The Statistics Seminar Speaker for November 11 is Regina Nuzzo, professor in the department of Science, Mathematics & Technology at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. Dr. Nuzzo completed her PhD in Statistics at Stanford University in 2003 and a graduate degree in Science Journalism at University of California-Santa Cruz in 2004. She has written about a variety of topics in science, medicine, and statistics — ranging from the neuroscience of the orgasm to statistical issues of reproducibility in science — for different audiences. Her work has been published in Nature, Scientific American, Los Angeles Times, ESPN Magazine, and Reader’s Digest, among others. She was the winner of the American Statistical Association 2014 Excellence in Statistical Reporting Award for a feature in Nature on p-values.
Title: Science Journalism Meets Statistics: How Jellybeans Explain Your Sex Life
Abstract: In this talk, Dr. Nuzzo will explore the relationship between modern scientific research, the growing science communications industry, and the rapidly evolving mass-media landscape. She will highlight the unique role that statistics and statisticians can play in improving the accuracy and relevance of science journalism.