# Entries tagged with “statistics” from Cotangents

With the outbreak of Ebola in the U.S. last fall, epidemiologists have had their work cut out for them. Whether they investigate the triggers of an infection for a public health agency or collect blood samples at an outpatient care center, epidemiologists examine the causes of diseases to prevent them from transmitting and recurring. These medical scientists might work in hospitals, laboratories or universities, or for pharmaceutical companies or health insurers.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment growth of about 13 percent between 2012 and 2022. Job prospects look promising, especially for medical scientists looking to work for state or local governments and general medical or surgical hospitals.

*Aspects of Functional Data Inference and Its Applications*(Advisor: Dennis Cox).

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**CUPM Curriculum Guide**is produced by the MAA Committee on the Undergraduate Program in Mathematics to guide mathematics departments in designing curricula for their undergraduate students. The 2004 version was the last to come out. The new version will be out in 2015. We were told that a draft will appear at maa.org/cupm in the near future. - In 2012, the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences issued the latest recommendations for teacher preparation in mathematics:
**The Mathematical Education of Teachers II (MET2)**. A few highlights of the new recommendations:

- Elementary teachers should take four mathematics courses on elementary school mathematics. This doesn't mean that the mathematics they are taught are elementary. The objective is to give teachers a deeper understanding of the mathematics that is taught in elementary grades. For example, while an elementary school teacher may teach division, coursework might include continued fractions or a study of the periodic nature of decimal fractions.
- Recommendations for middle school teachers include at least 24 credits of mathematics, including at least 15 credits designed specifically for future middle grades teachers that address essential ideas in the middle school curriculum.
- It is still recommended that prospective High school teachers complete coursework equivalent to that of a mathematics major. One change is that at least nine credits involve advanced study of secondary mathematics.
- The American Statistical Association (ASA) will be releasing
**The Statistical Education of Teachers (SET)**in 2014. It is expected to put a greater emphasis on data analysis.

**UTeach UMass Lowell**helps us at the middle and high school levels. Functions and Modeling (92.210), which is required for mathematics certification, revisits many high school topics from an advanced point of view. Research Method (UTL.302), which is required of all UTeach students, is a data analysis course that matches both MET2 and SET recommendations. Finally, the inquiry-based approach that many UTeach courses emphasize is consistent with that of all three curriculum guides.