I’m pleased to announce that Emmy-Award winning science communicator Cara Santa Maria will join actors Joe Mantegna and Seamus Dever, Los Angeles City Councilmember Jose Huizar, and Internet personality Jeff Cannata as a celebrity reader at the Ray Bradbury Read on August 22, the ninety-sixth anniversary of the birth of the literary master.
The Ray Bradbury Read will take place in Maguire Gardens in downtown Los Angeles, situated between the Los Angeles Central Library and Ray Bradbury Square (Fifth & Flower) and featuring members of the general public reading five minute-and-under excerpts from the novels, stories, essays, and poems of Ray Bradbury.
Cara has a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology with a minor in philosophy, a Master of Science in biological science with a concentration in neuroscience, and has taught biology laboratory courses and performed neuronal cell culture duties and electrophysiology research at the Center for Network Neuroscience. She enrolled in a doctoral program studying clinical neuropsychology at Queens College, City University of New York, where she worked as an adjunct professor and laboratory researcher, but withdrew after a year of coursework to pursue science communication full-time. It is her fervent belief that it is essential for the public to know and understand what science is and what it tells us about things big and small in the universe.
Cara was the Senior Science Correspondent for the Huffington Post contributing print journalism and hosting the HuffPost video program, Talk Nerdy to Me. Since leaving the HuffPost, Cara has performed hosting and correspondent duties for network, cable, and local television stations, and for various Internet venues. She has appeared on BBC America, CBS, CNN, Current TV, Fox, Fox News, G4tv, Nat Geo WILD, Science Channel, SundanceTV, the Travel Channel, and KCET in Los Angeles where she contributes science reports on the Peabody Award-winning SoCal Connected.
Cara hosts her own popular podcast, Talk Nerdy, where she has conversations covering science, knowledge, reason, and the essential need for their promotion and application for a better world.
Like many people in the sciences, Cara was greatly influenced and inspired by the works of Ray Bradbury. Not so much for any details of science, but for the sense of wonder he conveyed that every good scientist needs.
Full information can be found HERE on the blog of Steven Paul Leiva, the organizer and director of the Ray Bradbury Read.