A Conversation with Dr. Sam Wang
SB&F editor, Heather Malcomson, talks with Dr. Wang about his SB&F Prize winning science book Welcome to Your Brain: Why You Lose Your Car Keys But Never Forget How to Drive and Other Puzzles of Everyday Life.
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About the author
Sam Wang is an associate professor at Princeton University in the Department of Molecular Biology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute. He graduated with honor in physics from the California Institute of Technology and holds a doctorate in neuroscience from Stanford University School of Medicine. His career includes research at Duke University Medical Center and at Bell Labs Lucent Technologies. He has also done science and education policy work for the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources. He has published fifty scientific articles on brain function. He is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award and is an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow and a W.M. Keck Foundation Distinguished Young Scholar. In addition to his research, in 2004 he developed a new method for understanding presidential election polls using statistical meta-analysis that has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and other national media. He is co-author of Welcome To Your Brain, which has been published in the US and UK, and 17 planned translations. He and his family live in Princeton, New Jersey.