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Eating PCBs from Lake Ontario - Is There an Effect or Not?
A News Release Case
This case is based on an actual news release reporting on research about the effects of eating Lake Ontario fish contaminated with PCBs. Developed to teach students about statistical analysis and experimental design, the case has been used in a senior-level biostatistics course as well as part of a one-week survey of statistics for a biological methods course. It could also be used in an ecology or environmental science course or as a component of a course examining how the media reports science.
|Keywords:||Biostatistics; polychlorinated biphenyl; PCBs; experimental design; statistical analysis; news media; Lake Ontario; Great Lakes|
|Topical Area:||Scientific argumentation, Scientific method, Science and the media|
|Educational Level:||Undergraduate lower division , Undergraduate upper division|
|Subject Headings:||Statistics Epidemiology Public Health Ecology Environmental Science Journalism|
|Copyright:||Copyright held by the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Please see our usage guidelines, which outline our policy concerning permissible reproduction of this work.|
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