Civics, Smartphones and Score Reports

March 25, 12:00pm to 1:15pm
N113 Furcolo

Hear from Dr. Howard Wainer, Principal Research Scientist, Emeritus, Educational Testing Service; and Distinguished Research Scientist, Emeritus, National Board of Medical Examiners.

Effective communication requires the same qualities as does being an effective citizen. In this talk we will explore how to improve different kinds of written communications, ranging over score reports for mental tests, health reports from medical tests, and the outcomes of other deliberative processes. These will be illustrated with some very fine examples and some that are considerably less so.

About Dr. Howard Wainer

Dr. Wainer received his Ph. D. from Princeton University in 1968. His work experience includes serving on the faculty of the University of Chicago, working at the Bureau of Social Science Research during the Carter Administration, 21 years as Principal Research Scientist in the Research Statistics Group at Educational Testing Service, and 15 years as the Distinguished Research Scientist at the National Board of Medical Examiners. Dr. Wainer has a long-standing interest in the use of graphical methods for data analysis and communication, robust statistical methodology, and the development and application of generalizations of item response theory. His work on testlet response theory has combined all three. His latest book is Truth or Truthiness: Distinguishing Fact from Fiction by Learning to Think like a Data Scientist, that was published by Cambridge University Press in 2016 and was named “top 6 books of 2016 by the Financial Times of London. He is currently writing a history of statistical graphics in collaboration with Michael Friendly. It is tentatively entitled A Gleam in the Mind's Eye: Visual Discovery and the Rise of Data Visualization and is scheduled to be published by Harvard University Press in April of 2020.

Dr. Wainer was elected a Fellow in the American Statistical Association in 1985 and a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association in 2009. He was awarded the Educational Testing Service's Senior Scientist Award in 1990 and selected for the Lady Davis Prize and was named the Schonbrun Visiting Professor at the Hebrew University in 1992. He received the 2006 National Council on Measurement in Education Award for Scientific Contribution to a Field of Educational Measurement for his development of Testlet Response Theory and given NCME’s career achievement award in 2007, and he received the Samuel J. Messick Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award from Division 5 of the American Psychological Association in 2009, the Career Achievement Award from the Psychometric Society in 2013, and the ACT/AERA E. F. Lindquist Award for Outstanding Research in Testing & Measurement, 2015. He was included in Who’s Who in America, 2009 through 2017, as well as Who’s Who in the World in 2010 through 2017.  Since 1990 he has written a popular column on data visualization in the statistics magazine Chance.  He also swam the English Channel.