Awe; Big Data – Apr 22

Wonderfest Science Envoys are early-career researchers with special communication skills and aspirations. Following short talks on provocative modern science topics, these two Science Envoys will answer questions with insight and enthusiasm:

• UC Berkeley psychologist Rebecca Corona on The Many Faces of Awe — Awe is unlike any other emotion. It possesses the power to grab us, shake us, and change the way we see the universe. Psychological research in national forests and during the COVID-19 pandemic helps us to plumb the depths — and the many aspects — of awe. 

• UC Berkeley statistician Stephen Bates on Being Honest with Big Data — Huge datasets now touch every part of our lives, and this explosion of information allows scientists to ask (and answer!) more questions than ever. But the more questions we ask, the more easily we fall prey to the "cherry-picking" fallacy. New ideas from statistics allow scientists to make honest assessments of the evidence in big data.

WHAT: Ask a Science Envoy: Awe & Big Data
WHO: Rebecca Corona (UC Berkeley) & Stephen Bates (UC Berkeley), Wonderfest Science Envoys
WHERE: ONLINE via Zoom, with this link: []
WHEN: 2021-04-22 — 8pm PDT, Thu, Apr 22 (1 hour)

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