Mathematician lectures on fake news and bad statistics

Lauren BaucomMathematician Lauren Baucom will give a "Fake News and Bad Stats: What Can We Trust?" lecture in Watson Hall at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 5. She is part of the High School Academic Program's Social Justice Lecture Series. The lecture will be in-person and via Zoom. High School math students are prioritized for the in-person audience.

Baucom is a doctoral student and graduate research assistant at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. A former high school mathematics teacher of 11 years, Baucom has devoted her time to teaching students from both rural and urban areas, and her research primarily focuses on disrupting power structures in the educational system by seeking justice for students and teachers of marginalized populations in the content area of mathematics and statistics.

Baucom has been honored for her outstanding mathematics teaching: a recipient of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching for the state of North Carolina in 2015, the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM) Outstanding Secondary Mathematics Teacher in Wake and Union Counties, and the Wake County Teacher of the Year in 2013. Baucom hopes to continue her passion for mathematics education as she focuses her research on attending to students’ and teachers’ identities through the learning of critical statistical literacy.

The High School Academics Program partnered with the arts schools to launch the Social Justice Guest Speaker Series and welcomed visual artist Endia Beal as its first speaker in October 2020. Read more about the High School Academic Program equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) initiatives.

Upcoming Social Justice Lecture Series

Eugenia Cheng, author, mathematician and musician, will present at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 15 in Eisenberg Social Hall for in-person audience participation. Cheng will join via Zoom.

Steven Banks, professor, performer and UNCSA high school alumnus, will present at 7 p.m. Monday, April 26. Banks will join via Zoom. Location for in-person audience participation to be determined.

Contact Kim Stiller for the Zoom link or recordings will be available upon requests.

Contact: Martin Ferrell

April 1, 2021

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