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  • Pub Date: Feb 05, 2010 - 1:00 am
  • Maggie Jackson on Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age and Barbara Oakley, Ph.D. on Evil Genes: Why Rome Fell, Hitler Rose, Enron Failed, and My Sister Stole My Mother's Boyfriend
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  • Maggie Jackson is an award-winning author and journalist known for her penetrating coverage of U.S. social issues. She writes the popular Balancing Acts column in the Sunday Boston Globe, and her articles have also appeared in The New York Times, Gastronomica and on National Public Radio. Her latest book, Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age, details the steep costs of our current epidemic deficits of attention, while revealing the astonishing scientific discoveries that can help us rekindle our powers of focus in a world of speed and overload.

    Barbara Oakley, PhD, has been dubbed a female Indiana Jones her writing combines worldwide adventure with solid research expertise. Among other adventures, she has worked as a Russian translator on Soviet trawlers in the Bering Sea, served as radio operator at the South Pole Station in Antarctica, and risen from private to regular army captain in the U.S. Army. Currently an associate professor of engineering at Oakland University in Michigan, Oakley is a recent vice president of the world's largest bioengineering society and holds a doctorate in the integrative discipline of systems engineering. Her latest book is, Evil Genes: Why Rome Fell, Hitler Rose, Enron Failed, and My Sister Stole My Mother's Boyfriend.