Hors d'oeurves, dinner, dessert, wine and beer are included. Beverage hour starts at 6:00 PM, Dinner at 7:00 PM, and the talk begins promptly at 8:00 PM. Questions will follow at 9:00 which will be followed by dessert at 9:30. Spouses and significant others are welcome.
Communicating Statistics: P-Value Pitfalls, Sensational Science and the Media
It’s been claimed that Fisher’s p-value is the most popular statistic in existence. Yet p-values aren't easy for a lay audience to understand or interpret. The nuances are especially important in today’s world, with a public hungry for reproducible research results they can understand, scientists eager to publicize and disseminate their work, and media and publicity teams serving as interpreters between the two. This talk will discuss a handful of common p-value pitfalls, illustrated through examples of the kinds of sensational scientific studies that capture a wide interest. It will also discuss the unique role that statisticians can play in science communication, and conclude by exploring potential solutions and approaches.
Regina Nuzzo is a freelance science journalist and professor at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. She received her Ph.D. in statistics from Stanford University, post-doctoral training in the Music Cognition Lab at McGill University, and graduate science journalism training at University of California, Santa Cruz. Her general science writing has been published in a variety of outlets, from Reader’s Digest to ESPN the Magazine. Her writings about data, probability, and statistics have been published in Nature, Science News, and Scientific American. Her Nature feature article about the p-value won the American Statistical Association’s 2014 Excellence in Statistical Reporting Award.