JSM in Atlanta

John Holcomb
Cleveland State University
Cleveland, Ohio

Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
Volume 8, Number 1 (Winter 2002)


At the 2001 JSM meetings in Atlanta, the section on Statistics Education had over 60 people attend 10 Roundtable lunch discussions. We tied for the largest number of sponsored discussions. Off the beaten path this year, Jackie Miller (Drury University) led a discussion of using humor in the introductory statistics class. We also were lucky to have Todd Ogden (Univ. of South Carolina) lead a discussion for the second year in a row on Using the World Wide Web in Statistics Education. Brad Hartlaub (Kenyon College) and Thad Tarpey (Wright State University) led discussions related to the Undergraduate Statistics Education Initiative (USEI) that occurred at JSM 2000. Brad's discussion centered on minors and concentrations in statistics, and Thad focused on developing and sustaining a major in statistics. Joan Garfield (Univ. of Minnessota) planned a sold-out discussion on developing statistical reasoning in the introductory class. We were sad to learn Joan could not attend for health reasons, but we are grateful to Beth Chance (Cal Poly) for stepping in and leading the discussion.

Deb Rumsey (The Ohio State University) enacted a new idea this year. She invited graduate students interested in a career with a significant teaching focus to take part in her discussion. The section sponsored the luncheon fee for these folks who are the future of our section. We hope that this can become an annual activity.

Other topics included quantitative literacy (Lee Abramson - US Regulatory Commission), Using Regression in the intro class (Joe Ward - Health Careers High School), student interns in industry (John Peterson - GlaxoSmithKline), and reaching out to our high school colleagues (Linda Quinn - Cleveland State University).

I want to extend a special thank you to all those who volunteered to lead the discussions. This is an important Section activity and I appreciate your contribution.

The planning for the 2002 JSM is well underway with our three invited session slots confirmed. One session will focus on investigating student learning in statistics. The second will be a panel discussion of graduate programs in statistics education, and the third will be on implementing Six Sigma and quality techniques into the undergraduate and graduate curriculums. More information on these and the other sessions will be in the next newsletter. I am very excited about the program planned thus far, and I hope everyone will consider attending in August 2002.


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