USC film school partners with NSF

Goal is to spread scientific ideas to a broader audience

The USC School of Cinematic Arts is partnering with the National Science Foundation's Office of Legislative and Public Affairs to launch the Creative Science Studio, which will open its doors on the USC campus in the fall.

Dubbed CS2, the program is designed to bring NSF-supported researchers together with entertainment scholars and professionals with the goal of spreading scientific information and concepts to a broad public audience.
The program was unveiled Friday by SCA dean Elizabeth M. Daley and NSF director Arden Bement at the annual meeting of the American Assn. for the Advancement of Science in San Diego.

They were joined by director and producer Ron Howard, Caltech theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, National Science Board vice chair Patricia Galloway and Kalpen Modi, associate director of the White House Office of Public Engagement.

"This alliance is a vital and essential one," Daley said. "I'm excited for a potential symbiosis between these two institutions, which will play a major role in the ongoing evolution of scientific communication for both researchers and storytellers."

Under the partnership, NSF-funded researchers on campuses throughout the country will collaborate with SCA faculty and students to create outreach products; SCA faculty, students and other producers with be given access to science and engineering resources so they can enhance the depiction of science in movies and TV; the next generation of producers will be exposed to science and engineering themes as part of their education; NSF-funded sound, video and immersive technology researchers will work with producers to test new concepts; producers will be offered opportunities to work as embedded members of research expeditions; and scholars and producers will be given access to NSF's video resources.