In the September CAUSE/Journal of Statistics and Data Science Education webinar series, we
talk with Julia Sharp, Emily Griffith, and Megan Higgs, the co-authors of a forthcoming
JSDSE paper entitled “Setting the stage: Statistical collaboration videos for training the
next generation of applied statisticians”
Collaborative work is inherent to being a statistician or data scientist, yet
opportunities for training and exposure to real-world scenarios are often only a small
part of a student’s academic program. Resources to facilitate effective and meaningful
instruction in communication and collaboration are limited, particularly when compared to
the abundant resources available to support traditional statistical training in theory and
methods. This paper helps fill the need for resources by providing ten modern,
freely-available videos of mock collaborative interactions, with supporting discussion
questions, scripts, and other resources. Videos are particularly helpful for teaching
communication dynamics. These videos are set in the context of academic research
discussions, though the scenarios are broad enough to facilitate discussions for other
collaborative contexts as well. The videos and associated resources are designed to be
incorporated into existing curricula related to collaboration.
Julia Sharp is an associate professor of statistics and the Director of the Graybill
Statistics and Data Science Laboratory at Colorado State University. Julia is a widely
recognized expert in statistical collaboration and recently was awarded the Outstanding
Mentor Award from ASA's Section on Statistical Consulting. When she is not working,
Julia enjoys baking, hiking, and enjoying the company of family and friends.
Emily Griffith is an associate research professor of statistics at North Carolina State
University. She is also a Fellow in the Office of Research Innovation working on
development and strategy to further innovation in the university’s data sciences
initiatives. In her free time, Emily enjoys running (even in the summer in NC), cooking,
and hanging out with her family.
Megan Higgs has worked as a collaborative statistician in academia and private industry,
and is now working independently as Critical Inference LLC and writing posts for a blog of
the same name. She currently volunteers as editor of the International Statistical
Institute’s “Statisticians React to the News” blog and serves on the ASA’s Climate Change
Committee. Megan loves spending time with her family and pets in Montana.
The webinar will take place on Tuesday, September 21st from 4:00-4:45pm ET.
Registration is required but is free:
We hope that you can join what promises to be an informative discussion at the heart of
Leigh Johnson (Capital University) and Nick Horton (Amherst College)
Moderators, CAUSE/JSDSE Webinar Series
Beitzel Professor of Technology and Society (Statistics and Data Science)