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Ian McCammon speaking in Port Angeles 1/14
« on: 01/06/17, 09:30 AM »

Hey All - Enjoy an evening with avalanche researcher Ian McCammon, PhD. He will be presenting information on heuristic traps in recreational avalanche accidents. The talk will be Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 7pm at the Red Lion Hotel in Port Angeles. There is a suggested $10 donation.

Mr. McCammon has worked as an engineer in a variety of fields, and holds degrees in physics, materials science, and mechanical engineering. He has also guided and taught as a field instructor in mountaineering, winter and whitewater expedition settings. His avalanche research has focused on safety education, fracture mechanics, and the human factor. He has collaborated with international researchers and is the author of two avalanche books. 

For further info on Ian and what he is up to check out

This should be a REALLY good talk so tell all of your friends.
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Re: Ian McCammon speaking in Port Angeles 1/14
« Reply #1 on: 01/08/17, 09:28 AM »

Sounds like the best way to spend 10 dollars, wish it wasn't a big road trip for us eastsiders.

While he found significant statisical results on his heuristic research, and well worth reading that paper, it is important to note that his research was a correlational study.

In other words, he indentified relationships between variables. However, these types of studies do not establish cause and effect.

When i read his paper, i consided that it contained an inherent bias, ie, he excluded commercial guide near miss accidents from his study (if i remember correctly and not just reflecting my own bias), so i would question his study sample.

At the time that i read his work, i did not know that he worked as a guide. Is this a correlation that would contribute bias to a study on recreational back country skiers?   

These are questions I'd like to ask him to further my understanding.

But don't get me wrong, i think his is important work and provides a good framework model and insight into human behavior.

My hope is that his talk is filmed and free to view on youtube.

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