San Antonio ASA

Chapter Newsletter

February 2007

Volume 20, No. 2


American Statistical Association


Volunteers Needed to Judge the 2007 Alamo Regional Science and Engineering Fair

Please consider volunteering to be a special judge at the Alamo Regional Science and Engineering Fair.  The category is "The Best Use of Statistics in a Science Project", senior high division, which is awarded by the San Antonio Chapter of the American Statistical Association.    Being a member of the Association is not a requirement.  The only requirement is a desire to help our budding young scientists hone their academic and research skills.  No experience as a judge is necessary.  Judging is scheduled for Friday, March 16, 2007 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.  A catered lunch will be provided free of charge.  The location is St. Maryís University, Bill Greehey Arena, in San Antonio. 

To volunteer send an email to judging coordinator Howard Monroe at or call Howard at 210-421-7547.


Dr. Simon Sheather to Speak at April Chapter Meeting

The April Chapter Meeting will feature a talk by Dr. Simon Sheather, Professor and Department of Statistics Head at Texas A&M University. Tentative date and location is Thursday, April 26 at 7pm at UTSA 1604 Campus. Contact chapter president Ray Zurcher or watch this newsletter for more details as they become available.


Conference of Texas Statisticians (COTS)

The annual Conference of Texas Statisticians will be held at Baylor University in Waco, Texas on March 30-31st. COTS coordinator this year is Dennis Johnston,

Please visit the COTS website at to get registration and hotel information.  Banquet reservations need to be in by March 23rd. The Mayborn Museum is giving the registrants and their families passes to the museum on Thursday night, Friday and Saturday March 29-31 with the registration.  The Museum is very kid-friendly but also has great exhibits for adults.

COTS 2007 Poster Session:  Open to all students.  Each entry should be limited to one poster-sized (24x36) sheet.  Deadline to submit titles is March 23rd and should be sent to or  The posters will be displayed in the Clarion Atrium by 6:00, March 30.  The presenter is asked to be present from 6-7.  Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd will be awarded at the banquet that night.


Webinar Announcement

Conducting Classroom Research in Statistics Education: Issues, Challenges and Examples"
with Andrew Zieffler, University of Minnesota

4:00 to 4:30 p.m. EDT March 13th, 2007
The interdisciplinary field of inquiry that is statistics education research spans a diverse set of disciplines and methodologies. A recent review of a subset of this literature, the research on teaching and learning statistics at the college level, was used to raise some practical issues and pose some challenges to the field of statistics education. These will be addressed in the CAUSE webinar. In addition, a recent doctoral dissertation study will be used to illustrate some of these challenges and offer suggestion for how to deal with them.

The webinar will be conducted using the ReadyTalk software platform. A computer with internet access and a telephone is all you need. There is no cost to the participant for either the telephone call or computer connection. ReadyTalk allows you to watch presentations on your computer, and participate in the conversation via phone.

Sign-up to participate in this webinar: For more information contact Jean A. Scott, CAUSE Program Coordinator,


New COTS Representative

Nandini Kannan, Professor and Chair, Dept of Management Science and Statistics at UTSA has agreed to serve as the San Antonio Chapterís COTS Representative through 2008. Nandini will attend the 2007 COTS conference at Baylor next month and will organize the 2008 COTS that will be held here in San Antonio.


Statistics Job Resource

Visit the San Antonio ASA web site for postings of statistically-related job openings:

If you have information about recent job openings you think could be of value to the San Antonio statistics community please send email to Webmaster Ginny de Wolf at   


Upcoming Conferences in the Area

(COTS) Conference of Texas Statisticians 2007, Baylor University, Waco, TX, March 30-31, 2007.

The Third Erich L. Lehmann Symposium, Rice University, Houston, TX, May 16-19, 2007.


San Antonio ASA Chapter Officers 2006-2007

President:         Raymond J. Zurcher, USAA

                        (210) 913-7426



Vice-President:  David W. Smith, University of Texas School of Public Health

                        San Antonio Branch Campus

                        (210) 562-5512


Secretary:         Norma Ketchum, Brooks City-Base

                        (210) 536-1962


Treasurer:          Carolyn Oakley, Retired

                        (210) 481-3473


COC Rep         

(2005-2007):      Anuradha Roy, University of Texas at San Antonio

                        (210) 458-6343



(2006-2008):      Nandini Kannan, University of Texas at San Antonio

(210) 458-5691

Visit the San Antonio ASA website at

Webmaster:      Ginny deWolf,