Faculty Scholarship

Publications, working papers, performance programs, and other materials that document that scholarly and creative accomplishments of Grinnell College faculty and staff.

Talk prepared for MAA Meeting, San Francisco.

No abstract was provided for this paper.

Low-Tech Ideas for Teaching Statistics

Mathematics and Statistics: An Uneasy Marriage

A course in multivariate descriptive statistics can serve as an introduction to statistics.

No abstract was provided for this paper.

My First Days' Lectures: Past and Present

Revisiting Fisher's Tea Tasting Lady

Several real data sets are described and their use in a variety of applied courses at the college level are illustrated. All of the data sets are significantly large to require analysis by computer and provide a rich setting for students to investigate a variety of questions. Some different strategies for organizing student explorations of the data will be discussed.

Article published in The American Mathematical Monthly, Volume 98, Number 5.

No abstract was provided for this paper.

Individual plants in gynodioecious populations of Phacelia linearis (Hydrophyllaceae) vary in flower gender, flower size, and flower number. This paper reports the effects of variation in floral display on the visitation behaviour of this species' pollinators (mainly pollen-collecting solitary bees) in several natural and three experimental plant populations, and discusses the results in terms of the consequences for plant fitness.

There is an increased emphasis on writing in today's undergraduate curriculum, and papers can play an important role in an introductory statistics course. With the existence of good interactive statistical software it is possible to move the classic introductory statistics course away from the study of formulas to the study of statistical thinking and the role of statistics in society. In such a new course students get an increased understanding of statistical ideas by writing papers across a wide range of topics; actual topics having ranged from a comparison of statistics and religion to a study of the relationship between time of first class in the morning and the distance from the bed to the alarm clock.

Discusses the ways in which the television series Twin Peaks is an example of Postmodern Television which calls on viewers for more engagement

Science Education and Quantitative Literacy

What can we do the first day of class to give students a feel for what to expect in the course and generate some enthusiasm for learning and statistics? To investigate this question, a number of prominent statistics educators were recently asked "What do you like to do in your first class of the semester"? Their responses and experiences of the author are summarized in this paper to provide a collection of tips, stories, topics for generating discussion, and general advice for getting a course going in a positive direction.

Article about Union Bargaining Power in an efficiency wage environment