Linda Billings, Ph.D.
Consultant to NASA's Astrobiology and Near Earth Object Programs
National Institute of Aerospace
Question 2: What are you most proud of in your work?
Answer: I've worked hard to maintain my intellectual independence and remain true to my values. I've only quit a job once, and it was due to a conflict with my employers over professional ethics.
Question 3: Share a comment or opinion you have on a topical science-related issue—preferably one not associated with your own field.
Answer: As a social scientist, a humanist, and a citizen, I'm appalled that in the 21st century our society is still not taking care of people with mental illnesses. Overdependence on pharmaceuticals, the high cost of psychiatric care, persistent social stigma ... these problems need to be solved, now.
Question 4: What's playing on your music player?
Answer: Jimi Hendrix (my all-time favorite), Howlin' Wolf (I love the blues, got the CD at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), Celso Duarte (amazing Paraguayan harpist), the Breeders, Lila Downs.
Question 5: If you could have one day in another profession, what would you want to do?
Answer: I'd like to be Jane Goodall and watch chimpanzees all day.