Meet a Statistician: This Week’s Facebook Live Guest is Rob Santos
April 8, 2020
April is Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month (MASAM), and This is Statistics is featuring a weekly Q&A for teachers and students to enhance the digital classroom. Last week, we kicked off our Meet a Statistician series spotlighting real statisticians in a wide range of fields.
On Thursday, April 8 at 2pm ET we held a live Twitter interview with Rob Santos.
Robert Santos is vice president and chief methodologist at the Urban Institute. Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, he received a BA in mathematics from Trinity University after attending San Antonio Community College. Santos received an MA in statistics from the University of Michigan while learning the art and science of survey sampling at the Survey Research Center of the UM Institute for Social Research.
With more than 40 years of experience, his expertise spans quantitative and qualitative research design, sampling, survey operations, and statistical analysis, and his specialty areas include undocumented immigrants and other disadvantaged populations. Santos has worked across a wide range of policy areas including education, health, immigration and refugees, environmental issues, housing discrimination, travel behavior, and elections.
Among many leadership roles Rob has held, he has been elected to be the 116th president of the ASA (with presidency in 2021).
Rob shared about how he applies statistical principles to study real-world problems, what the future of statistics will look like in 10 years, and answered your questions!
With career opportunities in statistics growing at a projected rate of 31 percent between 2018 and 2028, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, now is the time for students to hear from experts to kick off their own careers.
Additional resources for teachers and students:
- Learn more about Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month
- Get lesson plans from the National Education Association
- Join ASA’s MASAM Virtual Science Fair
- Get tips to use statistics in your science fair project
What are you doing to celebrate Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month? Tell us on Twitter by tagging us @ThisIsStats and using #MathStatMonth.
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