James S. Trefil is Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Physics at George Mason University. He earned his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Stanford University. In addition to his research on particle physics, field theory, astrophysics, and cosmology, he has strong interests in teaching science to nonscientists. His course and textbook series on achieving scientific literacy is used in approximately 200 colleges and universities, and he has written numerous articles and books for general audiences. His “Ask Mr. Science” column ran in USA Today from 1996 to 1999. He has also served as a science commentator and member of the Science Advisory Board for National Public Radio. Dr. Trefil is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the World Economic Forum. He is a recipient of the American Institute of Physics Andrew Gemant Award for sustained contributions in bridging the gap between science and society.