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Newsmaker: James Bogen

| Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Noteworthy: The American Association for the Advancement of Science has named Bogen an fellow for his research in the philosophy of science, including analyses of brain imaging. The association is an international nonprofit group that publishes the journal Science.

Age: 78

Residence: Highland Park

Family: Wife, Deborah; four daughters, Wendy, Robin, Aubrey and Carlotta; three sons-in-law; and four grandchildren.

Occupation: Bogen is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh.

Education: Bachelor's in philosophy from Pomona College, 1957; master's in philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley, 1959; doctorate in philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley, 1968.

Background: Bogen worked as a faculty member at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, and Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif., before moving to Pittsburgh in 2000 and working in Pitt's Center for the Philosophy of Science. Now largely retired, Bogen has studied how scientists produce and use evidence to conduct research in neuroscience and other critical fields. He believes advancements in digital imaging could help researchers develop new treatments for brain ailments.

Quote: “This is an amazing time to study neuroscience. I think it's the equivalent of studying physics at the time of Newton. The field is exploding.”

—by Adam Smeltz

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