Glasgow Science Festival Lecture - The Power of Data: Murder, Gambling and Disease

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Friday 09 June 2017, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Location Wolfson Medical School Building, University of Glasgow, University Avenue, Glasgow G12 8QQ

Speakers: Dr Liberty Vittert & Professor Christl Donnelly

Statistics are everywhere, from murder trials to playing the lottery. How can we identify patterns from ‘noisy’ data? Statistical experts demonstrate how to think mathematically about chance, risk and uncertainty. A joint event at Glasgow University consisting of two one-hour sessions aimed at senior secondary school pupils (S4 - S6), each focusing on different applications of statistical thinking.

    • Session 1 with Dr Liberty Vittert: "How to win the lottery and get away with murder."  Statistics plays an incredible role in our everyday lives, you just don't know about it. From murder trials, to the lottery winner, to chances of survival with cancer, statistics and probability is in everything. Come find out how statistics and probability determines just about everything. School pupils will work in small groups to figure out statistical paradoxes presented during the lecture.

    • Session 2 with Professor Christl Donnelly: The Ebola and Zika epidemics have brought infectious disease outbreaks into everyone's consciousness. The media images are of doctors and nurses in full body protection treating patients, but there are also important roles for statisticians analysing patient data. I explain epidemic growth – how diseases spread if each person infects two others, for example. I explain why Ebola is seen by many as a bigger global threat than malaria and why some diseases are easier to control than others (comparing SARS to influenza). The talk will be filled with examples of diseases including: BSE/vCJD, bovine TB, foot-and-mouth disease, SARS, influenza, dengue, MERS, Ebola and Zika.


Target audience: senior secondary pupils (S4 - S6)

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