Special Mathematics Colloquium

Pre-colloquium tea and reception at 3:30 outside Library 56

We will have some fun demolishing several enticing examples that commonly are used in statistics textbooks to illustrate the mean, median, and mode. A little calculus backed up by some data show that these concepts are not as intuitive as they appear.

Ann Watkins is Professor of Mathematics at California State University, Northridge.

In January 2001, she became president of the MAA, having served previously as second vice-president, governor of the Southern California Section, chair of the Coordinating Council on Education, and co-editor of the College Mathematics Journal.

Professor Watkins' field is statistics education. In 1999,
she was elected a Fellow of the American Statistical Association. She is
a former chair of the Advanced Placement Statistics Development Committee
and the co-author or co-editor of thirteen books including Activity-Based
Statistics, Statistics in Action, and Exploring Data. She was selected
as the 1994-1995 Cal State Northridge Outstanding Professor and won the
1997 Cal State Northridge Award for the Advancement of Teaching Effectiveness.