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Understanding What is Causing Bias Data | Stats + Stories Episode 188

Release Date: 5/13/2021

Guest: Charna Parkey

Our modern understanding of big data and the increasingly sophisticated tools we have for analyzing them have opened up whole new worlds for exploration. And, sometimes, whole new avenues for the misuse of data, which has led some to wonder who should be responsible or held accountable for data misuse or data bias? That’s the focus of this episode of Stats and Stories with guest Charna Parkey.

Molly Morgan Jones

The COVID Decade | Stats + Stories Episode 187

Release Date: 5/6/2021

Guest: Dr. Molly Morgan Jones

It’s been a little over a year of lockdowns, curfews, online schooling, mask wearing, worry and grief. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it an experience of collective trauma that researchers will be studying for years to come. The British Academy has launched one such study COVID119 and Society: Shaping the COVID Decade. That’s the focus of this episode of Stats and Stories with guest Dr. Molly Morgan Jones. 


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

Snoke Bowen

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.