The AlmaMAC 170: soon-to-be Dr.Dr. Sawayra talks about her PhD+MD program

LISTEN Hello everyone, and welcome back to the AlmaMAC! I’m your host Adam and today we have the second part of my interview with Sawayra, the inventor and original host of the AlmaMAC. Last week we talked about why she started this radio show, and what direction we are going to take it from here. You can listen to that over on our website, scientificanada.ca . Today I’m bringing you the second half of that interview where we finally dig in and learn about the research Sawayra does. Spoiler, she is working through a dual PhD/MD program, but she will … Continue reading The AlmaMAC 170: soon-to-be Dr.Dr. Sawayra talks about her PhD+MD program

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!