Sam Wang, Professor of Molecular Biology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute

Thu, 10/03/2019 - 6:00pm
By Invitation Only
Graduate Students
Policy Students

The Program in Law and Public Affairs invites MPP/MPA students to join us for "Law in the Public Service: Not Just for Lawyers," where our guest will be Sam Wang, Professor of Molecular Biology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, and founder of the Princeton Election Consortium and the Princeton Gerrymandering Project.

RSVP event - details TBA

The Law in Public Service Series provides an opportunity for policy students to engage in a single-table off-the-record conversation with an expert in policy issues on the public agenda.  Attendance is limited and determined by the order of response.  Any student who commits to attend must notify LAPA at least 24 hours in advance of the dinner if they will not attend and/or should endeavor to find a substitute.  LAPA will maintain a wait list if capacity is reached.  Failure to give notice may result in disqualification from future attendance.

Sam Wang
Professor of Molecular Biology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute,

Sam Wang is a professor of neuroscience at Princeton University. An alumnus of the California Institute of Technology, where he received a B.S. with honor in physics, he went on to earn a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the Stanford University School of Medicine in 1993. He conducted postdoctoral research at Duke University Medical Center and then at Bell Labs Lucent Technologies. In the mid-1990s, he also worked on science and education policy for the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources. He joined the Princeton University faculty in 2000. He currently has affiliate appointments in the Program in Law and Public Affairs, the Center for Cognitive Science, the Program in Quantitative and Computational Biology, and the Center for Information Technology Policy. 

Prof. Wang's lab investigates how brains learn from sensory experience, in adulthood and development, with relevance for autism. His neuroscience research has been recognized and supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the W.M.Keck Foundation, the Rita Allen Foundation, the Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation, and the McKnight Foundation. He is also a member of the New Jersey Governor's Council on Medical Research and Treatment of Autism. He is also the author of two popular books, Welcome to Your Brain: Why You Lose Your Car Keys But Never Forget How to Drive and Other Puzzles of Everyday Life (2008), which was named Young Adult Science Book of the Year by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Welcome to Your Child’s Brain: How the Mind Grows from Conception to College (2011). The two books are available in over 20 languages.

To read about Sam Wang's application of data analytics to American politics, see the Princeton Election Consortium and the Princeton Gerrymandering Project.