February Business Before Business Breakfast
Speaker: Sam Wang, Ph.D., Professor
Neuroscience Institute & Department of Molecular Biology
Topic: The Long Collapse: A Data-Based Look at U.S. Politics from 1994 to 2017
Although many people were surprised by Donald Trump's victory in the November 8th election, he represents a culmination of long-brewing trends in U.S. politics. Indeed, Trump is squarely in line with decades of political data. As the national Republican Party's long project to remake the U.S. government enters a new phase, a major question arises of how to protect institutions that are valued by all Americans.
Sam Wang is a professor of Molecular Biology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute. His teaching and research include neuroscience, autism, and the use of statistics in the public interest. He is a faculty associate of the Princeton Program in Law and Public Affairs. An alumnus of the California Institute of Technology, where he received a B.S. with honor in physics, Dr. Wang went on to earn a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the Stanford University School of Medicine in 1994. He conducted postdoctoral research at Duke University and then Bell Labs Lucent Technologies. In the mid-1990s, he worked on science and education policy for the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources. Dr. Wang has also written two books for popular audiences, Welcome to Your Brain and Welcome to Your Child’s Brain.