Summary

Professor Deborah Nolan of Statistics says, "There is an 'AHA!' quality to figuring out the chance that someone wins the lottery twice and to figuring out whether you should switch doors when Monte Hall opens one to reveal a donkey. One of my goals is to get students to shout 'AHA!' when they solve these problems." Large numbers of students in statistics courses come from other disciplines, and Nolan is noted for working with and encouraging all students in their understanding of statistics. A colleague marveled, "she employed an arsenal of pedagogical techniques to involve and challenge the students, to bring them quickly to an understanding of the basic concepts of probability and statistics, and then to expose them to exciting problems and original journal articles." Nolan, whose research interests are empirical processes, and cross-validation and model selection, joined the Department of Statistics in 1986. She received her AB from Vassar College in 1977 and her PhD in statistics from Yale University in 1986.

Professor Deborah Nolan of Statistics says, "There is an 'AHA!' quality to figuring out the chance that someone wins the lottery twice and to figuring out whether you should switch doors when Monte Hall opens one to reveal a donkey. One of my goals is to get students to shout 'AHA!' when they solve these problems." Large numbers of students in statistics courses come from other disciplines, and Nolan is noted for working with and encouraging all students in their understanding of statistics. A colleague marveled, "she employed an arsenal of pedagogical techniques to involve and challenge the students, to bring them quickly to an understanding of the basic concepts of probability and statistics, and then to expose them to exciting problems and original journal articles." Nolan, whose research interests are empirical processes, and cross-validation and model selection, joined the Department of Statistics in 1986. She received her AB from Vassar College in 1977 and her PhD in statistics from Yale University in 1986.

Current Institution | University of California, Berkeley |

Department | Statistics |

Disciplines | Physical Sciences: Mathematics: Statistics |

Address | 395 Evans Hall Berkeley California 94720-3860 United States Phone: (510) 643-7097 |

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Publication Summary

**Publications**

**Books**

- Teaching Statistics: A Bag of Tricks (with Andrew Gelman). Oxford University Press, 2002.
- Stat Labs: Mathematical Statistics through Applications (with Terry Speed). Springer-Verlag, 2000.
- Statistics: A Guide to the Unknown, fourth edition Edited by Roxy Peck, George Casella, George Cobb, Roger Hoerl, Deborah Nolan, Robert Starbuck, Hal Stern, Duxbury Press and the American Statistical Association, 2005.
- Women in Mathematics: Scaling the Heights MAA Notes 46, 1997.

**Papers on Technology in Education**

- Case Studies and Computing: Broadening the scope of statistical education (with D. Temple Lang) in Proceedings of the 2003 ISI Meeting
- Rethinking the Use of Technology in Education: An Interactive Statistical Environment Using R (with D. Temple Lang) Talk given at the Joint Statistical Meeting, 2003
- An Environment for Creating Interactive Statistical Documents (with S. Buttrey and D. Temple Lang) in Proceedings of the Interface, 2001
- Computing in the Mathematical Statistics Course (with S. Buttrey and D. Temple Lang) in Proceedings of the 2001 Joint Statistical Meeting
- Multimedia Statistical Labs & Toolkit (with D. Temple Lang), in Proceedings of the 1999 ISI Meeting
- Interactive Education: A Framework and Tools (with D. Temple Lang), in Newsletter of Statistical Computing and Statistical Graphics, Vol. 9, No. 1, 1998

**Papers on Teaching Statistics**

- You can load a die but you can't bias a coin (with A. Gelman), in Teaching Statistics.
- A Class Project in Survey Sampling (with A. Gelman), in College Teaching.
- Some Statistical Sampling and Data Collection Activities (with A. Gelman), in Mathematics Teacher.
- A probability model for golf putting (with A. Gelman), in Teaching Statistics
- Double takes: some statistical examples with surprise twists (with A. Gelman)
- Case Studies in the Mathematical Statistics Course, to appear in Proceedings of the International Conference on Teaching Statistics
- Teaching statistics theory through applications (with T. Speed), in The Amercian Statistician

**Papers on Undergraduate Summer Research Mathematics Programs**

- But what good came of it at last? How to Assess the Value of Undergraduate Research (with A. Adhikari), in the AMS Notices 2002.
- The Mills College Summer Mathematics Institute & The Berkeley Summer Mathematics Institute for the Mathematical Sciences, in the Proceedings of the Conference on Summer Undergraduate Mathematics Research Programs, sponsored by the AMS and NSA.
- Evaluating Summer Math Programs, in the Proceedings of the Conference on Summer Undergraduate Mathematics Research Programs, sponsored by the AMS and NSA.
- Discussion on How to Evaluate Summer Mathematics Programs, in the Proceedings of the Conference on Summer Undergraduate Mathematics Research Programs, sponsored by the AMS and NSA.

**Papers on Empirical Processes**

- Limit Theorems for the infinite-degree U-process (with C. Heilig), in Statistica Sinica.
- On Min-Max Majority and Deepest Points, in Statistics and Probability Letters

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