To help build our collection of resources for instructors and encourage the statistics education community to share their creativity, CAUSE sponsors a number of contests.
1. The CAUSE cartoon caption contest runs monthly with submissions due on the last day of the month. Try your hand and ask your students to create a caption for this month's cartoon at https://www.causeweb.org/cause/caption-contest/august/2023/submissions
2. The SPARKS collection of very short videos (10 to 20 seconds) encourages entries on an on-going basis. If your video is selected to be added to the SPARKS collection you will be awarded a free registration to the next eCOTS.
3. The Stats+Stories lesson plan contest is now taking submissions. See https://www.causeweb.org/cause/ecots/ecots24/stats-and-stories ($1000 in prizes and the opportunity to present your lesson plan using Stats+Stories materials at the next eCOTS with entries due by New Year's Day). While you're thinking about Stats+Stories, there's still a few days left to vote in their data visualization contest at https://statsandstories.net/voting
4. The USPROC undergraduate research competition, jointly sponsored by the ASA, is a great way to bring national attention to your students' work and takes entries twice a year (https://www.causeweb.org/usproc/).
5. The A-mu-sing competition seeking edutainment resources runs every-other year with prizes totaling $1000 and the opportunity to present your work at the USCOTS banquet.
Supported by a pending grant from the National Science Foundation's IUSE (Improving Undergraduate STEM Education) program, Beth Chance will offer a free virtual workshop, titled "Rossman/Chance Applets for Exploring Statistical Concepts," for teachers of introductory and intermediate statistics.
This workshop will be held in two parts on Fri Sept 22 and Fri Sept 29 from 2-3pm ET (1-2pm CT, 12-1pm MT, 11am-12pm PT). The first hour of the workshop (Fri Sept 22) is intended for faculty who are less familiar with using applets to teach statistical concepts. Topics will include measures of center and variability, categorical data, correlation and regression, basic probability, sampling distributions, and traditional inference methods. The second hour of the workshop (Fri Sept 29) is intended for those who have completed the first hour and for faculty who are more familiar with using applets to teach statistical concepts. Topics will focus on simulation-based inference and multi-variable thinking.
The primary workshop goal is to help faculty participants to teach in accordance with the GAISE recommendation to use technology to explore statistical concepts. Secondary goals are to help faculty participants to teach simulation-based inference and multivariable thinking. Additional goals address using applets to foster active learning and teach statistical thinking. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to explore the applets' features as Beth demonstrates them. Beth will also be happy to answer questions during the workshop, and she will also welcome suggestions for improving the applets.
Beth has been the primary developer of the Rossman/Chance applet collection for the past 25 years. The applets, which are freely available and work across various platforms, can be accessed here: http://rossmanchance.com/applets/.
This workshop is free, but participants need to register in advance here: https://forms.gle/JU2H1hX7hcuVSLmc9. A Zoom link will be sent to those who have registered 24 hours in advance.
Please help to spread the word to colleagues who might be interested. Thanks very much,
We are delighted to share that we're seeking applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Vassar College, to start Fall 2024.
The official job ad is available on MathJobs<https://www.mathjobs.org/jobs/list/22649>. Review of applications will begin on October 2, 2023. Our department currently has 3 statisticians (myself, Monika Hu, and Lee Kennedy-Shaffer). Please spread the word among interested candidates and let me know if you have questions. Thank you!
Happy Friday! I hope that everyone is having a great summer and that if you have been traveling, you had a safe trip.
Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, August 16th, at noon ET (11 am CT, 10am MT, 9 am PT). Please find the link for registration and the link to the article below.
Hardin, J., Horton, N. J., Nolan, D., & Lang, D. T. (2021). Computing in the statistics curricula: A 10-year retrospective. Journal of Statistics and Data Science Education, 29(sup1), S4-S6. https://doi.org/10.1080/10691898.2020.1862609<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__doi.org_10.1080_106918…>
Zoom: Register in advance for this meeting: https://ufl.zoom.us/j/98985371199?pwd=OTk0SWZlWitBZVB1TW5SbFhjK3BGZz09 (Password: Discern05)
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Our host for this article will be Tyler George. Thank you Tyler!
Don't worry if you haven't participated in our previous meetings yet. All meetings are independent of each other, so please join us if you are interested. All are welcome!
Look forward to having you join us next Wednesday,
Megan & Shu-Min
Information Systems and Operations Management
WARRINGTON COLLEGE OF BUSINESS
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
Stuzin Hall 351B
PO Box 117169, Gainesville, FL 32611
It is part of the core mission of CAUSE to stimulate the development and ongoing activities of faculty communities with interests in statistics education. Thus, we are happy to renew our program of providing some funding for regional events associated with eCOTS coming up in May. In particular, we will provide up to $50 per person registered for regional face-to-face events tied to eCOTS (typically that provides for a one-day event with lunch and break food and perhaps lodging expense for a speaker). Please email Dennis Pearl at dkp13(a)psu.edu if you are interested in hosting an event. Deadline is Nov. 1st to let us know you are interested and Feb. 15 for a final commitment to host your event.
The Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education is happy to announce our 87th Cartoon Caption Contest! Each month a cartoon, drawn by British cartoonist John Landers, is posted for you and your students to suggest statistical captions (cartoons are posted at the beginning of the month and submissions are due at the end of the month). The caption contest is offered as a fun way to get your students thinking independently about statistical concepts - a great activity for the start of the new term.
The next cartoon and the entry rules for the contest ending August 31 are at
The best submission will be posted on CAUSEweb and the winner(s) will receive their choice of a coffee mug or t-shirt imprinted with the final cartoon or free registration to eCOTS2024.
The July caption contest cartoon is shown here. The judges found the winning caption to be “Good Data Infographics grab everyone's attention!” submitted by Carolyn Showalter from Ocean County College. Carolyn’s caption is a good reminder that graphical presentations are more readily digested by viewers than mere statistical summaries. An honorable mention this month goes to Larry Lesser from University of Texas at El Paso for his caption: “We can all have a flare for statistics!,” that can be used to encourage students who might otherwise be anxious about their statistics studies.
Thanks to everyone who submitted a caption and congratulations to our winners!