30-second bio: Mike Marin
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21 September, 2020
Associate Professor of Teaching
School of Population and Public Health
Year I started working at UBC:
Describe what you do at UBC in 10 words or less :
I teach statistical literacy and methodology
What work achievement are you most proud of?
I’m most proud of all of the statistical education videos I’ve created, and that my YouTube channel where I host them has nearly 100,000 subscribers (youtube.com/marinstatlectures).
What is your favourite quote and why?
“All models are wrong, but some are useful” – George Box (statistician). I love this quote because it reminds me that theory is just an oversimplification of reality that magnifies certain aspects while ignoring others. But, if done well, we can gain a lot from the oversimplification.
What are your hobbies and interests outside of work?
After taking years off from the game, I’m just getting back into golfing. I’m on the fringe of having a single digit handicap. I love the game because it has both a physical and mental aspect to it, and requires a lot of strategy.
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