Joseph Ganem is a professor of physics at Loyola University Maryland and chair of the physics department. He is an author on numerous scientific papers in the fields of laser development and magnetic resonance, and has received grants from Research Corporation, Petroleum Research Fund, and the National Science Foundation for his research on solid-state laser materials.
He speaks and writes frequently on consumer and education issues, and has had articles on these topics published in The Baltimore Sun newspaper and The Daily Riff (an on publication on education). He currently serves on the Maryland State Advisory Council for Gifted and Talented Education.
Of course, Dr. Ganem is himself a consumer. His interest in deceptive numbers arose from his own experiences with misleading advertising. By applying his knowledge of math to his own financial decisions, he developed an invaluable set of resources the average consumer can use to save money. The result is his award-winning book, The Two Headed Quarter, that won a Gold medal in the category "Finance/Investment/Economics" of the 2008 Independent Publisher Awards, and was a finalist in the category "Business: Personal Finance" of the National Best Books 2007 Awards.
Ganem received a Ph.D. from Washington University in Saint Louis, a M.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.S. from the University of Rochester. He did postdoctoral work at the University of Georgia-Athens and at the United States Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC.
Among his other interests is chess. He is an expert at correspondence chess and since 1991 has been the editor of The Chess Correspondent, a magazine that has been published by The Correspondence Chess League of America since 1940, making it one of the oldest chess magazines in the United States. In his spare time he enjoys playing a wide variety of music on the piano. He resides in Baltimore County, Maryland, with his wife and three children.