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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Ted Anton  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1957 in Bronx, New York


-- Website -- http://www.tedanton.com/
-- Ted Anton on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=ted+anton


Illinois Connection

Anton is a Professor of English at DePaul University.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ted Anton is an English professor at DePaul University. He was the co-editor of The ''New Science Journalists'' (1995). His magazine work, for ''The Sciences'', ''Publishers Weekly'', ''Lingua Franca'', ''Chicago'', the ''Chicago Tribune'', and other publications, has been cited three consecutive times in Best American Essays and was nominated for a National Magazine Award in Reporting in 1993. A former Fulbright Research Fellow, Anton speaks about science on radio and to university and industry groups.


Published Works Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

Eros, Magic, and the Murder of Professor Culianu
ISBN: 0810113961

Northwestern University Press. 1996

Winner of 1997 Carl Sandburg Award

On May 21, 1991, University of Chicago professor Ioan Culianu was murdered execution-style on campus. The crime stunned the school, terrified students, and mystified the FBI. The case remains unsolved. In Eros, Magic, and the Murder of Professor Culianu, award-winning investigative reporter Ted Anton shows that the murder is what Culianu's friends suspected all along: the first political assassination of a professor on American soil.

Bold Science: Seven Scientists Who Are Changing Our World
ISBN: 0716744481

W. H. Freeman. 2001

Science is at a crossroads. Cold War-era easy money for grand-scale projects has become a thing of the past. And yet, in this new environment, science seems to be reinvigorating itself, moving away from an overly specialized, bureaucratic mindset to a more streamlined, multidisciplinary approach.

In a number of fields, innovative teams led by gifted researchers are combining imaginative methods with inexpensive tools to chip away at the previously impenetrable secrets of the body, the mind, the planet, and the universe. In the process, they are demonstrating the same kind of inspired drive toward discovery that led Galileo to invent the telescope.

Bold Science examines this "scientific new wave" by profiling the work of some remarkable researchers: gene hunter Craig Venter, neuroscientist Susan Greenfield, astronomer Geoffrey Marcy, immunologist Polly Matzinger, cosmologist Saul Perlmutter, ecologist Gretchen Daily, and evolutionist Carl Woese. Headstrong, iconoclastic, visionary, these scientists have risen to the pinnacles of their fields at a pivotal moment—and are producing amazing breakthroughs with bold, sometimes controversial methods.

In exploring their scientific lives and times, Bold Science shows readers why we are at the dawning of a new era of understanding ourselves and our universe.

The Longevity Seekers: Science, Business, and the Fountain of Youth
ISBN: 0226020932

University of Chicago Press. 2013

People have searched for the fountain of youth everywhere from Bimini to St. Augustine. But for a steadfast group of scientists, the secret to a long life lies elsewhere: in the lowly lab worm. By suppressing the function of just a few key genes, these scientists were able to lengthen worms’ lifespans up to tenfold, while also controlling the onset of many of the physical problems that beset old age. As the global population ages, the potential impact of this discovery on society is vast—as is the potential for profit.

With The Longevity Seekers, science writer Ted Anton takes readers inside this tale that began with worms and branched out to snare innovative minds from California to Crete, investments from big biotech, and endorsements from TV personalities like Oprah and Dr. Oz. Some of the research was remarkable, such as the discovery of an enzyme in humans that stops cells from aging. And some, like an oft-cited study touting the compound resveratrol, found in red wine—proved highly controversial, igniting a

science war over truth, credit, and potential profit. As the pace of discovery accelerated, so too did powerful personal rivalries and public fascination, driven by the hope that a longer, healthier life was right around the corner. Anton has spent years interviewing and working with the scientists at the frontier of longevity science, and this book offers a behind-the-scenes look at the state-of-the-art research and the impact it might have on global public health, society, and even our friends and family.


With spectacular science and an unforgettable cast of characters, The Longevity Seekers has all the elements of a great story and sheds light on discoveriesthat could fundamentally reshape human life.


Planet of Microbes: The Perils and Potential of Earth's Essential Life Forms
ISBN: 022635394X

University of Chicago Press. 2017

We live in a time of unprecedented scientific knowledge about the origins of life on Earth. But if we want to grasp the big picture, we have to start small—very small. That’s because the real heroes of the story of life on Earth are microbes, the tiny living organisms we cannot see with the naked eye. Microbes were Earth’s first lifeforms, early anaerobic inhabitants that created the air we breathe. Today they live, invisible and seemingly invincible, in every corner of the planet, from Yellowstone’s scalding hot springs to Antarctic mountaintops to inside our very bodies—more than a hundred trillion of them. Don’t be alarmed though: many microbes are allies in achieving our—to say nothing of our planet’s—health.


In Planet of Microbes, Ted Anton takes readers through the most recent discoveries about microbes, revealing their unexpected potential to reshape the future of the planet. For years, we knew little about these invisible invaders, considering them as little more than our enemies in our fight against infectious disease. But the more we learn about microbes, the more it’s become clear that our very lives depend on them. They may also hold the answers to some of science’s most pressing problems, including how to combat a warming planet, clean up the environment, and help the body fight off a wide variety of diseases. Anton has spent years interviewing and working with the determined scientists who hope to harness the work of microbes, and he breaks down the science while also sharing incredible behind-the-scenes stories of the research taking place everywhere from microbreweries to Mars.


The world’s tiniest organisms were here more than three billion years before us. We live in their world, and Planet of Microbes at last gives these unsung heroes the recognition they deserve.


Awards

'''''Eros, Magic and the Murder of Professor Culianu'''''

Carl Sandburg Award in Nonfiction, Friends of the Chicago Library'''Other Awards'''

National Teachers as Writers Award, 1989

Senior Fulbright Fellow, 1994

Availability for Public Speaking

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

Contact Information:

Agent

Ellen Levine Literary Agency, Inc.

15 E. 26th Street

New York, New York 01120

212-889-0620