A new book by Judith Horstman (86-87) is set to hit the bookstores in April. Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence says “In The Scientific American Brave New Brain Judith Horstman takes us on a delightful – and hopeful –tour of the near-future of neuroscience and how we can all benefit.” Horstman is also the author of The Scientific American Day in the Life of Your Brain.
The first book by Marcin Jamkowski (09-10) was recently published in Polish. Ghosts of the Abyss of the Baltic Sea: Steuben, Gustloff, Goya is a documentary style investigation of the three largest maritime tragedies of all time – Wilhelm Gustloff (5-9 thousand people lost), Steuben (4.5 thousand) and Goya (6-7 thousand). All three belonged to Nazi Germany and in the last few months of World War II, they were torpedoed by Soviet Russia. Jamkowski interviewed survivors and sailors, dug through Soviet archives, and dived to the shipwrecks to research the book.
Valeria Roman has published her first book for lay people. The book, Darwin 2.0 La teoria de la evolucion en el siglo XXI, was written with the biology researcher Luis Cappozzo and published by Marea Editores. The book is about evolution theory, its updates, and applications. It also reveals the barriers to teach evolution in Argentina, Chile and other Latinoamerican countries. The authors are lecturing at different cities to promote evolution education in 2009.
The World Federation of Science journalists elected a new board at its General Assembly held during the World Conference of Science Journalists in London. Natasha Mitchell (05-06) was elected to the board, and Valeria Roman (04-05) was promoted to vice-president. Congratulations Valeria and Natasha!
Ellen Ruppel Shell (84-85) has a new book out, Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture, in which she uncovers the true cost of buying things cheaply.
Christoph Droesser’s (93-94) new book Hast du Tone? Warum wir alle musikalisch sind (Why we all are musical) has just come out in Germany. The book deals with the latest insights that brain scientists and musicologists have won about music as a deeply rooted ability that (almost) every human has, and that we are neglecting it if we leave music making to the geniuses, prodigies and superstars.