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Featured Entertainer: Ashley Miller

Middle school English teacher, television writer/producer, and screenwriter for Thor and X-Men First Class – Ashley Miller shares his thoughts on science, inspiration, and the creative process. 

Tell us about your background. Where are you from, and what did you want to do when you grew up?

Scientist Spotlight: Kevin Grazier

 A recovering JPL rocket scientist, writer / producer Kevin Grazier is also currently the science advisor on TNT's Falling Skies, Syfy's upcoming epic Defiance, and the summer blockbuster Gravity.  In his spare time, he volunteers as a science consultant for The Exchange.  

Featured Entertainer: Samantha Corbin-Miller

Samantha Corbin-Miller's stellar career in Hollywood include work on some of the most important shows of the last decade – ER, The Practice, Law & Order, and Lie to Me – among many others.   Corbin-Miller shares about her start, the most difficult part of her job, and how science inspires story.

Tell us about your background. What inspired you to become a producer and writer?

Scientist Spotlight: Russ Maheras

Russ Maheras may have the coolest job in the world.  As an Entertainment Liaison for the United States Air Force, he's tasked with bringing together our nation's best aviators with film and television production and development teams.  He leads base tours as well as interacting with filmmakers anytime they have questions about how the Air Force works or would like to shoot on a base.  How did he get this job?  He told us that story and many others…

Featured Entertainer: Nikki Levy

Nikki Levy grew up in New York and Eddie Murphy was her idol.  Now a Vice President of Wedge Works World Wide at Fox, she also acts on the side as part of her show Don’t Tell My Mother! where writers and performers share true stories they’d NEVER want their moms to know. 

Tell us about your background. What inspired you to want to make movies, and what led you to your current position at Wedge Works?

Scientist Spotlight: Laura Rose Semo Scharfman

From adventure sports to reaching for the stars, Laura Rose Semo Scharfman, an avionics mechanical engineer at Space X, is always on the go.  Explore her early inspiration, science in the movies, and thoughts on women in engineering. 

Tell us about your background.   What inspired you to become an engineer?  What drew you to the space program?

Featured Entertainer: Devin Andre

As the Director of Development at FilmEngine, Devin Andre oversees creation of screenplays from idea to a workable production draft.  He works with writers, producers, agents, studio executives, directors, financiers, among many others.  He began his entertainment career at Creative Artists Agency in 2006, working in both Motion Picture and Television Literary departments.  After two years, he moved to Participant Media, where he worked on many projects, including The Crazies, The Help, Contagion, and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.   In 2011, Andre took the next step in h

Scientist Spotlight: Jessica Brommelhoff

 “Science is magic that works.” From an early age, Jessica Brommelhoff, neuropsychology post-doctoral fellow at UCLA’s Semel Institute and Exchange consultant, was draw to science.  Explore her early inspiration, science in the movies, and alien hand syndrome.    

What drew you to science in general and to the study of the relationship between depression and dementia?

Featured Entertainer: Justin Springer

Justin Springer may have grown up nowhere near the film industry, but now he's one of the most talented young producers at Disney.  Working on Tron: Legacy, and on a variety of film projects, he's found a way to smartly combine art, science, and story.  We had a chance to ask him a few questions about his background, his interests in making films with real science sprinkled into great plots, and why science is critical to great filmmaking.

Tell us about your background. What inspired you to become a filmmaker?

Scientist Spotlight: James Giordano

If you have been searching for new ways to manipulate the cognitive and decision-making abilities of an arch nemesis, look no further. James Giordano, Director of the Center for Neurotechnology Studies at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, shares about neuroethics, his eureka moment at 6 years old, and working with Hollywood.

Tell us about your background.   How does one become an expert on neuroethics?  By the way, what is neuroethics?  Can you tell us a little about the research that’s being conducted in your field?