Professor Liberty Vittert has been a go-to statistical expert for a number of educational establishments around the world including as the Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, the Mitchell Lecturer at the University of Glasgow, Visiting Assisting Professor of Washington University, Visiting Scholar and Lecturer at Harvard University, Professor of the Practice of Data Science at the Olin Business School and is the Feature Editor and Associate Editor for The Harvard Data Science Review at Harvard University.
Professor Liberty Vittert graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2010 with a degree in mathematics and a concentration of political science with the Russian language from Harvard. She then went on to complete a PhD in mathematics and statistics at the University of Glasgow, after which she was offered the role of their Mitchell Lecturer. Her team at the University have been credited with working on a project aiming to revolutionise the care of children with facial deformities in developing countries. This comes from her interest in relating statistics to real-life situations.
She has significant experience in explaining issues concerning mathematics, statistics, polling and voting techniques, and the topic of ‘big data’ to the media, public and government. Her work also includes issues of involving and energising young people in STEM subjects.
In 2015, Professor Liberty Vittert joined the board of USA for the United Nationals High Commissioner for Refugees with the aim of using data for good. Through this role, she gives talks at conferences around the world. She also serves on the board of UNHCR’s Project Hive, and in 2020 was appointed to the International Advisory Council of the United Nations Migration Agency. She is an Ambassador for the Royal Statistical Society, a named BBC Expert Woman in mathematics and is an Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute.
Liberty is a regular TV and Radio contributor to many news organizations as well as having her own TV series on UK television. She is the resident on-air statistician for NewsNation an opinion editorial contributor for the Fox News Channel, and her pieces have been featured in Popular Science, US News, Newsweek, Business Insider, International Business Times, CBS News, MarketWatch, Boston Globe, and The Conversation. She has a weekly column on Fox Business titled “A Statistician’s Guide to Life”.
Professor Liberty Vittert STEM Big Data Keynote Speaker
She is also a regular guest speaker at corporate events and has presented a TEDx Talk titled How to Win the Lottery and Get Away with Murder. The talk explained why statistics is becoming such an important topic, and how we can use statistics to our advantage, from criminal trials to winning the lottery to deciding if loud noises will cause you to develop dementia.
She is in the process of writing a series of science books on how to lie and how to stop lies with numbers from the viewpoint of multiple professions including health, science, technology, marketing, business and law.
Using real-life examples, she teaches specific tools to understand what questions we should be asking of data in order to spot the lies. Liberty has spoken at a number of events around the world from England and Scotland to the US and Malaysia, from Greece and Canada to Ireland and Morocco.
Professor Liberty Vittert Speaking Clients
Clients: the European Research Consortium of Informatics and Mathematics, Women in Data: Science Conference, World Statistics Conference, International Air Transport Association, Data Fest, Citywire, DigitalDNA Conference, Royal Statistical Society Young Researcher’s Symposium, Edinburgh Science Festival, UK National Audit Office, Low Moss Prison, Advice Direct Scotland, Glasgow Science Festival.
As well as mathematics and statistics, Liberty’s other great love is food. In between her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, she moved to Paris for a year and enrolled at Le Cordon Bleu cookery school. She is now a regular guest chef on STV’s Live at Five (2016-2018) and has her own cookery show on local STV channels titled Liberty’s Great American Cookbook (2016).
See Liberty’s cooking showreel below: