LAWRENCE KRAUSS is an internationally known theoretical physicist with wide research interests, including the interface between elementary particle physics and cosmology, where his studies include the early universe, the nature of dark matter, general relativity and neutrino astrophysics. Prof. Krauss is the author of over 250 scientific publications, as well as numerous popular articles on physics and astronomy. He has been involved for some time in issues of science and society and has helped spearhead national efforts to educate the public about science, ensure sound public policy, and defend science against attacks at a variety of levels. Krauss is also one of the few prominent scientists today to have actively crossed the chasm between science and popular culture. His 1995 book, The Physics of Star Trek, was a national bestseller and sold over 250,000 copies in the U.S. Krauss has also performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, and in 2005 he served as a jury member at the Sundance Film Festival.
MATT PARTNEY, while not an actual scientist, writes for them on TV. Partney is a writer on CBS’ worldwide hit series, CSI: Miami. A self-professed genre “geek” and fan of all-things-sci-fi, Partney started his career in Hollywood on the set of vampire series, Angel. He also served as the art director for the 2002 film Rebellion, starring Patrick Dempsey and directed by Ivan Sergei. Partney watches copious amounts of the Science, National Geographic and Discovery channels in hopes that it might make up for studying journalism in college.
SIDNEY PERKOWITZ earned his Ph. D. at the University of Pennsylvania. As Charles Howard Candler Professor of Physics at Emory University, he has produced over 100 scientific papers and books and he consults for industry and government. He also presents popular science via books, articles, and the media with appearances that include CNN, NPR, the BBC, NASA, and the Tribeca Film Festival among others. His popular science books Empire of Light, Universal Foam, Digital People and Hollywood Science have been translated into six languages and Braille. He’s a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
JANET ZUCKER has been producing and managing in the entertainment business for over two decades. Janet co-heads Zucker Productions with her husband, writer/director Jerry Zucker (Airplane!, Ruthless People, Ghost). She produced Rat Race at Paramount Pictures and First Knight at Sony Pictures. Most recently she produced Fair Game starring Sean Penn and Naomi Watts, directed by Doug Liman, as well as Dear Dumb Diary, to be written and directed by Tony nominated Kristin Hanggi and financed by SKE. Along with her producing duties and a busy development slate, Janet is also a passionate advocate for stem cell research. Janet and Jerry started Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative. Janet is the President of CuresNow, a non-profit organization promoting the rapid, responsible and ethical advancement of science for the purpose of bringing about treatments and cures for diseases and illnesses such as diabetes. In addition, she is a co-chair of The Science & Entertainment Exchange, a communications initiative designed to open up lines of dialogue between entertainment industry professionals and the science community to promote positive and accurate science in the media.
JERRY ZUCKER runs Zucker Productions with his wife, producer Janet Zucker. Jerry directed the box-office hit Ghost which was nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture. He has directed several memorable films including First Knight and Rat Race. Also an accomplished producer, Zucker's body of work includes producing A Walk in the Clouds, My Life, My Best Friend’s Wedding, and more recently, Unconditional Love. Jerry Zucker began his career in collaboration with his brother, David Zucker, and Jim Abrahams when they formed their production company, known as ZAZ. The team wrote and directed the 1980 comedy classic Airplane!. Jerry is also a co-founder of Cures Now, a non-profit organization promoting scientific research in the advancement of regenerative medicine.