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Kid’s Questions for a Statistician | Stats + Stories Episode 140

Release Date: 5/21/2020

Guest: Latoya Jennings-Lopez, Alyana Palmer, Collin Dunmore and Wendy Martinez

LaToya Jennings-Lopez hosts this special episode of Stats+Stories with the children of Howard W. Bishop middle school. Listen to Alyana and Collin ask our host John Bailer and other special guest Wendy Martinez about their careers in Statistics, and how young people can get involved early. From topics such as future job prospects to COVID-19’s impact, listen to what kids curious in numbers want to know. 


The Lady with a Lamp | Stats + Stories Episode 139

Release Date: 5/14/2020

Guest: Lynn McDonald

Lynn McDonald is a professor emerita at the University of Guelph. McDonald’s career has focused on enduring contributions as a scholar and social activist. She also served as a member of Parliament when her Non-Smokers’ Health Act of 1988 led the world in enacting legislation to establish smoke-free work and public spaces. In addition, in a labor of love, she published the definitive collection of Florence Nightingale’s writings, bringing renewed attention to this important female icon for a new generation.


The Decade of Statistics | Stats + Stories Episode 138

Release Date: 5/7/2020

Guest: Steve Pierson

Steve Pierson is director of science policy for the American Statistical Association where he works to raise the profile of statistics in policymaking and advocates on the interests of statisticians. He was previously head of government relations at the American Physical Society and associate professor of physics at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Follow him on Twitter.


Birds of Probability | Stats + Stories Episode 137

Release Date: 4/30/2020

Guest: Amalia Bastos

Amalia Bastos is a biologist and photographer who is currently a Ph.D candidate at The University of Auckland. She is part of the Animal Minds lab and work with three different species: dogs, kea, and New Caledonian crows. Her main interest is on how evolutionary pressures have shaped the minds of different species. Her PhD thesis focuses on the signature-testing approach, which aims to identify which cognitive processes animals use to understand their environment.


The Problem with Plastics | Stats + Stories Episode 136

Release Date: 4/23/2020

Guest: Roland Geyer

Roland Geyer is Professor at UCSB’s Bren School of Environmental Science and Management. Prior to joining the Bren School he held research positions in Germany, France, and the UK. Since 2000 he has worked with a wide range of governmental organization, trade associations, and companies on environmental sustainability issues. Roland has won multiple awards for his work, such as the International Statistic of the Year, and been featured widely in the media, like CBS 60 Minutes, CBS Sunday Morning, and PBS News Hour. He has a graduate degree in physics and a PhD in engineering. Learn more about Roland and his work on his website.