This Week’s #NPRSource(s): Dr. Wendy Chung and Dr. Pearl Chiu

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July 29, 2015 by sourceoftheweek

We’re moving from the Education Team to the Science Desk this week, with Michaeleen Doucleff editing. Here’s what she had to say about her handpicked sources:

Wendy Chung

Dr. Wendy Chung is about as close to a real-life Dr. House as it comes. Instead of a whiteboard and sardonic tongue, Chung’s secret weapon is DNA. Both a pediatrician and scientist, Chung runs the Clinical Genetics Program at Columbia University. Most recently she’s turned her attention to autism.

Chung is a fantastic source for any story about genetics, heart disease, obesity and autism. She was the original plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that overturned the ability to patent genes, and can speak about bioethics.”

Pearl Chiu, Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, VTCRI, lab, research

Pearl Chiu, Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, VTCRI, lab, research

“I met Dr. Pearl Chiu a few months ago at her office in Virginia Tech. Right away I was impressed by how easily and clearly she talked about complex topics, such as neuroscience, depression and addiction. Many researchers work in these areas, but only a few can discuss the science behind them in simple and engaging ways. Chiu is one of them.

Chiu is a rising star in an emerging area of neuroscience, called neuroeconomics. She and her team study the circuitry in our brain that controls how, when and why we make and change decisions. Chiu is also a good source for discussing PTSD, altruism and prejudice.”

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