What is MathStatBites?

There is significant interest from early career researchers who want to learn how to write accessible summaries of research for their peers and colleagues who are not experts in a particular area of research, as well as for broader audiences outside the fields of mathematics and statistics. MathStatBites meets this need as a bi-weekly mathematical and statistical literature journal written by early career researchers students in those fields. Our goal is to present one or more interesting papers every other week in a brief format that is accessible to a broad audience of people who are generally interested in research. This educational blog, MathStatBites, provides translations of research into digestible “bites,” and gives early career researchers (ie, graduate students, postdocs, and junior faculty) an opportunity to hone their writing skills.

Why read MathStatBites?

Reading a technical paper from an unfamiliar field can be intimidating, and sometimes even more so in mathematical fields. It may not be obvious how the techniques used by the researchers really work or what role the new research plays in answering the bigger questions motivating that field, not to mention the obscure jargon and techniques! For most people, it takes years for scientific papers to become accessible and meaningful resources.

Our goal is to solve this problem, one paper at a time.

Who supports MathStatBites?

MathStatBites is hosted and supported by the Institute for Mathematical and Statistical Innovation (IMSI). MathStatBites is part of the ScienceBites Galaxy.

Who writes MathStatBites?

MathStatBites is written by a team of early career researchers at universities around the world. We bring a diverse set of research interests and backgrounds to our writing. Please visit the Meet the Authors to learn more about each author.

MathStatBites Leadership Team

Sarah (Sadie) Witkowski, PhD

Sadie is the Director of Communications and Engagement for the Institute for Mathematical and Statistical Innovation (IMSI). She has experience freelancing for Smithsonian Magazine, NPR, and other news outlets. Sadie previously earned her doctorate studying sleep and memory at Northwestern University. You can follow her on twitter at @SadieWit.

Sara Stoudt, PhD
Deputy Editor

Sara is an applied statistician with research interests in ecology and the communication of statistics. Stoudt received her doctorate in statistics from the University of California, Berkeley, and she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Bucknell University. Follow her on Twitter (@sastoudt) and check out her recent book with Deborah Nolan, Communicating with Data: The Art of Writing for Data Science.