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Awards for Outstanding Statistics Educators

Mike Kutner Wins 2009 Mu Sigma Rho Award
Mu Sigma Rho, the National Honor Society for Statistics, presented its 10th Statistical Education Award to Dr. Michael H. Kutner Emory University. This award recognizes excellence in undergraduate or graduate statistical education at the institutional, regional, or national level.

In a career spanning nearly fifty years, Professor Kutner has been a faculty member at Virginia Tech, Texas A&M University, The College of William and Mary, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and most recently Emory University. He is recognized as an outstanding teacher, mentor and academic leader. He has been extremely effective in mentoring students as consultants and in mentoring young faculty as teachers and researchers. Professor Kutner is a co-author of two well–known and widely used texts, Applied Linear Statistical Models and Applied Linear Regression Models. Professor Kutner has also made significant contributions in service to the American Statistical Association and the profession. He has developed and delivered numerous short courses for industry and government and has given many presentations at national and international meetings. Mu Sigma Rho is proud to recognize Professor Kutner as the 2009 winner of its Statistical Education Award.

From National Mu Sigma Rho Website  (More information)

Tom Moore Wins 2008 Mu Sigma Rho Award
Mu Sigma Rho, the National Honor Society for Statistics, presented its 9th Statistical Education Award to Dr. Thomas L. Moore of Grinnell College. This award recognizes excellence in undergraduate or graduate statistical education at the institutional, regional, or national level.

Professor Moore’s teaching career spans nearly four decades and includes teaching at both the high school and college levels. He is recognized as an outstanding teacher, and during his time at Grinnell College he has been a role model and mentor for many undergraduates. The large number of Dr. Moore’s students who have gone on to earn masters and Ph.D.s in statistics attests to his profound influence on his students. On a national level, Dr. Moore has worked to improve the teaching of statistics at liberal arts colleges and to create a network of teachers of statistics. This work began in the mid-1980’s with the co-founding of SLAW (Statistics in the Liberal Arts Workshop), a group that continues to flourish today. Dr. Moore has also made significant contributions in service to both the American Statistical Association and the Mathematics Association of America. In 1998, he was recognized as a fellow of the ASA for his many contributions to statistics education. Mu Sigma Rho is proud to recognize Dr. Moore as the 2008 winner of its Statistical Education Award.

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William Swallow Wins 2007 Mu Sigma Rho Award
Mu Sigma Rho, the National Honor Society for Statistics, presented its 8th Statistical Education Award to Dr. William Swallow of North Carolina State University. This award recognizes excellence in undergraduate or graduate statistical education at the institutional, regional, or national level.

Prior to joining the department at NC State, Dr. Swallow was a member of the Department of Statistics at Rutgers University, where he was named Cook College Professor of the Year in 1974. At NC State, he received the Outstanding Teacher Award in 1988 and was named Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor in 1999. He was also recently presented the Award for Excellence in Teaching from the University of North Carolina Board of Governors. Dr. Swallow has, at different points, directed both the Undergraduate and Graduate Programs in Statistics at NC State. He has advised more than 230 undergraduates, 40 masters, and 13 Ph.D. candidates in the department, as well as mentored five Park Scholars. Furthermore, he has mentored nine graduate students in the “Preparing the Professoriate Program” at NC State, providing an invaluable service not only to the students in the program but also to the undergraduate students they will eventually teach. Mu Sigma Rho is proud to recognize Dr. Swallow for his dedication to statistics education at all levels.

From National Mu Sigma Rho Website (More information)

Christine Franklin Wins 2006 Mu Sigma Rho Award
Mu Sigma Rho, the National Honor Society for Statistics, presented its 7th Statistical Education Award to Christine Franklin of The University of Georgia at the Joint Statistical Meetings in Seattle in August 2006. This award recognizes excellence in undergraduate or graduate statistical education at the institutional, regional, or national level.

This award is one of many that Ms. Franklin has received for her excellence in teaching and mentoring. She has been a past recipient of the University of Georgia’s Outstanding Faculty Academic Advisor and Sandy Beaver Outstanding Teacher Awards and has, on three separate occasions, been designated a Lothar Tresp Outstanding Honors Professor. Christine has written more than 30 research articles and resource materials for other textbooks and has given more than 30 invited talks on statistics education at the K-12 and undergraduate levels. She has assiduously promoted AP statistics and is active on national committees dealing with statistics education. In 2004, Christine was named a Fellow of the American Statistical Association. Mu Sigma Rho is proud to recognize Ms. Franklin for her dedication to statistics education at all levels.

By Joshua M. Tebbs, Mu Sigma Rho  (More information)

Thomas Short Wins 2005 Mu Sigma Rho Award
Mu Sigma Rho, the National Honor Society for Statistics, presented its 6th Statistical Education Award to Associate Professor Thomas Short of Indiana University of Pennsylvania at the Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) in Minneapolis in August 2005. This award recognizes excellence in undergraduate or graduate statistical education at the institutional, regional, or national level.

Dr. Short has been widely regarded as an outstanding teacher and leader for statistics education in Pennsylvania and at the national level. He has served as a regional site director and frequent presenter for the Statistics Education through Quantitative Literacy (SEQuaL) project. Dr. Richard Schaeffer, past president of the ASA, has called these workshops "the best national model for statewide workshops in quantitative literacy." Dr. Short has also given workshops for AP statistics teachers and has formed local and regional organizations of teachers. In fact, he also is one of the few statisticians who works regularly with teachers at the elementary school level. Mu Sigma Rho is proud to recognize Dr. Short for his dedication to statistics education at all levels.

By Joshua M. Tebbs, Mu Sigma Rho  (More information)

"2004 Mu Sigma Rho Statistical Education Award Goes to Robin Lock"
"Mu Sigma Rho presented its 5th Statistical Education Award to Professor Robin Lock of Saint Lawrence University at the Joint Statistical Meetings in Toronto in August, 2004. This award recognizes excellence in undergraduate or graduate statistical education at the institutional, regional, or national level.

Robin Lock, John and Sylvia Burry Professor of Statistics at St. Lawrence University, has been widely recognized as an outstanding teacher and leader for over two decades. His classes are thoroughly demanding - his course goals are ambitious and his standards for students are rigorous. At the same time, he brings marvelous creativity and freshness to the teaching of statistics. One colleague has described Robin's approach to teaching as 'playful'; students analyze the trajectory of spinning coins, discover rigged dice, and compete in correlation- guessing contests. Dr. Lock has mentored an entire generation of teachers of statistics at St. Lawrence - as a result, Introductory Applied Statistics at St. Lawrence has been a dramatic success for years; it is the third most heavily enrolled course on campus, and over 60% of St. Lawrence students elect to take at least one course in Statistics. In 2001 Professor Lock was honored with the University's J. Calvin Keene Award, for 'high standards of personal scholarship, effective teaching, and moral concern.'

Robin has also expanded his role of mentor on innovative statistics curriculuum and pedagogy to include colleagues at institutions throughout the world. As a founding member of the Statistics Liberal Arts Workshop (SLAW), he has been a valued contributor to a network of like-minded educators. He originated the idea of the Isolated Statisticians network and helped organize its first national meeting. He has presented successful workshops on teaching introductory statistics at MAA and ASA national meetings. He has been a leader in the ASA Sections on Statistical Education and Statistics in Sports. Robin's contributions to the field received national recognition by his election in 2000 as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association."

By Don Edwards, Council Director-at-Large, Mu Sigma Rho

"ASA Fellow Awarded UC Davis Top Prize"
 
"Dr. Francisco Samaniego, a longtime statistics professor at UC Davis, was awarded the university's top prize Monday.

The $30,000 UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement, funded by the UC Davis Foundation, is believed to be the largest of its kind in the country..."

From The Davis Enterprise.com, March 2, 2004 (Complete article)

"2003 Mu Sigma Rho Statistical Education Award Goes to Beth Chance"
 
"Mu Sigma Rho presented its 4th Statistical Education Award to Professor Beth Chance of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo at the Joint Statistical Meetings in San Francisco in August, 2003. This award recognizes excellence in undergraduate or graduate statistical education at the institutional, regional, or national level.

In only 9 years' time since receiving her PhD, Dr. Chance has established herself as a leader in the field of statistics education. Her teaching techniques challenge the students to go beyond the superficial and computational, to think about the meaning in statistics and data analysis. Her classroom strategy is a masterful mix of traditional and innovative learning techniques, including self-written JAVA applets and activity-based instruction. She has been outstanding in outreach, giving numerous invited presentations on elementary statistics instruction nationally, in seven foreign countries, and in more than 25 workshops and minicourses. She is co-author with Alan Rossman of the Workshop Statistics textbook series, and co-editor (also with Rossman) of Stats. She has also served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Statistics Education and JASA/TAS Book Reviews, and authored or co-authored more than 30 articles on statistics education. Currently a member of the AP Statistics Development Committee, the ASA/MAA Joint Committee on Undergraduate Statistics, and the Executive Committee of the ASA Section on Statistical Education, she received the ASA's Waller Education Award in 2002."

By Don Edwards, Council Director-at-Large, Mu Sigma Rho

"Marie Davidian"
 
"Dr. Marie Davidian of the North Carolina State University Department of Statistics has been named Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor for 2003-2005. The award (which includes a cash stipend) was presented by the NCSU Alumni Association in recognition of Davidian's longtime distinguished service in graduate teaching and mentoring. Her contributions include an outstanding teaching career, innovation in the development of courses and curricula, mentorship of graduate students and junior faculty, and significant enhancements to the quality of the department's graduate program. Davidian is an ASA Fellow."
From the AMSTAT News, July 2003

"Gunderson Wins Mu Sigma Rho Teaching Award"
"Mu Sigma Rho, the National Statistical Honor Society, presented their Statistical Education Award to Brenda Gunderson, University of Michigan, at the Joint Statistical Meetings on August 13, 2002. This award recognizes excellence in undergraduate or graduate statistical education at the institutional, regional, or national level.

Gunderson has many accomplishments in the field of statistical education. She received the University of Michigan's Golden Apple Award in 1999 for excellence in undergraduate teaching, recognizing her as one of the best teachers on the Michigan campus. She is a coauthor of Interactive Statistics, an introductory statistics textbook that employs her philosophy in teaching. Though she has a very large number of students, she has them learn statistics by participating in group projects. She has given workshops across the nation to help other statistics teachers benefit from this approach. She has been credited with instilling a positive attitude toward statistics in thousands of her former students."

By Mark Payton, Oklahoma State University, from the AMSTAT News, December 2002

Nominations Requested Mu Sigma Rho Teaching Award
 
 
"Mu Sigma Rho would like to invite academic institutions to nominate their outstanding teaching faculty for the 2003 Mu Sigma Rho Statistical Education Award. The recipient must have evidence of excellence in classroom teaching in the statistics discipline and must have a lifetime devotion to statistical education. Each academic institution is allowed one nomination per year. In the event more than one nomination is received from a single institution in a year, the first nomination will be the only one considered. Any college or university may nominate a potential recipient regardless of whether the institution has an active Mu Sigma Rho chapter. Each nomination should include a cover letter, the nominee's curriculum vitae, a summary of the potential recipient's teaching/educational activities, and at least three letters supporting the nomination. At least two of these letters should come from former or present students and at least one letter should come from a colleague of the faculty member. The deadline for submission of the materials is May 1, 2003. In the event that he or she is not selected for the award, the nomination will remain alive for three years after the initial submission, unless the institution chooses to put forward another faculty member. All materials should be sent to Don Edwards, Past-President, Mu Sigma Rho, Department of Statistics, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29205.

The recipient of the award will be notified sometime in July 2003 and will be presented a plaque at JSM in San Francisco in August 2003. If you have any questions regarding this award, please feel free to contact Don Edwards at the above address or via email at edwards@stat.sc.edu."

From the AMSTAT News, December 2002

"Joe Ward, Statistician and Hero for Education Has New School Named In His Honor"
 
 
"Recently, the Trustees of the Northside Independent School District (NISD), located in San Antonio, TX, voted to name one of its new elementary schools after a local statistician, Dr. Joe H. Ward. Dr. Ward, ASA member since 1951, was really overwhelmed when he received the exciting news. 'This recognition is the highest I could have received since my heart, mind and body have always been devoted to education,' states Ward.

Dr. Joe Ward has been a volunteer for many years working with students at Health Careers High School in San Antonio, TX, where he also teaches an independent studies statistics course for credit. In 1997, Dr. Ward was named Northside's Outstanding Intergenerational Volunteer. Ward has also been recognized by the State Board of Education as a 'Hero for Children.' Dr. Ward has provided valuable assistance to students and teachers in their efforts to use statistics and computers in research. He has encouraged and assisted teachers in introducing Advanced Placement Statistics into the curriculum. Joe Ward takes pride in volunteering and encourages educators to 'Catch the Children Being Good.' Ward Elementary School will be located outside of 1604 on Shaenfield Road, and should relieve Burke, Galm, Knowlton and Nichols elementary schools."

From the AMSTAT News, April 2002

"Stephenson Wins Mu Sigma Rho Teaching Award"
 
 
"Mu Sigma Rho, the National Statistical Honor Society, presented their Statistical Education Award to Bob Stephenson, Iowa State University, on August 5, 2001, at the Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM). This award recognizes excellence in undergraduate or graduate statistical education, at the institutional, regional, or national level.

Stephenson has been recognized many times at Iowa State University with campus-wide awards for teaching and advising. In 1993 he received funding from General Motors to develop a distance education applied statistics sequence. These courses have since become the standard for distance statistics courses for industry having been utilized by employees at General Motors, 3M, Collins Rockwell, and Maytag. General Motors recognized Stephenson's contribution by awarding him the GM Outstanding Distance Learning Faculty Award in 1999. Colleagues and former students laud his abilities as a classroom teacher and his dedication to the statistics profession. He was elected ASA Fellow in 1995."

From the AMSTAT News, November 2001

"Martinsek Receives Teaching Award"
 
 
"Adam T. Martinsek has received two teaching awards at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the 2000-2001 LAS Dean's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the 2001 Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Combined, the awards provide a recurring $6,500 increment to annual salary, $5,000 in cash, and $1,000 in discretionary funds to support the teaching and research of the recipient."
 
From the AMSTAT News, June 2001

"Spurrier Receives Outstanding Teaching Award"
 
 
"John D. Spurrier of the Department of Statistics was the recipient of the 2000 AMOCO Foundation Outstanding Teaching Award at the University of South Carolina."
 
From the AMSTAT News, November 2000

"Moore Named Honorary IASE Member"
"David S. Moore, professor of statistics at Purdue University, has been named the first Honorary Member of the International Association for Statistical Education (IASE). IASE is the education branch of the International Statistical Institute. Professor Moore served as the first president of IASE in 1993."
From the AMSTAT News, October 2000

"Moreno Wins Award for Distinguished Teaching"
 
 
"Jerry Moreno of the John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio, was recently honored by the Mathematical Association of America with its distinguished teaching award for 2000.
A Fellow of the American Statistical Association, Moreno was also selected by the ASA in 1999 to receive the prestigious Founder's Award for his exceptional leadership in organizing Quantitative Literacy programs each year since 1989, his outstanding service to statistical education in northern Ohio, and his work with the ASA's national poster and project competitions."
From the AMSTAT News, October 2000

"Thompson Wins College Excellence Award"
 
 
"Carla Thompson, Tulsa Community College (TCC) Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Teacher Preparation, recently received the annual TCC Award for Teaching Excellence.
Thompson, who joined TCC in 1980, is project director for the Tomorrow's Teachers and Tomorrow's Technology Project -- a collaboration between TCC, Langston University, Tulsa Chamber of Commerce, six Tulsa-area public and private school districts, and several Tulsa-area businesses."
From the AMSTAT News, October 2000

"Sawilowsky Wins Two Awards"
 
 
"Shlomo Sawilowsky, a professor of statistics, psychometry, and research design, was the recipient of the 1998 Wayne State University Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award, and the College of Education's Excellence in Teaching Award. WSU is a Carnegie Research I institution, ranking it in the top 75 of the nation's 3,000 universities and colleges. The first award was presented by University President Irvin D. Reid, who noted 'Professor Sawilowsky's exceptional record as an academician is reflected in the excellence with which he mentors graduate students. As one student wrote, 'In Dr. Sawilowsky we have a relentless champion when it comes to motivating and encouraging us.'' The second award was presented by Dean Paula Wood, who noted, 'His teaching has won him a coterie of fiercely loyal student devotes, and all those who leave his classroom must surely do so knowing they have been taught by one of the best.'"
From the AMSTAT News, October 1998

"Alldredge Receives Hartley Award"
 
 
J. Richard Alldredge, Associate Professor of Statistics, Washington State University is the 1997 winner of the H.O. Hartley Award. The award is given annually to a former student of the Department of Statistics at Texas A&M for distinguished service to the discipline of statistics.
Alldredge was responsible for establishing a Masters Degree in Statistics in 1992 while acting as the Director of the Program in Statistics. To date, twenty-one students have successfully completed the program. He is also an outstanding teacher. He received the Junior Faculty Teaching Award in 1993 For teaching statistics courses to non-statistical majors. Rich often employs a non-traditional, hands-on approach to teaching statistics which have been recognized for reaching students who have often spurred mathematical sciences. He has served as President of the Western North American Region (WNAR) of the International Biometric Society, is on the board of the International Biometric Society, and is active in a number of capacities for the ASA and WNAR. Alldredge is an associate editor for the Journal of Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Statistics. He is the author of over thirty-five refereed journal articles.
Alldredge earned his B.A. in Mathematics from Oakland University in 1969, an M.S. from Colorado State University in 1971, and a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in 1980. The award was presented at the A&M reception held during the Joint Statistical Meetings in Anaheim.
From the AMSTAT News, October 1997

"Hawkes Chosen as George Prize Recipient"
 
 
"James Hawkes of the College of Charleston and Quant Systems, both located in Charleston, South Carolina, has been awarded the C. Oswald George Prize for the best article published in Teaching Statistics. The prize of 100 pounds, is given by the Royal Statistical Society."
From the AMSTAT News, January 1997

"Bilotti-Aliaga Honored"
 
 
"Martha Bilotti-Aliaga, Department of Statistics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, was one of the five persons awarded for her INPUT (INovative Program Using Technology) in Mathematics Service Courses. The competition, by its own description, 'rewards exemplary instructors and departments that have made the effort to rethink service courses and whose efforts can inspire or serve as a model to those who follow." Aliaga introduced the use of graphing calculators in Statistics 100, a college course with an average of 140 students per section. This competition was sponsored by the Annenberg/CPB Project and NSF."
From the AMSTAT News, December 1996

Christine McLaren selected as 1996 Minnesota College Science Teacher of the Year
 
 
"Christine McLaren, Stats Magazine Editor and Professor at Moorhead State University in Minnesota has recently been selected 1996 Minnesota College Science Teacher of the Year. The honor was given by the Minnesota Academy of Science."
From the AMSTAT News, May 1996

"Moore Named Distinguished Professor"
 
 
"ASA member David S. Moore has been named the Shanti S. Gupta Distinguished Professor of Statistics at Purdue University. The appointment, ratified during Purdue's Board of Trustees meeting at Indian University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, recognizes Moore's teaching and scholarly efforts.
"Moore joined the Purdue faculty in 1967 as an assistant professor of statistics. He was promoted to associate professor in 1971 and to professor in 1977.
"Moore has developed videos for distant learning and put together 'Against All Odds,' a series of 26 half-hour programs for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. His colleagues praise Moore's teaching abilities with such compliments as '...he cares deeply for his subject, and also for his students and audiences' and 'He is one of those rare gifted individuals who has demonstrated that top-notch researchers can be top-notch teachers and can make a difference in improving the education system.'
"Moore, who grew up in Middletown, New York, received his bachelor's degree in mathematics from Princeton University and a doctorate in mathematics from Cornell University."
From the AMSTAT News, April 1996

"Kupper Receives Distinguished Teaching Award"
 
 
Lawrence L. Kupper, Professor and Deputy Chair in the Department of Biostatistics at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, is the recipient of the 1996 University of North Carolina Distinguished Teaching Award for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction. Kupper was cited for his outstanding classroom teaching, for his research mentoring of predoctoral and postdoctoral students in Biostatistics, and for his administrative contributions to graduate education in Biostatistics at the University of North Carolina."
 
From the AMSTAT News, April 1996

"Jagbir Singh, professor of Statistics, received the 1995 Great Teacher Award of Temple University. The Award carries a stipend of $10,000, and a statuette. Each Great Teacher's name is inscribed on the University's Founder's Wall. In 1993, Jagbir Singh received the University's Stauffer Award for outstanding faculty services from the General Alumni Association. Last spring, he was the recipient of the Andrisani-Frank Award for outstanding undergraduate teaching."
 
From the AMSTAT News, January 1996

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