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2006 Honor a Statistician Award
Four years ago the Connecticut Chapter began recognizing Chapter members with the Honor A Statistician Award. The qualifications for the award are to be an ASA and Chapter member who has made significant contributions to statistics and its applications. Involvement in Chapter activities is also considered. This year we were pleased to present Fred Djang with the award. Fred has been a mathematics and statistics teacher for 40 years, including 26 years at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford. In addition, Fred has worked as a Biostatistician at Bristol-Myers Squibb since 1980. He has been a long-time member of the Connecticut Chapter, having served as Vice President, President, and Chapter Representative to the ASA, as well as other positions at the Chapter and national level.

Fred was chosen to receive this award in recognition of his service to the chapter and of his work on the national and local level in the development of the AP Statistics Test. Since 1997 Fred has been instrumental in the start-up and development of AP Statistics curriculum on a national level, and continues being a key organizer of the program. In addition, he has sponsored learning workshops here in Connecticut to help local teachers get involved.

Fred was presented with the award at the Chapter Banquet in June 2006. He was asked to give a presentation at the banquet, which, fittingly enough, was on the growth and development of AP Statistics. On behalf of the Chapter members, the members of the executive committee once again extend our congratulations to Fred for receiving this award.

The abstract for Fred’s talk is presented below:
AP Statistics and Its Impact
This presentation celebrated AP Statistics for the connection it makes to secondary school and on to junior high and elementary school. It celebrated its rapid and sustained growth in the number of students taking the exams and the inferred number of students who are taking the course. The numbers are impressive. When a school decides to offer this course it seems natural to offer it in the mathematics department. However, statistics is largely a study of variability and, as we all know, mathematics courses tend to frown on variability. Many mathematics teachers have had minimal exposure to statistics. As statisticians we can be very helpful in assisting teachers by letting them know that we are available and willing to answer questions. In this overview of AP Statistics, Fred demonstrated several examples which are currently being used in AP Statistics courses. These examples have proven to be helpful in teaching statistical concepts. With your knowledge and ingenuity, I am sure that you will see other useful applications.
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