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Section on Statistical Education

Inaugural Waller Award Presented to Beth Chance

Retired ASA Executive Director Ray Waller and his wife Carolyn have established the Waller Education Award to recognize a statistics teacher early in his/her career for excellence and innovation in teaching introductory statistics at the undergraduate level. The selection committee of David Moore, Mary Parker, Rosemary Roberts, Bob Starbuck, and Jessica Utts considered nine nominations for the 2002 award.

The inaugural Waller Education Award was presented at JSM 2002 to Beth Chance of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Dr. Chance has been at Cal Poly since 1999, having taught previously at the University of the Pacific. She earned a Bachelor's degree from Harvey Mudd College and a Master's and Ph.D. in Operations Research from Cornell University. Her research interests include methods of enhancing student learning of statistics, particularly through technology and alternative assessment methods. She is co-author of the Workshop Statistics series of coursebooks and co-editor of STATS: The Magazine for Students of Statistics.

A faculty consultant to the AP Statistics program, Dr. Chance has served as an exam table leader, is a member of the Test Development Committee, and collaborated on the AP Statistics: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Exam review book. She has served on the ASA/MAA Committee on Undergraduate Statistics, the Executive Committee of the Section on Statistical Education, and the editorial boards of the Journal of Statistics Education and JASA Book Reviews.

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