Statistical Education in Indy 2000

Tom Short
Villanova University
2000 Program Chair

Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
Volume 6, Number 2 (Summer 2000)

The Section on Statistical Education offers plenty to keep you busy at JSM 2000 in Indianapolis!

The three Invited sessions we have been allocated include "Distance Learning in Statistics Education", "Using Technology to Develop Statistical Reasoning and Thinking", and a panel discussion on "The Teaching of Statistics Across Disciplines and Departments".

The Section is also the primary sponsor for two Topic Contributed (nee "Special Contributed") sessions, three Topic Contributed panels, and five Regular Contributed sessions.

Jim Matis, the 2001 Program Chair, has arranged an appetizing menu of Statistical Education Roundtable Luncheons to be held on Tuesday, August 15.

We are also pleased to be the primary ASA Section sponsor for John Spurrier's half day continuing education workshop titled "A Capstone Course for the Undergraduate Majors: Putting Pieces Together."

And these are only the events for which the Section is the primary sponsor!

On the JSM 2000 Program you will find many sessions that will be co-sponsored by our Section, but three of special interest are Invited sessions on topics directly related to Statistical Education. 1) The Journal of Statistics Education won an Invited session in the Journals competition with a proposal titled "The Journal of Statistics Education: Promoting Diversity and Innovation in Statistics Education for the 21st Century." 2) The Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences will be presenting an Invited session titled "The Importance of Statistics in the Education of Future Teachers", and 3) the ASA/MAA Joint Committee on Undergraduate Statistics is sponsoring yet another Invited session titled "Designing Undergraduate Courses Beyond Stat 101."

On top of all of this the "Undergraduate Education Symposium" and the "Beyond AP Statistics" workshop are satellite events of interest to statistics educators.

Please visit the JSM 2000 Web site at http://www. and the JSM 2000 preliminary program site at meetings/jsm/2000/jsm2000prog/index.cfm for specifics on times, dates, abstracts, housing information, and directions.

Let's race to Indy in 2000!

Tom Short, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Villanova University, 800 Lancaster Ave., Villanova, PA 19085-1699, Phone: 610-519-6961, Fax: 610-519-6928, E-mail:

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