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Getting Coding in Schools | Stats + Stories Episode 186

Release Date: 5/29/2021

Guest: James Dickens

Data science is becoming an ever more visible and important part of our lives with universities around the US, working to create or strengthen data science programs. At the same time there's a growing recognition of the need for data science outreach, particularly in order to reach underrepresented populations. Data science outreach is the focus of this episode of stats and stories with guest James Dickens. 


COVID-19 Vaccine Safety and Risk | Stats + Stories Episode 185

Release Date: 5/22/2021

Guest: Dr. Susan Ellenberg

Last week the US Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a pause on the distribution and use of Johnson and Johnson’s COVID vaccine. The pause amid reports that 6 women who had received the vaccine had developed rare blood clots. The concern this has brought up around J&J’s vaccine mirrors earlier concerns raised in relation to the vaccine produced by AstraZeneca. Vaccine safety is a focus of this episode of Stats and Stories with guest Dr. Susan Ellenberg

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The Data Privacy Landscape is Changing | Stats + Stories Episode 184

Release Date: 4/15/2021

Guest: Claire McKay Bowen and Joshua Snoke

Privacy is becoming an ever more potent concern as we grapple with the reality that our phones, computers, and our browser histories are filled with data that could reveal a lot about who we are sometimes things we’d rather keep private. The issue of the privacy of data is not a new concern for researchers in fact, whenever someone wants to work with people, oversight boards ask them about how they’ll keep data about participants private. But the data landscape for researchers and statisticians is changing and that’s the focus of this episode of Stats and Stories with guests Claire McKay Bowen and Joshua Snoke.


Collaboration is the Best of Statistics | Stats + Stories Episode 183

Release Date: 4/8/2021

Guest: Walter Piegorsch

The best thing about being a statistician,” he said, “is that you get to play in everyone's backyard.” That famous quote by John Tukey is optimized by our guest and the focus of this episode of Stats and Short Stories with guest Walter Piegorsch.


The Probability of the Next Terrorist Attack | Stats + Stories Episode 182

Release Date: 4/1/2021

Guest: Walter Piegorsch

When planning for potential disasters, we often focus on hurricanes that might ravage coastal areas or tornados and droughts that strike rural parts of the Midwest. But researchers are also working to uncover the vulnerabilities faced by urban areas and that’s the focus of this episode of Stats and Stories with guest WAlter Piegorsch.