The 2017 Atlantic Causal Inference Conference (ACIC) will be held at the University of North Carolina on May 23-25, 2017.

Registration, agenda, logistics. Registration is now open! A draft agenda for the 2017 conference can be found here. All events will be held on the UNC campus. For out of town visitors, the Carolina Inn is recommended and within walking distance of all conference events. The Franklin is also relatively close. Other options include The SiennaHampton Inn in Carrboro, Aloft Chapel Hill, Courtyard Chapel Hill and Hyatt Place Chapel Hill. Buses within Chapel Hill are free and provide a simple option for getting to campus. On-campus parking is also available at the Dogwood Parking Deck across from the conference location.

Poster session and reception. There will be a poster session and reception the evening of Wednesday May 24 from 6-10pm. The reception will feature The Imposteriors.

Causal Inference Data Analysis Challenge. Richard Hahn, Vincent Dorie, and Jared Murray are organizing the Second Annual Causal Inference Data Analysis Challenge. The submission deadline is May 9th and the results will be announced at ACIC on May 24-25. More information can be found here. The data is available to contest participants here.

About ACIC. The Atlantic Causal Inference Conference is a gathering of statisticians, biostatisticians, epidemiologists, economists, social science and policy researchers to discuss methodologic issues with drawing causal inferences from experimental and non-experimental data. The inaugural meeting was held in 2005 with a small group of researchers at Columbia University and has since grown into an annual event with over 150 attendees. Recent meetings have been hosted by Harvard UniversityBrown University and NYU. The 2017 ACIC planning committee is S Cole (UNC Epid), M Hudgens (UNC Bios), E Laber (NCSU Stat), F Li (Duke Stat), A Volfovsky (Duke Stat) and D Westreich (UNC Epid).  The planning committee gratefully acknowledges the UNC Gillings School of Public Health, the UNC Department of Biostatistics, the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute and the National Institute of Statistical Sciences for supporting this year’s conference, and Monika Caruso and Betsy Seagroves for administrative support.

Valuing, Recognizing, and Encouraging Diversity. Promoting and valuing diversity enriches learning and broadens everyone’s perspectives. Inclusion and tolerance can lead to respect for others and their opinions and is critical to maximizing learning. Our own closely held ideas and personal comfort zones may be challenged. The results, however, create a sense of community and promote excellence in the learning environment. Diversity includes consideration of (1) the variety of life experiences others have had, and (2) factors related to “diversity of presence,” including age, economic circumstances, ethnic identification, disability, gender, geographic origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, social position. The University of North Carolina’s policy statement on Non-Discrimination is posted here. This conference will follow principles of inclusion, respect, tolerance, and acceptance that support the values of diversity.


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