Sheril Kirshenbaum

Sheril Kirshenbaum is a research scientist with the Webber Energy Group at the University of Texas at Austin’s Centre for International Energy and Environmental Policy, where she works on projects to enhance public understanding of energy issues as they relate to food, oceans and culture.

Kirshenbaum is the author of The Science of Kissing, which explores one of humanity’s fondest pastimes. Her writing has appeared in publications such as Newsweek, The Washington Post, Discover Magazine, and The Nation, frequently covering topics that bridge science and society, from climate change to genetically modified foods. Kirshenbaum is also featured in the anthology The Best American Science Writing 2010.

She speaks regularly around the country to audiences at universities, federal agencies and museums and has been a guest on such programs as The Today Show and The Daily Rundown on MSNBC. In addition to co-hosting the Discover blogs’ Intersection, she has contributed to DeSmogBlog, Talking Science, Wired Science and Seed. She lives in Austin with her husband.


Sheril Kirshenbaum - The Science of Kissing

The art of kissing is familiar, but Sheril Kirshenbaum brings a less-ventured perspective to the ideacity...