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Department of Mathetmatics and Statistics Awards Ceremony

Friday, 26 April, 2019

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics will hold its departmental Awards Ceremony on Friday, April 26 at 4 p.m. in Lee Lecture Hall.

Refreshments will be served at 4 p.m. and the ceremony begins at 4:20 p.m.

This year’s ceremony will feature the 2019 Case Lecture by Liberty Vittert, Ph.D., of Washington University in St. Louis

Vittert’s lecture is “How to win the lottery and get away with murder.”

Lecture abstract: Data, numbers statistics are coming at us like a hurricane, it can be completely overwhelming. This influx of data means that government, media, businesses, advertisers, and even scientists will be using data and numbers to sway your opinion, rightly and wrongly. With enormous amounts of information we run the risk of misinformation and even more worrisome disinformation.  Using real-life examples and good old common sense, we are going to learn what questions we should be asking of data in order to spot the lies, damned lies, and statistics (with a little fake news thrown in there for good measure).