Statistics does perhaps have an image problem. Ask people what they think of statistics, and you are likely to get some negative responses. The public does not (very broadly speaking) understand statistics and probability. Neither do many politicians. The media can manipulate statistics and misrepresent data. As a science, statistics is seen as complicated, dull, geeky and even irrelevant.
Hurricane Sandy, sweeping the East Coast of the USA, has been predicted with great accuracy. The people in New York and surrounding areas were evacuated where necessary; the authorities gave a clear and unambiguous message and the loss of life has been minimal. Buildings have on the whole survived intact, a testament to building standards in New York State.
Jag har varit inne och grävt lite i den stora flod av motioner som lagts av våra riksdagsledamöter under den allmänna motionstiden (hela 3245 motioner lämnades in). Bland dem har jag hittat en del som varit extra intressanta för oss ur vårt perspektiv gällande forskningens kontakt till samhället.
Make a comet in London; create a cloud in Italy or explore a volcano in the Canary Islands. It can only be European Researchers’ Night, back for the 8th year running in 350 European cities from Iceland to Cyprus, from Portugal to Turkey.