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A Better Way to Test for Coronavirus | Stats + Stories Episode 141

Release Date: 6/4/2020

Guest: Nick Fisher & Dennis Trewin

Nick Fisher left his position as Chief Research Scientist at CSIRO  in 2001 to found ValueMetrics Australia, an R&D consultancy that carries out R&D in Performance Measurement, in which area he has consulted to a wide variety of business, industry and Government clients in Australia and overseas. He is a Past President of the Statistical Society of Australia and of ISBIS, and was founding Editor-in-Chief of the ISI online journal Stat.

Dennis Trewin was trained as a Statistician but has had 40 years of executive management experience in official statistics in Australia and New Zealand. He was the Australian Statistician from 2000 to 2007. He has also been an Electoral Commissioner and an Associate Commissioner at the Productivity Commission. He has chaired and been a member of Boards/Councils in the superannuation and university sectors. He is the current Chair of the Australian Mathematics Trust.


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.