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Stats + Stories: The Decade of Statistics

Steve Pierson is director of science policy for the American Statistical Association where he works to raise the profile of statistics in policymaking and advocates on the interests of statisticians.
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WYSO is partnering with Stats and Stories, a podcast produced at Miami University.

Most of the time statisticians go about their work without much fanfare. They crunch numbers and interpret data in the hopes that the information will help people better understand their world. The work of statisticians can be helpful to policymakers and even influence their approach to problem-solving, that is when they know what the statistical research on the topic says. The intersection of policy and statistics is the focus of this episode. Rosemary Pennington and panelist John Bailer, Chair of Miami’s Statistics Department, are joined by Steve Pierson. Pierson is the Director of Science Policy for the American Statistical Association, a position he’s held for the last twelve years. In that role, Pierson has worked to raise the profile of statistics as a discipline, as well as government statistics and statisticians nationally. As Director, he’s also advocated for the creation and maintenance of a robust data infrastructure. 

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.