Career Video ‘Trial’ Sees First Positive Result
In an effort led by section members Jeremy Jokinen and Steve Gulyas, a number of section members have been working with Creative Street Media Group to develop a web site aimed at attracting high-school and college students to biostatistics.
Section members previewed a demo of the web site and filmed statisticians talking about their jobs during JSM 2009. The video was edited and viewed during the section’s November meeting in Alexandria, Virginia, and ASA Education Programs Administrator Rick Peterson was so impressed with the (not ready for prime time) effort, he shared the link on the AP Stats electronic mailing list.
Peterson soon received an email from an AP Statistics teacher in Michigan who shared the video with his students last fall. Based on that experience, one of his students is now restricting her college applications to universities that offer degrees in biostatistics—the first documented positive result for the video.
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