Learning from recent Benford’s Law drama: Reassessing SciComm Tropes

Benford’s Law is this counter-intuitive result from statistics that says in nature, digits 1-9 don’t occur with the same frequency. This law is usually applied to the leading digit of naturally occurring numbers, and states that numbers start with “1” more often than any other digit.  This is an established result, and has supposedly been applied to the leading digit of a ton of different data sets including “the surface areas of 335 rivers, the sizes of 3259 US populations, 104 physical constants, 1800 molecular weights, 5000 entries from a mathematical handbook, 308 numbers contained in an issue of Reader’s … Continue reading Learning from recent Benford’s Law drama: Reassessing SciComm Tropes

*ReBroadcast*The AlmaMAC 169: The Return of Sawayra Owais!

LISTEN We got a little out of sync with CFMU a few weeks ago, so let’s get back on track. If you already heard this one, then you have no homework this week! Head outside and take a walk 🙂 Hi hello, and welcome to the show. Today is a particularly special episode of the AlmaMAC. Actually, it’s probably the most Meta episode of the almaMAC that we’ve ever had. Today I’m joined by the inventor of the AlmaMAC, the once and future host of the AlmaMAC, Sawayra Owais! This is actually a 2-parter, since we have so much to … Continue reading *ReBroadcast*The AlmaMAC 169: The Return of Sawayra Owais!

The AlmaMAC 171: Human Rights-Based Policy with Rida and Sawayra (170 next week)

LISTEN Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s episode of the AlmaMAC. I’m Adam and I am your producer this week. This week’s episode is a very special one. For one thing, it’s the triumphant return of Sawayra Owais as host of the AlmaMAC. For another, she speaks to a guest who studies some very important, very timely issues. I’d probably label them as crises really. Rida is a Masters student at McMaster university. This week Sawayra talks to her about her research which includes assessing science policy decisions from a human rights perspective. For example: stay at home restrictions … Continue reading The AlmaMAC 171: Human Rights-Based Policy with Rida and Sawayra (170 next week)