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Co-Host, Jeopardy!, Award-Winning Actress, The Big Bang Theory & Neuroscientist
Mayim Bialik is the permanent co-host of Jeopardy! with Ken Jennings. Leading up to this groundbreaking moment, Mayim starred on the hit CBS comedy, The Big Bang Theory as Amy Farrah Fowler, for which she received two Critics Choice Awards, four Emmy Award nominations and a SAG Award nomination. From playing the young version of Bette Midler’s character in Beaches to her turn as Blossom Russo in the iconic 90’s sitcom Blossom, Bialik has appeared in numerous beloved roles throughout her dynamic acting career. Read More >
An acclaimed author, Bialik has written two #1 New York Times best sellers, Girling Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular, and Boying Up: How to Be Brave, Bold and Brilliant. She has also written a parenting book, Beyond the Sling, and a cookbook, Mayim’s Vegan Table. Bialik has recently dedicated her skills as a writer, actress, neuroscientist and mother to driving the lifestyle website GrokNation.com, which she started in 2015.
Following the end of Blossom, Bialik left acting for twelve years to earn a BS in Neuroscience from UCLA in 2000 with a minor in Hebrew & Jewish Studies. She went on to complete her PhD in Neuroscience, also at UCLA, and then completed her doctorate in the fall of 2007, which examined the role of oxytocin and vasopressin in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in adolescents with Prader-Willi syndrome. While at UCLA, Bialik was a dedicated student leader in UCLA Hillel, including conducting and writing music for UCLA’s Jewish acapella group.
Bialik lives in Los Angeles with her tween and teenage sons and four adorable cats. Read Less ^
For National Alliance on Mental Illness
The Importance of STEM Advocacy
Blossoming to Science
The Top Reasons That I Love My Jewish Heritage
The Value of An Education
An acclaimed actress who became a neuroscientist is now an actress who on TV plays a neuroscientist. If you follow this logic, then you are probably a fan of one of the most popular comedies on television, The Big Bang Theory. Playing the role of “Amy Farrah Fowler,” Mayim Bialik uses her PhD as the foundation for her unforgettable character. In her presentations, she shares her keen scientific mind and her wonderful sense of humor as she explores the work of the brain, of behavioral development, of her life as an actress and scientist, and of the special relationship that exists between The Big Bang Theory and its audience.
Having to act as a caregiver for her aging grandparents—from her teens through college and into her graduate school years—Mayim Bialik developed personal insight alongside her academic and neurological/neuropsychiatric training, leading to a complicated but rich understanding of the biological, psychological, and personal impacts of the aging process. Covering such issues as dementia, brain injury, and managing general degenerative processes in a nursing facility, Bialik offers a fascinating journey into both the science of the brain and the emotional issues affecting caregivers.
"Wow....just WOW! The event was absolutely fantastic to say the least!! She is a phenomenal speaker, and really brought a lot of encouragement and inspiration to the Central Pennsylvania region for women. Our audience was captivated by her easy-going personality; Mayim seemed very relatable. They also appreciated how candid and honest she was about her mental health struggles; and what her real-life was like going to school, raising kids, having a career, etc. This event made a lot of people's day, and Penn State Harrisburg received a lot of compliments for hosting her virtually. Job well done to Mayim for providing us such an impactful and uplifting experience. She would very much be welcomed back with open arms!"
"The event was great! Mayim is terrific and awesome choice for this event! They loved her immensely! She was very polite and easy going!"
"It was a very good night! Mayim was so easy to work with. I've had quite a few people reach out today to say they enjoyed the keynote. She talked about important things, but there was a lot of laughter and enjoyment as well. And that's something we can use a lot more of. Thank you!"
"Thank you again for your constant help to make Mayim Bialik's presentation at Temple Beth Israel a great success. There were more than 500 people, she was amazing, everyone was happy! Thank you again."
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