Newsletter - January 2005


AAIR ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER                      January 2005

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1.  AIR 2005 Data Policy Institute Fellowship
2.  Christmas Fairy



AAIR is seeking expressions of interest for the following development opportunity to advance your (or a staff member's) statistical analysis skills and extend your networks in the USA.

AAIR has received one fellowship to the AIR 2005 Summer Data Policy Institute scheduled for 12-19 June 2005, in Washington, DC. Thanks to a grant from the US National Science Foundation (NSF), all expenses in Washington will be covered and up to US$700 towards airfare costs.

The Institute is an intensive hands-on experience with the national postsecondary education databases of NSF and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Part of the Institute is a series of presentations from policy analysts who use these data.

The Institute includes formal and hands-on instruction covering the following general topics:
* review of national study design and database contents;
* training in analysis of national postsecondary education data, and intensive work on the national databases; and
* policy seminars with leading national policy researchers

The criteria for applying are as follows:
1. Current membership of AAIR
2. Demonstrated high level knowledge of statistical methods and experience in the use of statistical software packages (ie SPSS, SAS).
3. Demonstrated knowledge of data analysis related to educational statistics and/or other evidence that shows you would be able to contribute effectively from an Australian perspective.
4. Evidence of support from your institution and/or other source of funding to cover airfare and incidental expenses above US$700.
5. Willingness to make a presentation (in person or in writing) to the 2005 AAIR Forum concerning the experience at the Data Policy Institute.

To apply send a brief (2-3 pages) proposal following the Data Policy Institute proposal guidelines available at the site and a further one page covering points 2 to 4 above to: Dean Ward, AAIR Executive Committee member at <>  by the COB 28th January 2005.

Previous recipients of the fellowship were Andrew McCann, UTS in 2004 and Rob Rispoli in 2003.



There's not much news this month, so you might be interested in the true story behind the custom of putting a fairy on the top of Christmas trees.

It was two days before Christmas, and it had been a bad day at the North Pole. The elves were threatening to strike because of the health hazards of the fumes from painting the toys; the USAF had said it would shoot down any unauthorised sleighs in US airspace; and the battery for Rudolph's nose had gone flat.

In the midst of this chaos, there was a knock at the door and a fairy appeared, saying: "I've brought the Christmas tree. Where would you like me to put it?"

Nick Booth
Honorary Treasurer, AAIR
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Phone/fax 02 9868 2197

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