The SciCom Interviews

  • March 28, 2011David Clayton: Photo by Brian Stauffer

    David Clayton, neurobiologist

    By observing the mental machinations behind bird songs, this fan of zebra finches has found important clues about our own brains

  • March 28, 2011Iain Couzin: Photo by Nyrie Palmer

    Iain Couzin, behavioral biologist

    Swarms are second nature to this innovator, who uses gaming technology and computer models to reveal how animals form groups.

  • March 28, 2011Benjamin Greenberg: Photo courtesy of Butler Hospital

    Benjamin Greenberg, psychiatrist

    A bold clinician believes tiny electrical devices implanted deep in the brain will help patients with extreme compulsive disorders

  • March 28, 2011Nidhal Guessoum: Photo courtesy of Nidhal Guessoum

    Nidhal Guessoum, astrophysicist

    An Islamic scholar is giving serious thought to something his colleagues typically ignore: the possibility of life on other planets

  • March 28, 2011Allen Mills: Photo courtesy of UC Riverside Department of Physics & Astronomy

    Allen Mills, physicist

    An atomic manipulator dreams of harnessing antimatter to probe the properties of materials and create powerful new gamma ray lasers

  • March 28, 2011Peter Narins in Gobabeb, Namibia. Photo by ER Lewis

    Peter Narins, animal physiologist

    Does the adorable golden mole hold the secret to ultrasensitive vibration detectors? This world-traveling neurobiologist thinks it does

  • March 28, 2011Alan Newell: Photo by Jennifer Garcia, University of Arizona

    Alan Newell, mathematician

    From flowers to fingerprints, an intricate spiral motif often arises in nature—a pattern that endlessly fascinates this researcher

  • March 28, 2011Pedro Sanchez: Photo courtesy of Pedro Sanchez

    Pedro Sanchez, soil scientist

    Fixing nutrient-poor soils can lift African countries out of poverty and gender inequality, says this Green Revolution pioneer

  • March 28, 2011Scott White: Photo courtesy of Scott White

    Scott White, materials engineer

    A laboratory entrepreneur wants to improve lithium-ion batteries by helping them heal their own defects before they explode

  • March 28, 2011Photo courtesy of Christopher Yang

    Christopher Yang, transportation engineer

    A young engineer explains why emissions from our beloved cars threaten California’s future—and what we can do about it