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About the Author

Sam Wang is a professor of neuroscience and molecular biology at Princeton University. He is also a faculty associate of the Program in Law and Public Affairs. An alumnus of the California Institute of Technology, where he received a B.S. with honor in physics, he went on to earn a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the Stanford University School of Medicine in 1993. He conducted postdoctoral research at Duke University Medical Center and then at Bell Labs Lucent Technologies. In the mid-1990s, he also worked on science and education policy for the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources. Sam Wang joined the Princeton University faculty in 2000.

His neuroscience research focuses on the neurobiology of learning from birth to adulthood, at levels ranging from single synapses to the whole brain. His research places special emphasis on the cerebellum, a brain region generally associated with the coordination of muscle movements. He is particularly curious about novel roles for the cerebellum in cognition and social thought processes, and he is using neural imaging of this part of the brain to search for clues to the causes of autism, a major concern of his laboratory.

He is also noted for pioneering statistical methods to analyze U.S. presidential election polls, starting in 2004 at the Princeton Election Consortium. He is now applying these methods to help define and limit partisan gerrymandering. His work on gerrymandering has been published in the Stanford Law Review, the Election Law Journal, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times.

The recipient of a 2004 National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award, Dr. Wang has also been an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow and a W. M. Keck Foundation Distinguished Young Scholar. Last year, he received a McKnight Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Award. In 2015, he was appointed by Governor Chris Christie to the New Jersey Governor's Council on Medical Research and Treatment of Autism. His research has been featured by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and National Public Radio.

Sam Wang’s first book, Welcome to Your Brain: Why You Lose Your Car Keys But Never Forget How to Drive and Other Puzzles of Everyday Life, published in 2008, was named Young Adult Science Book of the Year by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2011, he published Welcome to Your Child’s Brain: How the Mind Grows from Conception to College. The two books are available in over 20 languages.

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Additional citations:

Jeffrey B. Lewis, Brandon DeVine, Lincoln Pitcher, and Kenneth C. Martis. (2013) Digital Boundary Definitions of U.S. Congressional Districts, 1789-2012. Retrieved from in July 2017.

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