Veronica Berrocal is an Associate Professor in the Department of Statistics at UC Irvine (UCI). She joined UCI in Fall 2019, after having spent 9 years as faculty in the Department of Biostatistics at University of Michigan. Veronica earned her Ph.D. in Statistics at University of Washington in 2007, and was a postdoctoral fellow in the Research Triangle Park area for 3 years, performing research first for a year at the US EPA as a National Research Council postdoctoral associate, and then for two years at Duke University/SAMSI. Veronica’s research interests are in spatial/spatio-temporal statistics, statistical methods for environmental epidemiology and environmental exposure assessment, with a particular focus on air pollution, climate, weather, and more recently the built environment, in particular as they relate to human health. Veronica is quite active in the environmental and Bayesian statistical community having served as elected officer for several statistical professional organizations. She is currently a member of the US EPA FIFRA Scientific Advisor Panel. [FIFRA=Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act]
Revising An Upper-Level Undergraduate Statistics Course Using Specifications Grading
In this presentation, we will discuss the process that we underwent to redesign an upper-level undergraduate statistics course (STATS 120C) while holding as guiding principles sustainability and manageability for a first-time implementation of specification grading. Some of the topics we will discuss include: development and settling on a grade bundle, balancing lectures with administering assessments and re-takes, handling tokens, and ensuring transparency and students’ agency.