The Gustafson Award was established in 2012 to remember one of our dear colleagues, Randy Gustafson from the Tennessee SDC, who also served on the SDC Steering Committee. Randy was a wonderful person and a big part of the SDC family. The Gustafson Award was created in his memory to honor outstanding contributions to the SDC network.
The Gustafson Award nomination form is here: Gustafson Nomination Form
Anyone can submit a nomination and based on the by-laws, nominations are due in the Fall of each year. Please see the timeline for steering committee action regarding the Gustafson Award in Section 6.
The winner will be announced during the following SDC Annual meeting.
- 2013 – Pam Schenker, FL
- 2014 – Julie Hoang, CA
- 2015 – John Blodgett, MO
- 2016 – David Drozd, NE
- 2017 – The Minnesota Population Center, specifically the project team that designed the National Historical Geographic Info System, including Wendy Thomas, Steven Ruggles, and Mark Lindberg, MN
- 2018 – Bob Coats, NC
- 2019 – Dan Veroff, WI
- 2020 – Todd Graham, MN
The State Data Center (SDC) Steering Committee, on behalf of the 1,800 affiliates of the State Data Center network, submitted this letter to the Census Bureau (Director Dillingham) expressing our concern over adjustments to 2020 Census operations and their impact on Census data quality.
The Census Bureau issued this press release on Monday, August 3, 2020 —
Statement from U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham: Delivering a Complete and Accurate 2020 Census Count – Release Number CB20-RTQ.23
New York Times article links to the SDC Steering Committee Letter
- NY Times, Aug 4, 2020 — With Census Count Finishing Early, Fears of a Skewed Tally Rise
Follow up NY Times story that included an interview of Bob Coats, Chair, SDC Steering Committee
- NY Times, Aug 7, 2020 — Poll Watch: Why an Accurate Census Is So Important
A webinar was held by the Census Bureau on February 11, 2020 for the State Data Center Network.
The PowerPoint is also available.