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  One of the nicest things I've learned is that it's possible to bring fresh perspectives to fascinating subjects by
applying knowledge from many different disciplines. I think it's as important to use the latest breakthroughs
from science as it is to use real world insights.

I've gotten my real world insights by working in lots of different places and doing very different things:
serving as a Russian translator on Soviet trawlers up in the Bering Sea, teaching in China, going from
US Army private to Regular Army Captain, and working as a radio operator at the South Pole Station in
the Antarctic. (I met my husband there—I had to go to the end of the earth to meet that man!)

I'm very excited about my next book: A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel in Math and Science
(Even if You Flunked Algebra)
, to be published by Tarcher-Penguin in 2014.  The book is intended for
anyone who wants to improve thier ability to learn math and science more easily and with less frustration,
whether they are a college or high school student or an established professional seeking a vocational change
or new skills.  You'll find new insights based on neuroscience and cognitive psychology, as well as practical
ideas from may of the world's leading scientists, mathematicians, and engineers, and from my own decades
of teaching in math and science. A MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) through Coursera based on the
book is also in development.

Did I mention A Mind for Numbers also features zombies?

Here are 10 Rules of Studying that give you insight into how to learn effectively—they’re just a small
taste of the many insights offered in A Mind for Numbers.

Latest news--my research on pathological altruism (including an article published in the Proceedings of
the National Academy of Sciences)
, was described in the The Wall Street Journal. Here is the accompanying
talk I gave for the Sackler Auditorium Colloquium of the National Academy of Sciences.

And I was happy to win the 2013 Oakland University Teaching Excellence Award!

Photo: John Meiu/Photographer