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Scientist Spotlight: Philip Plait

Astronomy-wizard, Philip Plait takes science to the extreme with his blog, Bad Astronomy. See where this "science geek" got his start, where he's going and what he likes to watch on television in this edition of the Scientist Spotlight. 

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

“Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match, find me a find, catch me a catch…”

We like to consider ourselves some of the best matchmakers in the science and entertainment game. Finding scientists to explore some of the most remote and often obscure corners of their field to enrich Hollywood plotlines is the name of our game; and it’s not always so easy. Filmmakers have tough questions and scientists often have to dig deep to answer questions that you certainly won’t find in a textbook. 

It’s Not Science Fiction, It’s Science IN Fiction

Attention kids, any aspiring filmmakers out there?  If you think you’re the next Steven Spielberg or James Cameron, why not show off your talents for the world to see at the next Science and Engineering Festival, which is taking place April 26-27 in Washington D.C .?  The Festival is sponsoring a contest for students in grades 6 through 12.  To enter, you have to submit a short film (30-90 seconds) that showcases an example of science in popular culture.

Scientist Spotlight: Terry Johnson

Gene therapy, biological warfare and cloning, oh my! The future has the possibility to be a wild and dangerous place. Thankfully Exchange consultant and bioengineering expert, Terry Johnson, is here to help walk you through the steps. See what he has to say about the future and most importantly, How to Defeat Your Own Clone!

Featured Entertainer: Jeff Bell

Jeff Bell has written and produced some of the best science fiction and fantasy television programs of our time. He also happens to be a great friend to us here at The Exchange! Read on to hear what Jeff loves most about his job, what you need to make it in the business and why he loves working in television.

Scientist Spotlight: Doris Zallen

After developing new human genetic tests in the 1980s, Dr. Doris Zallen was moved by the host of ethical issues that arose in the field of genetics. These moral dilemmas spurred Dr. Zallen to take a leap of faith and change careers. She has now spent more than two decades working in the field of bioethics and doing research on the ethics behind genetic testing. 

Featured Entertainer: Jessica Julius

As a Creative Executive at Disney Animation, Jessica Julius regularly works on commercial hits such as Wreck-It Ralph. See what it's like to create feel-good favorites for a living, how to make it in the industry, and what it's really like to work for the most famous mouse we know! 

Scientist Spotlight: Chris Bojrab

The Oscar-nominated film Silver Linings Playbook depicts the life of a man living with bipolar disorder. Clinical psychiatrist Chris Bojrab, specializes in psychopharmacology, the use of medications as one of the treatments of psychiatric conditions. See what he thinks about the future of medicine, the big Oscar nod and why he still loves Star Trek

Featured Entertainer: Sean Sorensen

Have you ever heard of Sealand? Hollywood writer and producer Sean Sorensen sure has! Sean chats with us this week about what other great ideas he has up his sleeve and his advice for making it in Hollywood. 

Tell us about your background. Where are you from, and what did you want to do when you grew up?
I grew up in Orange County, California. I wanted to be an astronaut until I realized how much math was involved.

Scientist Spotlight: Steve Vance

Steve Vance is a skydiving, home beer brewing, planetary geophysicist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. This week, he talks to us about his passions, hobbies and what it's like to be at the helm of exploratory missions to Mars and Europa!      

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