Expert Explanations’ offer 4-8 minute introductions to key terms and theories in the medical humanities and sciences for a wider audience in general, and undergraduate students in particular. Succinct, engaging and challenging entries by experts in their fields, the audio encyclopaedia aims to create a vibrant and accessible online resource as well as a novel way to promote science and history.
Dr Lee Humber, having spent many years as a special educational needs teacher and a Diability Youth Work manager in north London, is a specialist on the historico-sociological approach to people with learning difficulties' expereince of employment.
Dr Stephen Macknik received his PhD at Harvard University in the laboratory of Prof. Margaret Livingstone. He was then a postdoctoral fellow with the Nobel Laureate Prof. David Hubel at Harvard Medical School, and also with Prof. Zach Mainen at Cold Spring Harbor Lab. Dr.
Dr Stuart Clark is a widely read astronomy journalist. His career is devoted to presenting the complex world of astronomy to the general public. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a former Vice Chair of the Association of British Science Writers.
Dr Alex Mackinnon studied physics at Edinburgh University and completed research into thin film sputtering, then entered the international logistics industry. During his time in the Middle East, South and East Asia he became interested in different interpretations of 'knowledge'.
Dr Mark Brown a senior lecturer in biology at Royal Holloway. His interests include: The evolutionary ecology of host-parasite interactions, the conservation biology of insects and the general biology of social insects.
Here Dr Brown explains Parasites.
Professor Frank Close OBE is a noted particle physicist who is currently Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford. Prof Close has worked in Stanford, Cern and Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.
Professor Edzard Ernst qualified as a physician in Germany in 1978 where he also completed his MD and PhD theses. He has received training in acupuncture, autogenic training, herbalism, homoeopathy, massage therapy and spinal manipulation.
Dr Nicky Hayes is a psychologist, and a lecturer in the Department of Applied Social Sciences at Bradford University. Dr Hayes has written introductory psychology texts for many levels including the Understand Psychology and Understand Applied Psychology part of the Teach yourself series. Her interests are broad (within psychology), and mainly theoretical.
Professor Richard Velleman is Emeritus Professor of Mental Health Research. He is a leading authority on substance misuse, with a special interest in the impact of this misuse on other family members, including children.
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