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Scientist Spotlight: Jessica Cail

Jessica Cail is a high-flying scientist, literally! Splitting her time between the classroom, the circus tent and the big screen, Dr. Cail  wows audiences and students alike with her unique combination of science chops and stunt skills. Oh, and in her free time she is also a beloved Exchange consultant!

Featured Entertainer: Gary Whitta

Hollywood writer, Gary Whitta, has worked on some of the most exciting sci-fi projects of 2012. See what he's up to in 2013 and his advice for young, aspiring screenwriters. 

Scientist Spotlight: Kevin Crowley

Radiation safety was of the utmost importance after the Fukushima accident in Japan. Radiation expert and Exchange consultant, Kevin Crowley, was asked by the band Linkin Park to see if the area was safe. Kevin chats with us about how he got to that point in his career and what it's like to work for The National Academies. 

Featured Entertainer: Ari B. Rubin

Marathon runner, policy wonk and Hollywood screenwriter, Ari B. Rubin, shares with us what makes writing in Hollywood different and how he always strives to take the unbeaten path. 

Scientist Spotlight: James Peaco III

Tell us about your background. How did you end up working with the FBI? What did you do previously?
Prior to the FBI I served as an Infantry Officer in the US Marine Corps. I received my commission as an Officer after graduating from the US Naval Academy in 1992. At the Naval Academy I earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Political Science. The Naval Academy is a technically oriented school that requires a core curriculum of math and science, which is why my degree is a Bachelors of Science degree.

Featured Entertainer: Will Staples

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was the biggest entertainment launch in entertainment history. Writer Will Staples talks to us about what it was like to work on such a popular game and how he draws from real life military and law-enforcement themes to make his writing come alive.

Scientist Spotlight: Steve Lichten

JPL scientist, Steve Lichten, talks to us about his childhood dream job, building a telescope from scratch and what would happen if we found life on Mars. 

Scientist Spotlight: Laurie Kinney

Television reporter turned science wonk, Laurie Kinney, talks to us about Russian spy technology and The Exchange's request to learn how to build WMDs with parts found in “interesting places.”

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. 

Featured Entertainer: Kath Lingenfelter

Television writer and X-Files devote, Kath Lingenfelter, shares her insight on writing in Hollywood, growing up in New Hampshire and her early love of science.