Thursday, December 18, 2008

How Statistics Are Misunderstood in the Media and Society

Saturday, Jan 10,
1:30 pm Public & FREE

Rebecca Goldin, Ph.D.
Statistical Assessment Service

National Science Foundation, Room 110
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA

Dr. Rebecca Goldin is Director of Research for the Statistical Assessment Service (, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization affiliated with George Mason University. STATS’ mission is to improve the quality of scientific and statistical information in public discourse and to act as a resource for journalists and policy makers on scientific issues and controversies. STATS' work has been featured on NBC Nightly News, the News Hour with Jim Lehrer, and ABC's 20/20 - and in print by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, US News & World Report, New Scientist, New England Journal of Medicine, and many other publications.

Dr. Goldin is Associate Professor of Mathematical Sciences at George Mason University, and a member of the Science Policy Committee of the American Mathematical Society. She received her undergraduate degree from Harvard, and her PhD from MIT. She taught at University of Maryland as a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow before joining George Mason in 2001. In 2007 she was the first recipient of the Ruth I. Michler Memorial Prize, which honors outstanding young women in the field of mathematics.

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