Royal Statistical Society was founded to address social problems
‘through the collection and classification of facts’, leading to many
developments in the collection of data, the
development of methods for analysing them, and the development of
statistics as a profession. Nearly 200 years later an explosion in
computational power has led, in turn, to an explosion in data. We
outline the challenges and the actions needed to exploit that
data for the public good, and to address the step change in statistical
skills and capacity development necessary to enable our vision of a
world where data are at the heart of understanding and decision-making.
Dr Vincent Drach have been awarded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) a three-year research grant, worth GBP 39,000. The grant will foster activities on the topic of “The Universe at Extreme Scale” and will finance travels to conferences and workshops. This will further develop the Plymouth Center for Mathematical Sciences in the field of theoretical particle physics beyond the Standard Model and contribute to the quest of New Physics at experiments like those performed at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (Switzerland).
This post offers an exciting opportunity to contribute to the School’s range of teaching in statistics; to undertake research and to participate in outreach and other activities. You will demonstrate the ability or potential to teach statistics at all levels, including foundation/undergraduate programmes, postgraduate taught programmes and undertake PhD supervision where appropriate. Especial notice will be taken of candidates who can demonstrate an interest in supporting our undergraduate education-related teaching.
Yesterday, the annual teaching statistics trust seminar was held at the University of Plymouth.
The title of of the talk was: The purpose of statistics is insight not numbers Speaker: Neil Sheldon, Chair of the Teaching Statistics Trust
In recent years, statistics teaching has seen a welcome move away from formulae and calculation. Especially with the rise of ‘big data’, numerical processing is increasingly being done with software, and it is becoming much more important for students to learn the art and science of interpretation. This development requires teachers to change focus too, shifting their emphasis from numbers to language. As with many academic disciplines, statistics overlays everyday language with specialist meaning: one familiar example is the word ‘significant’ which means very different things in everyday use and in statistics. Research shows that parallel meanings such as this make it harder for students to understand technical concepts. Research also shows that teaching with a richer vocabulary can help to overcome this problem of understanding. But statistics is more than just an academic discipline, it is a vital element of citizenship: we all need statistical understanding to make sense of the world around us. Yet statistical data are routinely misunderstood and misinterpreted in the media. In most cases the errors arise, not from the numbers themselves, but from the confused and inaccurate language used to comment on them. Clear language is essential to clear thought. This lecture, drawing on numerous practical examples, will explore the ways in which careful use of language can help everyone – teachers, students and citizens – to understand statistics better, whether in formulating enquiries, interpreting data, or reaching trustworthy conclusions and communicating them effectively.
Lexy Sorrell, a PhD Student in Statistics, is giving a presentation at the South West Transplant Centre Annual Transplant Day. The title of her talk is “Restricted mean survival time analysis on the national renal data base”
Below is taken from a linkedin post by Dr. Martin Lavelle.
End of an era and start of another. Yesterday was the graduation ceremony for our Mathematics graduates. It was good to see them again and find out about their plans. Today was also the first induction session for our new students. Teaching proper starts next Monday.
Dr Daniel Robertz is
invited to give a talk on his current research at the Kolchin Seminar in
Differential Algebra on Friday 13 September 2019.
The American mathematician Ellis R. Kolchin (1916-1991) was among the
founders of modern differential algebra and linear algebraic groups.
The Kolchin Seminar in Differential Algebras, which goes back to the
1960s, takes place at the Graduate Center of the City University of New
York and has been for decades a leading research seminar in differential
and difference algebra.
It is important that physicists do outreach, public engagement and science communication about their research. However, apart from giving popular talks about physics it is no clear what else can be done.