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Stats + Stories: Germs on a Plane

Vicki Hertzberg is a Professor at Emory University in the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, where she has founded and directs the Center for Data Science.
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WYSO is partnering with Stats and Stories, a podcast produced at Miami University.

Some three-billion people fly each year, with many of them engaging in various kinds of rituals ranging from a preflight drink, to mindful meditation during takeoff. For some though, they’re flight prep includes drinking lots of water, getting lots of rest, and consuming enough vitamin C to ward off the dreaded post flight cold. The data of getting sick while flying is the focus of this episode of Stats and Stories recorded live in front of an audience in the Shriver Center at Miami University. Rosemary Pennington is joined by regular panelists John Bailer, the founding and current Chair of Miami’s Stats Department, and Richard Campbell, former and founding Chair of Media, Journalism and Film. Their guest is Vicki Hertzberg, biostatistics and bioinformatics professor at Emory University, and Director of the Center for Nursing Data Science. She recently co-authored an article that same out in the journal microbial ecology, which examined the microbiome of airplane cabins. 

Stats and Stories is a partnership between Miami University's Departments of Statistics and Media, Journalism and Film and the American Statistical Association. You can follow us on Twitter or iTunes. If you'd like to share your thoughts on our program, send your e-mail to statsandstories@miamioh.edu and be sure to listen for future editions of Stats and Stories where we discuss the statistics behind the stories and the stories behind the statistics.     

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