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AAPOR Honors Industry Leaders, Announces 2013-14 Leadership

AAPOR HONORS INDUSTRY LEADERS, ANNOUNCES 2013-2014 LEADERSHIP AT 2013 ANNUAL CONFERENCE Floyd “Jack” Fowler, Jr., PhD, Receives AAPOR Award for Exceptionally Distinguished Achievement

DEERFIELD, Ill. — May 27, 2013 — The American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR),  the nation's leading association for public opinion and survey research professionals, honored leaders and innovators in the field and announced the group's newly elected Executive Council members at its 68th Annual Conference in Boston, which reached record attendance.

"Each year AAPOR recognizes and celebrates its exceptional scholars, innovators and contributors to the public opinion and survey research communities,” said AAPOR President Robert L. Santos. “This year's awardees are especially noteworthy for their impact on our profession."

2013 AAPOR Award Winners

AAPOR Award for Exceptionally Distinguished Achievement the Association’s highest honor, recognizing lifetime achievement and outstanding contributions to the field of public opinion research.

Floyd “Jack” Fowler, Jr., PhD 
Dr. Fowler is one of the original and most productive survey methodologists conducting research on survey interviewing. His research into interviewer-respondent interaction has led the profession to a better understanding of the nature and sources of error in interviewer-administered surveys. He has particularly focused his methodological work over the past 30 years on question design and evaluation, focusing on the cognitive bases of the survey response process, and contributed to identifying problematic question formats using behavior coding and other techniques. 

Dr. Fowler has produced seminal works designed to disseminate methodological standards of survey research to practitioners, academics and students throughout the social science research community.  His books include Survey Research Methods, Improving Survey Questions, Standardized Survey Interviewing, and Survey Methodology.

He also has contributed greatly to the improvement of data collection in the area of health outcomes and utilization of health care services. Dr. Fowler's work here has been groundbreaking, advancing health outcomes research, and reflecting his abiding interest in health-related quality of life

As a founder and long-time director of the Center for Survey Research at the University of Massachusetts Boston, Dr. Fowler has shaped an organization devoted to the highest quality academic survey research. 

Read full award inscription here.

AAPOR Policy Impact Award recognizes outstanding research that has had a clear impact on improving policy decisions, practice or discourse, either in the public or private sectors.

John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development of Rutgers University for its Work Trends series of panel surveys chronicling the plight of unemployed Americans in the Great Recession.

Directed by Carl Van Horn and Cliff Zukin, with the assistance of research partner GfK and the staff and students of the Heldrich Center, the four-year series of panel surveys of the unemployed and other surveys of Americans have given state and national policymakers, journalists and the general public, a better understanding of the financial and psychological impact of long-term unemployment in the U.S. Extensively covered by national and international news media, the research has been presented to numerous groups of policymakers including the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the National Governors Association.

Mitofsky Innovators Award recognizes accomplishments in the field of public opinion and survey research that occurred in the past ten years, or that had their primary impact on the field during the past decade.

Frederick G. Conrad, University of Michigan, and Michael Schober, The New School for Social Research

With over a decade of research on conversational interviewing, the clarification of question meaning, the interpretation of standardized language, and the application of human dialogue features to web surveys, Conrad and Schober have advanced the application of new communication technologies to survey-data collection. Their research has raised our awareness of the untapped potential of new technologies for our field, identifying factors to consider when evaluating new modes of interviewing for possible adoption.

Their ideas have gained considerable traction among researchers from numerous sectors and disciplines, including education and computer science, both within the U.S. and elsewhere. Across their numerous endeavors, Conrad and Schober have espoused the view that technologies come and go, but the principles behind survey interviews are long-lasting. The impact of their work is similarly long-lasting, and AAPOR honors them for their highly influential achievements.

AAPOR Book Award established to recognize influential books that have stimulated theoretical and scientific research in public opinion; and/or influenced our understanding or application of survey research methodology.

Janet A. Harkness, Michael Braun, Brad Edwards, Timothy P. Johnson, Lars Lyberg, Peter Ph. Mohler, Beth-Ellen Pennell, Tom W. Smith

Survey Methods in Multinational, Multiregional, and Multicultural Contexts (John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2010)

Reflecting and extending research submitted to the International Conference on Multinational, Multicultural, and Multiregional Survey Methods, this landmark volume addresses some of the most critical issues facing survey research globally, highlighting important changes in the landscape of comparative methodology, providing new methodological findings and approaches, and delineating gaps in our understanding to guide future research.

Burns “Bud” Roper Fellow Award is named for the late Burns "Bud" Roper who provided a substantial bequest in his will to the Endowment Fund. Roper Fellows are people whose primary work responsibilities are related to survey research or public opinion and who have recently started their careers. They receive financial assistance to help them attend the annual conference and/or participate in conference short courses; most are first-time conference attendees.

Matthew Courser, Pacific Institute for Research & Evaluation
Brian Harnisch, Wyoming Survey & Analysis Center
Ashley Kirzinger, University of Illinois, Springfield
Ashley Kopack Klein, Mathmatica Policy Research
Daniel Weston II,The Ohio Colleges of Medicine
Matthew Wilson, Battelle Memorial Institute

Seymor Sudman Student Paper Competition Award is in memory of Seymour Sudman, recognizing his many important contributions to AAPOR, as well as his teaching and mentoring of students in the survey research profession.

Andrew Guess, Columbia University, for his paper, Measure for Measure: An Experimental Test of Online Political Media Exposure

By focusing specifically on recent Internet activity, this paper's methodology estimates individuals' actual consumption of political media. Using an experiment embedded within an online survey, Guess’ paper tested two different measures of media exposure and compared them to the estimated actual exposure. He found that open-ended prompts produce generally more accurate measures of recent exposure to online media compared to multiple-choice questions offering a list of different political news outlets, which tend to produce over-reporting.

The AAPOR Student Travel Award was established to fund graduate students to attend the AAPOR Annual Conference. The Student Travel Awards are offered to students who are in need of financial support so that they may attend the annual conference and experience this important educational and collegial event for public opinion researchers.

Ana Lucia Cordova Cazar, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Casey Eggleston, University of Virginia
Daniel Herda, University of California, Davis
Samara Klar, Northwestern University
Heather Knappen, Rochester Institute of Technology
Lisa Larsen, Texas A&M University
Mingnan Liu, University of Michigan
David Vannette, Stanford University

AAPOR Elects 2013-2014 Executive Council

APPOR, governed by a 15-member executive council, announced its newly elected 2013-2014 executive council members.

Michael Link, Vice President/President-Elect, Nielsen
Mary Losch, Associate Secretary-Treasurer, University of Northern Iowa
Cliff Zukin, Councilor-at-Large, Rutgers University
Frauke Kreuter, Associate Standards Committee Chair, University of Maryland
Dawn V. Nelson, Associate Conference Chair, U.S. Census Bureau
Eleni Delimpaltadaki Janis, Associate Communications Committee Chair, The Opportunity Agenda
Jennifer Hunter Childs, Associate Membership and Chapter Relations Chair, U.S. Census Bureau

Current Executive Council members: 

Rob Santos, President, Urban Institute
Paul J. Lavrakas, Past President, Independent Consultant
Nancy Bates, Secretary-Treasurer, U.S. Census Bureau
Dan Merkle, Councilor-at-Large, ABC News
Courtney Kennedy, Standards Committee Chair, Abt SRBI
Susan Pinkus, Conference Chair, Independent Consultant
Peyton Craighill, Communications Committee Chair, Capital Insight
Jennifer Dykema, Membership and Chapter Relations Chair, University of Wisconsin

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The American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) is the leading professional organization of public opinion and survey research professionals in the U.S., with members from academia, media, government, the non-profit sector and private industry. AAPOR members embrace the principle that public opinion research is essential to a healthy democracy, providing information crucial to informed policymaking and giving voice to the nation's beliefs, attitudes and desires. It promotes a better public understanding of this role, as well as the sound and ethical conduct and use of public opinion research.