MESSAGE FROM THE SECTION CHAIR

Rosemary A. Roberts
Bowdoin College

Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
Volume 4, Number 2 (Summer 1998)


If you haven't made your plans to go to Dallas yet, now is the time to do so. Jerry Moreno, our 1998 Program Chair, has organized a great program for our section. There are three invited paper sessions, four special contributed paper sessions, and five regular contributed paper sessions that fill all but the last time slot. In addition, there are ten roundtable luncheons on topics in statistics education that have been organized by our 1999 Program Chair, Brad Hartlaub. Brad has chosen a wide range of topics and knowledgeable discussion leaders. This is your opportunity to eat lunch and engage in a discussion with others who are interested in the topic of your choice. . Details about these sessions can be found in Jerry and Brad's article in this newsletter. Thanks to both Jerry and Brad for organizing this fine program.

On Wednesday, August 12 from 6:00 to 7:30pm we will hold our annual Business Meeting in the Coral Room at the Wyndham Anatole. Jerry Lyons of Springer-Verlag has again kindly agreed to provide refreshments for us at this meeting so this will be a mixer as well as a business meeting. Plan to come to renew old acquaintances and meet other members of our section.

You may have noticed an article by Ann Watkins, the current chair of the AP Statistics Committee, in our Section News column in the April issue of Amstat News. In this, Ann points out the need for statistics articles that are aimed at mathematicians who teach statistics. This audience is eager for more information, especially about recent developments in statistical theory and the practice of statistics. If you have an idea, I encourage you to submit an article to either The American Mathematical Monthly or to The College Mathematics Journal. See Ann's article for submission information.

Finally, a brief update about the AP Statistics program. Last year 7,600 students wrote the first AP Statistics exam. This was a record for the number of students taking the first exam for any AP subject. This year the number of students taking the exam more than doubled to about 16,500! This program is growing fast, and it is important that the teachers of AP Statistics courses are given the support that they need. I encourage you to take every opportunity to become involved.

I hope to see you in Dallas!

Rosemary Roberts may be contacted at:
Rosemary A Roberts
Mathematics
8600 College Station
Bowdoin College
Brunswick, ME 04011-8486
(207) 725-3566
Fax:(207) 725-3750
e-mail: rroberts@polar.Bowdoin.edu


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