26th Annual Morris Hansen Lecture: November 29, 2016


Nancy Bates, senior researcher for survey methodology with the U.S. Census Bureau, will give the 26th Annual Morris Hansen Lecture on Tuesday, November 29, at 3:30 p.m. in the Jefferson Auditorium of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) South Building in Washington, DC. The lecture is titled Hard-to-Survey Populations and the U.S. Decennial Census.

Brad Edwards, a Westat Vice President, and Linda Jacobsen, Vice President, U.S. Programs, Population Reference Bureau, will be the two discussants following the lecture.

USDA’s South Building is between 12th and 14th Streets at the Smithsonian Metro Stop (Blue/Orange Lines). Enter through Wing 5 or Wing 7 from Independence Avenue. (The special assistance entrance is at 12th Street and Independence Avenue.) A photo ID is required. Please preregister for this event to facilitate access to the building.

The Morris Hansen Lecture Series is sponsored by the Washington Statistical Society (WSS), Westat, and the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Keith Rust, PhD, a Vice President and Associate Director of Westat’s Statistical Staff, serves on the WSS Hansen Lecture Committee. The lecture series was established by WSS in 1990 with a financial grant from Westat. The series seeks to achieve balance between theory, applications, and policy and to highlight the diversity of disciplines that inform survey practice.

This lecture series was created to honor Morris Hansen, a former Westat Chairman of the Board, whose pioneering contributions to survey sampling and related statistical methods during his long and distinguished career at the U.S. Bureau of the Census and at Westat established many standards and methods, mostly still in use, for the conduct of surveys. In 1996 and 2006, Westat made additional financial contributions to WSS so that the Hansen Lecture series could continue.