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Numbers in the news
Tue 18 April 2017, 18:30 – 19:30 EDT
Does being overweight increase the risk of dementia?
Are kids doing more drugs?
Do video games cause violence?
Statistics play a big role in helping us understand the world and are present in contexts as diverse as criminal justice, education, politics and health. Understanding them is vital.
With more than a decade of experience helping journalists to make sense of statistics, Dr Rebecca Goldin, Director of STATS and Professor of Mathematics at George Mason University, will cite statistical bloopers in the media, and share insights about how we can ask the right questions and demand numerical accuracy in the news.
A Sense About Science USA and Sense about Science free event, in collaboration with Cell Press.
We're also running Getting the stats across, from bench to broadcast, two interactive session for early career researchers in the afternoon at the same venue.
Part of the MIT Day of Action: http://dayofaction.mit.edu/