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March-April 2011




Editorial Address: Nel Verhoeven Roosevelt Academy, P.O. Box 94, 4330 AB Middelburg, Tel: +31 (0) 118655529, FAX: +31(0)118655508, E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Livia M. D’Andrea, Department Counseling & Educational Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno/MS 281, Reno, Nevada, 89557. Tel: 00+1-775-682-5507, Fax: 00+1-775-784-1990, E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Forthcoming IASE Activities


The 58th World Statistics Congress of the International Statistical Institute (ISI) will be held in Dublin from the 21st to the 26th August 2011. For more information on the 58th World Statistics congress, see http://www.stat.auckland.ac.nz/isi2011 or http://www.isi2011.ie


IASE organizes several sessions at the World Statistics Congresses of the ISI, some in conjunction with other Sections of the ISI. Invited paper sessions in which the IASE is involved in organising, and the session organisers, are:


  • Applying results of statistics education research to teaching statistics. Joan Garfield (USA)
  • Teaching Courses in Probability Modelling. Allan Rossman (USA)
  • Should one attempt to integrate qualitative research approaches in traditional statistics courses? If yes, how? Irena Ograjensek (Slovenia), Iddo Gal (Israel)
  • Opportunities and pitfalls of e-learning, virtual learning environments and open education resources. Rolf Biehler (Germany) , Abbas Bazargan (Iran).
  • Enhancing statistics education through international cooperation and the use of international data (joint with IAOS). Reija Helenius (Finland)
  • Teaching sampling techniques in agriculture, biology and social sciences. Carla Rossi (Italy), Álvaro González Villalobos (Argentina)
  • Using popular books and entertainment in teaching statistics. Patrick Murphy (Ireland)
  • Also, Risk communication to a lay audience reflecting uncertainty and variability issues (ISI Committee on Risk joint with IASE). John Bailer (USA), Lutz Edler (Germany), Helen MacGillivray (Australia)


ISI also encourages Special Topics Sessions and Contributed Paper Sessions. The IASE assists and supports IASE members in putting forward proposals for Special Topics Sessions.


STS Statistical Literacy and Social Statistics. Milo Schield (USA)


IASE representative on the ISI Program Coordinating committee:

Patrick Murphy, School of Mathematical Sciences (Statistics), University College Dublin, Belfield, DUBLIN 4, Ireland
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IASE Satellite Conference


Continuing the successful tradition of IASE satellite conferences immediately before the biennial World Statistics Congress of the International Statistical Institute, the International Association for Statistics Education is pleased to announce that the seventh IASE Satellite Conference will be held in Malahide, near Dublin, on Thursday 18th and Friday 19th of August 2011.


Malahide is a picturesque maritime village 16 km north of Dublin City Centre and within easy and fast reach of Dublin airport and the City by rail (DART). Malahide is a popular place with visitors for its castle, beaches, marina, restaurants and pubs. The conference venue, with accommodation, is the Grand Hotel http://www.thegrand.ie/


Information for authors and participants is progressively updated at http://www.stat.auckland.ac.nz/iase2011


Theme: Statistics Education and Outreach

Program chair: Penny Bidgood, Faculty Computing, Info. Systems & Mathematics, Kingston University, United Kingdom

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Local Organiser:

Aisling Leavy, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, Ireland

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From the Indian representative:

Workshop "Statistical Methods and Optimization Techniques"

A National Workshop on "Statistical Methods and Optimization Techniques" is being organized by the Department of Mathematics, Jaypee University of Engineering and Technogy, Guna (INDIA) from March 24 to 26, 2011. Prof. D.S. Hooda is the workshop coordinator. More information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


From the South-African representative:

53rd Annual Conference of the South African Statistical Association (SASA)

Dates:   31 Oct. – 4 Nov., 2011

Main conference: 3 full days from 1-3 Nov., 2011

Workshops: 31 Oct., 2011 & 4 Nov., 2011

Venue:  CSIR International Convention Centre (http://www.csiricc.co.za/).

Additional information: To be available on the SASA website (http://www.sastat.org.za/).

The annual conference of the South African Statistical Association is a highlight for South African statisticians and the prominent international visitors who attend.  This year the CSIR, in collaboration with Statistics South Africa is pleased to host this event. Since 1945 CSIR has actively promoted and carried out scientific research, including research and applications in statistics.


The arrangements for the conference will be made by the Statistical Modelling and Analysis Research Group of the CSIR. The venue will be the CSIR International Convention Centre which is on the CSIR Campus in Pretoria.


From the Austrian representative:

The Future of Interactive, Electronic Publishing Research Manfred Borovcnik & Ramesh Kapadia


With the possibilities of modern technology, scientific publications and journals lag far behind modern hypertext textbooks and interactive learning programmes. At best and quite rarely, verbal information in a static layout is only occasionally opened up by explanatory diagrams and tables.


The goal of this project is to experiment with new forms of publishing, which are based on an electronic environment like the Internet. Static papers are intended to be replaced by dynamic, interactive hypertexts with many diagrams, links to related topics and links within the text. If it is useful to explain either the research method or the research results, ordering tables to different criteria could be used, or animated diagrams be introduced. Links to the full papers which are referenced might be given so that the papers are easily accessed to facilitate further reading and cross-checks of results by the readers. Abstracts in several languages could reinforce international collaboration and spread of the results.


The way of citations is one point to explore within the setting of electronic publishing. The old-fashioned footnotes may be revived in an innovative way: As links are possible, such footnotes need not be placed directly in the text; they may be outsourced to a companion paper. With such an approach, it is possible to give much more than the source reference to a statement; it is possible – without leading away from the principal idea of the main text – to embed the citation: why the author cites this and not another paper, how this paper is related within some approach to an issue, which other approaches would be sensible etc.  This possibility leads to a body of text focussing on the message of research results while the companion paper shows their relation to other investigations.


Electronic publishing knows no limits with respect to quantity as compared to publishing in paper form. This feature my be used to invite authors to offer more material of the background of the papers: illustrating programmes, questionnaires, exemplary solutions, or case studies, animations, or videos of crucial interview passages. This may represent an authentic flavour of the presented research and also back up the results for the readers. It could also serve as a specimen for younger researchers to start their studies. Electronic publishing is also free of time constraints; authors may add topical references to ongoing research projects and essays related to the published articles to embed the results into the latest framework after the date of publication.


As often happens, the medium of research influences the results and thus – not surprisingly – the research changes its character during this process. It will be interesting how the scientific community will receive such experiments to publish scientific results in a strongly visual interactive hypertext. For a result of the project, see Manfred Borovcnik & Ramesh Kapadia (eds): Special issue on “Research and Developments in Probability Education”. International Electronic Journal of Mathematics Education (IEJME), 4 (3), http://www.iejme.com/032009/main.htm


Relative merits of electronic publishing are its openness and flexibility. The community – authors and readers – will soon develop the required skills to optimize the benefit of this innovative way of publishing. Further steps of electronic publishing might include interaction of authors with readers or interaction between authors even – to develop controversies, add resources, or combine research.