Monday, May 31, 2010
Emily Schaller (Hubble Postdoctoral Fellow, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona, Ph.D. Planetary Science: Caltech, 2008) is in love with Titan Meteorology, Surfaces of Kuiper Belt Objects, and Figure Skating. [Source of image: Discover Magazine]
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Rebecca Skloot is a science writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine and Discover. She specializes in narrative science writing and has explored a wide range of topics, including goldfish surgery, tissue ownership rights, and the perils of packs of wild dogs in Manhattan. She is also a contributing editor at Popular Science magazine. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, instantly became a New York Times best-seller. Visit her website.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
"Daniela Schiller served in the Israeli army, but it was not until she went parachuting during college that she truly understood the power of fear. Now she is building on that epiphany as a postdoc at New York University, studying memory and fear."
She plays drums in a rock band called The Amygdaloids.
For more info, see the Discover Magazine article. Photo by Ethan Hill.
Saturday, November 07, 2009
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Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Elif Erdine Baskin
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Marissa Ann Mayer
Marissa Ann Mayer is the Vice President of Search Product and User Experience at the search engine company Google. Vogue magazine calls her "the 34-year-old megamillionaire, Oscar de la Renta–obsessed, computer-programming Google executive who lives in a penthouse atop the Four Seasons, San Francisco." She received her B.S. in Symbolic systems, graduating with honors, and M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
She is currently the co-creator and host of EPIC FU, a popular Streamy and Webby award-winning web series about internet culture, as well as co-founder of Pixelodeon, an annual screening festival recognizing innovation in global online video.
Though filming, writing, and directing are Zadi’s main focus, she also speaks on panels and teaches people around the world about social movement media and media literacy.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Mary Roach is an American science writer. She has published three books: Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers (2003), Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife (2005) and Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex (2008). She began her writing career at the San Francisco Zoological Society, producing press releases on such topics as elephant wart surgery. (Source: Wikipedia)
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Martin Gardner is one of my greatest heroes. He is a popular American mathematics and science writer specializing in recreational mathematics. His mind roams far and wide. Learn more about him here, here, and here.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Jane F. Kotapish
Friday, October 03, 2008
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Friday, May 16, 2008
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Nina Hachigian is a Senior Vice President and Director for California at American Progress. Based in Los Angeles, she is the co-author of The Next American Century: How the U.S. Can Thrive as Other Powers Rise. Earlier, Hachigian was a Senior Political Scientist at RAND Corporation and, for four years, the director of the RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy. Watch the video.
Friday, March 07, 2008
A. M. Homes
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Sunday, January 06, 2008
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Learn how the Shannon experiences in a lab, a lecture hall, and a slaughterhouse led to "The Three-Pound Enigma".
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Shelley Batts is a Neuroscience PhD candidate at the University of Michigan. She studies hair cell regeneration in the cochlea, and is just embarking on that quixotic quest called 'thesis.' She lies awake at night pondering how science intersects with politics, culture, policy, money, medicine, and religion in an attempt to be more than just a niche scientist sitting in the oh-so-lovely ivory tower. She writes: "Follow me and my parrot on the quest to get funded, get a PhD, and stay sane." Her blog is Retrospectacle. She also has a Wikipedia entry.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Sixteen years of Catholic school gave Karen Abbott an encyclopedic memory (thanks to daily oral catechism quizzes) and an interest in all things Magdalene. She wrote "Sin in the Second City."
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Tara C. Smith
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Jenna is the author of several books, including a few cool books for writers, Celine Dion's authorized biography, a couple of children's picture books, and adult nonfiction books on topics ranging from fertility to bullying. She is often a secret ghostwriter. She also write for many magazines and is a contributing editor at Writer's Digest.
Saturday, July 07, 2007
Thursday, June 07, 2007
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Thursday, April 12, 2007
Danielle Anne Trusson graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison summa cum laude with a BA in History and English (1996) and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she received a MFA in Fiction Writing (2002). Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Telegraph Magazine, The New York Times Book Review and Tin House, among other publications. Now she spends her time in the US and Bulgaria. Her most famous book is "Falling Through the Earth."
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Rex Pickett reviewed Tish's latest book: "Jack Madigan is the 36-year-old son of an Ozzy Osborne-like rocker who died a surreal death onstage involving a recalcitrant reptile. Jack has awakened from the rubble of a life on the road in a shambling mess of a four-storey Boston town house, bequeathed to him by his father ... with an acute, and apparently incurable, case of agoraphobia. But the money is running out, and the town house has grown decrepit from neglect.... Tish Cohen has written an original portrait of a pathetic man that is at times sardonically comic and humanly poignant. ... Cohen's Jack Madigan is a three-dimensional, albeit anomalous, lost soul of our modern, twisted, fractured society."
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Jennifer Ouellette is a former English major turned science writer, through serendipitous accident. She has written extensively for the science trade press, and, increasingly, for the general public in such venues as Discover, New Scientist, and Salon. She's covered the acoustics of Mayan pyramids and NYC subways, the physics of foam, optics and art, and the precarious pitfalls of pseudoscience, among other colorful topics.
She is the author of: Black Bodies and Quantum Cats: Tales from the Annals of Physics (2006) and The Physics of the Buffyverse (2007).Interests: Writing, reading, jujitsu, funky museums, biking, movies and DVDs, cooking, travel, crossword puzzles, Jackie Chan movies, theater, my iPod, John Donne's poetry, gothic horror, Edward Gorey, Emily the Strange, tarot cards, history, mythology, fairy tales, science, NUMBERS, HOUSE, FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST, all things BUFFY, and THE X-FILES. Her hot blog is here.
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Ranya Idliby grew up with a foot in the East Dubai and a foot in the West Mclean, Virginia. She feels that she is living proof that, though East is East and West is West, the twain shall and must meet. Her maiden name, Tabari, derives its roots from Tiberias, a Palestinian town by the Sea of Galilee. At Georgetown University, where she was introduced, to the art of pulling all-nighters, NoDoz, Bazooka gum, and dorm keg parties, she graduated from the School of Foreign Service. She then continued her post-graduate degree at the London School of Economics. Read about her book, The Faith Club, here and here.
Friday, December 08, 2006
Author of "Mathematics and Sex," Dr. Cresswell spent part of her childhood on a Greek island, and was then schooled in the south of France where she was studying Visual Art. At eighteen she simultaneously discovered the joys of Australia and mathematics. Clio studied mathematics at The University of New South Wales and following a stint as an actuary, returned to university to win the University Medal and complete a PhD. More info here.
Saturday, November 11, 2006
Jennifer Ouellette is a former English major turned science writer. She has written extensively for the science trade press, and in Discover magazine and Salon. She's covered the acoustics of Mayan pyramids and NYC subways, the physics of foam, optics and art, and the precarious pitfalls of pseudoscience, among other colorful topics. She is author of two books for the general public: Black Bodies and Quantum Cats: Tales from the Annals of Physics (published in January 2006) and the forthcoming The Physics of the Buffyverse (January 2007), both through Penguin.
Her excellent science blog is Cocktail Party Physics.
Friday, October 13, 2006
Christa Sommerer is an internationally renowned media artist working in the field of interactive computer art. She is Associate Professor at the IAMAS Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences in Gifu, Japan. In 2002 she completed her Ph.D. degree. Sommerer originally studied botany at the University of Vienna and modern sculpture and art education at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna (masters degree). She applies scientific principles such as artificial life, complexity and generative systems to innovative interface designs. Look at some of her wild interactive artwork here and here.
Saturday, September 09, 2006
Harvard-educated Nell Freudenberger is a New Yorker who has taught English in Bangkok and New Delhi. Among her many works, she is the author of The Dissident, in which a Chinese painter is the guest of a dysfunctional family in Beverly Hills.
Nell's favorite piece of cockroach literature is a William Gass story called "Order of Insects." The narrator is a housewife whose fear of water bugs — Periplaneta orientalis — turns into a fascination with their construction; "I...observed the movement of the jaws, the stalks of the antennae, the skull-shaped skull, the lines banding the abdomen, and found an intensity in the posture of the shell, even when tipped, like that in the gaze of Gauguin's natives' eyes. The dark plates glisten. They are wonderfully shaped; even the buttons of the compound eyes show a geometrical precision which prevents my earlier horror. It isn't possible to feel disgust toward such an order. Nevertheless, I reminded myself, a roach...and you a woman."
Monday, August 21, 2006
As a child, actress Danica McKellar played Winnie on the TV show The Wonder Years. Later, she made many appearances on The West Wing. But she's also a mathematician who recently proved her own theorem. She graduated summa cum laude from UCLA with a degree in mathematics. Here is her hot math paper.
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
By Paul Laffoley's account, he spoke his first word ("Constantinople") at the age of six months, and then lapsed into 4 years of silence, having been diagnosed with slight Autism. In 1964, Laffoley began work (and lived) in an eighteen-by-thirty foot utility room, where he has produced much of his art. During a CAT scan of his head in 1992, a piece of metal 3/8 of an inch long was discovered in the occipital lobe of his brain, near the pineal gland.
He has produced an estimated 800 of his immensely detailed canvases. At any given time there are dozens of these works already fully-articulated in his mind, waiting to be painted. Paul currently lives in Boston and is still producing his amazing transdisciplinary art.
Friday, June 16, 2006
Maria Manakova (b. 1974) is a phenomenal hyper-genius and Grandmaster of chess, born in Serbia. She is the only woman chess grandmaster ever to pose completely nude for a men's magazine! In a recent interview she spoke frankly about sex and chess. Another article appears in the Times (UK). A secret photo of her can be found here, at the Russian Blitz tournament.
Saturday, May 27, 2006
Katrina Firlik is a brain surgeon. She says: "People think of neurosurgery as something highly intellectual. They use phrases like 'it doesn't take a brain surgeon.' Of course, you have to be smart and make quick decisions, but, in part, a neurosurgeon is a kind of mechanic. We cut heads open, we use drills..... The pattern of blood vessels at the base of the brain is so weird, it's like a stange creature." Her latest book is: Another Day in the Frontal Lobe A Brain Surgeon Exposes Life on the Inside. She also draws weird things.
Saturday, May 06, 2006
Physicist Marta Gonzalez studies the physics of friendship. By comparing people to mobile particles randomly bouncing off one another, she develops models for social networks. One of her papers is "Model of mobile agents for sexual interactions networks." You can learn more about Marta here. Click here for a secret photo of Marta.
Sunday, April 16, 2006
Claire Berlinski received her doctorate in International Relations from Balliol College at Oxford University. She has since lived and worked in Britain, Thailand, Laos, France, and Turkey as a journalist, academic, consultant and freelance writer. Her latest book Menace in Europe explores the mystery and ekpyrotic future of this surreal yet important continent. We’ve often thought of Europe as the charming continent of windmills and gondolas. But lately, Europe has become the continent of endless strikes and demonstrations, bombings, radical Islamic cells in every city, and murders for speaking frankly about Islamic immigration. This isn’t the Europe we thought we knew. What’s going on over there? (A secret photo of Dr. Berlinski can be found here.)