Sharon Begley, widely known for her ability to break down complex scientific theories and write about them in simple prose, returned to Newsweek in March 2007 from the Wall Street Journal, where she wrote the “Science Journal” column for five years. In her new capacity at Newsweek, she writes a bi-weekly column, essays and cover stories as well as contributing stories and the Lab Notes science blog to Newsweek.com.
Begley has received numerous awards for her work. In 2006, she won the American Aging Association Media Award for a series of columns on Alzheimer’s disease; in 2005, she won the Public Understanding of Science Award from the Exploratorium, the science museum in San Francisco and a Clarion Award from the Association for Women in Communications for her “Science Journal” column. In 2004, Begley received a Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters for Contributions to the public understanding of science from the University of North Carolina and she won the 2002 and 2000 Front Page Award from the Newswomen’s Club of New York for (respectively) best newspaper column and best feature reporting in a magazine and the 2002 Outstanding Media Award from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.
She is the co-author of the 2002 book, The Mind and the Brain, and the author of the 2007 book Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain.
In this teleseminar, host Cassandra Vieten discusses fascinating developments in neuroscience with author and Newsweek science columnist Sharon Begley. Many scientists believed the brain loses its plasticity with aging, but Sharon tells us that research now shows we can continue to learn throughout life.