Watch The Crossover: Science Speed Dating X Wrong Answers Only

Written by: The Exchange

4 Scientists. 3 Comedians. So many ridiculously wrong answers.

Two of your favorite programs from the National Academy of Sciences – The Science & Entertainment Exchange and LabX – are joining forces to bring you the crossover event of the summer! We’re mashing up The Exchange’s Science Speed Dating format with LabX’s Wrong Answers Only for a perfect blend of science and comedy. Yes, you’ll likely learn a thing or two from the four quick-fire science talks… but science is not always serious, which is especially true when professional comedians are allowed to take over.


Ashely Llorens leads the global outreach team at Microsoft Research, where their mission is to amplify the impact of research at Microsoft and to advance the cause of science and technology research around the world. Prior to joining Microsoft, Ashley served as the founding chief of the Intelligent Systems Center at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, where I directed research and development in artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, and neuroscience.

Luke McKay is an Assistant Research Professor at Montana State University in the Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences and the Center for Biofilm Engineering. He serves as the STEM Program Director for the Gentlemen’s Retreat, which teaches inner city youth the art of being gentlemen through emotional and conversational intelligence. He lives in Bozeman, Montana with his wife Greta, their four chickens, and their cat, Orbit.

Corrie Moreau is a Professor at Cornell University and expert on ant evolution and their gut microbiomes. She has won numerous scholarly awards and published almost 100 scientific papers. In addition to her passion for scientific research, Dr. Moreau is also engaged with efforts to promote science communication and increase diversity in the sciences.


Lisa Curry is an internationally touring comedian and TV writer based in Los Angeles. She has written for NBC, TruTV, and Comedy Central, where she was a staff writer on the Jim Jefferies Show. Lisa’s debut comedy album, Alive for a While topped the charts following an exclusive release on Sirius XM. Her podcast, Long Story Long is available on iTunes and Spotify. As a former Science Olympiad competitor, she’s especially delighted to be on Wrong Answers Only.

Allison Goldberg is a writer and performer whose unique projects have been covered by Good Morning America, WIRED, The LA Times, and more. She is currently working on a project with Audible about break-up texts.

Aparna Nancherla started out doing comedy in her hometown of Washington D.C. and now resides in New York City. In 2021, Vulture named her one of the “Greatest Character Actors Working Today” and in 2016’s Elle’s Women in Comedy Issue, featured her as one of the most exciting new voices to hit the comedy scene. Television credits include “Moon” on the Fox breakout series The Great North; Apple TV+’s Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet; and Netflix’s Space Force, Master of None, and LOVE.

The statements and opinions expressed in this piece are those of the event participants and do not necessarily reflect the views of any organization or agency that provided support for this event or of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.