Session Slot: 4:00- 5:50 Sunday
Estimated Audience Size: 100-125
AudioVisual Request: One Overhead and One Slide Projector
Session Title: Practicing Statistics at the Interface of Science and
Theme Session: Yes
Applied Session: Yes
Session Organizer: Young, Linda J. University of Nebraska
Address: Department of Biometry University of Nebraska Lincoln, NE 68583-0712
Session Timing: 110 minutes total (Sorry about format):
Opening Remarks by Chair - 0 minutes First Speaker - 30 minutes Second Speaker - 30 minutes Third Speaker - 30 minutes Discussant - 15 minutes Floor Discusion - 5 minutes
Session Chair: Ross, N. Phillip Director for the Center for Environental Statistics, USEPA
Address: 401 M Street, SW Room 3101 Mail Stop 2163 Washington DC 20450
Phone: 202 260-5244
Fax: 202 260-8550
1. Interface of Science and Policy on Salmon Recovery Efforts in the Columbia River Basin
McDonald, Lyman L., WEST, Inc.
Address: WEST, Inc. 2003 Central Ave. Cheyenne, WY 82001
Abstract: The decline of abundance of salmon in the Columbia River Basin, public policies, and recovery efforts will be briefly reviewed. My view of the role of science in these recovery efforts will be discussed with special emphasis on the interface of statistics, other science, and the public process for making policy and funding decisions.
2. Must We Choose between Production Agriculture and the Environment?
Young, Linda J., University of Nebraska
Address: Department of Biometry University of Nebraska Lincoln, NE68583-0712
Abstract: A brief history of the use of pesticides and fertilizers in production agriculture is presented. From the agricultural perspective, the benefits of these chemical inputs are reviewed. The environmental concerns that have developed from the use of chemicals are discussed. Statistical support for both perspectives and current efforts toward integration of the two approaches are considered.
3. Using Statistics to Determine Data Adequacy for Environmental Policy Decisions under Public Scrutiny
Kelly, Elizabeth J., Los Alamos National Laboratory
Address: Team Leader for Environmental Risk Assessments (TSA-11) Los Alamos National Laboratory Mail Stop K557 Los Alamos, New Mexico
Black, Kelly , Neptune and Co.
Michael, Dan, Neptune and Co.
Abstract: This paper presents EPA's Data Quality Assessment (DQA) approach for data collection and assessment in support of environmental policy decisions. This approach uses a statistical framework, based on the specification of acceptable levels for potential decision errors, to guide data collection and subsequent data assessments. The paper describes two case studies (at two DOE facilities) where the DQA process was used to support policy decisions about potential risks to the public from exposures to contaminants. These decisions had important political consequences and were subject to intense public scrutiny.
Discussant: Olsen, Anthony R. US Environmental Protection Agency
Address: U.S. EPA Environmental Research Laboratory 2385 NW Estaview Circle Corvallis, OR 97330-1067
List of speakers who are nonmembers: TBN