Announcing Statistics2013 @ Grand Valley

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The Statistics Department at Grand Valley State University has been accepted as an official participant in the International Year of Statistics 2013 (Statistics2013). Statistics2013 is being organized by a steering committee composed of representatives from seven statistical societies, including the American Statistical Association.
Statistics2013 is a worldwide celebration and recognition of the many contributions of statistical science. The goals of Statistics2013 include:

  • promoting public awareness of the power and impact of statistics on all aspects of society,
  • nurturing statistics as a profession, especially among young people, and
  • promoting creativity and development in the sciences of probability and statistics.

Through the combined energies of organizations worldwide, Statistics2013 will promote the importance of statistics to the broader scientific community, business and government data users, the media, policy makers, employers, students, and the general public. People and organizations all over the globe are joining in the celebration of statistics and its importance in our daily lives. As of November 2012, over 1000 organizations representing more than 100 countries have joined as participants in Statistics2013.

The Statistics Department at GVSU, in conjunction with other university offices including the Regional Math and Science Center and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Deans Office, is planning a series of events throughout 2013 that will engage local teachers, students, and the community, and bring attention to Statistics2013. These events will focus on the awareness and understanding of the wide world of statistics, its applications across diverse disciplines and the real world in helping to making decisions, and exploring career opportunities available through the study of statistics. Statistics2013 @ Grand Valley will encompass a wide range of events, both existing and new. For instance, in March 2013, hands-on activities emphasizing statistics will be available as walk-in events at the Region 12 Michigan Science Olympiad Competition, and Science Olympians will also be invited to join in a statistics-based scavenger hunt. In addition, a week-long summer workshop for teachers of Advanced Placement Statistics is being planned for June 2013 that will be co-presented by GVSU statistics faculty members and an outside presenter who has considerable experience with the AP Statistics exam. Also, in November 2013, an event for west Michigan students is being developed called Super STAT-urday that will allow students to experience statistical applications in a variety of disciplines and to explore career opportunities in statistics. Further details about these events will be shared in forthcoming issues of the Interchange. For additional information about Statistics2013 @ Grand Valley, please contact Neal Rogness (

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