This meta post is the placeholder for discussion of how CV will be represented on JSM 2013. Let me start by addressing the information requests in the SE Meta post that suggested the ways to have StackExchange involved:
- Who is going -- I guess we shall sign up in the comments or answers.
- What it is -- JSM stands for the Joint Statistical Meetings, an annual meeting of several major North American statistical societies: American Statistical Society, Statistical Society of Canada, Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and International Biometric Society (Western North America Region, Eastern North America Region). With ~6,000 attendees, mostly from US and Canada, of course, but also from around the world, this is the largest statistical event in the world. This year, we may see additional boost as 2013 is announced to be the International Year of Statistics.
- When the conference is running -- August 3-8, 2013. We need to take certain actions much earlier: the abstract submission closes February 4; the event requests need to be submitted by March 28 to be placed on the program. (SE would want to sponsor a mixer, I imagine, so if there is any money to spend, it should go towards free food, IMO.)
- Where the conference is located: JSM travels around North America. In 2013, the meetings will be held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (This is arguably a more expensive location than the median; there are only about 20 cities in North America that have the capacity to support a conference of 6,000 people, though, and few of them can be called inexpensive.)
- Why should SE support sending people to this conference -- as I said, this is the largest statistical event of the year, and is a must to attend, at least from time to time. I will go as far as to say that if you've never been to JSM, you are not quite a statistician. Of the many SE sites, CV has been found to have lower than usual voting activity, probably due to not-so-active involvement of the discipline professionals. Showing up at JSM will increase SE visibility in statistical community, awareness of this resource, and hopefully bring new people to CV.
In the space below, please answer 1 The Who, 4 How you are going to get there, 5 The Why if you have additional ideas on top of what I mentioned above.
Update: last chance to respond before the meetings!