Meet a Statistician: This Week’s Facebook Live Host is Claire McKay Bowen

Throughout the month of April, we’ve been celebrating Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month (MASAM) with a weekly Facebook Live Q&A spotlighting real statisticians. So far, our chats have featured quantitative sociologist Dr. Sam Echevarria, methodologist Rob Santos, and retired professor and K-12 statistics ambassador Chris Franklin.

Statisticians work in any field that requires collecting and analysis of data, including education, marketing, sports, healthcare, and many more. This Q&A series lets statisticians tell you themselves about all the different paths you can pursue with a career in statistics.

This week’s guest is Claire McKay Bowen, Lead Data Scientist, Privacy and Data Security for Urban Institute. Join her this Thursday at 2pm ET as she shares about her career in data privacy, the importance of women in statistics and other STEM fields, and how statistics can support personal passions like fitness (she has completed a full Ironman!).

claire mckay bowenClaire McKay Bowen is the lead data scientist for privacy and data security at the Urban Institute. She develops and researches algorithms that create synthetic versions of confidential data, such as income tax return data, and assesses the quality and privacy guarantee of the generated synthetic data.

Bowen obtained her honors BS in mathematics and physics from Idaho State University before receiving her MS and PhD in statistics at the University of Notre Dame. Before her current position, Bowen worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, where she investigated cosmic ray effects on supercomputers and developed functional data analysis techniques for iterative design problems. Bowen is a past National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow (NSF GRF) and maintains one of the top NSF GRF advice websites for potential applicants, reaching hundreds of students every year.

What are you doing to celebrate Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month? Tell us on Twitter by tagging us @ThisIsStats and using #MathStatMonth.


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