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Upcoming Events

Join us April 12-13, 2024, for the Upstat Annual Conference.


The UPSTAT Conference series, now in its 12th year, has become the flagship Statistics Conference of the Upstate New York Chapters of the ASA. This year, we are excited to invite all statisticians, mathematicians, computer scientists, software engineers, data scientists, data analysts, and artificial intelligence enthusiasts to join us on the beautiful campus of RIT.

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April 12-13, 2024


RIT - The Rochester Institute of Technology

Past Events

Transforming the Intro Stat Experience

The Rochester Chapter of the American Statistical Association (ASA) is delighted to organize and host their workshop of the year 2021 featuring the theme “Transforming the Intro Stat Experience” and exclusively prepared and tailored to two year college professors of statistics.

Spearheaded by St John Fisher College Professor Bruce Evan Blaine under the Chapter’s “Statistical Literary for the 21st Century” initiative, This workshop seeks to bring together professors of statistics operating at two year colleges to provide them with exposure to state of the art approaches to teaching introductory statistics courses with emphasis on intuitive modern computational tools as well as data science minded tools, methods, techniques and themes.  It is hoped that upon taking part in this workshop, the participating two year college professors will then update their teaching approaches and gradually move beyond calculators to more modern data science minded and data driven approaches, thereby preparing their students for either transfer to four your colleges or even data technician jobs in some cases.

The workshop ultimately intends to create, facilitate and coordinate a network of  introductory statistics instructors united by their awareness and commitment to the changing  and data science minded nature of statistics education. This network will match participants with mentors, and the mentor-mentee connection is hoped to go on after the workshop and even lead to presentations at our annual UP STAT 2021 conference in April 2021.


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Sat, January 16, 2021
9:00 AM – 1:30 PM EST


Converting your Intro Stat course computing to R

Ernest Fokoue, RIT
9 - 10:15am EST

If you’re teaching with calculator, Excel, Minitab, StatCrunch or other software package (or no computing at all), and want to consider converting to R, this session will cover options, recommendations, methods, and materials.

Teaching introductory statistics with randomization and bootstrapping

Bruce Blaine, St. John Fisher College
10:15 - 11:30am EST

This session will cover some of the principles of randomization and bootstrapping methods, and their appeal for teaching statistical inference and estimation to the intro level student. Taught in R.

Data visualization for the Intro Stat student

Katherine Grzesik, University of Rochester;
11:30am - 12:45pm EST

Learn how data visualization content and modules can enliven your intro stat course and pull students into the excitement of learning from data. Taught in R and introducing plotting environments and packages in R.

Mentoring Session

Applying this to YOUR Course

Small group sessions;
1 - 1:30pm EST

All attendees will be paired with a mentor who will support you as you continue your particular learning or curricular development goals. Mentees will virtually meet their mentor in this last session of the day! Mentees will be invited to present in a special 2-year college faculty learning community session at UPSTAT 2021 held in April!