The Science & Entertainment Exchange was first brought to my attention in early August when The Skeptics Guide to the Universe podcast had an interview with Jennifer Ouelette. With a background in both media and archaeology, and a passion for science education, something like this is a dream come true.
So what exactly is the Science and Entertainment Exchange? For those of you who aren’t aware, here is a bit of information:
The Science & Entertainment Exchange is a program of the National Academy of Sciences that provides entertainment industry professionals with access to top scientists and engineers to help bring the reality of cutting-edge science to creative and engaging storylines.
The portrayal of science – its practitioners, its methods, its effects – has often posed a challenge to the entertainment community. Though it has inspired some of the most intelligent and compelling storylines, science’s many complexities have confounded even the most talented writer, director, or producer, time and again pitting creative license against scientific authenticity and clarity.
Likewise, the scientific community has struggled to find an effective conduit through which it can communicate its story accurately and effectively. Though many of the world’s biggest problems require scientific solutions, finding a way to translate and depict scientific findings so that reach a wide audience has required a sounding board that has often been missing.
The Science & Entertainment Exchange bridges this gap and addresses the mutual need of the two communities by providing the credibility and the verisimilitude upon which quality entertainment depends – and which audiences have come to expect. Drawing on the deep knowledge of the scientific community, we can collaborate on narrative and visual solutions to a variety of problems while contributing directly to the creativity of the content in fresh and unexpected ways.
Spanning the range of science topics, The Exchange can find experts that will work to identify and effectively portray the science details that complement a storyline. They can help flesh out ideas that depend upon accurate details relating to insects, extraterrestrial life, unusual Earth-based life forms, or the mysteries of oceans. They can refine concepts relating to emerging science concepts in areas such as space travel, multiple dimensions, nanotechnology, computer technology, and engineering. They can find experts in environmental and ecological issues, health, medicine, and disease, and U.S. educational practices. The Exchange is also well positioned to work on public policy issues that relate to science such as stem cell research, global climate change, and teaching about evolution and the nature of science.
Now that is sexy!