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Chapter Spotlight: MAPOR

by Ron Langley, 2017-2018 MAPOR President
MAPOR had another fantastic and productive year! We just completed our 42nd Annual Conference
November 17 - 18, 2017. The conference featured 221 attendees (30% of which were students), a Keynote Address from Mario Callegaro of Google UK, a short course on cross-cultural surveys from Ana Villar of the City University of London, and a Pedagogy Hour with Mollyann Brodie of the Kaiser Family Foundation. The conference also included three panels, our third Respondent-Interviewer Workgroup, a new Machine Learning in Survey Sciences Workgroup, our fourth Networking Lunch, and submissions from 46 different institutions (including 4 international). The Midwest truly is a state of mind!
Also as part of our 2017 conference, MAPOR welcomed a new MAPOR Fellow, John Stevenson of the University of Wisconsin Survey Center, and presented the Doris Graber Student Paper Award and the newly named Allan McCutcheon Student Paper Award. Finally, at the conference we welcomed new officers to the Executive Council: Ipek Bilgen - Vice President/President Elect, Dana Garbarski – Associate Conference Chair, and Sara Walsh – Member at Large. We want to give special thanks to Ipek Bilgen and Ned English, our 2017 Conference Chair and Associate Conference Chair for a great conference!
During our 2016-17 year, MAPOR also sponsored a successful webinar and during the summer held
our second informal Mixer. All of these activities supported MAPOR’s mission of bringing public opinion researchers together to learn and to share our work. In new efforts to reach out and support other chapters, MAPOR sponsored the photo booth at the SAPOR reception at the May AAPOR Conference.
From an organizational standpoint, MAPOR continues to have financial stability through continued high levels of support from our sponsors, the conference short course, and conference attendance. The Executive Council held a face-to-face meeting in Chicago during the summer to discuss a variety of issues in our strategic plan and to discuss ways to improve MAPOR’s value to members.
If you would like to learn more about MAPOR or our upcoming activities, please visit our website at
www.mapor.org. Go MAPOR Go!