MESSAGE FROM THE SECTION CHAIR

Jackie Dietz
North Carolina State University

Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
Volume 3, Number 2 (Summer 1997)


I am looking forward to seeing many of you in Anaheim. Roxy Peck has done a wonderful job putting together the Statistics Education program; see the article on page 3 for more details. Jerry Moreno has planned so many roundtable luncheons related to teaching statistics that they had to be divided between two days! The business meeting of the Section on Statistical Education will be from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 13 in the Palos Verdes Room A at the Hilton. Jerry Lyons at Springer has generously offered to provide refreshments for our meeting, so this will be a mixer in addition to a business meeting.

I would like to take this opportunity to update you on a project important to me -- the Journal of Statistics Education (JSE). JSE is an electronic journal devoted to post-secondary teaching of statistics. We published our first issue in 1993, making us the first electronic journal in statistics.

We publish two versions of the journal, a World Wide Web version available at http://www.stat.ncsu.edu/info/jse/homepage.html and a plain ascii text version. Subscriptions to JSE are free; subscribers receive (by e-mail) the Table of Contents of each new issue when it becomes available. To subscribe to JSE, send the message: subscribe jse-announce firstname lastname to listserv@jse.stat.ncsu.edu (replace "firstname lastname" with your name).

A large cast of characters has been involved with JSE over the past five years. I have served as Editor, and Tim Arnold has been Managing Editor. JSE would not exist without Tim Arnold's vision and expertise. He had the original idea of starting an electronic journal on teaching statistics, and he has been responsible for most of the technical decisions made over the years. Tim has just taken a new position at SAS Institute and will be leaving the journal; he will be sorely missed.

For many years, Joan Garfield and Laurie Snell have written a column called Teaching Bits that abstracts articles from the education literature and from newspapers and magazines that will be of interest to statistics teachers. Joan's and Laurie's parts of Teaching Bits have recently been taken over by Bob delMas and Bill Peterson, respectively.

Another popular section of JSE is Datasets and Stories. This section includes articles about datasets useful in teaching. A dataset article gives information about the background of a dataset and its interesting pedagogical features; the dataset itself can be easily downloaded for use with students. Robin Lock, Tim Arnold, and Bob Hayden have been the editors of Datasets and Stories. Please consider submitting a dataset article to JSE. Contact Robin Lock at rlock@vm.stlawu.edu or Bob Hayden at hayden@oz.plymouth.edu if you have a dataset article or an idea for one.

Jeff Jonkman, a Ph.D. student in statistics at North Carolina State, works half-time as our Editorial Assistant. Jeff does the html markup for the World Wide Web version of the journal, prepares graphic files, and edits articles. An international Editorial Board of 24 members sets policy for JSE and does much of the refereeing.

Each article submitted to JSE is reviewed by three referees. Referees are chosen from the JSE Editorial Board and from a large pool of volunteer referees. Please volunteer to review papers for JSE! If you send me your name, I will send you an interest survey to fill out, so that I can send you appropriate articles to review.

Submit an article, contribute a dataset, offer to referee an article! We need your help to make JSE even more successful in the coming years.

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.


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