2017 NNN Annual Meeting
Barnard College  Nov 17-19

A very-successful conference.  Over 100 registered participants.
Thirty-two sessions on QL/QR/Statistical Literacy topics.

Friday night keynote by Barnard's President: Sian Leah Beilock

Math Anxiety:
 

Sat Keynote: Joel Best, author of Lies, Damned Lies & Statistics, "Questioning Quintiles"

Schedule of Sessions (Sat - Sun)

Abstracts

Welcome to the new NNN website

2017 marks the roll-out of this website: the new home of the National Numeracy Network (NNN).  This website highlights NNN's three primary activities: (1) Organizing annual meetings on numeracy, (2) Sponsoring Numeracy: the #1 peer-reviewed journal focused on Quantitative Literacy, and (3) Coordinating Quantitative Centers at colleges.

Mission: See "About the NNN"

With your support we can improve the level of numeracy in academia, schools and the world at large.

Numeracy News

2017/11/20.  Magic Numbers.  Add your age and the year of your birth.  Is that sum this year (2017) or last year (2016) -- depending on whether or not you've already had your birthday?  Is this sum true for everyone --regardless of their age?  Is it true for any year?  If this is true for any one any year, why?

2017/10/25. Nate Silver video: Journalists need statistical literacy. 

2017/10/22 Beware! Figures Are Often Manipulated by Bruce Wilds.  "In today's world, innumeracy is an even greater danger than illiteracy."   Innumeracy: "An inability to understand the rules of percentages, ratios, statistics and basic math logic."  "we must have a sound and basic understanding of numbers, what they represent, and how to relate to them."

2017/09/18   US Median Income Up -- Maybe.
In 2015, "income" is redefined to include money from retirement accounts.  pdf

2017/09/11   Why Math Is the Best Way to Make Sense of the World.
To improve critical thinking, take more math and science, Rebecca Goldin

2017/08/20  CSU Ends Remedial Classes by Pamela Burden
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Numeracy Questions!!! [Milo Schield]

1)  Eight Men have Half the World's Wealth
     Which is this?  (1) "Half of all the wealth in the world" or (2) the wealth of "half the world" or
         "half the world's population"?  What do your students think? 
          If it is #2, is it (a) "the wealth of the poorer half" or (b) "the wealth of the richer half"?
          If (2a), is it misleading to omit mentioning the "poorer half"?
          Could the richest 8 men have the same wealth as the richest half of the world's population?
 

2) 
US 2014 abortion rate lowest in last 10 years   

Q. Which is this? 
(1) the abortion rate per 1000 women (age 15-44) or
(2) the abortion rate per 100 pregnancies? 
Q. Is it possible that #1 could go down in the US
while #2 could go up during the same time period? 
Q. What would cause or explain #1 going down?
Q. What would cause or explain #2 going up?



Numeracy Paper of the Month: 8/2017

Providing Open-Access Know How for Directors of Quantitative and Mathematics Support Centers by Michael Schuckers, Mary B. O'Neill, and Grace Coulombe.


QL Blog by Eric Gaze - NNN President

https://thinkingquantitatively.wordpress.com/




Quantitative Reasoning & Writing: Bernie Madison


Audio (35minutes)   Bernie's frank overview of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats facing the Quantitative Literacy movement.  This was the plenary talk at the 2011 NNN National Meeting in Asheville, NC, Oct 14-16.  The introduction is by Caren Diefenderfer. 


New Web Home

As of June 2017, NNN has a new home on the web thanks to Marc Isaacson (NNN webmaster) and Milo Schield (NNN VP).   With friendlier access, lower cost, and the same automated membership tracking and billing as before, NNN is in a better position to support its mission and its members.   The NNN thanks Marc and Milo.
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