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Third Sunday Meeting

  • 05/17/2015
  • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Pellissippi State Community College - Cafeteria Annex
Dr. Charles Omarzu of RET will present a talk on "The Design of Experiments on Living Things" The design of experiments on living things has a wide range of applications - from education to psychology and sociology, and to bio-medical research. The core principles of these designs can be explained in a non-technical way so that they are understandable to a broad audience. This should allow interested parties to critically evaluate research findings and claims made for the value of various treatments and equipment. For this presentation, an interactive approach will be used to help the audience reason its way through testing for various threats to the validity of the experiment. An attempt will be made to provide easy and interesting examples as well as some useful background information. The goal will be to reach the "gold standard" of such designs, which is used, for example, by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) as its protocol for testing. Some information may also be presented on claims which have yet to meet this standard.

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