Council Chambers: 12:45—1:45pm

In her forthcoming book, Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War, Mary Roach writes about the science of survival and strategy in the most dangerous jobs on earth. In this conversation with television correspondent Jacob Ward, she'll explain how science is trying to make soldiers immune to panic, exhaustion, and trauma.

MARY ROACH is the author of the forthcoming Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War. She has explored life, death, sex, food, and everything in between in books such as BonkStiffSpook, and Packing for Mars. Her writing has appeared in OutsideWiredNational Geographic, and The New York Times Magazine, among others. She lives in Oakland, California.

The former science and technology correspondent for Al Jazeera America and editor-in-chief of Popular Science magazine, JACOB WARD has presented television programs for PBS, Discovery, and National Geographic, in addition to writing for The New YorkerWired, and other publications. He’s at work on a book and accompanying television series about human limits. He and his family live in Oakland.