Dr. Pfenning is interested in helping students master statistical thinking through the use of statistics in the media, data collected from students themselves, and hands-on experiments. Most importantly, her goal is to guide students toward a more global understanding of the various display, summary, and inference tools encountered in an introductory course. This approach is emphasized in her textbook Statistics: Looking at the Big Picture (Duxbury/Thomson, expected print date 2008).
- PhD, Mathematics, Carnegie Mellon University, 1985
- BS, Mathematics, University of Pittsburgh, 1978
“What I like about statistics is that it gives a framework to discuss questions in any topic you can imagine—business, neuroscience, pop culture, whatever. Statistics itself is both a science, because of the mathematical rigor involved, and an art, because of the creativity needed to look at a complicated problem from the right angle.”
- Statistics: Looking at the Big Picture (Duxbury/Thomson, expected print date 2008)
- Chances Are...: Making Probability and Statistics Fun to Learn and Easy to Teach (Prufrock Press, 1998)