The winners of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching were announced last week and include ASA members Shelby Aaberg of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, and Luke Wilcox of Kentwood, Michigan. The ASA congratulates Aaberg, Wilcox, and the other winners, many of whom also teach statistics.
The ASA, through its This is Statistics public awareness campaign, prepared a promotional toolkit to help introduce students at the college and high-school levels to careers in statistics. Toolkit resources can be used at high-school or college career days, department open houses, employer information sessions, or other events. Download the toolkit. Contact Jeff Myers with questions.
Latest Stats.org Article Looks at Marijuana
Media coverage of a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in which researchers examined THC levels in edible marijuana is assessed in the newest Stats.org article. Author Rebecca Goldin writes: "The problem is that many journalists seem to have misunderstood a critical distinction between accuracy and precision. And without noting the difficulties of the original lab work, the result was that the news media inadvertently confirmed the lab numbers as being true, even though those lab measurements are, in fact, quite uncertain."
If you see an article with weak statistical interpretations or a writer who presented statistics properly and should be applauded, share it with Stats.org.