12.5.17 Science Speed Dating



Written by: Sarah Taber

On a cold, rainy night in December 2017, a dedicated band of scientists and storytellers met at The William Vale in Brooklyn. The event: Science Speed Dating. The objective: scientists have seven minutes to talk about their life’s work, followed by a Q&A panel. While all too brief, our speakers…

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Bioethics: Killer Conundrums, Deadly Dilemmas



Written by: Mark Haynes

Do no harm. This basic tenant of the Hippocratic Oath is incredibly simple. But now, as we move into a future of radical transplant techniques, gene therapies, and evermore expensive pharmaceutical wonders, the advances in technology are coming face to face with the ethics around what can be done versus…

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One Night to Save the World



Written by: Jacob Duell

The year is 2117. You arrive home from work and your door knows your name. It opens for you. The lights dim to the precise brightness where you feel most relaxed. Your speakers are the perfect DJ—they play the exact song you want to hear without requesting it. You pull…

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The Science of Fear



Written by: Meeri Kim

Horror movies have always given us plenty of nightmare fodder. Moments like the disturbing elevator full of blood in The Shining, Psycho’s famously chilling shower scene, and a possessed girl’s head spin in The Exorcist have burned themselves into our brains from the very first viewing. But ultimately, we can…

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Gene Editing: Balancing Risk & Reward



Written by: Sarah-Doe Osborne

An audience of filmmakers and scientists packed the screening room of The Science & Entertainment Exchange Vice-Chairs Jerry and Janet Zucker for a salon on the subject of gene editing. Janet Zucker opened the night commemorating the late Ralph Cicerone, former president of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), by…

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Women in Media: Innovation in Storytelling

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Written by: Adam Fratto

The Exchange offered an array of cool events at Comic Con this year, including the live-streamed “Women in Media” panel. The conversation—casual but pointed, witty but serious minded—featured a handful of accomplished women discussing the intersection of technology and storytelling, the challenges and opportunities they face in their respective career…

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Farms and Food



Written by: Danny Galvin

What is the greatest threat to human health? Guests at the Farm and Food event held at director Oz Scott’s house were prompted to consider that question by Ellen Silbergeld, a professor of environmental health sciences, epidemiology, and health policy and management at Johns Hopkins University. Silbergeld’s answer was not…

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6.28.17 Science Speed Dating



Written by: Michael Levin

Our first date set the tone, dressed for the occasion. A suit with a turquoise shirt, silver hoops in his ears, pins on his lapel, and boots with flames coming up over the toes. The wine was chilled, the lights were dimmed, and the clock had started ticking. He spent…

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2017 Jet Propulsion Laboratory Tour



Written by: Carly Wray

“The fact that we don’t know how planets are formed is really depressing.” That is Dr. Randii Wesson talking, and he is saying it with a big smile. He is referring to a debate about whether planets begin as gas and collect solids or whether it is the other way…

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4.4.17 Science Speed Dating



Written by: Damien Bérubé

Last week, The Exchange held its popular Science Speed Dating event at Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and it was no ordinary speed dating! Starting at 7 p.m., seven scientists rotated among seven groups to make the most of 7 minutes to explain their life’s work. Suffice it to say, luck…

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