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Mayim Bialik on Acting, Neuroscience, and Avoiding Meat

Mayim Bialik is at the very least a triple threat. She’s an actress who stars on CBS’s The Big Bang Theory as Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler (she is also known for playing the title role on Blossom in the 1990s); she’s a neuroscientist who received her Ph.D. from UCLA, where she wrote her dissertation on the genetic disorder Prader-Willi syndrome; and she’s the author of a book on parenting, Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way. She’s also a mother, a wife, …

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Can Pop Culture Save the Nerds?

TV Portrayals of the Smart and Awkward Are Nicer, But What Is Their Impact?


On TV, the nerds have traditionally played the role of sidekick or butt of the jokes: Screech Powers and Steve Urkel were better known for their unrequited crushes and awkward …