Storytelling: Clear Proof Scientists Descended from Humans

Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 7:00pm
The City Library - 210 East 400 South, Salt Lake City, Utah

Nature of Things Lecture


Randy Olson

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Scientists often have a hard time with the idea of storytelling.  Many even suffer from "storyphobia,” the irrational fear of "bending the science to tell a better story." But Randy Olson, a scientist-turned-filmmaker, believes scientists descended from humans and still possess vestiges of storytelling skills that can make their communications more effective.  In films like Flock of Dodos and Sizzle, Olson uses the power of story to put science front and center in an age of information overload.  Join Olson for an exploration the crucial role of storytelling in the mass communication of science.

Randy Olson earned his Ph.D. in biology from Harvard University and became a tenured professor of marine biology at the University of New Hampshire before moving to Hollywood and entering film school at the University of Southern California.  Today he is an independent filmmaker and no longer considers himself a scientist, but is fluent in the two languages of science and cinema which he brought together in his 2009 book, Don’t be Such a Scientist. In addition to writing and directing his own feature films about major issues in science, he has worked with a variety of clients to assist them with the use of visual media in communicating science to the general public.

Nature of Things 2012 is underwritten by the R. Harold Burton Foundation.

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