Christine E. McLaren
University of California, Irvine

Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
Volume 5, Number 1 (Winter 1999)

Greetings! I am delighted to begin serving my term as 1999 Chair of the section. I recall when I first attended a Section mixer and business meeting held at the Joint Statistical Meetings. I was struck by the enthusiasm and warmth of Section members. Since that time, many exciting initiatives have highlighted the strengths of our membership. For example, we now have a Section newsletter thanks to the hard work of Carol Blumberg, Joan Garfield, Tom Moore, and Terry King.

The Journal of Statistics Education is another major Section achievement. A purpose of JSE is to disseminate knowledge for the improvement of statistics education at all levels. In this issue of the newsletter, we feature an interview with Jackie Dietz, founding Editor of JSE. In addition, we include a contributed article by Robin Lock, co- editor of the JSE Section "Data Sets and Stories". Lock tells of useful web sites that can be used as resources for teaching.

We are also proud to describe the outstanding achievements of Paul Velleman, winner of the 1998 Educom medal. Velleman was honored for his innovative uses of technology in education.

One purpose of the newsletter is to notify Section members of recent and future statistical education conferences. In this issue, we concentrate on international conferences for educators and give in-depth descriptions of conference topics, issues, and goals.

Please contact me with your ideas and suggestions for Section activities. I look forward to working with you this year.

Christine E. McLaren
University of California, Irvine
Division of Epidemiology
224 Irvine Hall
Irvine, CA 92697-7550
(949) 824-4007
Fax: (949) 824-4773

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