Author
Barbara Oakley



style='font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";mso-bidi-font-family:
"Trebuchet MS"'>Barbara Oakley, PhD, PE, is a professor of engineering at
Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, and writer of national acclaim. Her
research focuses on the complex relationship between neuroscience and social
behavior. Dr. Oakley’s research has been described as “revolutionary” in the
Wall Street Journal-she has published in outlets as varied as the Proceedings
of the National Academy of Sciences and The New York Times. Oakley’s books have
been praised by many leading researchers and writers, including Harvard’s
Steven Pinker and E. O. Wilson, and National Book Award winner Joyce Carol
Oates. Her forthcoming A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science
(Even If You Flunked Algebra) (Penguin, July 31, 2014) is opening new doors on
how to learn.



Prior
to her academic career, Oakley rose from private to captain in the U.S. Army,
during which time she was recognized as a Distinguished Military Scholar. She
met her husband, Philip, when she was working at the South Pole Station in
Antarctica.  She also worked as a Russian
translator on Soviet trawlers on the Bering Sea. Oakley was designated as an
NSF New Century Scholar-she is also a recipient of the Oakland University
Teaching Excellence Award (2013) and the National Science Foundation’s
Frontiers in Engineering New Faculty Fellow Award.style='mso-spacerun:yes'> 
Oakley is an elected Fellow of the American
Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.



 



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