MESSAGE FROM THE SECTION CHAIR

Jackie Dietz
North Carolina State University

Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
Volume 3, Number 1 (Winter 1997)


By the time you read this, my term as 1997 Chair of the Section on Statistical Education will have begun. I look forward to this year with both anticipation and a little trepidation. I am honored to have been given this opportunity to serve the Section, and I take seriously my responsibility to help the Section have a productive year.

The more involvement there is from the Section's members, the more we will accomplish this year. Please contact me with your ideas for initiatives that we might undertake. Here are some specific ways that you can become involved now.

  1. We have a Section home page on the World Wide Web, accessible from the ASA home page (http://www.amstat.org/). Please send me your comments and your ideas for additional information that we should include.
  2. The Section is allocated a page in every issue of the Amstat News. Please send me your ideas for possible articles. You could even volunteer to write an article!
  3. This wonderful newsletter is the result of hard work by Carol Joyce Blumberg, Joan Garfield, and Tom Moore; Tom Short does an excellent job preparing a World Wide Web version that is available from our home page. I know that they would appreciate your feedback and your ideas for announcements and articles.
  4. Roxy Peck is the Section Program Chair for the 1997 Joint Statistical Meetings in Anaheim. Make plans now to attend the meetings and participate in Stat Ed sessions and activities. See the article "Section on Statistical Education Plans for 1997 Joint Meetings" for more details.
  5. Jerry Moreno will be the Section Program Chair for the 1998 Joint Statistical Meetings in Dallas. Send him your ideas for invited paper sessions; organize a special contributed paper session. Jerry will also be organizing the Roundtable Luncheons for the 1997 meetings in Anaheim. Contact him before February 5 with your ideas for luncheon topics. See the article "Section on Statistical Education Plans for 1997 Joint Meetings" for more details.
  6. Buy a School Membership in the ASA for a local school. For a $50 annual membership fee, your school will receive subscriptions to the Statistics Teacher Network newsletter, CHANCE magazine, and STATS magazine; member rates at meetings; brochures; and other goodies.
  7. Work with a child on an entry for the American Statistics Poster Competition or the American Statistics Team Project Competition. Entries are due by April 15. Please encourage your local school to participate. Brochures and application forms may be obtained from ASA by contacting veronica@amstat.org. (A couple of years ago, my son won an honorable mention in the poster competition!)

Please send me your feedback on current initiatives and activities of the Section and your ideas for future projects. I can be reached at:

Department of Statistics
Box 8203
North Carolina State University
Raleigh NC 27695-8203
(919) 515-1929
Fax: (919) 515-7591
dietz@stat.ncsu.edu.

I look forward to working with you this year toward our common goal of improving the teaching and learning of statistics.


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