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Richard Sima joins The Post as a health and wellness columnist

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Announcement from Wellness Editor Tara Parker-Pope:

I’m delighted to announce that Richard Sima, a neuroscientist turned science journalist, shall be becoming a member of The Washington Publish’s increasing private well being and wellness staff.

On this position, Richard will develop a weekly column in regards to the neuroscience of on a regular basis life, specializing in behavioral well being and the way issues of the thoughts can affect each our bodily and psychological wellbeing.

Richard is a skilled neuroscientist with greater than a decade of analysis expertise. He attended Harvard Faculty, graduating cum laude with excessive honors in neurobiology, and obtained his doctorate in neuroscience from Johns Hopkins College. He has studied the results of antidepressants on preventing fruit flies, dissected fly brains as a visiting scientist on the Max Planck Institute for Neurobiology in Martinsried, Germany, and measured neural exercise in mice as they ran on treadmills. His work led to an improved understanding of how the cerebellum, a mind construction historically considered concerned solely in motion, additionally unexpectedly influences the mind’s auditory system.

A ardour for writing prompted Richard to depart academia to pursue a profession in science journalism. He has written in regards to the complexity of elephant trunks, optical illusions, the mental health benefits of reading and what a giant lily pad can train us about constructing design. His work has appeared in the New York Times, National Geographic, Scientific American, Discover Journal and New Scientist. He has co-authored tutorial papers revealed within the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Plos One and the Journal of Community Psychology.

Richard has labored as a fact-checker for Vox podcasts, together with the award-winning science podcast “Unexplainable.” He was a researcher for Nationwide Geographic’s Brain Games: On the Road TV present and served as a communications specialist on the International Arts + Mind Lab at Johns Hopkins’s Mind Science Institute.

Richard is the president of the D.C. Science Writers Association and co-founder of the Johns Hopkins Science Policy Group, which advocates for evidence-based insurance policies that advance science and safeguard public well being.

Richard grew up in East Amherst, N.Y. He lives in Baltimore together with his accomplice, a medical illustrator, and in his spare time enjoys mountaineering, taking part in board video games and spending time with their cats, Bruce and Richard (who, he’s fast to notice, was already named earlier than they met.)

Richard’s first day is Monday, Aug. 29.

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