How long has this been a part of registering for the ASA annual meetings?
I agree and acknowledge that I am undertaking participation in ASA events and activities as my own free and intentional act and I am fully aware that possible physical injury might occur to me as a result of my participation in these events. I give this acknowledgement [sic] freely and knowingly and that I am, as a result, able to participate in ASA events and I do hereby assume responsibility for my own well-being. I also agree not to allow any other individual to participate in my place.
If it’s been around a while, this is the first year I’ve noticed it.
It reminds me of an article I read not too long ago about an academic who died while attending his discipline’s annual conference. I remember thinking that as long as it happened in a hotel room (like in his case) and not in some randomly named ballroom, it might be a poetic way to pass for some who make their work their life.
Does anyone have stories of injuries sustained at previous ASA meetings (and we’re talking during the actual meetings, not related to heavy drinking at department parties)? More interestingly, has there ever been a case of identity theft, or (more accurately) the hiring of an impostor, at an annual meeting?
While I’m sure this is just a precaution in the ASA’s case, there’s got to be some history somewhere. What discipline’s meetings might have sparked this preemptive strike?