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Section on Statistical Education

Ginger Holmes Rowell
2004 Recipient of the Waller Education Award


Dr. Ginger Holmes Rowell taught math and computer science in the Alabama secondary public school system before pursuing a Ph.D. in mathematics with an emphasis in probability and statistics at the University of Alabama in Huntsville where she graduated in 1995. In 1996, Dr. Rowell was selected as a Mathematical Association of America National Project NExT Fellow. Project NExT provides new Ph.D.'s in mathematics with training and experiences to become better teachers, researchers, and leaders in the field of mathematics. During the summers of 1999 and 2000, Dr. Rowell was a Summer Faculty Fellow at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. She worked in the Engineering Cost Office using statistical methods to help predict cost of space flight vehicles. Recently, she has continued her research at MSFC using statistical analysis to estimate cost for NASA's Next Generation Space Telescope. Taking these real life applications back into the classroom is important to Dr. Rowell. Her use of these opportunities to involve students and mentor them in research projects has resulted in student presentations and papers. Dr. Rowell is a regular presenter at both regional and national conferences on the subjects of statistics and statistics education. She also demonstrates her strong commitment to educating teachers and future teachers about the exciting real life uses for statistics by leading workshops.

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