June Teaching and Learning webinar, presented by Nicholas Horton, Amherst College
Title: Teaching the Past, Present, and Future of Statistics
Abstract: In 2014 Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies (COPSS) published a book entitled "Past, Present, and Future of Statistical Science" that contains 52 short chapters contributed by past winners of one of the COPSS Awards. The goal of the book (which is freely downloadable from the COPSS website or http://tinyurl.com/copss-ppf ) was to "showcase the breadth and vibrancy of statistics, to describe current challenges and new opportunities, to highlight the exciting future of statistical science, and to provide guidance for future generations of statisticians (page xvii)." In this webinar, I will describe how these chapters were integrated into a theoretical statistics course to help students see the big picture and potential for statistics.
Logistics : The webinar will be conducted using the GoToWebinar software platform. A computer with internet access is all you need. GoToWebinar offers audio participation through your computer microphone. For participants in the US and Canada, if you prefer the telephone for audio participation, this feature is also available.
Please register for Teaching the Past, Present, and Future of Statistics on June 20th at 2 p.m. at https://www.causeweb.org/cause/webinar/teaching
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The CAUSE Cartoon Caption Contest for June is now taking entries (with deadline of June 10 )
The Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education is happy to announce our thirteenth 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 posted early in the month with submissions due by the 10th of the following month)
The next cartoon and the entry rules for the contest ending June 10th 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.
May Results: We had 15 submissions for the May caption contest that featured a cartoon showing people in line to take part in a taste testing experiment with three of them being conservatively dressed and three being wildly dressed. The winning caption for the cartoon was
“As my stats professor repeatedly told us: “Better to stratify and not need it, than to not stratify and need it,” written by Jim Alloway of EMSQ Associates. The caption was chosen for it’s ability to begin a discussion about the value of stratification in reducing the variability of population estimates (and the difficulty in doing so when the population weights are unknown). Two honorable mentions were judged to be very close competitors including:
“Participants may vary more than the products!,” written by Larry Lesser from University of Texas at El Paso; and
“To "B" or To "A" ... that is the question. Whether it is better to randomize or systematize our assignments,” written by John Bailer from Miami University.
Since these three reflect very different statistical points, CAUSE will publish all three in the CAUSEweb fun collection.
Thanks to everyone who submitted a caption and congratulations to our Winners!
USPROC deadline for undergraduate research: June 30 , 2017
One last reminder that CAUSE and the American Statistical Association are sponsoring the 8th annual undergraduate statistics project competition (USPROC). The submission deadline is: June 30 , 2017 for year long, and spring 2017, projects.
Winners receive cash prizes and an invitation to speak at the annual electronic undergraduate statistics conference (eUSR). 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.
Best regards, Vittorio Addona.
Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science
While people are arriving at State College for USCOTS at different times – most people are leaving on Saturday evening or Sunday morning. Thus, I am still hoping to arrange rides to the Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh airports for people who don’t have one yet. If you are driving to one of those airports on Saturday evening or Sunday morning and are willing to take someone with you, please email Dennis Pearl at dkp13(a)psu.edu as soon as possible. Thanks~
VOICES is coming September 27 -28: A virtual conference on teaching STEM with song
CAUSE is excited to announce the first annual VOICES Conference (VOICES = V irtual O ngoing I nterdisciplinary C onferences on E ducating with S ong!) happening September 27 -28, 2017. VOICES will present the latest research, pedagogy, and practitioner perspectives on effectively communicating the ideas of STEM through song. This conference will provide a full two days of virtual programming for a low registration fee of only $10. The hope is for VOICES to launch a broader multidisciplinary effort in teaching STEM with song. Check out the conference website at www.causeweb.org/voices
The CAUSE Rewards Program is Live!
The CAUSE Rewards program is a great way to support our mission and be active in the statistics education community. Receive points by participating in CAUSE professional development opportunities, rating resources and leaving comments telling others how you use them, entering a CAUSE contest, or suggesting a resource on CAUSEweb. Unlock benefits along the way. Join today at www.causeweb.org/cause/rewards and get some points just for signing up!
Thanks to the ASA, CRC Press, and JMP for donating prizes (more are coming so stay tuned)