We are pleased to announce the 24th Annual Morris Hansen Lecture entitled “Methodological Issues and Challenges in the Production of Official Statistics”. The event will take place on January 20, 2015, with doors opening to attendees at 2:30 p.m. The lecture will commence at 3:30 p.m. and conclude at 5:30 p.m. It will be held at the Jefferson Auditorium within the United States Department of Agriculture’s South Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20250, which is conveniently located at the Smithsonian Metro Station, 14th Street exit, via the blue/orange lines. Please join us after the lecture on the USDA patio for a reception, where we will be serving light refreshments.
This year’s keynote speaker is Danny Pfeffermann, who is Professor of Statistics at the University of Southampton, UK, and Professor Emeritus at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. As of 2013, Dr. Pfeffermann is the National Statistician and Head of the Central Bureau of Statistics in Israel. Dr. Pfeffermann's presentation will focus on the big advancement in technology, coupled with the constant rise of ‘big data’, and yet increased demand for more accurate, more detailed and more timely official data with tightened budgets, which places enormous challenges to producers of official statistics across the world. The abstract can be seen at http://www.nass.usda.gov/ Education_and_Outreach/Morris_Hansen/2014_abstract.pdf.
Photo identification is required for entry, and please allow an extra 30 minutes to process through security with pre-registration. If your name is not on the registration list, you will need to enter the building at Wing 4, and please allow one hour to process through security.