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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, June 4, 2014
Another dietary conviction, born of observational studies and much conventional wisdom, has been routed in a randomized control trial.
Rebecca Goldin, Ph.D., May 7, 2014
A study of the economic benefits of a college degree does not provide the evidence that people think it does—and the flaws in measurement have profound implications for debt laden Americans.
Trevor Butterworth, April 9, 2014
Conspiracy, incompetence, a federal agency out of control. A recent Mother Jones story by Mariah Blake indicts the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a threat to science and public health over the way it's conducting research into bisphenol A (BPA), the never-ending chemical scare story of the 21st century. Raise the alarm (again), stir the pot (again), marshal outrage (again). The Manichean tapestry woven by Mother Jones seems like such a complete narrative - the arc of a despicable covenant between industry and regulators - until you see the loose threads; and pull.
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Competition in Forestry Certification Standards Is Beneficial Too - By Donald Rieck & Wayne Winegarden, EconoSTATS
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Genetic Literacy Project Contributor Tabitha M. Powledge
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Genetic Literacy Project Contributor Dan Ryder
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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?
In the first part of an ongoing series, we look at functional magnetic resonance imaging, and whether it's really the window on the mind that some in the media - and science - would have us believe.
Rebecca Goldin, Ph.D., Cindy S. Merrick
July 16, 2012
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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