If you watch The Young Turks, you’ve probably heard of her. If not, well, you have now.
She is my favorite scientist-turned-writer-turned-TV-personality.
Cara Santa Maria.
I’m going to put the phrase “Cara Santa Maria hot” in here just because I know that’s a phrase people are going to be Googling to find this page.
CSM was the senior science correspondent for the “Talk Nerdy to Me” series for The Huffington Post until April 2013.
According to wiki, she has a Masters in neuroscience and dated Bill Maher (Ugh, well, I don’t envy her taste in pretentious men.) for two years. She has done a lot of neuropsychology research including, “clinical psychological assessment, the neuropsychology of blindness, neuronal cell culture techniques, and computational neurophysiology.”
She is now pretty much a full-fledged member of the TYT cast.
So, she gives me inspiration for science jobs beyond research monkey.
Another one of my favorite scientists that became a writer is Dr. Robert Sapolsky over at Stanford. He wrote Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers: An Updated Guide to Stress, Stress Related Diseases, and Coping. Sapolsky did not trasnsition out of academia, but you can see in his Ted Talk that he is awesome at breaking complex topics down into highly accessible language.
I’ve blogged about him before.
He is arguably much less adorable than Cara Santa Maria.
Man, “senior science correspondent.” That’s a nice title.
A blogger can dream.