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Friday, August 29, 2014 Permalink

Science Friday: Experimental Therapy Saves Monkeys From Ebola

The string-like Ebola virus. Credit: Heinz Feldmann, Peter Jahrling, Elizabeth Fischer and Anita Mora, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health.



  • Fiona Harrison 
    Benjamin M. Rosen Professor of Physics and Astronomy 
    California Institute of Technology 
    Pasadena, California


  • Moh El-Naggar 
    Assistant Professor
    Physics and Biological Sciences
    University of Southern California
    Los Angeles, California
Early excavators at La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles focused on the flashy fossils: saber-toothed cats, dire wolves, mammoths, and mastodons. But they totally ignored the less charismatic remains of plants and insects, says John Harris, chief curator at the Page Museum at the tar pits. Today, he says, those microfossils offer scientists a glimpse of the climate of Los Angeles 27,000 years ago—when the area was cool and humid, more akin to Washington D.C. today.


  • Tom Sito 
    Author, “Moving Innovation: A History of Computer Animation” (MIT Press, 2013)
    Professor of Cinematic Practice 
    USC George Lucas School of Cinematic Arts
    Los Angeles


  • Scott Z. Burns 
    Screenwriter, “Contagion,” “Side Effects,” “The Informant!”
    Producer, “An Inconvenient Truth”
    Los Angeles, California
  • Eric Kaplan 
    Co-executive Producer and Senior Writer
    The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
    Los Angeles, California
  • Zoanne Clack 
    Executive Producer and Writer
    Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
    Los Angeles, California


  • Stephen Lang 
    Actor, “Avatar,” “Gods and Generals”
    New York, New York
  • Paul Debevec 
    Chief Visual Officer
    Institute for Creative Technologies
    University of Southern California
    Playa Vista, California