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Statistics, dead or alive

Sometimes math applies to pretty much everything.

As a biostatistician, Denise Esserman works behind the scenes to make sense of data that might just help keep you alive and healthy. She paid PsychTalk a visit to talk about her life and illuminate how statistical analysis helps researchers  inch toward the truth.

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Denise Esserman

Biostatistics: the pixie dust that makes research magic

Denise Esserman is a Research Assistant Professor of Biostatistics at UNC at the Gillings School of Global Public Health and at the Department of Medicine. She received her PhD in Biostatistics from Columbia University. She also earned an MS in Statistics from the University of Georgia and she majored in Chemistry and Math at the University of Virginia. She has taught undergraduates and graduate students, as well as fellow researchers. In her research, she has worked extensively with biostatisticians, epidemiologists, and clinical scholars applying statistical methods in many disciplines. Topics she has helped study include depression, high blood pressure, autism, psychosocial stress, race, age, and in vitro fertilization. Her focus for her dissertation was statistical models called frailty models as they relate to quality of life and cancer. She came on PsychTalk to talk a bit about her life, her research and her teaching, and along the way we touched on some profound concepts in statistics.

A China Story

West meets East in the story of our guest Alex Lew’s year-long trip to China. Hear about his experience of food, pollution, gift-giving, politics, family, religion and much more while in China. Find out why one of his first Chinese experiences was watching New Moon from the Twilight series, in English. Alongside the interview, he answers listener questions and we bring in a Trivia Challenge on cultural psychology.

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What's it like to live and study in China? Call in a question to find out

This coming Tuesday we’ll speak with Alex Lew, a prospective Yale student who just spent a year studying Mandarin Chinese at a high school in Changzhou, China. Join the fun by asking him about his experiences! All you have to do is call with your name and question at 919-438-1927. We can’t wait to field your questions on the show.

What’s it like to live and study in China? Call in a question to find out

This coming Tuesday we’ll speak with Alex Lew, a prospective Yale student who just spent a year studying Mandarin Chinese at a high school in Changzhou, China. Join the fun by asking him about his experiences! All you have to do is call with your name and question at 919-438-1927. We can’t wait to field your questions on the show.

Memory malfunction on the Trivia Challenge

What do Princess Diana’s death, 9/11, and your 13th birthday have in common? Your memories of those events are probably riddled with vivid errors. Hear about having a gun pointed to your face, assessing eyewitness testimony, repressed memories, and the sad tale of Paul Ingram on this Challenge with Carla Guzman.

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