Robin Lock
1995 Section Program Chair
St. Lawrence University

Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
Volume 1, Number 1 (Winter 1995)

Planning is well underway for the Statistical Education Section's portion of the program at next summer's Joint Statistical Meetings to be held August 13th-17th at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin hotels in Orlando, Florida. Based on section membership and attendance at previous meetings, our section has been allotted two invited paper sessions at these meetings and will also sponsor a number of roundtable luncheons and contributed paper sessions.

One of our invited paper sessions will deal with "Internet Resources for Teaching Statistics". The featured presenters will be Mike Meyer of Carnegie Mellon University, founder of the STATLIB fileserver, and Paul Marsh from North Carolina State University, home of the Journal of Statistics Education archives and the EDSTAT-L discussion list. Tim Arnold, also from N.C. State will be unable to make it to Orlando due to a commitment at the ISI meetings in China, but will serve as a co-author for Paul's paper. Mike and Paul are planning to lead us through the ever-expanding world of Gophers, Webs, Mosaic, and whatever else may be coming over the horizon -- with a special emphasis on how these tools can be used to enhance statistics instruction.

The second invited paper session, titled "Whither the Mathematical Statistics Course?", will explore current directions in traditional (and not so traditional) approaches to the junior/senior level statistics course which is typically geared towards undergraduate mathematics majors. Speakers in this session will include Bob Hogg of the University of Iowa who is a long-time author of textbooks in this area and has been actively engaged in helping to shape statistics pedagogy, Alexander Kugushev, Statistics Editor for Duxbury Press, who has closely monitored past trends and will provide insight on where we might be going now, and Jock MacKay and Wayne Oldford from the University of Waterloo who have been working with alternative models for teaching statistics to undergraduate students with strong mathematics backgrounds. This session is being organized by Katherine Halvorsen of Smith College.

In addition to the invited paper sessions, the Section will sponsor several roundtable luncheons. These sessions allow groups of up to ten to discuss topics of mutual interest, moderated by experts in the field, while consuming a sumptuous lunch. Maintaining a tradition of our section, Allan Rossman of Dickinson College, who will be the Statistics Education Program Chair for the 1996 meetings in Chicago, has begun warming up for those duties by organizing the roundtable luncheons for the 1995 meetings in Orlando. He has arranged the following sessions:

1. "Using Assessment to Improve Student Learning",

with Joan Garfield

2. "Applied Statistics Master's Degree Programs",

with Thomas Short

3. "Bayesian Statistics for Undergraduates",

with Allan Rossman

4. "The AP [Advanced Placement] Exam in Statistics",

with Rosemary Roberts

5. "Involving Undergraduates in Statistical Research",

with Chris McLaren

6. "Organizing a Statewide K-12 QL[Quantitative Literacy]

Program", with Jack Shepler and Frank Morgan

Allan has also been considering sessions dealing with "Involving Undergraduates in Statistical Consulting" and "Developing an Undergraduate Minor or Concentration in Statistics". Anyone who might be interested in moderating one of those discussion sessions or suggesting an additional idea for a roundtable luncheon should contact Allan Rossman at Dept. of Mathematics and Comp. Sci., Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA 17013; (717) 245-1668; FAX 717-245-1690;

e-mail: rossman@dickinson.edu. You should also contact Allan if you have any ideas for the 1996 program.

Traditionally, a vital part of the Statistical Education program has been the regular Contributed Paper sessions. The latest meetings in Toronto were no exception as the Statistics Education sessions were consistently characterized by overflow crowds and many excellent talks. We are already at work trying to obtain more appropriate-sized rooms in Orlando, but we must rely on the membership of the section to continue to contribute strong papers for these sessions, to attend the Orlando meetings, and to support the Statistics Education sponsored sessions at those meetings. Deadline for contributed paper abstracts will be February 1, 1995 and all such papers are eligible to appear in the Proceedings which our section publishes in cooperation with the Sections for Teaching in the Health Sciences and the Section on Statistical Consulting.

For further information on our Section's program for the 1995 Joint Statistical Meetings in Orlando, please contact

Robin Lock
1995 Statistical Education Program Chair
Mathematics Department
St. Lawrence University
Canton, NY 13617
Phone: (315) 379-5960
FAX: (315) 379-5804

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