The CAUSE Cartoon Caption Contest for October is now taking entries
The Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education is happy to announce our 29th Cartoon Caption Contest (that’s right – more than two years now). Each month a cartoon, drawn by British cartoonist John Landers, will be posted for you and your students to suggest statistical captions. Note that the cartoons are posted at the beginning of the month month and submissions are due at the end of the month regardless of when the winners are announced. Student entries are always welcome and this can be a fun exercise to assign to your class.
The next cartoon and the entry rules for the contest ending October 31st 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.
September Results: The September caption contest had 20 entries and featured a cartoon with two people eating at a fine-dining restaurant. When the server reveals the food on a silver platter, it turns out to be a statistics book! The winning caption for the September contest was “A bit difficult to fully digest, but very nutritional and packed with vitamins α, p-hat, x-bar, and especially mu and sigma!,” written by Greg Baugher from Mercer University. The caption was designed to build positive attitudes towards statistics in general and introduce some key notation. An honorable mention this month goes to Jeremy Case from Taylor University for his submission: “While the restaurant does not list its prices, it does provide help in estimating them,” which, like another submitted caption by an anonymous entrant (“After ordering "something experimental," they were asked to design their own”), can be used to illustrate the value of statistics in designing and analyzing studies. A final honorable mention goes to Greg Snow at Brigham Young University for his caption “People who only consume statistics don't appreciate them like those who learn to produce statistics,” that can help to initiate a conversation about the different needs of people who consume and people who produce data.
Thanks to everyone who submitted a caption and remember to let your students know about the CAUSE caption contest!
Are secondary teachers from your institution prepared to meet
the curricular demands of teaching content in data analysis and statistics?
Through a cross-institutional collaboration, our team has created materials to Enhance Statistics Teacher Education with E-Modules ( ESTEEM ) . Our project goal is to make quality materials easily accessible to you and your students, through modular materials that are designed for Moodle, Blackboard, Canvas and D2L!
As part of our dissemination efforts we are looking for faculty who teach content and/or pedagogy courses for preservice secondary teachers that include a focus on data analysis and statistics. ESTEEM materials are intended to be used in online or hybrid learning environments to supplement face-to-face instruction. If this sounds like YOU (or someone else you know), then consider applying to attend one of our workshops in 2019!
1) February 6th 9:00am – 5:00pm
prior to the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators Conference, Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, FL.
2) May 16th 9:00am – 5:00pm
prior to the US Conference on Teaching Statistics, Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College, PA.
Workshop participants should be willing to field test ESTEEM materials in their course(s) during 2019-2020 academic year and participate in the project’s research and evaluation efforts, such as interviews and/or surveys.
APPLICATION: Apply by completing the form at [ https://tinyurl.com/ESTEEMApp19 | https://tinyurl.com/ESTEEMApp19 ]
Deadline is October 15 , 2018.
SUPPORT: To support participation in the workshop , participants in the Orlando workshop will receive a $500 stipend. Participants in the State College workshop will receive a $400 stipend plus paid USCOTS registration. Lunch will be provided at both workshops .
To find out more about the ESTEEM project, visit [ http://hirise.fi.ncsu.edu/projects/esteem/ | http://hirise.fi.ncsu.edu/projects/esteem/ ]
Together we can create the next generation of mathematics teacher who ARE prepared to be a strong teachers of data and statistics!
(on behalf of all the ESTEEM PIs: Hollylynne Lee, Rick Hudson, Stephanie Casey, Bill Finzer)
Hollylynne S. Lee
Professor, Mathematics and Statistics Education
Department of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education
NC State University Faculty Scholar
Faculty Fellow, Friday Institute for Educational Innovation
RTI International University Scholar 2018-19 (Horizons Building, RTP, [ mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org | hlee.contractor(a)rti.org ] )
NC State University
Campus Box 7801
502C Poe Hall
Raleigh, NC 27695
[ mailto:Hollylynne@ncsu.edu | Hollylynne(a)ncsu.edu ]
[ https://ced.ncsu.edu/people/hstohl | https://ced.ncsu.edu/people/hstohl ]
[ http://hirise.fi.ncsu.edu/ | http://hirise.fi.ncsu.edu ] [a Hub for Innovation and Research in Statistics Education]
[ http://go.ncsu.edu/tsdi | http://go.ncsu.edu/tsdi ] [free online PD Teaching Statistics Through Data Investigations]
[ http://go.ncsu.edu/tsir | http://go.ncsu.edu/tsir ] [free online PD Teaching Statistics Through Inferential Reasoning]
Registration for the [ https://www.causeweb.org/usproc/eusrc/2018 | Electronic Undergraduate Statistics Research Conference ] (eUSR) is now open! This free conference will take place on Friday, November 2nd and is open to all undergraduate students and faculty. This is a great opportunity for students at all stages of their undergraduate career to learn more about undergraduate statistics research.
We have a great program in store. Hilary Parker of StitchFix will give a keynote address entitled “ Cultivating Creativity in Data Work .” Plenary talks will be given by the winners of the [ https://www.causeweb.org/usproc/ | Undergraduate Statistics Project Competition ] . And, we hope your students will share their statistics research by creating video presentations for the virtual presentation session! There is also a great slate of sessions on industry careers and graduate school.
[ https://www.causeweb.org/usproc/eusrc/2018/abstracts | Abstract submission for video presentations is open ] , [ https://www.causeweb.org/usproc/eusrc/faqs | support for video creation will be provided ] , and students can see example presentations by watching [ https://www.causeweb.org/usproc/eusrc/2017/virtual-posters | last year’s videos ] . New this year we will be giving out a prize for the BEST video presentation!
We hope you will consider setting up a ‘satellite viewing’ location at your own institution. You can do so by reserving a classroom that is equipped with a projector and audio support, promoting the event on-campus, and possibly offering snacks.
Thanks so much to our generous sponsors: the American Statistical Association, the Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education, the ASA Section on Statistical Education, Google, and RStudio.
If you have any questions about eUSR, send an email to [ mailto:email@example.com | mcconville(a)reed.edu ] . We hope to see you there!
Best regards, the eUSR Co-Chairs,
Vittorio Addona (Macalester College)
Kelly McConville (Reed College)
Joseph Nolan (Northern Kentucky University)