James Fowler is a Professor in the School of Medicine and the Division of Social Sciences at the University of California, San Diego. For 2010-2011 he has been named a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. James's work lies at the intersection of the natural and social sciences. His primary areas of research are social networks, behavioral economics, evolutionary game theory, political participation, cooperation, and genopolitics (the study of the genetic basis of political behavior). James has been interviewed by Stephen Colbert and was named "most original thinker"of the year by The McLaughlin Group. His research on genopolitics with Chris Dawes has been featured in New York Times Magazine'sYear in Ideas, and his research on social networks with Nicholas Christakis has been featured inTime's Year in Medicine (twice), and in Harvard Business Review'sBreakthrough Business Ideas. Science magazine dubbed Christakis and Fowler the"dynamic duo" (though James thinks Nicholas makes a better Adam West). Together they have written a book for a general audience, Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives. Winner of a Books for a Better Life Award, it has been translated into twenty languages, named an Editor's Choice by the New York Times Book Review, and was featured in Wired, Oprah's Reading Guide, Business Week's Best Books of the Year, GOOD's 15 Books You Must Read, and a cover story in New York Times Magazine. About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
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