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Keynote – Statistics stalking and the highly numerate in the time of COVID-19
July 16 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am PDT
Keynote speaker Ellen Peters, PhD, the Philip H. Knight Chair and Director of the Center for Science Communication Research in the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon.
Statistics stalking and the highly numerate in the time of COVID-19
Numeracy skills will be crucial to emerging as successfully as possible from the COVID-19 pandemic. From understanding infection rates and antibody test results to managing ongoing financial and health issues, numeracy skills are crucial. Does being objectively numerate (having high numeric literacy) mean that citizens understand and react more appropriately to the inevitable uncertainty and complications in this pandemic? How much have people paid attention to coronavirus statistics and how have those who stalk the statistics reacted to this crisis? To answer these and other questions, we conducted a nationwide longitudinal survey starting early in the pandemic (mid-February 2020) and examined pre-registered and exploratory hypotheses.