|Florida Chapter of the ASA
Make your plans to attend the annual Florida Chapter Meetings on Friday, February 18th and Saturday the 19th in beautiful, historic Tallahassee. This year's host is Florida State University.
Registration: Non-student registration for the meeting is $15 in advance, $20 at the meetings, and FREE to all students. To assure a place at the Friday night banquet, mail your reservations by February 4 together with $20 to cover dinner (a few extra seats will be held until February 11).
Another exciting program is on tap, with Malay Ghosh (Univ. of Florida), Ulf Grenander (Brown U.) and Nozer Singpurwalla (George Washington U.) accepting our invitation to present papers. The meetings will be held in the Turnbull Conference Center at the Center for Professional Studies, 555 W. Pensacola St. Parking is available next door at the City Civic Center free Saturday, but paid parking only on Friday.
Same-day registration (with refreshments) opens Friday at noon, and the first session starts at 1:00 P.M. That evening is a banquet featuring Prof. Singpurwalla as guest speaker. The meetings conclude Saturday at 12:30 PM following morning sessions and the annual business meeting. This year, we will try to attract an informal job placement service and a few book display booths.
Student Papers: Graduate students are encouraged to enter the Second Annual Student Paper Awards Competition, the hit of last year's Gainesville meetings. Marc Loizeaux of F.S.U. won the $100 prize and bragging rights last year for his paper, "Pose/Location Estimation of Ground Targets." The friendly university rivalry continues this year as the award rises to $125.
Call for Papers: We also welcome papers for presentation at our regular sessions. Deadline for regular and student paper submissions is January 28th. To have your paper added to the program, you need to register in advance using the enclosed registration form and email the chapter secretary at email@example.com with title, author, and a substantive abstract (if abstract contains special characters, "attach" the abstract file to your email and specify the file format). To widen our appeal to all Florida statisticians, we are scheduling dual sessions at a regular paper time slot the first day of the meetings. This concurrent format allows you to choose a session that interests you. So regardless of whether your paper is on pedagogy, policy, theory, or application, send your abstract. We should have room on the program for you this year.
Accommodations: Special rates have been arranged at two hotels within a few blocks of the Conference Center and downtown walking tour sights. Be sure to request the ASA rates when making reservations. Location of these hotels are shown in the map on the preceding page.
Clarion Capital Hotel
316 W. Tennessee St.
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Rate $59 (if reserved by February 4)
101 S. Adams St.
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Rate $79 (if reserved by January 28)
Travel: For those planning air travel to the meetings, round trip flights from Tampa on USAirways are only $171, and $189 - $199 from Orlando via Delta or USAirways if you stay over Saturday night ($285 from Orlando, otherwise). The Tallahassee Regional Airport is located 7 miles southwest of Tallahassee on Capital Circle SW.
For travel by interstate, Tallahassee is just off I-10 at the east edge of Florida's Panhandle (see in Map on left). Directions and travel distances are as follows:
From Orlando (258 miles), take the Florida Turnpike north to I-75 then west on I-10.
From Tampa (276 miles), take I-75 north and then west on I-10.
From Jacksonville (165 miles), it's I-10 west.
From Pensacola (197 miles) it's east on I-10.
From Melbourne (341 miles), travel north on I-95 to I-10, then west.
For all but you Pensacola folks, take Exit 31 off I-10 (the U.S. 90 West exit) and travel 8 miles west as this road becomes Tennessee Street. Turn left after you pass Monroe, then turn right onto Pensacola. The Conference Center is on your left just past the Civic Center parking lot.
This year, consider bringing your spouse and family to make a weekend of it. Along with maps and description of the area's tourist attractions, we've included information on walking tours and nearby sites, including the Capitol, antebellum homes, historic downtown, museums, shopping, and the state gardens. The touring information should whet your travel appetite for this February.
Advance Registration and Database Update Form
(Please Complete and Return Even If You Aren't Attending)
(You may download this form as an MS word document)
Florida Chapter Annual Meetings of the American Statistical Association
Friday and Saturday, February 18th - 19th, 2000
Center for Professional Studies, Turnbull Conference Center
555 W. Pensacola St., Tallahassee, Florida
Home or Work Address:_______________________
[ ]My advanced registration fee of $15 is enclosed [ ]Put me down as attending, but I plan to pay $20 at the Meeting Registration Desk [ ]Sorry, I will not be able to attend this year, but please keep me on your mailing list [ ]I plan to contribute a paper for presentation (email an abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org) [ ]My company/department is interested in interviewing or publicizing job openings at meetings [ ]I am interested in learning more about position openings and job interviews at meetings
[ ]I am exempt from this fee as a student at (University or College):
[ ]I plan to present a paper at the student competition (email abstract to email@example.com)
[ ]I am interested in learning more about position openings and job interviews at the meetings
[ ]I plan to attend the dinner banquet Friday. Number of guests I will bring to banquet is _______.
[ ]I would like a vegetarian dinner.
[ ]I am including an additional $20 for each person attending the banquet.
[ ]Please make reservation(s) for the banquet. I will send payment separately by February 4th.
Total Amount Enclosed is $ __________.
Make checks payable to "Florida Chapter of ASA."and send this form to:
Dr. Mark Soskin, University of Central Florida, Box 2811, Daytona Beach, FL 32120-2811
All advance registrations will receive an email or snail-mail confirmation.
Address any correspondence or questions to:
Mark Soskin, Chapter Secretary/Treasurer at email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(904) 255-7423 Ext. 4015, SUNCOM: 372-4015, Fax: (904) 947-3127
Dr. Jayaram Sethuraman, Chapter President at email@example.com
A Brief Tour Guide to Beautiful and Historic Tallahassee:
Walking tour of historic downtown, Park Avenue, and Calhoun Street District
Capital of Florida long before statehood, and commercial trading center when Leon County was home to cotton plantations, Tallahassee's rolling hills and antebellum homes mingle with its modern state office buildings and university town economic basis. Three areas of Tallahassee are wonderful targets for walking tours for you or your family during your visit. The downtown is a quarter square-mile grid of public squares, restaurants, specialty shops.
Start from the Museum of Florida History in the Gray Building on Bronough St. just south of Pensacola St. Free admission to Florida's past, from prehistoric skeletons to a partial replica of a steam boat, museum hours are 10-4:30 Saturday and 12-4:30 Sunday.
Head two blocks east to the Florida State Capitol (Duval and S. Adams). A 22 story tower designed by the architect of the Kennedy Center, The Capitol both house and senate chambers (and a Florida information center just inside the west plaza entrance). Free guided tours (including the observation room at the top) run from 9 to 3 on weekends. Leave by the east exit to reach the Old Capitol (1845), a Greek revival building that now contains many interpretive exhibits of Florida history.
Head east across Monroe and a block along Apalachee Pkwy to Calhoun Street and the beautifully-restored Union Bank (1841), now containing a museum on Florida banking history. Then back west to Monroe and north a couple block to the County Courthouse, Tin Front Store (1890), the neo-Egyptian early skyscraper Exchange Bank (1927), and historic Lively's Corner (1875).
Going a half block west on Jefferson to Adams, you'll find Gallie's Hall (1873), the former theatre with its two-story iron gallery, and Langston's Fish Market (1890). Further north up Adams is Adams Street Commons, filled with charming shops and restaurants.
Grab a bit to eat and then walk a block north on Adams to the Park Avenue Historic District. No other place in the state has such a collection of historic homes and churches that sit astride seven full blocks of parks (hence the name of the avenue). If you turn left on Park Avenue, a block west you'll see The Columns (1830), with its two-story pedimented entrance portico of this restored (and relocated) brick structure north of Greene Park.
Reversing your tracks and moving east back across Adams, Monroe, and Calhoun, you'll find the historic homes on the south side of Park Avenue well worth the walk. The Knot House Museum (1843), where a Union General read the Emancipation Proclamation from the front steps in 1865, is open on Saturday from 10 to 4. A free guided tour of the Victorian-furnished house follows the viewing of an 8-minute film. Two doors further is the Murphy House (1838). Both houses may have been built by George Proctor, a free black builder and both occupied by Union troops. Next door is the Chittenden House (1849), whose second story and Colonial Revival detailing until the 1890s.
If you still have time and energy, go north on Calhoun Street two more blocks to the historic houses lining the street past Tennessee Street. The Bowen House (1841) features Classical Revival and a Doric-columned gallery, while the Bradford-Cobb House (1878) across Virginia Street shows off its irregular massing and ornate detailing. A
half-block north on the west side of Calhoun is the delicately-ornamented Governor Bloxham House (1844),
which was also the home of another governor. Next door is the Randall-Lewis House (1843) with its horizontal massing, tripartite windows, stuccoed exterior scored to look like stone, and Georgian influence. Just north of Carolina Street are the Rutgers House (1848) and Towle House (1847).
Sights on the Edge of Tallahassee The camellias should be in bloom next February at the Maclay State Gardens, so bundle into a car and stop off there on your way out of (or into) town. Head north on Monroe, but veer right onto
Thomasville Road after you pass Tennessee. Remain on Thomasville (Rt. 61), going under the interstate and one mile further north. Follow the signs to Maclay Gardens. This 300-acre state park is open 9 to 5 and admission is $3 to see the gardens and Maclay House.
The Tallahassee Museum of History and Natural Science is 7 miles southwest at Lake Bradford and right near the airport. Just take Monroe Street south two miles to Orange Avenue, then west five miles on Orange to Rankin Avenue (a left turn) to Museum Road. Also on the grounds is a restored 1880s farm complex, an antebellum home of one of George Washington's decedents, a one-room schoolhouse, church, gristmill, a hands-on Discovery Center, and a trail winding through 50 acres of woodland and swamp that is home to rare Florida panthers and 100 indigenous birds. Hours are 9 to 5 on Saturday, 12:30 to 5 on Sunday, and admission is $6.
Shopping Malls: Oh, and by the way, for spouses and family while you attend the Chapter sessions, there are two nearby malls: the Governors Square Mall (1500 Apalachee Pkwy.) east of downtown and the Tallahassee Mall (2415 N. Monroe St.) north of downtown.