GENEVA, N.Y.—Hobart and William Smith Colleges professors Thomas Glover and Kevin Mitchell are co-authors of a textbook titled Introduction to Biostatistics (McGraw-Hill, 2001). The book is an accessible and complete introduction to the use of statistics in the biological sciences for sophomore- and junior-level students. Glover, a professor of biology, and Mitchell, a professor of mathematics and computer science, based the book on the biostatistics course Glover has taught to undergraduates for more than 20 years and from a second course in nonparametric statistics and field data analysis that Mitchell has taught more recently during several of the Hobart and William Smith abroad programs to Queensland, Australia.
Introduction to Biostatistics uses examples throughout the text taken areas in the life sciences including genetics, physiology, ecology, agriculture, and medicine. The text emphasizes the relationships among probability, probability distributions, and hypothesis testing. The authors have highlighted the expected value of various test statistics under the null and research hypotheses as a way to understand the methodology of hypothesis testing. In addition, they have incorporated nonparametric alternatives to many situations along with the standard parametric analysis.
Features of Introduction to Biostatistics include a supporting Web page, which provides additional problems, answers to text problems, and additional instructional resources, as well as randomized end-of-chapter problems to require students to choose the appropriate analysis, as they would in a real-life situation. The authors believe this decision making is a critical skill in the introduction of statistical analysis and have provided a large number of opportunities to practice and develop this skill.
Glover holds a bachelor’s, a master’s, and a doctoral degree from Ohio State University. Glover joined the Colleges’ biology department in 1972 and received the 1994-95 Independent College Fund of New York Teaching Excellence Award. He is specialized in the population genetics of arthropods and pheromone-mediated behavior in insects.
Mitchell holds a bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College and a doctoral degree from Brown University. Mitchell joined the Colleges’ faculty in 1980 and was listed in the 1996 edition of “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.” He received the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Faculty Teaching Prize in 1999.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges are coordinate, private, liberal arts institutions, located in Geneva, N.Y. in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. The Colleges, which have a combined enrollment of 1,800, offer a remarkably broad array of majors and minors, with a cross-disciplinary flavor intended to better inform both professional and intellectual pursuits. The Colleges are noted also for an ambitious emphasis on international study, and for their programs in community service. Hobart College for men and William Smith College for women share faculty, facilities, and curriculum, but maintain separate dean’s offices, athletic programs, student governments, and traditions.