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People to think about the numbers behind the news
At major issues and news stories from a quantitative and scientific perspective
Journalists think quantitatively through education, workshops and direct assistance with data analysis
Non-partisan and non-profit; we advocate scientific and statistical methods as the best way of analyzing and solving society's problems. We are a sister organization of the Center for Media and Public Affairs - "America's preeminent news analysts"
Trevor Butterworth, March 6, 2014
Our consumption of information requires an algorithm of narrative and the perspective of bias in order to produce focus. The problem — the presiding problem of our knowledge economy — is whether we end up focusing on something that’s actually true. Just how big a problem this is for industry — and for one industry in particular — is illustrated by a recent study, which, ironically, claimed to uncover the kind of bias we don’t want to see when it comes to assessing the validity of data.
Geoffrey Kabat, Ph.D., February 27, 2014
We Are All Eager For Good News On The Obesity Front – But Let’s Not Be Fooled By Shaky Statistics
With Fannie and Freddie debt repaid to taxpayers, will Uncle Sam turn shareholders into zombie investors
Jon Entine, February 24, 2014
Five years after the government bailed out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac by covering their combined $187.5 billion debt, taxpayers are about to be made whole, and record profits are set to stream in as far as the eye can see. But in a bizarre twist, the government may be poised to commit what some critics say could be the largest securities fraud in history.
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Genetic Literacy Project Contributor Kenrick Vezina
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Genetic Literacy Project Contributor Rob Walbridge
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Check out the Genetic Literacy Project- Where Science Trumps Ideology
A groundbreaking study conducted by STATS and The Center for Health and Risk Communication at George Mason University shows how experts view the risks of common chemicals - and that the media are overstating risk.
You can view the Media Monitor, Toxicologists' Opinions on Chemical Risk and Media Coverage, here.
Plus check out Science suppressed: How America became obsessed with BPA
on the web, or download a PDF of the full report here
Sugar-sweetened beverages have become the focus of intense debate in the US as public health advocates and policy makers argue that these drinks are driving the obesity epidemic which is, in turn, driving huge health care costs. Therefore, many argue that soda is subject to a sin tax.
This analysis looks at the soda tax debate and asks whether the data adds up to a compelling case for either position.
Plus, Slimmed Down Sourcing: Media Coverage of Soda Taxes on STATS' sister organization, CMPA.
Underage drinking is a serious problem for our society. From reports in the media, one gets the impression that it is getting worse ever year and that even casual teenage drinking carries with it devastating implications for our youth, including increasing the alcoholism rate of those who drink early and even death. Do the statistics support these stories?
Cutting through the clutter, spin, and sophistry: what you need to know to understand ongoing budget debates.
Climate scientists agree on warming, disagree on dangers, and don’t trust the media’s coverage of climate change
S. Robert Lichter, Ph.D,
April 24, 2008
STATS experts analyze the everyday concerns of parenting.
A fellow at STATS since 2004, Szalavitz writes about health, science and public policy. She is co-author, with leading child trauma expert Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD, of The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog and Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook: What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Loss, Love and Healing (Basic, 2007). Her new book Born for Love: Why Empathy Is Essential--and Endangered is out now.
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