Patt Morrison for October 30, 2009

Zombies, cyborgs, or a rare disease - science making it real in film

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Zombies

Writer/director Jerry Zucker, of "Airplane!" and "Ghost" fame, realized that Hollywood could benefit from a dose of scientific reality in films and TV. To this end, he and the National Academy of Sciences president got together and formed the Science and Entertainment Exchange. With offices in L.A., scientists and engineers can now sit down with entertainment industry professionals and help them flesh out ideas with accurate details relating to insects, extraterrestrials, robots, nanotechnology, disease, global change - you name it. As if those zombies aren't scary enough already!

Guests:

Jennifer Ouelette, Executive Director of the Science and Entertainment Exchange at the National Academy of Sciences

Dr. Robert Smith, epidemiologist at the University of Ottawa and co-author of "When Zombies Attack: Mathematical Modeling of an Outbreak of Zombie Infection."


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