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Amherst natives write book to help consumers navigate misleading data

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Amherst native and writer Mike Gluck has co-authored a new book, “Everydata: The Misinformation Hidden in the Little Data You Consume Every Day” that teaches consumers to become effective, discerning consumers by explaining how to correctly interpret all the small bytes of data encountered throughout the day (the “everydata”).

The book was released by bibliomotion, inc in April and co-authored by leading economist and statistician, John H. Johnson, Ph.D., also an Amherst native.

Both Mike Gluck and Johnson are 1991 graduates of Amherst High School. Gluck is president of Amherst-based Gluckworks. Johnson, a resident of McLean, Va., is president/chief executive officer of Edgeworth Economics in Washington, D.C.

“Basically, this book teaches readers how to correctly read and interpret data to make smarter decisions about everything, from business to politics to parenting and more,” says Gluck.

In the Williamsville School District, three teachers retiring this year from Casey Middle School will never forget their retirement party.

They were called to the front of the room, and then a video started playing. The sendoff video from their colleagues included family members and friends, including a pastor and a chiropractor.

The video also pays homage to Justin Timberlake’s video, “Can’t Stop the Feeling.”

Led by Math specialist and resident videographer Harry O’Malley, family and friends got together secretly over the past month to film the tribute at various locations, including under the Skyway.

“We really wanted it to be really personal and family-oriented,” O’Malley said of the video, which was shot with an iPhone 6. “We wanted to go to their place of work and get intimate.”

After playing at the retirement party last week for technology teacher Russell C. Christopher, Guidance Counselor Mary Jane Szydlowski and Math Teacher Marlana K Rice, the video is well on its way, and has been seen more than 50,000 times.

This week:

• Nancy Campbell-Heider, a professor at the University at Buffalo, will present “Combating the Opioid Epidemic in Young Adults” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Newman Center at UB, 495 Skinnersville Road.

The lecture is part of the UB Newman Center Bridge Lecture Series.