American Statistical Assn. Exhibit for USA Science & Engineering Festival to Feature Competition Grand-Prize Winner

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The American Statistical Association will participate in a two-day expo on the National Mall October 23--24 as part of the inaugural USA Science & Engineering Festival. The ASA’s booth will feature the grand-prize winner of the competition held earlier this year to select hands-on activities for the event. ASA is an official partner of the festival.

The American Statistical Association (ASA), the nation's preeminent professional statistical society, will participate in a two-day expo on the National Mall October 23--24 as part of the inaugural USA Science & Engineering Festival. The ASA’s booth will feature the grand-prize winner of the competition held earlier this year to select hands-on activities for the event. ASA is an official partner of the festival.

The grand prize entry was submitted by Ellen Gundlach, Purdue University, for her project on parachute design and testing. Gundlach won $750 and a trip for two to Washington, DC, and will be present in the booth during the expo. Her hands-on activity will be the main focus of the ASA exhibit, Discovery through Interactive Statistics, which also will feature a capture-recapture activity where students estimate the number of fish in a pond. ASA will provide some data visualization activities as well as information on careers in statistics, including a video on careers in biopharmaceutical statistics. The ASA booth can be found in Section PA-13, Booth Number 1267. Members from the ASA and Washington Statistical Society, the largest chapter of the ASA, will volunteer time in the booth to coordinate the activities and interact with students.

The two-day expo on the mall is the culmination of the two-week inaugural USA Science & Engineering Festival, the country’s first national science festival. ASA will join more than 350 of the nation’s leading science and engineering organizations, including colleges and universities, corporations, federal agencies, museums and science centers, and professional associations and societies. Festival activities are all free. Visit the official festival website -- http://www.usasciencefestival.org – for the schedule of all exhibit and stage shows and to download a map of the expo grounds.

Competition prize winners

The ASA competition was open to students from kindergarten through graduate school and to K—16 teachers. Winners were selected at the end of June by a committee of statisticians and statistics educators.

Gold medial prizes of $500 each were awarded to:

  • Ashley Petersen and Bryant Torkelson, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, for Linear Regression through Marble Race Machine and Color Change in Liquids Experiment
  • Kathleen Nirei and Jim Rubasch, 'Iolani School, Honolulu, HI, for Learning Normal Distribution through Frisbee Throw and Tennis Ball Drop

Honorable mentions went to:

  • Ivo Dinov and Nicolas Christou, UCLA, Motion Charts Case Study of California Ozone Pollution
  • Tom Filloon, William Brenneman, Michael Joner and William Myers, Proctor and Gamble, The Games People Play: Activities Exploring Conditional Probability, Estimation of Unknown, the Normal Distribution and the Probability of Consecutive Infrequent Events
  • Chamont Wang and Michele Meisner, College of New Jersey, Meiyi Zheng, University of Michigan, Dynamic Data Visualization in Storm Tracking, Fraud Detection, High School Graduation Rates and Student Exams

About the American Statistical Association
Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, the American Statistical Association is the world’s largest community of statisticians and the second oldest continuously operating professional society in the United States. For 170 years, the ASA has supported excellence in the development, application, and dissemination of statistical science through meetings, publications, membership services, education, accreditation, and advocacy. Its members serve in industry, government, and academia in more than 90 countries, advancing research and promoting sound statistical practice to inform public policy and improve human welfare. For additional information about the American Statistical Association, please visit the ASA web site at http://www.amstat.org or call 703.684.1221.

For more information:
Rosanne Desmone
703.302.1861 (direct)
703.946.3820 (mobile)
Rosanne (at) amstat.org

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