IN DEPTH INTERVIEWS WITH SCIENTIST AUTHORS
Dr. J.J. Brown’s passion is to increase the public appetite for science, in simple language everyone can enjoy. On ScienceFirst she hosts fascinating guests who have had a breakthrough with success - scientist authors, scientist artists. They discuss life, art, and what science means to them in work and play.
Joseph LeDoux - Scientist, Author, Musician (ScienceFirst interview with host J.J.Brown)
Joseph LeDoux is the Henry and Lucy Moses Professor of Science at NYU in the Center for Neural Science, and he directs the Emotional Brain Institute of NYU and the Nathan Kline Institute. His work is focused on the brain mechanisms of memory and emotion. He is the author of The Emotional Brain and Synaptic Self. LeDoux has received a number of awards including the Karl Spencer Lashley Award from the American Philosophical Society and the Fyssen International Prize in Cognitive Science. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the New York Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. LeDoux is also lead singer and songwriter in the rock band, The Amygdaloids.
Sandra Steingraber - Ecologist, Author (ScienceFirst interview with host J.J.Brown)
Ecologist, author Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D. is a recipient of the 17th annual Heinz Award and the Rachel Carson Leadership Award. She has lectured before the parliament of the European Union, at various medical conferences, and on college campuses. A scholar in residence at New York’s Ithaca College, her books include Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis, Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment, and Having Faith: An Ecologist’s Journey to Motherhood. She and her husband, Jeff, have two children—Elijah and Faith, ages eleven and fourteen.
Sharon Buchbinder - Healthcare Researcher, Novelist (ScienceFirst interview with host J.J.Brown)
After working in health care delivery for years, Sharon Buchbinder became an association executive, a health care researcher, and an academic in higher education. She had it all - a terrific, supportive husband, an amazing son and a wonderful job. But that itch to write (some call it an obsession) kept beckoning her to "come on back" to writing fiction. Thanks to the kindness of family, friends, critique partners, and beta readers, she is now an award-winning author published in mystery, horror, science fiction, as well as contemporary, erotic, paranormal and romantic suspense. When the author of Some Other Child is not attempting to make students, colleagues, and babies laugh, she can be found herding cats, waiting on a large gray dog, fishing, dining with good friends, or writing.
Seth Horowitz - Neuroscientist, Author (ScienceFirst interview with host J.J.Brown)
Seth S. Horowitz is a neuroscientist with a Masters in psychology and Ph.D. in neuroscience from Brown University. As a former professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Brown University, he has worked and published in comparative and human hearing, balance, sensory integration and sleep research. As Chief Neuroscientist at NeuroPop, Inc., he has applied his basic research skills to real world applications and works with The Engine Institute, a Rhode Island nonprofit dedicated to exploring the intersection of STEM and the arts on educational science outreach. His book The Universal Sense: How Hearing Shapes the Mind published by Bloomsbury was released in September 2012 and has received critical acclaim from both professional and public reviewers. He is married to artist China Blue and lives in Warwick, RI.
Samuel Peralta - Physicist, Poet (ScienceFirst interview with host J.J.Brown)
Samuel Peralta, also known as Semaphore, has won awards for his poetry worldwide, including a Palanca Award, and recognition from the BBC, the UK Poetry Society, and the League of Canadian Poets. He was awarded an Innovative Technology Achievement Award from the Digital Literature Institute for ebook software development. As @Semaphore he topped voting for the Best Poetry on Twitter; his ebooks in “The Semaphore Collection” were all Amazon bestsellers in poetry, and have listed in the GoodReads List of Great Small Press Books & Chapbooks. His poems have appeared in Existere, The Malahat Review, Metazen, MiPOesias, OCHO, Seedpod, Undercurrents, and other journals and anthologies.
Gary Marcus - Scientist, Author (ScienceFirst interview with host J.J.Brown)
"Jimi Hendrix meets Oliver Sacks" - www.VeryShortList.com says about scientist, author Gary Marcus and his new book Guitar Zero on learning to play guitar as an adult. Gary Marcus is an award-winning professor of psychology and director of the NYU Center for Language And Music (CLAM), where he studies evolution, language, and cognitive development. He has written four books about the origins and development of mind and brain, including the New York Times Bestseller Guitar Zero, and Kluge: The Haphazard Evolution of The Human Mind, which was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. He is also the editor of the The Norton Psychology Reader and the author of numerous science publications in leading journals, such as Science, and Nature. His essays have appeared in forums such as Wired, Discover, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. Most recently, he has been writing blogs on neuroscience, psychology and artificial intelligence for The New Yorker.