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Jim Haupt

Jim Haupt

Vice President, Intouch Science

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What technological innovation in the last few years are you the most excited about?

Drones. Last summer in our neighborhood, there was a big bang that woke me up. The next morning there were pictures of this house out in the sticks that exploded. Someone used a drone to go and take pictures. I find all of that stuff fascinating — like Google Maps and the ability to look at things from a different perspective.

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How many languages do you speak?

English and Scottish (just kidding, Scottish friends).

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What was the last good book you read?

Elixir: The American Tragedy of a Deadly Drug, by Barbara J. Martin, MD.

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What was your first paying job?

Car park attendant at the UK equivalent of an interstate oasis.

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What was your favorite college course?

Social psychology. My undergrad was genetics, so from the age of 16, I focused completely on scientific studies. In the UK, they force you to specify much earlier, so it was wall-to-wall genetics, biology, etc. I had the opportunity to take social psychology, and I just found it fascinating. It was probably because the experiments were so different than what I was used to.

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If you could have lunch with any person, living or dead (other than a relative) who would it be?

My great-great-grandchild’s friend. I’d like to stick around for a while!

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How did you get started in this industry?

Medical writing. A major problem companies have is finding people who understood the science and can also write about it well. So I got started working part-time, maybe 25 hours a week, while I finished my PhD.

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What chore do you absolutely hate doing?

Timesheets. Plumbing.

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What is your favorite drink?

Vintage port.

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Why were you given your name?

As the latest in a series of Jameses, either ancient family tradition or lack of parental imagination.

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Do you have any hidden talents?

Vintage car racing. I had a Trans-Am B Sedan, early 70s series. Though I recently got into an accident, so I’m in the market for a new car.

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If you could live during any time period, which would it be?

Just on the basis of earlier human sanitary practices, right now is pretty good. I wouldn’t want to live in medieval times where there were all sorts of diseases. I might want to live in early Mediterranean times, the Roman era. That might be nice when all those islands were pristine — though life expectancy was like 30.

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Are you a morning person or a night owl?

A bit of both … I should get more sleep.