Dr. Roxy Peck has been a professor in the Department of Statistics at California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo since 1979, serving for six years as Chair and currently in her fourth year as Associate Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics. Dr. Peck has been very active in the field of statistics education. She is the co-author, with Dr. Jay Devore, of the fourth edition of STATISTICS: THE EXPLORATION AND ANALYSIS OF DATA, a widely used and highly regarded textbook for introductory statistics. She is also co-author of INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS AND DATA ANALYSIS and co-editor of STATISTICAL CASE STUDIES: A COLLABORATION BETWEEN ACADEME AND INDUSTRY. She currently serves as the chair of the ASA's Section on Statistical Education and is a member of the joint ASA/NCTM Committee on Curriculum in Statistics and Probability for Grades K-12. Additionally, Roxy was the editor of the new edition of STATISTICS: A GUIDE TO THE UNKNOWN. This book contains 25 essays that showcase the use of statistics in a wide variety of disciplines.
Chris Olsen taught statistics at George Washington High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for over 25 years as well as at Cornell College and Grinnell College. Chris is a past member (twice) of the AP Statistics Test Development Committee and has been a table leader at the AP Statistics reading for 11 years. As a long-time consultant to the College Board, Chris has led workshops and institutes for AP Statistics teachers in the United States and internationally. Chris was the Iowa recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching in 1986. He was a regional winner of the IBM Computer Teacher of the Year award in 1988, and received the Siemens Award for Advanced Placement in mathematics in 1999. Chris is a frequent contributor to the AP Statistics listserv, and has reviewed materials for "The Mathematics Teacher," the AP Central Web Site, The "American Statistician," and the "Journal of the American Statistical Association." He currently writes a column for "Stats" magazine and is a member of the editorial board of the journal, Teaching Statistics. Chris graduated from Iowa State University with a major in mathematics, and while acquiring graduate degrees at the University of Iowa, concentrated on statistics, computer programming, psychometrics, and test development. In his spare time he enjoys reading and hiking. He and his wife have a daughter, Anna, a Cal Tech graduate in Civil Engineering now working on a Post Doc at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Jay Devore earned his undergraduate degree in Engineering Science from the University of California at Berkeley, spent a year at the University of Sheffield in England, and finished his Ph.D. in statistics at Stanford University. He previously taught at the University of Florida and at Oberlin College and has had visiting appointments at Stanford, Harvard, the University of Washington, New York University, and Columbia University. From 1998 to 2006, Jay served as Chair of the Statistics Department at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, which has an international reputation for activities in statistics education. In addition to this book, Jay has written several widely used engineering statistics texts and a book in applied mathematical statistics. He is currently collaborating on a business statistics text, and also serves as an Associate Editor for Reviews for several statistics journals. He is the recipient of a distinguished teaching award from Cal Poly and is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, cooking and eating good food, tennis, and travel to faraway places. He is especially proud of his wife, Carol, a retired elementary school teacher, his daughter Allison, the executive director of a nonprofit organization in New York City, and his daughter Teresa, an ESL teacher in New York City.