Anastasi Lecture Series
2023 Anastasi Lecture
When: Thursday October 19, 2023 at 5:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Where: Lincoln Center Campus (McNally Amphitheater in the Gabelli School on 140 West 60th Street) + Online
Speaker: Baruch Fischhoff, Ph.D.
Title: Trying to Make Ourselves Useful
Abstract: Part of society’s return on the investment in our science is the help that we provide in making public policy decisions. The return depends, in part, on the state of our science and our ability to translate it into useful terms. It also depends on policy makers’ interest in what we have to say. After framing the general issues, the talk will describe my experiences in two domains: climate change (beginning in the later Carter Administration) and pandemic disease (beginning with H5N1, in the mid-2000s). The talk will conclude with reflections on what these engagements have done for society and for our science.
Baruch Fischhoff is Howard Heinz University Professor in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy and the Carnegie Mellon Institute for Security and Technology. He is a graduate of Wayne State University (BS, mathematics, psychology; Samuel Komorita, advisor) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (PhD, psychology; Amos Tversky, Daniel Kahneman, advisors). He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine.
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- October 2021 | (Predicting) Replication Outcomes
- October 2019 | The Bayesian Revolution, And Why You Should Care
- November 2018 | Psychology's Renaissance
- October 2017 | Improving Measurement: It's Time to Move Beyond Likert
- October 2016 | Improving Human Forecasts of Geopolitical Events
- September 2015 | Intelligence, Culture, and Society
- October 2014 | It’s Complicated: The Ongoing Saga of Opportunity in America
- October 2013 | Standardized Measurement in Behavioral Science: Blessing or Curse?
- October 2012 | The More Who Die, the Less We Care: The Arithmetic of Compassion
- October 2011 | Some Implications of Expertise Research for Educational Assessment
- November 2010 | Construct Validity Reconsidered: The Paradigm Shift in Educational and Psychological Testing
- October 2009 | How to Detect and Correct the Lies that Data Tell
- December 2008 | A Decision Theoretical Perspective on Psychometrics: Analyzing Test-Taking Behavior
Established in 2008 as part of the activities of the Anastasi Professor for Psychometrics and Quantitative Psychology, the Anastasi Lectures are delivered by leading experts in psychology, educational measurement, industrial and organizational psychology, and quantitative methods.
The Lectures honor Dr. Anastasi’s distinguished career. They showcase recent developments in the areas of measurement, assessment, testing, and quantitative psychology, and highlight their translation into policy and practice. The Lectures provide a unique opportunity to share with the public emerging research directions in psychometrics and measurement, and the critical implications of these developments to various testing (K-12 testing, college, and graduate admissions, personnel and employment) applications and other key policy arenas.
The Lectures take place in the Fall semester on the Lincoln Center Campus of Fordham University, and are open to faculty, students, and the general public.