Hollywood Meets the Science Establishment

When one thinks of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, at least three staid images spring to mind:

  • The academy’s prestigious journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Insiders, and those who would be, universally call it PNAS.
  • The academy’s members, who represent the pinnacle of accomplishment in the scientific enterprise. Most have grey hair.
  • The academy’s reports, issued through the National Research Council, which provide policy advice to Congress and others on technical matters. The reports are deep, intelligent, and thorough. Naturally, they are often ignored by policy makers.

Would you imagine that this venerable setting could also accommodate something as pop-culture sounding as The Science and Entertainment Exchange? If you answered no, you would be wrong.

Recently created, this initiative seeks to link scientific experts with people who make media and entertainment. Such collaboration will help to portray science in a more interesting, more compelling, more human manner. Hear, hear!

The exchange held a half-day, invitation-only, symposium in November. If you’re curious, take a look at the program and the reactions of one participant.

In my book, any effort to loosen the throttle on science communication is a winner, especially so when it originated in such a respected organization as the National Academies.

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