SIGMAA Statistics Education Business Meeting Minutes
January 6, 2011
Welcome – Nancy Boynton
Introduction of Officers: Nancy Boynton, chair; Michael Posner, past-chair; Brian Gill, chair-elect; Sue Schou, Treasurer; Cora Neal, Secretary; Todd Iverson, Webmaster; Andy Zieffler, soon-to-be chair-elect; Lisa Carnel, soon-to-be secretary
Introduction of attendees
Secretary’s Report – Cora Neal
Minutes from last year’s meeting were presented. They were approved unanimously by the members, with a few typographical corrections, most notably the misspelling of Pittsburgh.
Treasurer’s Report – Sue Schou
The budget report from 2010 was presented.
The SIGMAA Stat Ed is still spending less money than it brings in. Members are encouraged to think of activities that would support the mission of the SIGMMA.
Discussion – Nancy Boynton
The Dex Whitinghill Award for Outstanding Presentation is awarded to Scott Alberts for his talk “Experiential Learning of Non-parametric Statistics”.
There are still some glitches in the process of judging Student Posters containing statistical content, hence there are no award winners for 2010. Judges are needed for judging this year.
Through the valiant efforts of Todd Iverson, the SIGMAA Stat Ed website has been redesigned. You can find SIGMAA information and power points from meeting presentations at www.sigmaastated.org.
Ann Bingham, Jennifer Noll, Larry Lesser and Michelle Sisto each received partial support to attend ICOTS 2010. Each support recipient wrote a report for the newsletter.
Alan Rossman expounded on the fun and professional benefits of serving as an AP Reader. Please consider participating in this fabulous opportunity.
MathFest, August 2011, Lexington, KY
CPS: What I wish I knew the 1st or 2nd or nth time I taught statistics
JMM, Boston, January 2012
CPS: Innovations in Teaching Statistics in the New Decade
CPS: Motivating Statistical and Quantitative Learning through Social Engagement
Ideas for panels: A statistician looks as the common core standards, Applications in Statistics
ASA competition – to create a youtube video to promote the practice and profession of statistics. For more information, see www.amstat.org/youtube
There is an NSF proposal by CAUSE, called CAUSE and EFFECTS. The intent is to conduct a baseline survey of teachers of statistics to get a feel for the state of the craft. For more information, contact Michael Posner.
The SIGMAA Stat Ed is one of the few (the only?) SIGMAA that requires two candidates for each position to hold an election. The discussion as to whether the SIGMAA Stat Ed should continue this practice was diplomatic with reasoned arguments on each side.
The executive committee suggested that the SIGMAA pay half of the JMM registration fees for officers who are not receiving travel funds from their departments. In general members seemed to support this idea.
The SIGMAA Stat Ed is in favor of presenting an award to a junior faculty member. Andy Zeiffler and Michael Posner are working on guideline for the award. The would readily welcome additional help and input.
Door Prizes were awarded!!!