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11-10-2010

Lies, Damned Lies and ... at Clarkson University Science Cafe November 17

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"Lies, Damned Lies and ..." is the topic of a discussion by St. Lawrence University Statistics Professor Michael Schuckers at the next Science Cafe at La Casbah, 6 Elm Street in Potsdam, on Wednesday, November 17, at 7:15 p.m.

Our modern world is flush with numbers, data and, statistics. Statistics influence how we view and understand our world. Better understanding of where statistics come from and how to interpret them is an important skill for any citizen. By considering what statistics tell us, we can become more educated consumers of statistics.

Schuckers will lead a discussion of the basic concepts of statistics, with illustrations from recent events, including medicine and politics.m schuckers

Science Cafes bring together engineers, scientists and townspeople in a relaxed, informal setting, such as coffeehouses and pubs. The speaker makes a short presentation about a topic in his or her field, and then opens up the floor to discussion.

Find out more about Clarkson’s Science Cafe at http://www.clarkson.edu/sciencecafe.

E-mail Daniel ben-Avraham at ScienceCafe@clarkson.edu with any questions or suggestions for future Science Cafe topics.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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