Billy Woodward is a University of Kentucky graduate and a successful businessman whose ardent interest in science led him into writing. An accomplished team builder, he chose the award winning writers Joel Shurkin and Debra Gordon, statistical expert Amy R. Pearce, and editor Gabriel Popkin to contribute to this sweeping project. He lives in Lexington, Kentucky, where he currently has a team extending the list of lifesavers on a dynamic website, ScienceHeroes.com, which also promotes a novel form of science education for students.
Gabriel Popkin is a writer, editor, and project manager at the American Physical Society, a leading scientific organization. He has also worked with the Washington, DC-based Food Research and Action Center on providing access to healthy food for low-income people. He has a bachelor's degree in physics from Wesleyan University, where he won the Graham Prize for Excellence in Natural Science.
Joel N. Shurkin has written ten books, the latest being Broken Genius: The Rise and Fall of William Shockley, Creator of the Electronic Age (2006, Macmillan). He served ten years as a science writer at the Philadelphia Inquirer and was on the team that won a Pulitzer Prize for covering Three Mile Island. Other books include Terman's Kids about the study of gifted students and Invisible Fire on the eradication of smallpox.
Debra Gordon has written six books, the latest being Seven Days to a Perfect Night's Sleep (2003, St. Martins Press). She has written articles for many magazines, including Good Housekeeping, Reader's Digest, and Business Week. Her awards include the 1997 American Cancer Society Print Journalism Award and a Knight Foundation Fellowship.
Amy R. Pearce teaches statistics at Arkansas State University, where she is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biology. A native of Australia, her PhD is in Neuroscience from the Australian National University in Canberra.