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Math Professor Presented With Statistics Teaching Award

St. Lawrence University Burry Professor of Statistics Robin Lock was recently named the first-ever recipient of the prestigious American Statistical Association's National Waller Distinguished Career Award. Lock was presented with the honor during the ASA's Joint Statistical Meetings, which was held Aug. 2 to 7 in Boston.

The Waller Awards recognize two statistics teachers, one for early career excellence and innovation in teaching introductory statistics at the undergraduate level, and one for lifetime achievement in teaching statistics. Those who nominated Lock said he "has led St. Lawrence University in building one of the very top undergraduate programs in statistics among U.S. liberal arts colleges."

Lock, who has co-authored three books, authored numerous publications and given more than 100 presentations at national meetings, was elected a fellow of the American Statistical Association in 2000 and has twice chaired the Joint Committee on Statistics Education of the American Statistical Association and the Mathematical Association of America. He won the national Mu Sigma Rho Statistical Education Award in 2004 and St. Lawrence University's J. Calvin Keene Faculty Award in 2001. 

During the conference, Lock presented "A Template for a Capstone Statistics Project Based on Bradley-Terry Models." Several other St. Lawrence University professors also presented at the ASA conference. Michael Schuckers, associate professor of mathematics, took part in a panel on hockey statistics. Jessica Chapman, assistant professor of mathematics, presented her research titled "If a Tree Falls into a River, Where Will It End Up? A Simulation Study on Identifying the Origin of Driftwood." And, Ivan Ramler, assistant professor of mathematics, presented work on "A Study of Grassland Bird Nest Success Rates on Small Family Farm Hayfields." Ramler's presentation included Susan Willson, associate professor of biology, and Caitlin Ward '13.