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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
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Rebecca Goldin, Ph.D., December 3, 2013
In a period when rates of alcohol use and abuse are relatively stable, the media has raced to report on claims that binge drinking among women is on a dangerous trajectory.
Jon Entine, November 14, 2013
If you’re having trouble getting pregnant, plastics may be the culprit—at least that’s what a credulous reader might conclude based on recent news reports and a slew of website stories with headlines like: “New studies link BPA and phthalates to miscarriage and infertility.” But as is often the case when journalists report on complex science issues, the headlines do not align with the facts.
Trevor Butterworth, November 1, 2013
If reporters had looked at the statistics, BPA would never have become a scare.
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Competition in Forestry Certification Standards Is Beneficial Too - By Donald Rieck & Wayne Winegarden, EconoSTATS
(May 9, 2013)
Tracking the Negative Economic Consequences of Sequestration: Part 2 - By Donald Rieck & Wayne Winegarden, EconoSTATS
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Genetic Literacy Project Contributor Tabitha M. Powledge
(December 10, 2013)
Genetic Literacy Project Contributor Joanna Wendel
(December 10, 2013)
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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