Five College Statistics Program


Upcoming Events

  • "Taking a Passion for Statistics to the Classroom, into the MOOC World and Back Again", by Lisa Dierker, Wesleyan University. This presentation will describe an NSF-funded, multi-disciplinary, project-based model for teaching introductory statistics that directly and creatively tackle many of the most significant challenges currently faced by introductory statistics instructors and students. The curriculum is aimed at taking advantage of students' natural curiosity and providing a common language for approaching questions across numerous scientific disciplines. Core features of this curriculum include providing opportunities for students to flexibly apply their knowledge, the use of real world data, computing as a window to core statistical concepts, and supporting students with varying levels of preparation. I will also include information on the course as a MOOC and how experiences with that delivery format is now shaping our thinking about the classroom experience at Wesleyan and our partner institutions.
    • Monday, March 24th, 4:30pm, Amherst College, Seeley Mudd 206 -- refreshments to precede talk at 4:00pm in Seeley Mudd 208
  • Five College DataFest
  • New England Statistics Symposium

Recurring Events

Past Events

  • "A Crash Course in Shiny via ShinyHelper," Jay (John) Emerson from Yale has offered to give a crash course in Shiny, a straightforward means to create interactive web applications in R and RStudio.
    • Wednesday, Sept. 18th, 4:00pm, Seeley Mudd Room 207, Amherst College
  • "Inferring Causation without Randomization: A matched design to assess the number of embryos to transfer during in vitro fertilization", a talk by Cassandra Pattanayak, Wellesley College
    • Monday, Sept. 23rd, 4:00 pm, Seeley Mudd 206, Amherst College
  • "A beginner's guide to using SQLite with R: database usage for fun and profit," Nick Horton will be giving a beginner's guide to using SQLite with R, in the context of the Data Expo 2009 airline delays dataset ( This includes 150,000,000 rows corresponding to every commercial flight in the US from 1987 to 2012.
    • Thursday, Sept. 26th, 7:00pm, National Priorities Project, 243 King Street, Northampton, MA
  • "Big Data:  A perspective on their current uses and potential future uses by the Federal Statistical System," a talk by Mike Horrigan, Associate Commissioner for Prices and Living Conditions, Bureau of Labor Statistics
    • Monday, Sept. 30th, 4:30 pm, Ford Hall 240, Smith College
  • "Turning a group of programming newbies into R users," Andy Smith 
    • Wednesday, Oct. 2nd, 7:00 pm, Room 222, Morrill Science Center, UMass
  • "openWAR: An Open Source System for Overall Player Performance in Major League Baseball," with Ben Baumer and Greg Matthews. 
    • Thursday, Oct. 17th, 4:30 pm, Room TBD, UMass
  • "Mapping Spatial Dynamics of Yellowtail Flounder on the Northeast Shelf with R," a talk by Megan O'Connor and Carl Dunham. 
    • Tuesday, Oct. 22nd, 7:00 pm, McConnell Room B05, Smith College
  • "Business Analytics Research at IBM," a talk by Bonnie Ray of the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center.
    • Thursday, November 14th, 4:00 pm, Seeley Mudd 206, Amherst College, refreshments at 3:30. 
  • "TBA," a talk by Brianna Heggeseth, Williams College
    • Monday, November 18th, 4 pm, Lederle Graduate Research Tower 1634, UMass, tea at 3:45 pm.
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