Kenneth Schraut with students

Kenneth C. Schraut Memorial Lecture

The 19th Annual Kenneth C. Schraut Memorial Lecture will be given as part of the biennial Alumni Career Seminar on November 3, 2018.

The 19th Annual Schraut Memorial Lecture


Dr. Kennon Copeland will deliver the 19th Annual Schraut Memorial Lecture on November 3, 2018 as part of the Alumni Career Seminar.  

Dr. Copeland is Senior Vice President of Statistics and Methodology for the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago.  He has responsibility for sample design and estimation methodology for government and public interest surveys. Copeland has more than 30 years of experience in sample design, weighting methods, and error measurement methods for large-scale household, establishment, and healthcare surveys.

Copeland has responsibility for the weighting methodology used for the National Immunization Survey. He developed the weighting methodology, collaborated on sample design, and guided implementation and delivery for the 2009-2010 National H1N1 Flu Survey, a telephone survey encompassing both landline and cell phone households providing weekly estimates of H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccination coverage, knowledge, behavior, and attitudes. Copeland serves as lead sampling statistician on several multidisciplinary healthcare research projects, and has served as lead statistician on research projects for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Asssociate Secretary for Policy Evaluation, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Copeland received his B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Dayton in 1975, and earned an M.S. in Statistics at the University of Kentcky and his Ph.D. in Survey Methodology from the University of Maryland.  He has published articles in Survey Methodology, Journal of Official Statistics, Statistics in Medicine, Drug Benefit Trends, Journal of Pharmaceutical Marketing and Management, New Medicine, and Scrip Magazine, and has presented papers to the American Statistical Association on topics such as nonresponse adjustment, survey weighting techniques, establishment survey design, questionnaire design, and automated survey management systems. In addition, he served as editor and contributing author for Quality in Establishment Surveys, Statistical Policy Working Paper 15 (Office of Management and Budget, 1988), and serves as Council of Sections representative for the Government Statistics Section of the American Statistical Association and is part of the Organizing Committee for the Fourth International Conference on Establishment Surveys.

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