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ByTom MillerThe Secret Life of Scientists and EngineersThe Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers

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Read what the wonderful Mayim had to say to some of your questions. Bear in mind – SHE’S AMY FARRAH FOWLER IN REAL LIFE!

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Q: Maria

When you’re not filming for The Big Bang Theory, what are you doing? Are you using your degree at all?

A: Mayim Bialik

Well, I’m a mom to 2 little boys who are sponges for all information, so I share my love of science with them all the time! I have taught neuroscience, biology, and chemistry to homeschool middle and high schoolers in the years after I got my degree, but not this past year since my car accident. I “use” my degree all the time, since Neuroscience is the science of interaction, processing, and all psychological relationships and complexities. It’s a wonderful set of training!

Q: Emmie

Which has been your most challenging role to act?

A: Mayim Bialik

“Beaches” was hard because it involved singing and dancing and choreography, and I was so young and new to acting. Curb Your Enthusiasm was hard because it’s improvised….The Big Bang Theory is hard because it’s very high pressure and things change in the script really fast. Every role is different for sure!

Q: Anthony Albrecht

Dr. Bialik, do you believe there is intelligent life on other planets?

A: Mayim Bialik

I sure hope so, because there are some pretty unintelligent things that go on on this planet and I’m open to change!

Q: AnyMouse

What drew you to work on Praeder-Willi syndrome for your dissertation?

A: Mayim Bialik

I always wanted to work with people with special needs and was initially drawn to the musical ability in individuals with Williams Syndrome. Instead, I read up on a variety of special needs patients and felt that PWS really needed a Neuroscience perspective since most research has focused on the genetics or psychiatric profile. Hints at hypothalamic dysfunction as playing a role in behavior have floated around for years, and I was excited to embark on this track of study that was unexplored for the most part.

Q: Ann Marie

Any advice for all the science girls out there that want to pursue science while still having a family and being a good mommy?

A: Mayim Bialik

Hmmm…prioritize…and know you can’t be in more than one place at once. What defines “good” varies from person to person and you have to decide what kind of lifestyle you want. Some women take part-time positions so they can be home with their kids, but that obviously changes tenure and salary. I wanted to spend as much time with my boys in their formative years and although my career “suffered” because of it, I wouldn’t change a thing. Good luck!

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