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[1 Sep 2022 | Comments Off on Building Statistics and Data Science Capacity for Development | ]
Building Statistics and Data Science Capacity for Development

Understanding data allows people to make scientifically sound decisions. This is especially relevant for developing countries. Here Eric Vance and Kim Love show how they help local researchers, businesses and policy-makers from developing countries help make scientifically sound decisions.

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[1 Sep 2022 | Comments Off on Q&A with Statisticians and Data Scientists Working to Improve Our Communities | ]

These statisticians and data scientists have been working on the front lines to improve our communities, so we asked them to talk about their current projects; who inspired them; and how to get started supporting where we each live, work, learn, and play.

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[1 Sep 2022 | One Comment | ]
Equity and Bias in Algorithms: A Discussion of the Landscape and Techniques for Practitioners

Algorithmic bias can occur as a result of decisions made throughout the algorithm development and deployment process. Left unaddressed, it can deeply affect equity. Emily Hadley looks at techniques to consider when developing algorithms.

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[1 Sep 2022 | Comments Off on Statisticians and Wildfires at the Wildland/Urban Interface | ]
Statisticians and Wildfires at the Wildland/Urban Interface

Although statisticians have been involved in various aspects of wildfire modeling for years, greater numbers of megafires, new data sources, and methodological advancements in statistics and data science are leading to increasing involvement.

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[1 Sep 2022 | One Comment | ]

Nairanjana (Jan) Dasgupta partners with community organizations, goes to underserved communities, and leads “Date with Data” evenings. She wanted to target elementary children but invited whole families in the hope of having a conversation about data.

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[1 Sep 2022 | Comments Off on Using Data Science in the COVID-19 Pandemic in West Virginia | ]

As one of the team members charged with working with data during the COVID-19 pandemic in West Virginia, Brad Price noticed there was one overall theme: Communicate and share the necessary information to keep the 1.79 million residents, health care facilities, and economy of West Virginia protected. This wasn’t as easy as it might sound.

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[1 Sep 2022 | One Comment | ]

Rochelle Tractenberg shows that when practitioners do not follow ethical practice standards, all those who make decisions based on the results of quantitative practice may find their decisions or scholarly work undermined.

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[1 Sep 2022 | One Comment | ]
Data Literacy as a Tool for Community Health and Social Justice

Data is one of the world’s most valuable resources and an important tool for improving community health. Therefore, knowledge of how to understand, interpret, and share data is necessary for personal and professional success, most importantly for the work of changemaking and improving well-being of low-income and/or predominately minority communities. Understanding these realities, Melody S. Goodman and Janice Johnson Dias have spent the last decade working collaboratively with community members to train and find innovative, time bound, relevant solutions to some of the most intractable health issues facing communities. They have also been training and equipping community members with the language and skills to understand, interpret, design, collect, and share data.

A Statistician's Life, Community Analytics »

[1 Sep 2022 | Comments Off on Stephanie Shipp: ‘Democratizing’ Data Science to Serve the Public Good | ]

Shipp is the interim director and a professor at the Social and Decision Analytics Division within the Biocomplexity Institute at the University of Virginia. Working with Sallie Keller, the founding director, she built and developed the division for “democratizing” data science to serve the public good.

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[1 Sep 2022 | Comments Off on Xihong Lin: On the Front Lines of COVID-19 Research | ]

Xihong Lin, biostatistics and statistics professor at Harvard University, and her former post-doctoral fellow, Chaolong Wang, worked day and night to help the world understand COVID-19, what happened in Wuhan, and the steps it took to control the outbreak—including the use of personal protective equipment, which became life-saving.