Invited Speaker Series

The Department of Statistics sponsors the Invited Speakers Series.  Faculty, staff, and students are able to engage with prominent members of the statistics community.

Full invited speaker schedule

Stats and Stories

  • Stats and Stories: Stats of Cool Cats: Emotions, Mood Management and Cat Videos

    Dr. Jessica MyrickEpisode 41: Stats of Cool Cats: Emotions, Mood Management and Cat Videos

    Release Date: 09/14/2017

    Guest:Jessica G. Myrick

    Jessica G. Myrick (@jessmyrick) is an associate professor of media studies at the Bellisario College of Communications at Penn State University. Her research focuses on the role of emotions in shaping our responses to various types of media messagesMyrick's research has touched on topics ranging from skin cancer prevention campaigns and climate change appeals to the effects of incivility in responses to political Facebook posts and why we watch cat videos, and it has been featured in news outlets around the globe.

  • Stats and Short Stories: Translating critical review of research into accurate reporting

    Alan Schwarz

    Episode 40: Translating critical review of research into accurate reporting

    Release Date: 09/01/2017

    Guest:Alan Schwarz

    Alan Schwarz (@alanschwarz) is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist best known for his reportage of public health issues for The New York Times. His 130-article series on concussions in sports is roundly credited with exposing the seriousness of head injuries in the National Football League and all youth athletics. His work was profiled in several films and was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, journalism's highest honor. A subsequent series on A.D.H.D. and other psychiatric disorders in children led to his writing "A.D.H.D. NATION: Children, Doctors, Big Pharma and the Making of an American Epidemic ." He was awarded the 2013 ASA Award for Excellence in Statistical Reporting in recognition of his outstanding work.

     
  • Stats and Stories: Gridiron ... Touchdown ... Field Goal ... Traumatic Brain Injury

    Alan SchwarzEpisode 39: 
    Gridiron ... Touchdown ... Field Goal ... Traumatic Brain Injury

    Alan Schwarz (@alanschwarz) is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist best known for his reportage of public health issues for The New York Times. His 130-article series on concussions in sports is roundly credited with exposing the seriousness of head injuries in the National Football League and all youth athletics. His work was profiled in several films and was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, journalism's highest honor. A subsequent series on A.D.H.D. and other psychiatric disorders in children led to his writing "A.D.H.D. NATION: Children, Doctors, Big Pharma and the Making of an American Epidemic ." He was awarded the 2013 ASA Award for Excellence in Statistical Reporting;in recognition of his outstanding work.

  • Stats and Stories: Describing and Measuring an $18 Trillion Economy

    Brian MoyerEpisode 38: Describing and Measuring an $18 Trillion Economy

    Release Date: 07/28/2017

    Guest:Brian Moyer

    Dr. Brian Moyer is director of the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis . BEA, made up entirely of career civil servants, is an impartial producer of official statistics on the U.S. economy. Its statistics are used by   businesses, policymakers and households to inform their decision-making. BEA is part of the U.S. Commerce Department .

         

     

Alumni Interviews

  • Brian Sampsel

    Class of 2003

    "A Fantastic Education"

  • Bryan Bell

    Class of 2004
    "Work Your Hardest in Whatever You Do"

  • Lisa Werwinski

    Class of 2013
    "The Meaning of Love and Honor"