Events

Frank Sesno, George Washington University

Unlocking the Power of Questions: A Hidden Skill That Matters More Than Ever: Emmy Award-winning journalist Frank Sesno is Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at the George Washington University, and author of “Ask More: The Power of Questions to Open Doors, Uncover Solutions, and Spark Change.” His lecture shares keys to asking questions effectively and listening actively, unique insights from some of the world’s best questioners, and lessons from the scientific approach to inquiry, as well as touching on the critical role of inquiry in current events, politics, and the media.
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Richard Harris, National Public Radio

“Rigor Mortis”: Addressing the Problems of Rigor and Reproducibility in Biomedical Research: Award-winning journalist Richard Harris has been a science correspondent at NPR since 1986. He’s covered all areas of science, environment and medicine and has traveled to all seven continents, primarily for his extensive climate change reporting. “Rigor Mortis,” Harris’ first book, explores the many reasons for the increasing concern that many biomedical findings from one lab can’t be reproduced in another. His talk goes through the causes of this issue (including funding pressures, the hyper-competitive environment and questionable incentive structure, and scientific shortcuts), and looks at work being done to make biomedical research a more effective source for new treatments and cures.
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Ken Bollen, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Myths About Measurement, Causality, and Structural Equation Models: Ken Bollen is a professor in the Departments of Psychology & Neuroscience and Sociology at UNC at Chapel Hill, as well as head of the Methods Core and a Fellow at the Carolina Population Center at UNC. His current research is on the development of statistical methodology for the social and behavioral sciences. In his talk, he reviews myths about structural equation models (SEMs) with the goal of clarifying the power and limits of SEMs, which are a common tool used to analyze social, behavioral, marketing, and health data.
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Joe Simmons, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Life After P-Hacking: Joe Simmons is an associate professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has two primary areas of research: Exploring the psychology of judgment and decision-making, and identifying easy-to-adopt research practices that improve the integrity of published findings. His talk discusses P-hacking, the practice of conducting many analyses on the same dataset until one achieves a reportable, statistically significant result (p<.05), and its effects.
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