SAS Global Forum—register early, make a difference


sas_GivingTuesday_FacebookThe holiday season is a wonderful time of year – steeped in tradition, family and friends, and giving. This time of year has also created a burgeoning shopping period with decorations appearing by Labor Day!

In 2012, the 92nd Street Y in New York and the United Nations Foundation tried a new approach in an attempt to balance the consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. They designated #GivingTuesday as a day when families, businesses, communities and organizations around the world celebrate generosity and giving. They started a social media campaign that has captured the spirit of millions and inspired a new tradition of giving.

Today is #GivingTuesday 2014.

And today, SAS Global Forum kicks off a season of giving that can make a difference for you and for disadvantaged children.

Every year at SAS Global Forum, volunteers from the SAS community collect donations and new or slightly used STEM books to be distributed to charitable organizations in our host city. This year, the proceeds from the fifteenth annual Children’s Book Drive will benefit the needs of disadvantaged children in the Dallas area.

If you register before December 20, you’ll receive 15% off your conference registration fee, and in addition, we will donate an additional 5% of the registration fee to the SAS Global Forum 2015 book drive.

So, please register early, take advantage of the spirit of #GivingTuesday and help us make a difference for schools and school children in the Dallas area.




About Author

Dr. Tyler Smith

Associate Professor, National University School of Health and Human Services

Dr. Tyler Smith is currently an associate professor teaching biostatistics, epidemiology, health informatics, and environmental health and is the program lead for the MS in Health and Life Science Analytics within the School of Health and Human Services at National University. Dr. Smith previously served as Department Head and Director of the Deployment Health Research Department at the Naval Health Research Center where he lead a multi-disciplinary team of more than 35 research professionals in large epidemiologic studies of military occupational and reproductive health. Dr. Smith received a BS in mathematics with an option in statistics, a MS in statistics from the University of Kentucky, and a PhD in epidemiology from the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Smith has ~20 years of experience in health research leading large longitudinal studies, infant health registries, and medical health outcomes research and has taught all levels of students from undergraduate to doctoral level. Dr. Smith has served as the Director of Analytics, President and Academic Chair for the Western Users of SAS Software and has also served as Chair for the Statistics and Data Analysis section of the Regional and the International SAS conferences as well as other analytic and data sections and is currently the 2015 SAS Global Forum Conference Chair. These efforts have culminated in over 120 peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals, ~20 SAS related manuscripts, more than 250 presentations at scholarly meetings and serving as principal investigator or co-investigator on numerous grants totaling in excess of $20,000,000.

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