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March 22: Media Advisory: U.S. Census Director To Visit Carnegie Mellon


Shilo Raube                    

Media Advisory: U.S. Census Director To Visit Carnegie Mellon

grovesEvent: In advance of Census Day, April 1, Robert M. Groves, director of the U.S. Census Bureau, will visit Carnegie Mellon University, where he will make a presentation to the university community and hold a briefing for the media. His lecture, titled "A Society Measuring Itself: 2010 Census," will cover what the census is, how the data is used, how the data will remain confidential and why it's so important to participate.

Groves was confirmed director of the Census Bureau by the U.S. Senate on July 13, 2009.  Previously, he was director of the University of Michigan Survey Research Center and a research professor at the Joint Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Maryland. He also was the Census Bureau's associate director for Statistical Design, Methodology and Standards from 1990 to 1992. Groves has authored or co-authored seven books and more than 50 articles. In 2008, he received the prestigious Julius Shiskin Memorial Award in recognition for his contributions in the development of economic statistics. Groves has a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College and a master's degree and doctorate from the University of Michigan.

The U.S. Constitution requires a population and housing count every 10 years. The effort employs some of the most sophisticated technical and operational tools available, as well as a workforce of 1.4 million temporary employees to count every man, woman and child. Census results are the basis for congressional representation as well as the distribution of federal, state and local funds totaling more than $400 billion annually.  

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Department of Statistics.

When: Thursday, March 25: Lecture: Noon–1 p.m.; Media Briefing: 1:30–2:30 p.m.

Where:  Lecture: McConomy Auditorium, University Center;
             Media briefing, Baker Hall 154R, Carnegie Mellon University

Members of the media: Please RSVP to Pamela Golden at