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Meaningful Statistics


Associate Professor of Statistics Steve Wang

In January, Associate Professor of Statistics Steve Wang was recognized by the American Statistical Association (ASA) for national excellence in statistics education. According to the ASA: “Steve has an extraordinary ability to make statistics meaningful and relevant to his students and to general public audiences. His use of examples and information from popular culture is one of the hallmarks of his teaching. Recognizing that students have different learning styles, he incorporates multiple modes of instruction on any given topic into his courses, including words, formulas, and hands-on experiences. His students routinely describe his classes as a transformative experience.”

He is currently working on discovering the cause or causes of the end-Permian extinction, the most severe mass extinction in the history of life.

Last year, The New York Times reported on Wang’s innovative study of Major League baseball managers. He also garnered international attention for a study that predicted that most of the world’s dinosaurs have yet to be unearthed and that 75 percent of them will be discovered within the next 60 to 100 years.

—Alisa Giardinelli and Carol Brévart-Demm

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