at
SRC. Discussion followed: then referred to committee.
1:46 to 4:15 pm: Two and Five minute reports
Electronically submitted reports are given first, followed by additional comments made
during the session.
The University of Alabama:
Mike Conerly, Director Applied Statistics Program
Edd Mansfield, Department Head ISM
1. The tide is turning at The University of Alabama for our applied statistics
program. After being an interdisciplinary program for 32 years we have decided
to move our master’s and Ph.D. programs into the College of Commerce and
Business Administration, C&BA. This will enable our students to become
eligible for scholarships administered only to students in the business school. Our
department has seven Ph.D. statisticians; in addition the department contains five
management science faculty and seven MIS faculty; we are known as the
Department of Information Systems, Statistics, and Management Science, ISM.
2. Applied Statistics currently has 18 Ph.D. students and 15 master’s students.
Seven students are supported through the ISM department with C&BA funding.
Fifteen others receive support and tuition from grants outside of our department
and through other colleges and departments on campus in exchange for statistical
services. Four doctoral students are supported by their native country
governments. We have a policy that any international student that cannot pass a
spoken English test by the end of their second year will not receive funding
beyond that point. We believe that the ability to communicate in English is
essential for all students who will ever be in a position in which they will have to
communicate with employers, clients, students, colleagues, dissertation
committees, or any other person with whom a statistician may come in contact.
As a incentive to encourage the oral use of the English language, international
students are asked to come to my office once every three weeks to tell me a joke.
3. Faculty notes: Mike Hardin is the co-chair for the SAS conference, M2004, in
Las Vegas in October 2004. This international conference is the largest data
mining conference in the world. Subha Chakraborti spent the spring and summer
of 2004 on a Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Pretoria in South Africa.
Brian Gray was selected as the top professor by students in the Executive MBA
4. Our master’s degree has five tracts: actuary, six-sigma, biostatistics, data mining,
and a traditional tract. In addition we are developing a concentration in the MBA
program in data mining. Three Ph.D. students graduated in the past year. They
are working at the University of Waterloo, Coastal Carolina University, and at an
agricultural research company in Minnesota.
5. In the past year we have started a Business Intelligence Institute under the
direction of Mike Hardin supported in part by our partnership with SAS. We
offer four academic courses which lead to SAS programming certification.
Currently most students seeking a master’s degree in economics take these
courses. We are working with the University Registrar’s Office using data
mining techniques to finds ways to improve student retention and to target
prospective students. We are also working with two Birmingham banks using
data mining to develop credit scoring models. Also a team of students worked
with an aluminum processing plant to identify the source of quality problems in
their production process and have saved the company hundreds of thousands of
1. In June 2004, the former Institute of Statistics at Baylor University became the
Department of Statistical Science within the College of Arts and Science. The initial
faculty consisted of 6 full-time faculty with 2 lecturers. Each of these eight faculty has
the doctoral degree in statistics. We still have associate faculty members with
statisticians from other department. These include Roger Kirk in Psychology and
Dovalee Dorset, Kris Moore, and Sam Seaman in the Hankamer School of Business.
This arrangement is somewhat temporary in that Seaman left Baylor for another
position and Dorset plans to retire this coming May.
2. The department currently has 20 graduate students who are working towards the
doctorate degree in statistics. This past summer 9 students passed the Qualifying Exams
which will enable them to continue their study towards the doctorate and enable them
to take the Preliminary Exams. This January we anticipate having 11 students take the
PE. Those who pass will then be admitted to candidacy and will be in search of a thesis
3. This past year we had three doctoral graduates and all three currently have academic
positions within Texas. This phenomenon is somewhat new, in that, during the previous
year each of our 5 doctoral graduates took positions in industry, e.g. Lilly, Mayo Clinic,
Batelle. We anticipate having one more finish her degree in May-August. In addition,
we had 5 students complete their master’s degree. Two of these students have obtained
employment and do not plan to continue their studies at this time. The other 3 are still
in our graduate program.
4. We had a very good recruiting year and have 6 new students enrolled in our program
and five of these are first year students.
5. We are currently proposing the BS in Statistics. We hope that this program will be
available for fall 2005.
6. We have need for several faculty but do not have any openings at this time.
7. The research program is progressing well and we have our fingers in several ongoing
interdisciplinary research projects.
Robert Taylor, Head
Herman Senter, SRCOS representative
1. Clemson University’s President Jim Barker has set a goal of moving Clemson into
the top twenty public research institutions in the country. This year Clemson
again moved up in the U.S News and World Report rankings, to 32nd. This
continues a steady year-by year progression toward his goal.
2. The Department of Mathematical encompasses six disciplines, one of which is
Statistics. The department has 40 tenured/tenure-track faculty, 27 full-time
temporary faculty and 8 part-time temporary teachers. The Statistics sub-faculty
consists of eight regular faculty (including Head Robert Taylor) and a visitor.
These individuals and their ranks are as follows:
Professor: Robert Taylor (Head), KB Kulasekera, and Robert Lund
Associate Professor: Calvin Williams, Brad Russell, and Herman Senter
Assistant Professor: Colin Gallagher and Chanosek Park
Visiting Distinguished Professor: Joe Padgett.
3. Recent Events
Robert and Mary Ann Taylor moved into their new home overlooking beautiful Lake
Keowee. Bob, former head of the Statistics Department at UGA and past president of
SRCOS, has easily transitioned into being head of a mathematical sciences department
while keeping both his tennis game and sense of humor.
Robert Lund joined the department this fall, coming from UGA with his wife Carol. Not
to be outdone by the Taylors, they too bought a house at Lake Keowee.
Calvin Williams returned this fall from NSF where he was Program Director of the
Division of Undergraduate Education. He has assumed the position at Clemson of
Director of the Center for Excellence in Math and Science Education.
Colin Gallagher also returned this fall from a two-year leave, his at Chico State
University. He departed Clemson a single man and came back with a wife and baby
daughter. Nice work Colin!
Joe Padgett, former head and distinguished professor of Statistics at USC, has retired to
his lovely new home on Glassy Mountain. Fortunately he remains active in research and
teaching, now doing so on a part-time basis at Clemson.
Sadly, Peter Nelson (Professor) passed away in March following a long period of
declining health. Peter was the editor of the Journal of Quality Technology for many
years, and was an expert in design of experiments.
The department has approximately 80 graduate students; slightly more than half are MS
candidates. U.S. citizens make up about two thirds of the graduate students and almost all
of the 90 or so undergraduate majors.
The department is currently recruiting for multiple positions at different levels, including
a Bioinformatics appointment and one in Probability/Statistics. The department will
continue to build the Statistics sub faculty in coming years and will be seeking applicants
in several areas.
Emory University Department of Biostatistics
Effective March 1, 2004 Michael Kutner, Ph.D. was appointed Rollins Chair and Chair of
the Department of Biostatistics.
Seven doctoral level faculty were hired this past year and are listed below:
Dr. Andre Rogatko, Professor (joint with
Winship Cancer Institute)
Dr. Eugene Huang, Associate Professor
Dr. Lily Zhang, Assistant Professor
Dr. Mourad Tighiouart, Assistant Professor (joint
with Winship Cancer Institute)
Dr. Mary Kelley, Assistant Professor
Dr. Jose Binongo, Lecturer
Dr. Ying Guo, Assistant Professor
The Biostatistics Consulting Center is expected to get core funding from the Health
Sciences Center of about $100K per year. These funds are primarily to fund grant
preparation time, for core staffing needs and for support of graduate students and research
The department has increased its external funding by 129% this past year.
We are actively recruiting faculty at all levels and have ads out in AMSTAT News.
The department will celebrate its 40th anniversary on October 22, 2004. At that time, Dr.
Donna Brogan will be honored for 33 years of service at Emory and a retirement
celebration will take place to honor her career as well. A Donna Brogan Lecture Fund
will be set up to honor her career.
The department has roughly 25 master’s students and about 25 doctoral students. We
brought in 12 new masters students and 6 new doctoral students this Fall. A new
BA/MSPH program has been established with the Mathematics Department. Two
students began this program as entering seniors this Fall.
Dr. Amita Manatunga was promoted to full professor and inducted as Fellow of ASA. Dr.
Lance Waller was promoted to full professor and received the Abdel El-Shaarawi Young
Researcher Award from the International Environmetrics Society. Dr. Robert Lyles
was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure.
The department established the Center for Infectious Disease Analysis (CIDA) with
Director, Dr. Betz Halloran and Co-Director Dr. Ira Longini. Drs Longini and
Halloran were awarded a five year grant for more than $3 million by NIH to develop
powerful computer modeling techniques to analyze and respond to infectious disease
The department continues to serve as the data coordinating center for multimember
clinical trials. The Infant Aphakia Treatment Study was recently funded by NEI with
Mike Lynn as Director of the DCC.
George Mason University: Dept. of Applied & Engineering Statistics
We have hired two renewable term-teaching faculty, one in 2003 and another this
past August. Currently have 8 tenured faculty (3 full, 5 associate). The term
teaching faculty has enabled us to reduce adjunct faculty to five.
We have an opening for a senior-level (full professor) position commencing Fall,
2005. Areas of interest include biostatistics, spatial statistics, computational
statistics, statistical graphics and visualization, and statistical data mining.
Applications to homeland security issues are a plus. Evidence of strong teaching
performance and an ongoing active research program required. Candidate for full-
professor is expected to have international recognition for significant research
accomplishment must have research support for 25% of annual salary (which will
reduce teaching load to one course per semester) and a graduate student.
GMU has been raising tuition after two years of no raises in 2001-02 and a 2.25%
raise in 2003, of which the State supplied 1.25%. Raises will average 4.5% this
year, with less than half coming from the State. The Provost is committed to 4-5%
for the next three years.
All in-state graduate students in IT&E pay an additional tuition charge of $50 per
credit. This started in fall 2004 for new students only. It applies to all students in
Program Innovations Planned
Joint M.S. in Statistical Science with three other existing programs: M.S. in
Computational Science, M.S. in Mathematics, and M.S. in Operations
The idea is to expand electives to 6 or 9 credits in each program, so that a
student can get two M.S. degrees with 42 to 48 credits (21-24 from each
Joint PhD in ‘Statistical and Data Sciences’ with School of Computational
Principal Areas of faculty research include
Statistical Methods for Computer Intrusion Detection
Statistical Graphics and Visualization
M.S. in Statistical Science (30 credit hours)
Certificate in Federal Statistics (15 credit hours)
Certificate in Biostatistics (15 credit hours), [joint program with College
of Nursing & Health Science, commenced in Fall 2003]
M.S. in Epidemiology & Biostatistics [proposed to commence in 2005,
joint with CNHS]
Certificate in Signal Processing (joint with ECE)
PhD in Information Technology with concentration in Statistics
PhD in Computational Sciences with emphasis in Statistics
Current Enrollment: Course Body Counts (F04/F00)
Active Statistics Graduate Students:
2004/2000: 70/30 M.S., 15/15 PhD, Certificate: 15/3, Non-degree: 30.
Number of GTA’s: 2004/2000: 7.5/3
We do not offer an undergraduate program, but do provide:
Certificate in Applied Statistics for Math (24 credits)
Minor in Data Analysis for Economics/CS/Engineers/Science/Public
Policy (15 credits)
I chair a committee appointed by Provost to consolidate and control the number of
statistics courses offered by other departments. I would welcome a discussion
with other SRCOS members who have experience in this matter.
Georgia Southern University
1.) Being a new program in Biostatistics we are pleased that we graduated our first
two students in the fall and summer of 2004. One student is working for a clinical
research organization in Rockville Maryland. The other is in the PhD program at
Michigan State. We currently have 8 masters level students
2.) We hired a new PhD from Duke University, Dr Laura Gunn. We also hired a MS
SAS programmer as an instructor. Our faculty consists of three PhD
Biostatisticians and one Master level SAS programmer.
3.) During the past year the Department of Public Health at Georgia Southern became
the Jiann-Ping Hsu School of Public Health. This is the first public School of
Public Health in Georgia.
Georgia Southern will continue to sponsor BASS XI, (Biopharmaceutical Applied
Statistics Symposium) November 1 through November 5 in Savannah, Georgia. This
conference will be co-sponsored by Virginia Medical College, VCU, and the Bio
pharmaceutical section of the ASA.
University of Georgia
John Stufken, Head
Department of Statistics
Phone: (706) 542-8218
Fax: (706) 542-3391
The Department of Statistics at the University of Georgia has seen its share of
ups and downs over the past year. While that could make for a fairly normal
year, much of the discussions during the recent months have unfortunately
focused on continuing budget woes.
The past year was the first year of John Stufken as head at UGA (he has not yet
expressed any regret). Of the two positions he had been promised, one was
'postponed' due to budget problems. The other was however put to good use, and
resulted in the hiring of Nicole Lazar. Nicole was an Associate Professor at
Carnegie Mellon with interests in empirical likelihood, fMRI, and applications
of statistics in archeology, among others. She started her position in August of
2004. The department will be trying to fill a position at the Assistant
Professor level with a starting date of August 05.
At the other side of the spectrum, Robert Lund decided to say good bye to his
many good friends at UGA in order to test the waters just down the road at
Clemson --- which is easy to do with a brand new home at the lake. (Thanks Bob!)
Anand Vidyashankar is on leave at Cornell University, where he holds a tenure
track position. But it is hard to imagine that he could prefer the dullness of
Ithaca over the excitement of Athens. Only time will tell.
Rolf Bargmann, who many of you may know, passed away in early September. He died
in his native Germany, during a trip that he had announced as his last visit to
the motherland. Rolf will be missed. He kept coming to the department regularly
until the very end, and visited even several times after he and his wife had
moved this summer to Charlottesville, VA, to be closer to one of their
daughters. A memorial service is planned for October 23 in Athens.
This year's Bradley Lecture was given by Jim Berger, who also livened up our
Spring breakfast (well, it was really his lovely wife who did that).
The department just prepared a self study for a seven-year Program Review. The
self study identifies a number of challenges and opportunities, and there is a
lot of excitement about writing a new chapter in the annals of the history of
the department, despite the continuing budget woes.
[If anybody needs a new provost or governor, please do contact us.]
Medical University of South Carolina
Barbara C. Tilley
The department continues to have four areas of emphasis – Biostatistics, Bioinformatics,
Epidemiology and the Clinical Masters Program. In recognition of the increasing
prominence of bioinformatics the university allowed us to change our name from
Biometry and Epidemiology to Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, and Epidemiology (DB2E).
The Bionformatics program is in its second full year with training grant funding from
NIH/NLM to support pre-doctoral and post-doctoral students.
The department offers Ph.D, and Masters degrees in Biomedical Research. Additionally,
the department offers a Masters in Clinical Research for physicians and health
professionals with advanced degrees wishing a firm grounding in research methods, now
in its second official year. This has been a very popular and successful program with
fourteen entering students this year. The department also has an active Collaborative
Unit headed by Robert F. Woolson and associate director, Rickey E. Carter, supporting
the MUSC General Clinical Research Center and investigators through out the university.
The Unit provides help in study design and grant development and in data analysis. Data
management is provided through our Data Coordination Center headed by Yuko Y.
Palesch. Three research level faculty were hired (Valerie Durkalski, Renee H. Martin
and Wenle Zhao) and one master level associate (Jaemyung Kim) to support this unit.
Barbara Tilley became chair six years ago and has expanded the department. There are
presently 26 full time faculty in the department. New faculty hired last year include
Valerie Durkalski, Renee H. Martin, Paul Nietert, and Zara Sadler, Wenle Zhao. Post-
docs hired last year include Carlos C. Borges, Raman Lall, Simone Marino, Anandhi E.
Radhakrishanan, and Xiaoshu Wang. Recruitment for faculty positions in biostatistics
(2), bioinformatics (2), and epidemiology (2) is underway.
In the past six years external funding with department faculty as principal investigators
and as co-investigators has increased almost 10-fold from slightly over $500,000 five
years ago to over $8,357,714 this year. Funding has come from NIH, NSF, AHRQ, and a
variety of other sources.
We are located in the Cannon Place Building, at the north end of the MUSC campus and
occupy the third floor.
We are actively seeking talented graduate students for our degree programs. Referrals
University of South Carolina
Department of Statistics:
• Have 15.5 faculty positions: 11.5 tenure-track, (6 Professors*, 3.5 Associate
Professors, and 3 Assistant Professors) 2 full-time instructors, 1 full-time
instructor/Assistant to Chair. In addition, the StatLab manager, which requires an
advanced degree in a quantitative area, is a staff position.
• Brian Habing was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor
• David Hitchcock (Ph.D., Florida) was hired as an Assistant Professor
• Roumen Vesselinov, who has a PH.D. in econometrics/statistics and many years
in consulting experience, became our StatLab manager in November
• *Mark Becker, who joined the University in September as provost, has an
appointment in our department as Professor
• One or more openings are advertised with one possibly at a senior level. Another
is a possible joint appointment in bioinformatics (application deadline of Oct 15
for the bioinformatics position)
• Walt Piegorsch was named co-editor of JASA Theory and Methods
• John Spurrier was named the College of Science and Math's Advisor of the year
• John Grego is current President and Research Committee Chair for the Friends of
the Congaree Swamp which assists the Congaree National Park with advocacy,
research, education and publicity. For his work on the Congaree River Flood
maps John received the 2000 Community Service Award from the Columbia
Audubon Society, the 2001 Water Conservation Award from the SC Wildlife
Federation, and the 2002 Conservationist of the Year Award from the SC Sierra
Club. Unrelated to this, he received the 2004 A. James Hicks Leadership Award
from the Louis Stokes-SC Alliance for Minority Participation
• A homecoming reception in Joe Padgett's honor is being held this evening. Joe
(Distinguished Professor Emeritus) retired in August 2003. Joe taught a
Clemson/USC graduate level reliability course last Spring. It was broadcast from
Clemson to various sites over SC.
• The University has gone to a new budgetary system referred to as Value Centered
Management. After a year we still don't know what our budget really is . The
department will be in a new combined College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Interviews for the new dean of the combined colleges are ongoing.
• Enrollments in STAT courses continue to increase. This fall, we increased overall
enrollments by about 14% with just under 21%, 43% and 58% over Falls 2002,
2001, and 2000 respectively.
• Over 65 (headcount) total graduate students; 35 full-time and 34+ part-time
(mostly in the Master of Industrial Statistics (MIS) or the Certificate of Applied
Statistics (CAS) programs). Approximately 60% of these are US citizens; 50%
female; 15-22 Ph.D. students. Last year we graduated 3 Ph.D.'s, 5 M.S.'s, 1
M.I.S.'s and 4 CAS. Brian Habing is Grad Director and Don Edwards is Director
of the Distance Grad Program (CAS and MIS).
• Approximately 25 active undergraduate majors. Last year we graduated 3 B.S.'s.
John Spurrier is Undergraduate Director and, under his leadership, the department
is putting a fair amount of effort into recruiting majors. This year we had 4
incoming freshmen as majors (usually we are lucky if we have 1 or 2). This is
due, in large part, to John's networking with high school teachers.
• Outside research continues to be very good: 2 NIH, 1 NIH COBRE, 3 NSF, plus
several other grants and contracts from state and federal agencies and private
companies. The total grants/contracts in effect in 2003-04 was well in excess of
$2,500,000. (One of these is a $900,000 NIH grant of which half is subcontracted
to Cornell through USC.)
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics:
• We continue to teach four cross-listed graduate level courses with this department
and have joint colloquiums. The MSPH, MPH, and Ph.D. students take their core
courses in mathematical statistics and linear models in our department, as well as
a number of electives. This Spring, James Hardin from their department will be
teaching BIOS 815/STAT 775 Generalized Linear Models to students in both
programs. Last year, two of our graduates, a Ph.D.'s and an M.S., were hired in
two Centers that are affiliated with the Department of Epidemiology and
• I heard of no changes in that department this year. We continue to teach two
cross-listed courses with this department, undergraduate level time series and
statistical quality control.
Virginia Commonwealth University
Following a couple of bad budget years, the Commonwealth of Virginia approved a tax
increase that significantly raised the budget for the next two years. Higher education
benefited from this budget increase, and VCU received a large share of this. Tuition
increases continue, but finally the university can rebuild some of the positions lost over
the previous few years.
The Provost left his position to become President at Ohio University, and the Dean of the
College of Humanities and Sciences was named interim Provost. Hence the Department
is working with both an interim Provost and an interim Dean. Overall enrollment at the
university is up approximately 2500 students from the past year, and exceeded
projections by 3%. Within the department, the number of undergraduate majors in
statistics and operations research increased slightly to 15, and the number of graduate
majors increased to 20. The faculty in the Department of Statistical Sciences and
Operations Research remained constant, although adjunct faculty member Jose Binongo
left the Richmond area to take a position at Emory. In part to replace the contributions
that Dr. Binongo was making and in part due to the more favorable budget situation, the
department was awarded 3 additional graduate teaching assistantships, representing a
The department received several teaching grants from Capital One, Inc, and the College
received a large furniture contribution from Capital One. The university has begun a
fund-raising campaign for the extension of the Monroe Park Campus. This would involve
a new School of Business, a second building for the School of Engineering, and
additional residential buildings for students and faculty. When completed, current
buildings would be renovated and the department would likely move out of the current
building into a neighboring building, giving us a chance to expand.
A bioinformatics curriculum in the Program in Life Sciences has been approved, with the
Department working closely with this curriculum. Similarly, the Department is
contributing three courses to a new Ph.D. program in Epidemiology, housed in the School
The following are additional excerpts from two-minute reports:
1. Duke (freeze on hiring)
2. Clemson (tuition raised 48% last year due to downturn in economy: Clemson
ranks 32 as public research institution, hiring 1 in prob/stat and 1-3 in
bioinformatics, bill Padgett is teaching part time after retiring from USC)
3. Texas A&M (goal to increase faculty by 25% over next four years; 10 in
statistics, hired 6 new faculty this spring) Currently 30TT, 5 lecturers, 19MS, 12
PHDs, 80 current MS, Larry Ringer retired.
4. Kentucky (big budget cuts, hiring two positions in STAT this year even though
CAS is cutting 26, 13 faculty, 45 grad students, graduating 5 phd’s per year)
5. W. Virginia (25% budget cuts, now supported only low 20% by state, 7-8 faculty
plus 7 soft money research. No phd but Collaborative Phd prog with Math & CS,
primarily bioinformatics. Had drop in M.S. from high 40’s to 35. Lost B.A. in
stat, now have BS in industrial math. Fighting to preserve separate stat dept:
pressure to merge with math., math wants it. They keep their profits from summer
school, 25-30k per year. Largest forensics and biometric research in school in
6. VCU (4th yr as separate stat dept. 15 undergrad and 20 grad students)
7. FSU (no raise this year, raise in tuition, 13TT, 2 lecturers, open position for Epps
Endowed Chair, plus another endowed position. Dean said increase faculty to 20-
22 by 2010. Just got approval for M.S. in biostat: their medical school is in its
8. NC State. (175 grad students, 45 Phd of which 26 are U.S. Hiring 2 junior and 2
senior level (ad in AMSTAT NEWS) to replace 3 lost faculty. 20 MINUTE
9. SMU (9 faculty, 26 grad students)
10. Johns Hopkins (Dept of Applied Math Sciences in Engineering school, 9TT (6 of
these in prob/stat), 3 lecturers, not hiring, 29 FT phd students, 100 undergrads, no
11. Rice (new President, searching for new Dean. Has 9 faculty, 4700 total students,
but talk is to grow to size of Princeton. All 50 grad students are supported from
grants. Currently all grad students are PhD. Will graduate 8 this year, only
admitted 6 new students this year. Undergrad degree in computational finance,
undergrad certificate in bio-informatics. Bioengineering is largest freshman class)
12. USC (12TT, 3 lecturers, 2 positions open, one at senior level)
13. Observer Laurie Jones: Missouri. Nancy Flournoy is Chair for 3 yrs. 14TT,
1Visiting, 1 college of Agriculture, 3 new Asst profs were hired this yr. 50 grad
students, all supported. Ag School gives great support. Will hire 2 new this yr.
14. Florida, Ron Randles (20 in stat, 15 in biostat, 4 in agriculture, all function as one
dept). 50 grad students. Will hire 2 new in stat, one at assoc, plus 1 in Public
health. Ron will teach class on web with 2500 students next semester.
15. N. Florida (Bill Wilson) (29 faculty in math-stat dept, 7 statisticians). They were
unsuccessful in hiring a TT faculty member last year, will try again this year. Bill
will retire next summer.
16. Baylor (Jack) Now has separate stat dept. Now have 8 faculty
17. Miss. State (Jane Harville couldn’t make it) Alabama, Arkansas also missing
4:20 pm. Treasurers Report approved. Bill Wilson congratulated for his years of
service to SRCOS. This is his last business meeting as he will retire next summer. Darcy
was appointed Treasurer effective Jan 1 to fill last year of Bill’s term.
Memorandum of Agreement is 5 yr agreement, not due to be renewed until next year’s
business meeting since the current one is good thru end of 2005. Committee will review
and revise document. John Weir will head comm., Sastri (NC State) and Taylor will be
the three members. It will be effective from Jan 1, 2006 through Dec 2010. Missouri is
currently not listed as one of the States in SREB: Jack feels that we should not abide by
such a restriction. Connie says why not add SREB ‘and surrounding region’. Basic
agreement on keeping SREB and have memorandum sent to University President, since it
is the Institution that is the member, not the dept. Also lets President know what you are
Connie: motion to refer to Committee to reexamine issue about SREB State Restriction to
relax the restriction. Seconded by Ron.
Mike K. SREB is recognized by Universities and it is a plus.
John (WVA) SREB may have a problem sending memorandum to non-SREB State.
Motion passed unanimously
Jack thinks requirements on President-elect too long a commitment: 2 yrs president elect,
2 yrs president, 2 yrs past-president. Also requires presiding over two business meetings
and two research conferences. Suggests making officers one-yr terms instead of two (at
least for president)
Motion: Committee entertain the suggestion that President be a one-year term
(Secretary and Treasurer unchanged)
2005 Business Meeting: SMU agreed to host
9-9:45 Committee Meetings
Faculty Development Committee Report (Michael Longnecker at A&M, John at GA)
Post list of junior faculty in SRCOS membership with research topics and talks
they are willing to give, then have SRCOS members invite them for seminar (Jane
H idea from last year) If funding is a problem for host institution, contact home
dept chair or rep to arrange a cost sharing arrangement. Regional universities can
arrange one day type conferences at each others campuses Will send out request
for lists next week.
Will request update on reps.
Motion: John is appointed official SRCOS webmaster.
Encourage junior faculty presentations at SRC.
Session at SRC on Mentoring junior faculty. Are there any formal mentoring
practices. At NC State new faculty member gets assigned a teaching mentor and a
research mentor. They are encouraged to meet once a month and Chair gets a
report at end of each semester from mentor.
Promotion at major schools like NC State generally requires having grants.
Membership Comm. (Wierman and Bolstein)
Retention of current members: especially with MOA coming up next year.
President should send out email urging attendance at business meeting, especially
next year with MOA
Recruiting new members. List of ASA Institutional members had 19 southern
schools that were not SRCOS members. Contact them at JSM individually and
invite them to attend as observers.
Contact people in local area of business meeting and target schools nearby to
invite them to business meeting as observers
Corporate membership. Members that have connections with a company (D’Arcy
with Capitol One) to invite them to business meeting, or perhaps SRC. D’Arcy
will see if Capitol One is interested.
Restructure meeting to have a session on corporate issues so corporate reps would
be interested in addressing issues of concern from them
Award’s Committee (Connie, etc)
2005 Paul Minton Award nominee: Tom Bratcher of Baylor (nominated by
Taylor, Kutner) He spent many years there in a math dept and was not well
treated. SRCOS President in 1988-89. Has been in SRCOS since late 1970’s.
2005 SRC Plans. Clemson will host in early June. Passed unanimously.
2006 SRC in Central Texas (hosted by Baylor). Passed unanimously.
Statistical Education (Sastry)
Will send me electronic version. Discussion on distance education (as part of a
regular on-site class: just additional students, e.g. up to 10) They fax or scan/email HW.
Exams are emailed to a Proctor. Intellectual property issue: at A&M University claims
web-based course materials are university property. At Kentucky, legal council said when
you put notes on web you should put COPYRIGHT: YOUR NAME. Harner said at
WVA they put name of university instead of your name. Faculty members who want to
use their own textbook must get approval from dept chair to prevent conflict of interest.
Undergrad stat majors at NC State get jobs as SAS programmers and at companies doing
biostat stuff. Half go on to grad school.
Kentucky: Math undergrad majors are small, so offering undergrad in stat not attractive
since not enough math majors to raid.
Invite Missouri to petition for membership in SRCOS by 2005 business meeting, to be
effective Jan. 2006, pending next MOA and SREB including Missouri as southern state.
What to do about institutions that have not paid 2003-04 dues? Connie suggests have an
Inactive/Active Status rather than trying to collect past dues. Ask them if they still want
to be a member.
Richard Bolstein, Secretary