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August 16, 2006

Dear ANES friends and colleagues,

We invite you to attend two ANES-themed events at the upcoming Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association in Philadelphia on Saturday, September 2, 2006.

The first event is a special roundtable entitled "Remaking the American National Election Studies." This panel will be held from 12:10 to 1:50 pm. The exact location will be announced in the APSA conference program. The panel will feature presentations and commentary by Jon Krosnick and Skip Lupia (ANES PIs), Scott Althaus, Steven Ansolabehere, John Mark Hansen, Walter Mebane, and Paul Sniderman. The presentations will review future plans for the ANES and its intellectual agenda, as well as making a special announcement.

The announcement will be the names of the winning proposals for the 2006 ANES Pilot Study. As you may know, the ANES recently made an open call for proposals for the Pilot Study. This first-of-its-kind invitation elicited participation by many scholars, and well over 1000 questions were proposed on the new ANES Online Commons. At APSA, we will make the first public announcement of which proposals have been selected by the review process implemented by the ANES Board of Overseers to have questions included in the 2006 ANES Pilot Study.

We also invite you to attend the annual ANES Public Meeting, from 10:00am to 11:30am in the Independence Ballroom 1 of the Philadelphia Marriott. Be sure to check the final APSA program upon arrival in case of last-minute location changes. At this meeting, the Principal Investigators, Jon Krosnick and Arthur Lupia, will provide a report about ongoing ANES activities and will describe progress on the exciting new endeavors in which ANES is about to embark. In addition to adding new innovative components to the 2008 edition of the ANES general election study and taking questions from the audience, they will also provide details about the 21-month ANES Panel Study that will track a nationally representative set of respondents from before the presidential primaries begin through Election Day and beyond. The public meeting is a great place to learn about how to contribute to, and benefit from, ANES activities.

We hope to see you on Saturday, September 2 at these two events.