People, Places and Ideas to Explore

People, Places and Ideas to Explore were included in the second season of Hold that Thought, recorded in Fall 2012 and Spring 2013.



Roshan Abraham, in The Many Lives of Apollonius
Abraham is an assistant professor of Classics and Religious Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. His reserach interests center around early Christianity, Greco-Roman religions, Neoplatonism, Greek Patristics, and Helenistic and Imperial Greek prose, particularly Second Sophistic.




Yehuda Ben-Shahar, in The Genetics of Bee-havior
Ben-Shahar is an assistant professor of biology at Washington University in St. Louis. His research uses a variety of behavioral, genetic, genomic, biochemical, and molecular techniques to decipher the genetic architecture that drives specific behaviors. His lab uses the powerful model of the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, to understand how the function of specific genes in distinct neuronal circuits gives rise to behaviors such as feeding and mating.



Peter Kastor, in Creating a Federal Government
Kastor is a professor of history and American Culutre Studies Program at Washington University in St. Louis. He studies the intersection of politics, policymaking, and culture during the half-century following American independence, an era which hisotirans refer to as the early American republic.




Erik Herzog, in Circadian Rhythms
Herzog is a professor of biology at Washington University in St. Louis. His research focuses on the cellular and molecular basis of the circadian rhythms in mammals using techniques that include planar electrode arrays, cellular imaging and genetic manipulations (i.e. mutants, knockouts, and transgenics).




Rebecca Messbarger, in A Man of Faith and Science: Pope Benedict XIV
Messbarger is a professor of Italian and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies as well as the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Italian, and she is a recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Philosophical Society. Her research centers on Italian Enlightenment culture, in particular the place and purpose of women in civic, academic, and social life.



Timothy Moore, in Classical Theater
Moore is the John and Penelope Biggs Distinguished Professor of Classics at Washington University in St. Louis. His work concentrates on areas of classical antiquity, including the comic theatre of Greece and Rome, Greek and Roman music, and Roman historiography. Current projects include articles on music in two plays of the Roman comic playwright Terence and a project on the influence on the modern world of the Roman historian Livy.



Doug Wiens, in Antarctica
Weins is a professor and the chairman of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University. His research focuses on seismology and geophysics.