Organization: IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute
Personal Biography: Dr. Alyson Wilson is a Research Staff Member at the Science and Technology Policy Institute of the Institute for Defense Analyses in Washington, DC. Before moving to STPI, she was an Associate Professor in the Department of Statistics at Iowa State University, a Scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and a senior operations research analyst working in support of the U.S. Army. She also spent two years performing biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health. Her research interests include reliability and information combination in scientific problems.
Lecture Topic: “Statistics and Big Science”
Statistical methods are used to find patterns in complex data and enable researchers to get the most out of their experiments. Dr. Wilson will use examples from her work in science policy and defense to show how statistics contributes to making complex, real-world decisions.
Directed Study Topic: Statistics and Science Policy
Science and technology policy considers issues that affect the conduct of the science and research enterprise. These issue span a huge range from technological innovation supporting commercial product development, to environmental monitoring, to defense and national security, to research funding. In this directed study, we will consider case studies focused on how to bring evidence to bear on science policy questions and try to understand how “science supports policy” and how “policy supports science.”