'NCIS' Star Pauley Perrette Joins Campaign to Hype Science, Tech Industries

Pauley Perette and her "NCIS" co-star Mark Harmon.
Pauley Perette and her "NCIS" co-star Mark Harmon.
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In honor of National Engineers Week, the Entertainment Industries Council and the National Science Foundation have partnered to promote careers in science, engineering and technology as part of EIC's "First Draft" program.

In addition to offering input from tech and science experts to creative staff and executives in Hollywood, the "First Draft" effort, in collaboration with NSF's "Science Scene" program, will also provide original publications with scene-depiction suggestions to creators, as well as conducting topic briefings beginning in July, at the start of the television writing season.

The topic briefings will serve as a sort of writer's boot camp, offering up scientists and engineers in a variety of fields to assist in story development and technical guidance. Topics will cover such areas as forensics, nanotechnology, robotics and genetic and aerospace engineering, among others

"If we don't steer young people toward how exciting and rewarding careers in these fields can be," said EIC President and CEO Brian Dyak, "we will lose a generation of great minds and thinkers, causing jobs in these fields to go elsewhere and making our country less competitive in the global economy."

Pauley Perrette, one of the stars of CBS's tech-heavy hit show NCIS,appears in a series of viral video clips hyping the campaign. The clips are available on YouTube and on NSF's Science Scene website.

"It has been such an honor to portray the character of Abby on NCIS for more than 7 years," Perrette said in a press statement. "This fictional character has become an inspiration to young girls all over the world that careers in math, science, engineering and technology are acceptable, attainable and available to them."

"It has been such an honor to portray the character of Abby on NCIS for more than 7 years," Perrette added. "This fictional character has become an inspiration to young girls all over the world that careers in math, science, engineering and technology are acceptable, attainable and available to them."

CBS is also promoting the campaign by placing a longer video vignette on the official NCIS website.

EIC is a non-profit organization founded in 1983 by leaders of the entertainment industry. The National Science Foundation is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education, as well as research facilities and instrumentation across all fields of science and engineering.

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