Archive for December 2011

Journalist Thea Singer has written about health and science for more than three decades. She has also been a dance critic since 1985, and is fascinated by that place where art, science, and human interest meet. She’s a contributor to Scientific American, More, O (the Oprah Magazine), Natural Health, Body + Soul, and, and her byline has also appeared in newspapers such as theWashington Post, the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, and The Nation. She’s been a Publisher in Residence at Emerson College and a Fellow at the American Dance Festival Critics’ Conference. She continues to teach at MIT, where she’s an instructor in the Writing Across the Curriculum Program.

Thea grew up in Fanwood and then Westfield, N.J. She graduated from Northwestern University, in Evanston, Ill., with a degree in English literature, and went on to do premed studies while working full-time as an editor at The Boston Phoenix, where she launched her writing career, covering dance and science. Before becoming a full-time writer, she was a modern dancer with several Boston-based companies, and an editor at the Radcliffe Quarterly, Partisan Review, Boston magazine, Inc. magazine, and the New York Times Syndicate. She currently lives in Brookline, Massachusetts with her husband, Henry Santoro, daughter, Sophie Rose, and Tibetan terrier, Pretzel.

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John Sharp, M.D. is a psychiatrist and neuropsychiatrist specializing in the integrated psychotherapy and psycho-pharmacologic treatment of attention deficit, mood, and anxiety disorders in adolescents and adults. He maintains an active private practice in Boston and Los Angeles. Dr. Sharp is a member of the medical staff at the Beth-Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He is on Faculty at Harvard Medical School and the David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles.

Dr. Sharp is renowned nationally for translating and synthesizing complex scientific data into individualized, evidence-based messages. He writes and lectures widely on his specialty and serves as an expert regarding professional competence and the standard of psychiatric care. He is the author of The Emotional Calendar, a book published in 2011 by Times Books, an imprint of Henry Holt & Company. At once scientific and prescriptive, The Emotional Calendar provides wise counsel in recognizing and successfully managing traditional responses to emotional triggers embedded throughout the seasons of the year.

Dr. Sharp has been recognized as a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and The Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine. He is a recipient of the A.P.A.’s Nancy C.A. Roeske Award fo Excellence in Medical Education. He is a standing Member of the Examining Committee of The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc

Dr. Kedar N. Prasad, author of  Fighting Cancer with Vitamins and Antioxidants,  obtained a Master’s degree in Zoology from the University of Bihar in India, and a Ph.D. degree in Radiation Biology from the University of Iowa, Iowa City. He then went to Brookhaven National Laboratory for Post-doctoral training. Dr. Prasad Joined the Department of Radiology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center where he became Professor in 1980. Later, he was appointed as the Director for the Center for Vitamins and Cancer Research. He has published over 200 papers in peer-reviewed journals including Nature, Science, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). He has written several book chapters and abstracts as well as authored or edited 18 books on radiobiology, radiation protection and nutrition and cancer. He is a member of several professional organizations, and serves as an ad-hoc member of various Study Sections of the National Institute of Health (NIH). He is a frequently invited speaker at National and International meetings on nutrition and cancer. In 1982, he was invited by the Nobel Prize Committee to nominate a candidate for the Nobel Prize in Medicine. He was selected to deliver the 1999 Harold Harper Lecture at the meeting of the American College of Advancement of Medicine. He is a former President of the International Society for Nutrition and Cancer.  Dr. Prasad has consistently obtained NIH grants for his research. His current interests are in the area of radiation protection, nutrition and cancer and nutrition and neurological diseases, particularly Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. Since 2005, he is Chief Scientific Officer of Premier Micronutrient Corporation.

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