By the Numbers Discussion Series

The QMC’s new discussion series, titled, “By the Numbers,” promotes healthy discussion among invited experts and audience members with a focus on the “numbers” (quantitative data & findings). Topics will be current and appeal broadly to educators and social science researchers. We strongly encourage attendees to read listed supplemental briefs/attachments for each event. Each discussion will begin with an introduction of the expert(s), a brief presentation (15-20 minutes), followed by 25-35 minutes minutes of a discussion and Q&A period, moderated by the QMC. This approach allows for a deeper discussion and more critical analysis on the topic than the typical speaker series.

Here are our guidelines for engaging in a respectful discussion:
  1. Ask or disagree nicely.
  2. Avoid a raised voice.
  3. Be comfortable to agree to disagree without trying to be the winner.
  4. Avoid strong language and belittling or dismissive comments.
  5. Allow equal opportunity to engage in the discussion.

Information about our Spring 2023 By the Numbers Series is provided below, including registration links. As a brief reminder, all presentations for the Spring 2023 semester will be held virtually via Zoom, and registration will be required for attendees to receive a Zoom link.

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. To request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, or if you have any additional questions, please contact our Associate Director Brian Timm (timm.21). At least two weeks’ advance notice will help us to provide seamless access.

Spring 2023 By the Numbers Events

Friday, January 20, 2023, 12:00pm – 1:00pm: Dr. Brian Kim, The Common App

Title: By the Numbers: Race & College Applications By the Numbers

Please join Dr. Brian Heseung Kim, who is a Senior Data Scientist on the Data, Analytics, and Research team at the Common Application, Inc., for a presentation and discussion of recent findings published by the Common App regarding college applications and race/ethnicity.

Please read the following reports authored by Dr. Kim before attending the event:

Unpacking Applicant Race and Ethnicity, Part I: Trends in the Detailed Backgrounds of Applicants over Time

Unpacking Applicant Race and Ethnicity, Part II: Disparities in Key Indicators of Applicant Readiness and Resources across Detailed Backgrounds


Dr. Brian Kim

Dr. Brian Kim

Brian Heseung Kim, Ph.D., is a Senior Data Scientist on the Data, Analytics, and Research team at The Common Application, Inc., a major postsecondary application platform used throughout the United States. His work currently focuses on analyzing the vast quantities of data submitted through the Common App each year to better understand and then address disparities in the postsecondary application process.

His current projects examine the role of teacher and counselor recommendation letters in higher education admissions (with special focus on systematic differences in the text of letters themselves), racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in access to extracurricular activities and leadership positions at the high-school level, and trends in college readiness and family resources by detailed racial/ethnic subgroups (e.g., disaggregating the broader Asian American subgroup into Chinese, Korean, Cambodian, etc.).

Brian earned his Ph.D. in Quantitative Education Policy Analysis (with a focus on Education Data Science) at the University of Virginia, where he also received his Master’s in Public Policy.

Read more about Brian on his personal website.

Event Registration

Registration has closed for this event. You can view the slides from Dr. Kim’s talk here, and view the By the Numbers recording here. 

Friday, February 10, 2023, 12:00pm – 1:00pm: Dr. Natasha Slesnick & Dr. Tansel Yilmazer, Ohio State University

Title: By the Numbers: Youth Homelessness & Interventions

Please join Dr. Natasha Slesnick, Professor of Human Development and Family Science, & Dr. Tansel Yilmazer, Associate Professor of Consumer Sciences, for a discussion of recent findings regarding youth homelessness and financial interventions.

Please watch the following video below on OSU Star House, as provided by Dr. Natasha Slesnick as part of the presentation:


Dr. Natasha Slesnick

Dr. Natasha Slesnick is a professor of Human Development and Family Science in the Department of Human Sciences, and EHE Associate Dean for Research and Administration. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and her research focuses on intervention development and evaluation with substance using homeless youth and substance using mothers and their children. She has consulted with multiple organizations on the best strategies for intervening in youth homelessness and adolescent substance use. She has been continuously funded by the NIH since 1998 and has written more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and books.

Dr. Tansel Yilmazer

Dr. Tansel Yilmazer is an associate professor of Consumer Sciences in the Department of Human Sciences at Ohio State University. She is an economist specializing in applied microeconomics, health economics and policy. Her recent research is devoted to understanding the economic cost of interventions and the impact of health-related policies on physical and mental health outcomes among vulnerable populations. Dr. Yilmazer received the Emerging Scholar Award from the AAFCS and the ACCI Mid-Career Award. She is the editor of Review of the Economics of the Household and associate editor of Financial Planning Review. Her research has been funded by World Bank, National Institutes of Health, Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, and Social Security Administration.

Read more about our presenters by clicking the link in their names above.


Event Registration

Registration has closed for this event. You can view the By the Numbers recording here.

Friday, March 3, 2023, 12:00pm – 1:00pm: Dr. Kalee Burns, U.S. Census Bureau

Title: By the Numbers: Childhood Poverty By the Numbers

Please join Dr. Kalee Burns, who is an Economist for the U.S. Census, for a discussion of recent findings published by the Census regarding childhood poverty.

Please read the following Census report authored by Dr. Burns before attending the event:

Census Report: Child Poverty Fell to Record Low 5.2% in 2021

View Dr. Burn’s slides from her presentation here.

Dr. Kalee Burns

Dr. Kalee Burns


Dr. Kalee Burns is an economist  at the Poverty Statistics Branch within the Social, Economic, and Housing Statistics Division at the U.S. Census Bureau. Dr. Burns completed her Ph.D.  in Economics at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University.

Dr. Burns has authored and co-authored research articles on the Supplemental Poverty Measure in the U.S., migration constraints and job opportunities, social capital and entrepreneurship, and gentrification and amenities.

Her research interests include Urban and Regional Economics and Labor Economics.

Event Registration

Registration has closed for this event. You can view the recording here.