Roxy Peck
California Polytechnic State University
1997 Section Program Chair

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

Program planning for the 1997 ASA meetings is underway, and the Stat Ed section has some very interesting invited sessions in the works.

Sandy Weisberg has organized a session titled "Using Graphics to Teach Statistics and Statistics to Teach Graphics", which promises to provide a different and thought-provoking perspective on the way in which we teach statistical concepts. Session participants will include Jan de Leeuw, Sandy Weisberg, Dennis Cook, Forrest Young, Robert McCulloch, and Dianne Cook.

Capstone experiences will be the theme of an invited session that will examine three different models for capstone experiences in the undergraduate statistics curriculum. John Spurrier, Richard Madsen, and Chris McLaren will present, and Jim Daly will be the discussant for the session.

"What I Did/Didn't Learn in School and How I Have/Haven't Used It in Industry" will be the topic of a panel discussion organized by Aidan Cardella. The panel will feature four recent graduates who will talk about experiences during the first few years in industry and the ways in which their education did and didn't prepare them for life after college.

Stat Ed will also be cosponsoring a session with the Section on Quality and Productivity. This session, titled "Use of the World Wide Web to Support Classroom Instruction", will address the use of course home pages and the way in which they can be used to support classroom instruction in statistics.

A new session format will be introduced this year-the invited poster session. There will be two invited poster sessions, one of which will be organized by the Stat Ed section. Our invited poster session will feature funded projects (NSF, NIH, etc.) that focus on the undergraduate statistics curriculum.

The Section's seven or eight roundtable luncheons are being organized by Jerry Moreno. Some of the topics that he is trying to find discussion leaders for include: What to Do on First Day Stats 101; Favorite Datasets from the Web; Getting Involved in K-12 Statistics; Teaching Statistics to Nonstatisticians in the Workplace; Helping our Math Colleagues Teach Statistics; Getting Students Involved in the Undergraduate Data Analysis Contest; and Organizing a Local Statistics Poster Competition. If you are interested in being the luncheon discussion leader for any of these topics, or any other topic that you think is interesting in the area of statistical education, let Jerry know before February 5. Remember - free lunch for leaders! Contact Jerry at Dept. of Mathematics, John Carroll University, University Heights OH 44118; (216) 397-4681; Fax: (216) 397-3033;

Several people are also hard at work organizing special contributed sessions on various topics. If you are interested in organizing such a session, contact me at COSAM, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo CA 93407; (805) 756-2971; Fax: (805) 756-1670; for further information.

See you in Anaheim!

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