Reminder - Submissions for the March CAUSE cartoon caption contest are due on Wednesday !
Message: Now is a great time to get your students thinking about statistical issues by entering the CAUSE cartoon caption contest. A new cartoon is posted on the second day of each month and submissions are due the first of each month. Caption submissions for this month's contest may be submitted at https://www.causeweb.org/cause/caption-contest/march/2017/submissions and are due on Wednesday March 1 .
Subject: Updated CAUSEweb quote collection
CAUSE is proud to announce a major upgrade to our statistical quote collection (part of the broader “fun” collection at www.causeweb.org/cause/resources/fun ). In order to make the collection more inclusive, we have recently added a large number of quotes by female authors so they now make up more than 30% of the collection. Each quote is fully annotated with a picture of the author, the bibliographic source of the quote, and a suggestion for use in teaching statistics or statistics education.
If you have ideas for more statistics or statistics education quotes that should be included on CAUSEweb, send them to Dennis Pearl at dkp13(a)psu.edu
The Causality in Statistics Education Award is aimed at encouraging the teaching of basic causal inference in introductory statistics courses. Originally donated by Judea Pearl and now sponsored by Microsoft Research and Google, the prize is motivated by the growing importance of introducing core elements of causal inference into undergraduate and lower-division graduate classes in statistics. For more information, please see http://www.amstat.org/education/causalityprize/ .
Nominations and questions should be sent to the ASA office at educinfo(a)amstat.org . The nomination deadline is March 1 , 2017.
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Next USPROC deadline for undergraduate research: June 30 , 2017
CAUSE and the American Statistical Association are happy to announce the eighth annual undergraduate statistics project competition ( USPROC ). The next project submission deadline is: June 30 , 2017 for year long, and spring 2017, projects.
Project submission is now open! As you discuss your class, and independent research, projects with your students, please keep USPROC in mind. All winners receive cash prizes and an invitation to give a plenary talk at the annual electronic undergraduate statistics conference. Learn more here: www.causeweb.org/usproc
Competition tracks are available for all student levels. The purpose of USPROC is to encourage the development of data analysis skills, to enhance presentation skills, and to recognize outstanding work by undergraduate statistics students. There are two main categories for submissions to the competition:
* Undergraduate Statistics Class Project Competition ( USCLAP ): This competition is for undergraduate students who are taking an applied statistics course(s) at introductory, or intermediate levels, in which a class project is part of the course work (either required or optional).
* Undergraduate Statistics Research Project Competition ( USRESP ): This competition is for undergraduate students who conduct research projects that are statistically related, either methodological or applied. The types of projects may include research work from REUs, senior capstone projects, or independent projects.
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Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science
Call for USCOTS Birds-of-a-feather lunch discussions
The highlights of the U.S. Conference on Teaching Statistics (USCOTS, to be held at Penn State on May 18 - 20, 2017 ) include interaction and discussion among statistics educators with similar interests. One mechanism for facilitating such conversations is a birds-of-a-feather lunch discussion, in which people with similar interests gather over lunch to discuss a particular topic.
To propose a Birds-of-a-Feather discussion please visit:
Please consider proposing a birds-of-a-feather topic for which you would like to facilitate discussion.
While you're considering this, please check out the USCOTS program and register for the conference at: www.causeweb.org/cause/uscots/uscots17/
Thanks very much,
Program Chair, 2017 USCOTS
Subject: The CAUSE Cartoon Caption Contest for March is now taking entries
The Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education is happy to announce our tenth Cartoon Caption Contest. Each month a cartoon, drawn by British cartoonist John Landers, will be posted for you and your students to suggest statistical captions. (note the cartoons are post on the 2nd day of each month)
The next cartoon and the entry rules for the contest ending March 1 are at
The best captions will be posted on CAUSEweb and the winner(s) will receive their choice of a coffee mug or t-shirt imprinted with the cartoon or free registration to eCOTS 2018.
February Results: We had 21 submissions for the February caption contest that featured a cartoon showing two paleontologists at a dig site where they have uncovered a set of dinosaur bones, but also an object that looks like the number 5. The February caption contest was won by Mickey Dunlap from University of Georgia. Mickey’s caption, "Paleontologists finally discover the origin of using a 5% level of significance," was selected for its ability to foster a discussion about the arbitrariness of the 5% significance level. An honorable mention that rose to the top of the judging for it’s humor was the caption “The archaeologists were 95% confident they had found the never before documented Fiveasaurus-Rex,” written by Michael Via a student at Magruder High School.
Thanks to everyone who submitted a caption and congratulations to our Winners!
USCOTS program and registration system are live!
USCOTS 2017 is just around the corner and the USCOTS 2017 program and registration pages are now live at www.causeweb.org/cause/uscots/uscots17 .
We have an extensive pre-conference workshop program, terrific plenary talks, breakouts, posters, and demonstrations so don’t miss out on this biennial opportunity to connect with the statistics education community. There’s also still time to submit a “Poster & Beyond” abstract (due March 15 ) and to enter the A-mu-sing competition (due Mar 10 ). New this year, you will need to be logged into CAUSEweb.org to register for USCOTS – but you will also be able to bookmark your own “must see” sessions and bring up your saved personalized program on your tablet or phone.
See you in May at USCOTS!