Dr. Sara Mednick is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside. In 2003, she received her PhD in psychology from Harvard University. She moved to the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, CA with a three-year, National Institute of Health funded, National Research Service Award fellowship. In fall 2007, she became faculty at University of California, San Diego and was awarded a five-year, National Institute of Mental Health funded, K01 Mentored Research Scientist Award. In 2010, Dr. Mednick moved her lab to UC Riverside.
Dr. Mednick has conducted studies in conjunction with numerous academic institutions, the U.S. Navy, V.A. Medical Center and private businesses. Her articles have been published in such leading scientific journals as Nature Neuroscience and The Proceedings from the National Academy of Science. She is a member of numerous scientific societies, including the National Sleep Foundation, Associated Professional Sleep Societies and the Society for Neuroscience and she has been a featured speaker at numerous academic conferences and symposia. Her napping research has been covered by CNN, Reuters TV, NPR, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Consumer Reports Health Journal, Reader's Digest, The New York Times and many other major media outlets. Dr. Mednick resides in San Diego, CA.
Sherryl Vint’s current research project, The Promissory Imagination: Speculative Futures and Biopolitics, reads science fiction in the context of biopolitical theory. The project takes its title from Kaushik Sunder Rajan’s diagnosis of what he calls the “nontruth” of the bioeconomy. Statements about the biotechnological future, he argues, can be considered neither truth nor false in traditional logic but instead must be understood as operating in a realm that might, following Derrida, best be described as truth under erasure; that is, such statements are not true in that they do not describe an existing, material reality, but further they cannot be understood as false since they anticipate a future whose truth or falseness can be determined only after the proposed research plan has been executed. Expanding upon earlier work that argues science fiction functions as a supplementary discourse to the discourses of science, this book will explore the exchanges between speculative imagination and material practice in personalized medicine, agribusiness and other genomic research. Within a context in which biotechnology itself relies on speculative discourses, and one in which the economy is largely propelled by such fantasies, critical discourses of science fiction have a crucial role to play in ongoing struggles over how to imagine the future.
April MacLean attended University of California, Riverside's Bachelor of Fine Arts program. She has been teaching, choreographing, and dancing extensively in the Inland Empire for the last ten years.
April was awarded three chancellors awards for excellence in performance while attending UCR, as well as the prestigious Gluck Fellowship for Promising New Choreographer.
After spending two years as a dancer and General Manager with Intersect Dance Theatre, Riverside's first Contemporary-based company, she opened Room to Dance to give adults a haven to call their own. She currently does freelance choreography for such shows as Long Night of Arts & Innovation and Trolley Dances.
Oscar is a graduate student here at UCR in the neuroscience program. He has been practicing magic for over 17 years and is a member of the Academy of Magical Arts at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles. Among the various schools of magic, Oscar enjoys practicing mentalism most.