Amanda Martinez, a writer for The Atlantic and others, advised attendees that her favorite writing “accorded me the basic human dignity of allowing me to draw my own conclusions.”
I really like that way of putting it, and this is something we tried hard to do with Red State Blue State, to put the information and our reasoning right there in front of the reader, rather than hiding behind a bunch of statistically-significant regression coefficients.
This is related to the idea of presenting research findings quantitatively (which, I think, lends itself to clearer statements of uncertainty and variation) rather than qualitatively (which seems to come out more deterministically, as “X causes Y” or “when A happens, B happens”).
The above quote comes from a conference of students organized by Nathan Sanders, who writes:
Thanks so much for posting an announcement about the Communicating Science workshop (ComSciCon) back in January! With the help of your blog, we received more than 700 applications nationwide for only 50 attendee spots.
I thought you may be interested in some follow-up on the event – it went off this past weekend and was a great success!
The most exciting outcome for me has been the spawning of new sites extending the goal of Astrobites, to digest the scientific literature and help undergraduates engage in research, to other fields of science. Within hours of our our “technical session” describing how we run Astrobites, a new website for the geological sciences went up (http://geoscibites.com/), and I’m eagerly anticipating sites for particle physics, ecology, and possibly a STEM Education research-bites.
If you know graduate students who might be interested in making the statistics literature more accessible to young researchers, please send them my way! We would love to help and can lend resources.