of Statistics! This page is for you.
you will find information on the
MAA's SIGMAA on Statistics Education,
Mid-Atlantic Isolated Statisticians Meeting (MAISM),
and some links.
This page was last edited on January 21, 2006.
If you are an Isolated
(generally the only statistician, or one of two, in a department
of non-statisticians), and would like to get on the Isolated
list serve e-mail list, then you should e-mail Jeff Witmer of
College at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Isolated
meet every year at the Joint Statistical Meetings (JSMs), usually on
night at about 7pm.
Information about the Isolated Statisticians and their annual
Isolated Statisticians Meeting (ISM) at the JSMs, can be found at
There are also some useful links there.
There have also been (a)periodic regional ISMs in several regions of
States, with hopes for more in the future.
If you are an Isolated
of Statistics (usually a
mathematician who is teaching
most of the statistics in your department, or have been 'appointed'
for statistics), and you have an interest in keeping up with the trends
in statistics education, then you are strongly urged to join
the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and consider joining
their Special Interest Group (SIGMAA) on Statistics
Education. [Historical note:
Isolated Teachers of Statistics first met in January of 1998
and met again in San Antonio in January of 1999 and Washington, DC, in
January of 2000. In Washington, DC, the Isolated Teachers of
to disband and became ... .]
MAA's SIGMAA for Statistics
The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) now has had special
groups for several years. It was in May 2000 that the MAA
officially approved the creation of the SIGMAA
on Statistics Education (the second SIGMAA). MAA members can join
the SIGMAA at any
time, and will be asked to renew
their SIGMAA membership at the same time as their MAA membership.
The SIGMAA on Statistics Education web page can be found here. (Be aware
that this location will change soon, but you can also get to the web
page via the MAA homage, 'MAA Online', at http://www.maa.org/
and choose 'Special Groups/SIGMAAs'.)
If you are an American Statistical
Association (ASA) member,
their Section on Statistics Education (http://www.amstat.org/sections/educ/),
and the Isolated
Statisticians referred to in the section above.
On May 24-26, 2000, the Third
Mid-Atlantic Isolated Statisticians Meeting (MAISM3)
was held at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. Rowan
The meeting loosely followed the format of the first New England
Statisticians Meeting (NEISM) and MAISM2, running a day and a half from
an opening dinner on Wednesday evening, to the closing session on
morning. Robin Lock of St. Lawrence U. was the opening, keynote
sharing and discussing "Technological Toys for Teaching Statistics" in
a spanking new computer classroom. The remaining discussions
syllabi, exams, use of technology in our statistics courses, what
is needed for studying undergraduate statistics, sharing favorite web
(many were Robin's finds!) and teaching activities (many new ones), how
to add statistics courses in your department, and how to attract
to positions in small math departments. There were also various
and reports, like the progress of the ASA's Undergraduate Statistics
Initiative (USEI) and information on the USEI Symposium just before the
2000 JSMs. The turnout was a very satisfying 14, and pictures of
the 'happy campers' can be found by clicking here.
Thanks to the Exxon Education Foundation (now ExxonMobil Foundation)
Many participants planned to attend MAISM4,
which had a target date of middle to late May, 2003, at Westminster College
(new venue). That did not work out, and some of us will be investigating
funding for MAISM4 in May (?) of 200x. If you have any questions about,
or suggestions for, the next MAISM meeting (like funding sources!), or just
wish to let me know that you would be interested in attending MAISM4, please
e-mail me at the address below.
[Note: The first seven Regional Isolated Statisticians meetings were
held in 1996, including the first MAISM. The picture of temporarily
non-isolated statisticians shown on the right was taking at the inaugural
New England Isolated Statisticians Meeting (or NEISM1), held that same year.
See how happy the NEISMites were?! The NEISMs were the most successful,
meeting for many years after 1996.]
Links to useful sources of
are some 'quick' links for isolated statisticians and isolated
of statistics ('defined' above) who are a little farther behind the
front of statistical education than I am.
The American Statistical Association (ASA) home page:
- The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) home page:
- For web based sources of data, etc., I recommend starting with
home page at St. Lawrence University:
- This last link is to a list of links that I compiled in late February of 2011.
- Lots of links
- If you
want to contact me about the above topics, or anything else, then you
contact me via e-mail at
- or via snail mail at
- Dex Whittinghill
- Department of Mathematics
- Rowan University
- 201 Mullica Hill Rd.
- Glassboro, NJ, 08028, USA.
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- On the lighter side ...
here is a piece of work from my one web page class: