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Katherine Jenny Thompson Appointed Statistics Editor of Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology

WASHINGTON, DC, June 10, 2021—The board of directors of the American Statistical Association (ASA) and executive council of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) welcome Katherine Jenny Thompson of the US Census Bureau as the next statistics editor for the Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology (JSSAM). Thompson will serve a three-year term beginning in July.

"The demand for more timely and more accurate measures of the population and the economy is continuously increasing. The survey research methods community is rising to the occasion on numerous fronts, ranging from implementing flexible data collection methods to improved missing data treatments through the development of blended data products,” Thompson said. “The Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology provides a forum for disseminating these important findings by publishing information on cutting-edge research and applications. I am honored to be joining the journal. I look forward to working with the journal’s editorial team and authors, continuing in the JSSAM's established tradition of excellence."

Thompson is a survey statistician with more than 30 years of professional experience. She is currently the senior mathematical statistician in the Associate Directorate for Economic Programs of the Census Bureau. Her practical and theoretical experience covers all areas of sample survey design, including sample selection, estimation, variance estimation, analysis, statistical data editing, imputation and quality control. She has published research in and refereed for many journals and currently serves as associate editor of the Journal of Official Statistics. She was elected an ASA Fellow in 2017.

“Thompson’s theoretical and practical experience with survey research methods makes her an ideal statistics editor for JSSAM,” said Patricia Moy, AAPOR president. “Her vision, to develop and implement statistically sound generalized solutions to shared problems, highlights the ever-increasing role that data play in today’s society. The journal and its readers—indeed, the field—will benefit tremendously from her editorship.”

The Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology is sponsored by AAPOR and the American Statistical Association. It publishes cutting-edge scholarly articles about statistical and methodological issues for sample surveys, censuses, administrative record systems and other related data. 
The ASA is the world’s largest community of statisticians and the oldest continuously operating professional science society in the United States. Its members serve in industry, government and academia in more than 90 countries, advancing research and promoting sound statistical practice to inform public policy and improve human welfare. For additional information, please visit the ASA website at www.amstat.org

The American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) is the leading professional organization of public opinion and survey research professionals in the US, 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. www.aapor.org