The SciCom Interviews

  • May 25, 2010Photo courtesy of Finn O'Hara

    Simon Donner, climatologist

    A computer modeler and geographer predicts the future of coral reefs in a changing world, and still manages to get his feet wet

  • May 25, 2010Michael Emerman. Photo courtesy of Michael Emerman

    Michael Emerman, paleovirologist

    The genomic "fossil record" of past viruses holds clues for this biologist to discover why humans succumb to certain modern invaders

  • May 25, 2010James Rodger Fleming. Photo courtesy of James Rodger Fleming / Kennebec Journal

    James Rodger Fleming, meteorological historian

    The history of climate change holds lessons for us, he says, including this: Trying to fix the weather might not be worth the headache

  • May 25, 2010Meg Krawchuk. Photo courtesy of Meg Krawchuk

    Meg Krawchuk, pyrogeographer

    An ecologist explores the history of roaring flames across the globe, and what we can expect as humans set Earth's burner on high

  • May 25, 2010Sara Mednick. Photo courtesy of Sara Mednick

    Sara Mednick, psychologist

    By chronicling our sleep patterns, she claims a nap a day not only keeps the doctor away, but makes us sharper and more creative as well

  • May 25, 2010Claudia Neuhauser. Photo courtesy of Dawn Villella/AP / ©HHMI

    Claudia Neuhauser, mathematical biologist

    An ecological modeler describes how diseases spread, and talks about why biology students need more math in their lives

  • May 25, 2010Photo courtesy of John Rummel

    John Rummel, evolutionary ecologist

    He protected Earth from alien microbes, and he knows why we should thank the Russians for NASA's mission to find life on Mars

  • May 25, 2010Steffanie Strathdee. Photo courtesy of Steffanie Strathdee

    Steffanie Strathdee, public health researcher

    A Canadian works with drug users and sex workers along the U.S.-Mexico border to fight epidemics of HIV and tuberculosis

  • May 25, 2010Jay Vavra. Photo courtesy of Steve Pye

    Jay Vavra, high school educator

    An extreme science teacher explains how to promote science literacy through project-based learning in one's backyard, and beyond

  • May 25, 2010Photo courtesy of Emory University

    David Wright, neuroscientist

    In three decades, every drug trial to treat traumatic brain injury has failed. This researcher thinks sex hormones may buck that trend