Emily Willingham

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Emily Jane Willingham
Born 1968 (age 45–46)
Waco, Texas
Fields Endocrinology, urology
Institutions UCSF, Texas State University, St. Edward's University[1][2]
Alma mater University of Texas at Austin
Thesis Embryonic exposure to low-dose pesticides : dose response and effects on growth in the hatching red-eared slider turtle (2001)
Known for Scientific skepticism, work on endocrine disruptors
Notable awards UT-Austin department of biological sciences professional development award, 1998
Children Three

Emily Jane Willingham (born 1968) is a skeptical blogger and scientist known for her research into the red-eared slider turtle. She frequently blogs about autism, as well as genetically modified food controversies.

She is the joint recipient with David Robert Grimes of the 2014 John Maddox Prize, awarded by science charity Sense About Science, for standing up for science in the face of personal attacks.[3]

Education[edit]

Willingham has a bachelor's degree in English (1989) and a PhD in biological sciences (2001), both from the University of Texas at Austin. She completed her fellowship in pediatric urology at the University of California, San Francisco, from 2004 to 2006,[4][5] where she studied under Laurence S. Baskin.[1]

Blogging[edit]

Willingham formerly ran the blog "A Life Less Ordinary", which she started in 2007 and which published its last post on November 25, 2011.[6] Willingham currently blogs for Forbes.com, where she states she writes about "the science they're selling you," which includes the disproven link between vaccines and autism,[7] as well as the Seralini affair.[8] She has also written three posts for Slate.com about, among other topics, what the motivation might have been for Adam Lanza to carry out the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting. Her view is that his Asperger's syndrome was not a contributing factor to him carrying out the shooting.[9] In addition, she has contributed to Discover, where she has argued that the autism epidemic may, in fact, just be the result of diagnostic substitution and increased awareness of the disorder.[10] She was called "one of the sharpest science writers in the blogosphere" by Steve Silberman.[11]

Research[edit]

Willingham has published 44 scientific papers, and, according to Google Scholar, her h-index is 19.[12] With regard to her research, Willingham has said that talking about it "has always carried a frisson of the risque,"[4] which is not surprising, given that it often has to do with hypospadias, a birth defect of the penis, and how they can be caused by synthetic chemical compounds, including vinclozolin.[13] Originally, however, Willingham researched the effects of pesticides on the red-eared slider while studying for her PhD.[14] She has also conducted research on endocrine disrupting chemicals such as atrazine with well-known anti-atrazine activist Tyrone Hayes.[15][16]

Selected publications[edit]

Scientific papers[edit]

Books[edit]

  • Willingham, Emily (2010). The Complete Idiot's Guide to College Biology. Alpha Books. 
  • Willingham, Emily; Myers, Jennifer Byde; Rosa, Shannon Des Roches; Greenburg, Carol (2011). Thinking Person's Guide To Autism. Deadwood City Publishing. 
  • Willingham, Emily (2011). When Worlds Collide: The Troubled History of Bears and People in Texas. Amazon Digital Services. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "About the authors: Candidate genes and their response to environmental agents in the etiology of hypospadias". Nature Clinical Practice Urology. Nature Publishing Group. 2007. Archived from the original on 17 October 2013. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Research Fellows Trained". University of California, San Francisco. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  3. ^ 2014 John Maddox Prize, Sense About Science
  4. ^ a b Emily. "Emily Willingham: About". Emilywillinghamphd.com. Retrieved 2013-11-23. 
  5. ^ "CV". Nasw.org. Retrieved 2013-11-23. 
  6. ^ "A life less ordinary?". Daisymayfattypants.blogspot.com. 2011-10-18. Retrieved 2013-11-23. 
  7. ^ "Vaccines Not Linked To Autism. Again.". Forbes. 2013-03-29. Retrieved 2013-11-23. 
  8. ^ "Seralini Paper Influences Kenya Ban of GMO Imports". Forbes. Retrieved 2013-11-23. 
  9. ^ Willingham, Emily (2012-12-17). "Asperger’s and Newtown school shooting: Autistic does not mean violent". Slate.com. Retrieved 2013-11-23. 
  10. ^ Willingham, Emily (11 July 2012). "Is Autism an "Epidemic" or Are We Just Noticing More People Who Have It?". Discover. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  11. ^ Silberman, Steve (2 April 2012). "Autism Awareness is Not Enough: Here’s How to Change the World". Public Library of Science. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "Emily Willingham - Google Scholar Citations". Scholar.google.com. Retrieved 2013-11-23. 
  13. ^ Vilela, M. L. B.; Willingham, E.; Buckley, J.; Liu, B. C.; Agras, K.; Shiroyanagi, Y.; Baskin, L. S. (2007). "Endocrine Disruptors and Hypospadias: Role of Genistein and the Fungicide Vinclozolin". Urology 70 (3): 618–621. doi:10.1016/j.urology.2007.05.004. PMID 17905137.  edit
  14. ^ Emily Willingham Biography
  15. ^ Hayes, T. B.; Anderson, L. L.; Beasley, V. R.; De Solla, S. R.; Iguchi, T.; Ingraham, H.; Kestemont, P.; Kniewald, J.; Kniewald, Z.; Langlois, V. S.; Luque, E. H.; McCoy, K. A.; Muñoz-De-Toro, M. N.; Oka, T.; Oliveira, C. A.; Orton, F.; Ruby, S.; Suzawa, M.; Tavera-Mendoza, L. E.; Trudeau, V. L.; Victor-Costa, A. B.; Willingham, E. (2011). "Demasculinization and feminization of male gonads by atrazine: Consistent effects across vertebrate classes". The Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 127 (1–2): 64–73. doi:10.1016/j.jsbmb.2011.03.015. PMID 21419222.  edit
  16. ^ Willingham, Emily (11 July 2011). "What’s Going On with Those Scandinavian Sperm?". Scientific American. Retrieved 15 January 2014.