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Navigating the Data Stream — An Essential Life Skill

  • Thursday, December 10, 2015
  • 3:30 PM–3:30 PM
  • North Hall 276

Christine Franklin, Professor of Statistics, University of Georgia


We live in a data centric society.  But how do we navigate the data stream that surrounds us, keeping in mind that we generate much of this data stream ourselves? In an increasingly data-driven world, statistical literacy is becoming an essential competency, not only for researchers conducting formal statistical analyses, but for informed citizens making everyday decisions based on data. Whether following media coverage of current events, making financial decisions, or assessing health risks, the ability to process statistical information is critical for navigating contemporary society. What are the big ideas of being a statistically literate citizen?  And how and when do we begin educating our students to become statistically literate? This talk will attempt to answer these questions.


Christine (Chris) Franklin is the Lothar Tresp Honoratus Honors Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator in Statistics at the University of Georgia and a Fellow of the American Statistical Association. She has been recognized with numerous teaching and advising awards at UGA. She is the co-author of an Introductory Statistics textbook with Alan Agresti (Pearson 2012), co-author of the textbook Statistics Reasoning in Sports with Josh Tabor (Freeman 2012) and has published more than 50 journal articles. Chris was the lead writer for the American Statistical Association Pre-K-12 Guidelines for the Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education (GAISE) Framework. She chaired the writing team of the recent ASA Statistical Education of Teachers (SET) report.

Chris completed her term serving as the Advanced Placement Statistics Chief Reader in July 2009. She has been honored nationally by her peers with the Mu Sigma Rho National Statistical Education Award, the United States Conference on Teaching Statistics (USCOTS) biennial lifetime achievement award, and the ASA Founders Award. She is a 2014-15 Fulbright Scholar and recently completed spending six months at the University of Auckland, New Zealand working with statistics educators on the project, “Implementing K-12 Statistics Standards: Comparing Practices in New Zealand and the United States”.

Sponsorship:  This talk is made possible by the Vos Endowment for Excellence in Mathematics and Statistics.

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