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Henry Seely White Lecture - Megan Price, Human Rights Data Analysis Group

Date:  Thursday, February 8, 2018

Time: 5:00PM

Location: Rockefeller Hall 300

Reception at 4:45PM, outside of Rockefeller Hall 300

Title: Does the Truth Matter?  How data analysis can contribute to accountability

Abstract: Statistical analysis can help answer questions about what happened during a violent conflict. Were members of one ethnic group more likely to be victims of violence? Did violence increase or decrease as control over an area changed hands from the State to opposition forces? But there are many challenges involved: evaluating the data quality, determining what’s missing from observed data, conducting analyses that withstand adversarial political and/or legal climates, and explaining analyses to non-technical audiences, including judges and prosecutors. Examples will be presented from the work of the Human Rights Data Analysis Group.

This lecture is intended for a general audience.  Please join us on Friday February 9 for a colloquium talk intended for faculty and students in the statistical, mathematical, or other sciences.

About the HSW Lecturer:  As the Executive Director of the Human Rights Data Analysis Group, Megan Price designs strategies and methods for statistical analysis of human rights data for projects in a variety of locations including Guatemala, Colombia, and Syria.  Megan is a member of the Technical Advisory Board for the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, on the Board of Directors for Tor, a Research Fellow at the Carnegie Mellon University Center for Human Rights Science, and she is the Human Rights Editor for the Statistical Journal of the International Association for Official Statistics (IAOS). She earned her doctorate in biostatistics and a Certificate in Human Rights from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. She also holds a master of science degree and bachelor of science degree in Statistics from Case Western Reserve University.