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Actor, Neuroscientist, Parent, Author

March 6, 2012

A TV actress with a PhD in neuroscience, Mayim Bialik, 36, takes on a third career as book author with Tuesday’s publication of “Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way” (Touchstone). Bialik, best known for her starring role in the ’90s sitcom “Blossom,” is a regular on CBS’ Caltech comedy, “The Big Bang Theory,” where she plays nerdy neuroscientist Amy Farrah Fowler. Bialik, who earned her neuroscience degrees at UCLA, is married to her college sweetie, Michael Stone; they have two sons — Miles, 6½, and Frederick, 3½.

The Sunday Conversation: Mayim Bialik
The ‘Big Bang Theory’ actress, who has a doctorate in neuroscience, talks about her new book on parenting.
By Irene Lacher, Special to the Los Angeles Times
March 4, 2012

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. March 6, 2012 6:02 pm

    I see some similarities between Bialik and Danica McKellar.

  2. March 6, 2012 7:16 pm

    From the newspaper article it seems a comparison to Amy Chua might be more appropriate; apparently both Chua and Bialik wrote books proposing tendentious theories of parenting without any particular professional expertise in the subject — rather speaking from their personal experiences.

    I’m not sure what similarity you see to McKellar except that Bialik and McKellar are actresses who write books on the side. Have you read Bialik’s or McKellar’s books? (I have not.)

  3. March 7, 2012 10:52 am

    Bialik’s book just came out yesterday. I have not read it.

    Bialik and McKellar have not-insignificant academic achievements (in science and math) while continuing careers in acting as adults, while raising families, while passionately educating others about what they believe will better society in general.

  4. October 23, 2012 4:57 pm

    While I still find it a bit hard to consider Bialik as a role-model or serious scientist; I did enjoy reading this interview on her religious beliefs. The interview seemed fairly frank. She talks about the conflict she has between religious beliefs and the requirements on her as an actor (for example, having to kiss other actors), and that makes the conversation fairly interesting.

  5. October 24, 2012 9:24 am

    Interesting! Thanks for sharing the interview. It takes us to Bialik’s blog, where she offers this:

    I suppose this mini-rant falls under the umbrella of galut (exile). The decisions I make and the decisions my husband and I make are decisions that are made under the pressure of exile.

    Fascinating self identity!

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