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Dr Judy Melinek is a San Francisco based forensic pathologist and contract pathologist at the Alemeida County Coroners Office. She provides an insight into the world of forensic pathology in her book Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner, co-written with her husband T.J Mitchell. A Harvard graduate, Dr Judy Melinek began her training as a forensic pathologist in New York City - she was a relative rookie when 9/11 happened and ended up performing autopsies in the aftermath of the Twin Towers collapse, and working to identify victims.
Her memoir explores the harrowing days after the terrorist attacks, and it touches on her gratitude that her job meant she could play a useful part in the huge recovery effort on the ground.
10:05 Friday 28 November 2014
Dr. Paul J. Zak is a neuroeconomist who was the first to identify that the brain chemical oxytocin allows us to determine who to trust. His current research has shown that oxytocin is responsible for virtuous behaviors, working as the brain's "moral molecule." This knowledge is being used to understand the basis for civilization and modern economies, improve negotiations, and treat patients with neurologic and psychiatric disorders.