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Mayim Bialik

Star of The Big Bang Theory & Neuroscientist
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Biography

Mayim Hoya Bialik is best known for her lead role as Blossom Russo in the early-1990s NBC television sitcom Blossom and now appears regularly on the #1 comedy in America, CBS' The Big Bang Theory playing neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler, for which she has earned three Emmy nominations.

Bialik was born in San Diego, California to first generation Jewish American parents, documentary filmmakers and teachers. She played the young Bette Midler in Beaches and also has had guest roles on some of television’s most beloved shows of the 1980s and 1990s, such as MacGuyver, Webster, Facts of Life, and Murphy Brown. She also appeared in Woody Allen’s television production of Don’t Drink the Water and HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Bialik earned a BS from UCLA in 2000 in Neuroscience and Hebrew and Jewish Studies, and went on to the Ph.D. program in Neuroscience, also at UCLA. She completed her doctorate in the Fall of 2007, which examined Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in adolescents with Prader-Willi syndrome. Bialik was a dedicated student leader at UCLA Hillel, leading and starting a Women’s Rosh Chodesh group, chanting and blowing shofar for High Holiday services, and conducting and writing music for UCLA’s Jewish a cappella group.

She gave birth to her first son in 2005, and her second son (born at home, largely unassisted) in 2008. Bialik is an avid student of all things Jewish and speaks all over the country for a variety of Jewish and academic organizations.

Bialik wrote her first book about Attachment Parenting, Beyond the Sling in March 2012 and her second book, Mayim's Vegan Table, came out in 2014. She writes regularly for the Jewish parenting site Kveller.com.

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The Big Bang Theory: Making Science Cool (& Funny)

An acclaimed actress who became a neuroscientist is now an actress who on TV plays a neuroscientist. If you follow this logic, then you are probably a fan of one of the most popular comedies on television, The Big Bang Theory. Playing the role of "Amy Farrah Fowler," Mayim Bialik uses her PhD as the foundation for her unforgettable character. In her presentations, she shares her keen scientific mind and her wonderful sense of humor as she explores the work of the brain, of behavioral development, of her life as an actress and scientist, and of the special relationship that exists between The Big Bang Theory and its audience.

The Art & Science of Caregiving

Having to act as a caregiver for her aging grandparents—from her teens through college and into her graduate school years—Mayim Bialik developed personal insight alongside her academic and neurological/neuropsychiatric training, leading to a complicated but rich understanding of the biological, psychological, and personal impacts of the aging process. Covering such issues as dementia, brain injury, and managing general degenerative processes in a nursing facility, Bialik offers a fascinating journey into both the science of the brain and the emotional issues affecting caregivers.

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