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"Lies, Damned Lies, and Newspapers", Dr Emily Grossman speaks at INI

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"Lies, Damned Lies, and Newspapers: The use and abuse of statistics in the media"
Dr Emily Grossman speaks at the Isaac Newton Institute as part of the 2018 Cambridge Science Festival.

Can we believe everything we read in the papers? The media constantly misuse, misinterpret and abuse statistics. Sometimes mistakes arise because of genuine errors made by experts. Sometimes data from scientists is misinterpreted or misunderstood. And sometimes the media knowingly spin or distort statistics to tell a good story. Who knew?! In this interactive and amusing talk, Dr Emily Grossman takes a light-hearted look at these issues, and discusses some common errors to look out for - illustrated with examples of “embarrassing moments” where she’s been caught out in her own career as a TV science broadcaster.

Dr Emily Grossman is an internationally acclaimed science author, public speaker and TV personality. An expert in molecular biology and genetics, with a Double First in Natural Sciences from Queens' College Cambridge and a PhD in cancer research, Emily also trained and worked as an actress and singer, and now combines her skills as a science communicator, broadcaster, writer, educator and trainer. She is best known as a Resident Science Expert on ITV's The Alan Titchmarsh Show and Sky1's Duck Quacks Don't Echo, and for her inspirational talks in schools, universities and at live events such as The Hay Festival, The Science Museum and Cheltenham Science Festival. Emily is a passionate advocate for gender equality and diversity in STEM and has delivered a TEDx talk at UCL on Why Science Needs People Who Cry. She was recently named as the second Honorary STEM Ambassador for her pioneering work in STEM education, alongside astronaut Tim Peake. Through her work as a science communicator, and by sharing her personal experiences as a woman in STEM, Emily hopes to change the perception of what it is to be a scientist, and to inspire more people, especially girls, to study science.

To find out more about Emily please visit her website www.emilygrossman.co.uk or you can follow her on Twitter @DrEmilyGrossman

The Isaac Newton Institute is a world-leading national and international mathematics research institute. Further details can be found here: www.newton.ac.uk


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