Critical questions to ask of studies, press releases and scientific reports

  • Event: 2015 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Peter Aldhous of BuzzFeed News; Ronald Campbell of NBC Owned Television Stations; Patricia Thomas of University of Georgia
  • Date/Time: Friday, Mar. 6 at 2:10pm
  • Location: International 4-5
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Confused by p values and effect sizes? Unsure about what peer review really means? Reluctant to challenge Dr. Famous with potentially insulting questions? We'll provide tips for using expert sources, documentary research and common sense to separate the scientific wheat from the chaff.

This session is good for: Anyone.

Speaker Bios

  • Peter is a reporter on the science desk at BuzzFeed News. Data projects include analysis of the text of a year of tweets by Donald Trump and all members of Congress in the first year of Trump's Twitter-led presidency, maps showing projected future coastal flooding under climate change and the risk of wildfires, and the use of machine learning to identify surveillance aircraft from flight-tracking data. @paldhous

  • Ronald Campbell is data editor for the NBC Owned Television Stations. He previously created the computer-assisted reporting program at the Orange County Register. He has won the IRE Award, the Loeb Award and placed in the Philip Meyer Award. He lives in Orange County, CA, with his wife, kids and cat. When not getting frustrated with databases he gets frustrated hiking. @campbellronaldw

  • Pat Thomas is a veteran journalist and author who turned professor nearly a decade ago. She directs the graduate program in health and medical journalism at the University of Georgia in Athens. @ugahealthjourn

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