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Media Advisory: ABC News Columnist John Allen Paulos Speaks at UAlbany Journalism Lecture Series
"Numbers in the News" topic of Paulos' talk at Science Library

Contact(s):  Catherine Herman (518) 956-8150

ALBANY, N.Y. (February 26, 2007)

ABC columnist John Allen Paulos, mathematics professor at Temple University, will give a lecture on "Numbers in the News: Using Them and Abusing Them." Paulos will discuss how newspapers and other media entities use (and misuse) facts and figures in reporting. Times Union senior editor of investigations Bob Port will serve as respondent. The talk is part of the series Scientists & Journalists: Dialogues for the 21st Century, sponsored by the University at Albany's Journalism Program.


  • John Allen Paulos, ABC columnist and mathematics professor at Temple University
  • Bob Port, senior editor/investigations, Albany Times Union
  • Thomas Bass, professor of English and journalism, College of Arts and Sciences, University at Albany

Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007, 8 p.m.

Standish Room, Science Library, University at Albany uptown campus, 1400 Washington Ave., Albany, NY

John Allen Paulos is the author of the best-selling books Innumeracy and A Mathematician Plays the Stock Market. He has also written scholarly papers on probability, logic and the philosophy of science, as well as book reviews and articles in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Nation, Discover, American Scholar, and London Review of Books.

The University at Albany recently received approval from State University of New York (SUNY) and the State Education Department to begin a 36-credit bachelor's degree program in journalism. Students interested in journalism previously studied the subject as a minor in the English Department, beginning in 1973. The minor still continues. The new undergraduate program offers students four concentrations: public affairs journalism; science, technology, and society; digital and visual media; and general journalism.

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