The Bumblebees are Back, and They’re Bad!

The virtual bumblebees are now available for download under an MIT license. The bees were kinda/sorta always available, but I have clarified the licensing. To celebrate, the Journal of Open Source Software has published a software abstract, “Virtual Bumblebees Artificial Life Simulation.” The Journal of Open Source Software (JOSS) is a great project that aims to be “a developer friendly journal for research software packages.” The overall idea is that research software should occasionally be able to stand alone as the outcome of a research project and in this case, it fit the bees perfectly. So I was quite happy

Cell Phones Still Don’t Cause Cancer

I was recently explaining to someone that cell phones do not cause cancer. Of course, then this study comes out last week saying otherwise. There’s a number of flaws with this study, starting with the fact it is not a study. Ars Technica has a great discussion of its problems here: Study that found cell phones cause cancer in rats is riddled with red flags Late last week, headlines blared that a new $25 million years-long US government study had finally found a clear connection between cellphone radiation and tumors in rats-striking fear in the hearts of gadget lovers worldwide.

Socioeconomic Effects of the National Flood Insurance Program is now available

I am happy to say my book, Socioeconomic Effects of the National Flood Insurance Program, is now for sale. It has actually been available for a few days on SpringerLink. But now you can purchase hardcopies from Amazon and other websites. From the sales copy: This Brief presents a benefit-cost analysis of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) as well as an evaluation of its cumulative socioeconomic effects. Created by Congress in 1968, the NFIP provides flood insurance protection to property owners, in return for local government commitment to sound floodplain management. Since 1994, the NFIP has included a Flood

Review of Meta-Analysis with R in JSS

I have another review in the Journal of Statistical Software on the book Meta-Analysis with R. From the review, Meta-analysis is a set of analytical tools that allows us to collect multiple different results into what can be thought of as a weighted average of the individual studies’ results. The book provides a solid introduction to meta-analysis using R. You can read the whole review at JSS: No Title No Description And purchase the book on Amazon here: Meta-Analysis with R (Use R!) Meta-Analysis with R (Use R!): 9783319214153: Medicine & Health Science Books @

JSM 2016

I received word back from the 2016 Joint Statistical Meetings. As noted back in February, I proposed to JSM a presentation on retrospective social discount rates. This came from my dissertation and you can read more about it there. Yesterday, I got word that my proposal had been accepted for a SPEED presentation. At the speed presentation, I will be talking for 5 minutes. Then I will have an e-poster session later in the day. In addition, I will be chairing a session on behalf of the Section on Statistics and the Environment. The topics for that presentation are: Is

Jimmy Butler is a Communist and Other Cold War Cartoons

I found a pair of old presentations I gave when I was an undergrad. At Maryland, I was in the College Park Scholars Program. For all the obvious reasons, when it came time to select which scholars program I would take, I picked international studies. The Scholars program required 18 credits, including a capstone, making it roughly equivalent to an academic minor, which UMD didn’t have at the time. Scholars was certainly the best part of my Maryland experience. I spent a lot of time in Scholars on Cold War studies. It was 1998-2000, and ten years after after the