Message from the Section Chair

Jeff Witmer
Oberlin College

Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
Volume 8, Number 2 (Summer 2002)


JSM 2002 is just around the corner. If you go to http://www.amstat.org/meetings/jsm/2002/onlineprogram you can access the program on line. You will probably want to start by using the option that lets you see all activities that are sponsored by our Section. (There are, of course, less important activities that you can also find via the web site.) The Section is sponsoring or co-sponsoring 10 invited paper sessions plus a host of other sessions. These sessions cover many topics that will range from general discussion of teaching to specific ideas for the classroom. In addition to sessions at which papers are presented, there will also be poster sessions and roundtable lunches. This year there are roundtable lunches sponsored by the Section on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, so you can attend more than one of these.

In addition to preparing for JSM, members of our Section are actively engaged in several projects. One of these is the Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education (CAUSE). Deb Rumsey (Ohio State) is the Director of this new project, which the ASA Board of Directors has recently voted to support financially as one of ASA's Member Initiatives. You can learn more about CAUSE by attending Session 28 at JSM on Sunday, 8/11/02, (4:00-5:50 in the Clinton Suite at the Hilton), during which Deb will make a presentation.

Finally, I invite you to attend the annual business meeting and reception for the Section during JSM. This will be at the usual time, which is Wednesday evening, 8/14/02, 5:30-7:00. The location is the Morgan Suite at the Hilton. I hope to see you there. Please feel free to contact me at jeff.witmer@oberlin.edu at any time.


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