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    • Chance and Data in the News is a collection of chance newspaper articles from the Australian newspaper Hobart Mercury. These are grouped according to the five topics: Data Collection and Sampling, Data Representation, Chance and Basic Probability, Data Reduction and Inference. Each topic starts with general questions for articles related to this topic. In addition, each article has specific questions pertaining to it and reference to related articles.

    • John Paulos' writes a column entitled "Who's Counting?" for ABC News on-line. John's column appears the first day of each month.

    • The Daily LessonPlan provides math lessons based on the day's news, written by Alison Zimbalist of the New York Times Learning Network, and Lorin Driggs, of The Bank Street College of Education in New York City. The lessons are based on articles in the New York Times and the text of the related articles is available.

    • Linda Thiel at Ursinus College teaches a course called Life's a Risk that is based on current issues in the news related to risks.

    • Robert Griffin at Marquette University teaches a graduate seminar called Quantitative Research Methods in Communication. His site has many interesting examples, including some based on our Chance materials.

    • Philip Stark at the University of California Berkeley is writing an on-line text "Statistical Tools for Internet and Classroom Instruction with a Graphical User Interface" which he has used in teaching Berkeley's introductory course Statistics 2. Prof. Stark also testifies for chance issues in the courts. You will find, for example, at his homepage papers, talks and testimony relating to sampling issues in the Census.

    • The IEM Presidential Election Market.This is a real-money futures market where contract payoffs will be determined by theoutcome of major elections.

    • At the homepage of Jim Morrow you will find here a nice discussion of Malthus and population growth and also mathematical models. These came from his experience teaching the Mount Holyoke College Quantitative Reasoning course.

    • Harold Brooks does research on weather forecasting and teaches a course on weather verification. See also his evaluation of five different weather predictions sources in Oklahoma City for which the data is provided.

    • Tools for Teaching and Assessing Statistical Inference by Joan Garfield, Robert C delMas, and Beth Chance. This is an NSF project to construct modules based on simulations to help students understand basic statistical concepts such as: sampling distribution, confidence intervals, p-values and power and to assess the students' understanding before and after using these tools.

    • Probability Surprises by Susan Holmes. This is an NSF project to create a collection of modules that surprise and engage students - the 'Gotcha!' of probability" It includes Applets to simulate the the birthday problem, the coupon problem, matching problems, a tree problem, and an experiment to see if you can tell the difference between a Bernoulli trial sequence and a dependent sequence.

    • A curmudgeon teaches statistics.This web site is maintained by John Marden who teaches statistics at the University of Illinois. Marden keeps a daily diary of his thoughts on teaching statistics with emphasis on his Stats 100 course. The day we looked Marden discussed an esp experiment he did in class. You can click on his calander to see his thoughts on previous days.

    • The Statistical Education Research Newsletter is a new publication of the International Association for Statistical Education (IASE). The newsletter includes summaries of recent research papers, books, dissertations, bibliographies on specific topics, information about recent and future conferences, and interesting internet resources. It also includes short research papers.

    • Elliot A. Tanis at Hope College Here you will find several papers by Tanis on the use of Maple in teaching probability and statistics courses. These papers include the programs used. Particularly interesting is the 1999 paper "Using MAPLE V Release 5 To Find the p.d.f.'s of Sums of Random Variables." These are the natural tools to illustrate the Central Limit Theorem.

    • STATS is a resource for science writers and also publishes a free monthly electronic newsletter "Vital STATS which critiques newspaper articles that abuse statistics. This newsletter is archived on their site and STATS also provides a printed version of the newsletter available free to science writers, and to others for $25 a year. You can learn more about STATS by reading a profile in the Baltimore Sun.

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      Last updated 9 November