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eCOTS 2020 - Keynotes


Roxy PeckEngaging Everyone: Context, Communication, Connections and Commitment

Roxy Peck, Professor Emeritas, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Abstract: A strong case has been made for the important role that pedagogy plays in engaging students in their learning of statistics. While pedagogy is certainly critical, there is more to consider than just pedagogy. This talk will focus on other important and interrelated contributors to both student and faculty engagement—context, communication, connections and commitment.

Bio: Roxy Peck is a professor emerita of statistics at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She was a faculty member of the Statistics Department for thirty years, serving for six years as Chair of the Statistics Department and thirteen years as Associate Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics. Nationally known in the area of statistics education, Roxy was made a Fellow of the American Statistical Association in 1998 and in 2003 she received the American Statistical Association's Founders Award in recognition of her contributions to K-12 and undergraduate statistics education. In 2009, she received the USCOTS Lifetime Achievement Award in Statistics Education. In addition to authoring the textbook Statistics: Learning From Data, Roxy is co-author of the textbook Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis and editor of Statistics: A Guide to the Unknown. In her free time, Roxy enjoys travel and has visited all seven continents. She collects Navajo rugs and heads to Arizona and New Mexico whenever she gets the chance.


Hilary ParkerUsing Data Effectively: Beyond Art & Science

Hilary Parker, Data Scientist, Stitch Fix

Abstract: Traditionally, statistical training has focused primarily on mathematical derivations, proofs of statistical tests, and the general correctness of what methods to use for certain applications. However, this is only one dimension of the practice of doing analysis. Other dimensions include the technical mastery of a language and tooling system, and most importantly the construction of a convincing narrative tailored to a specific audience, with the ultimate goal of them accepting the analysis. These "softer" aspects of analysis are difficult to teach, perhaps more so when the field is framed as mathematics and often housed in mathematics departments. In this talk, I discuss an alternative framework for viewing the field, borrowing upon the past work in other fields such as design. Looking forward, we as a field can borrow from these fields to cultivate and hone the creative lens so necessary to the success of applied work.

Bio: Hilary Parker is a Data Scientist on the styling recommendations team at Stitch Fix, a personal styling service that uses a combinations of human stylists and algorithmic recommendations to help people find what they love. At Stitch Fix, she focuses on what sorts of data to collect from clients in order to optimize clothing recommendations, as well as building out prototypes of algorithms or entirely new products based on new data sources.

She is also a co-founder of the Not So Standard Deviations podcast, a bi-weekly data science podcast with Roger Peng that has over half a million downloads. Their topics of discussion include the R ecosystem, recent developments in the data science and statistics field, reproducibility and the "how" of how data scientists and statisticians work. Hilary recently authored the paper Opinionated Analysis Development based on discussions from the podcast.

Prior to her career in the tech field, Hilary received her PhD in Biostatistics from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. In her free time, she enjoys exploring her home of 3 years, San Francisco.

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