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Friday, October 26 • 9:00am - 10:15am
Science Fiction vs. Science Fact

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Science fiction is the ultimate creative canvas—any world you can imagine is possible. But there’s also a part where audiences can’t help but wonder—could this really happen? Join this discussion with writers and scientists alike on balancing fiction with fact and what’s required for viewers to truly suspend their disbelief so the appearance of truth is always within arm’s reach. After all, the science fiction of today could very well be the science fact of tomorrow.

This panel is presented by The Science and Entertainment Exchange.

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Nicole Perlman

writer Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain Marvel (2019), Detective Pikachu (2019)
Nicole Perlman is best known for having co-written Marvel Studios’ 2014 blockbuster “Guardians of the Galaxy” as well as the upcoming “Captain Marvel” and "Detective Pikachu" (both of which will release in 2019). Nicole received her BFA in filmmaking from NYU in 2003. Since... Read More →

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Zach Adelman

Professor, Department of Entomology - Texas A&M University
Zach N. Adelman is a professor in the Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University. Following earlier work on the generation of mosquitoes resistant to viral pathogens, Dr. Adelman's research has more recently focused on the development of novel gene editing and gene replacement... Read More →
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Rita Blaik

Manager of Education at the California NanoSystems Institute
Rita Blaik is a multidisciplinary scientist and artist based in Los Angeles, California. Her life's goal is to find new and innovative ways of communicating science to people through workshops, interactive discussions, art, and other media. She received her PhD in Materials Science... Read More →
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Matt Sazama

creator/executive producer/writer Lost in Space; writer Power Rangers (2017), Gods of Egypt (2016), The Last Witch Hunter (2015), Dracula Untold (2014)
Matt Sazama grew up making live action and animated Super-8 movies in Milwaukee, Wisconsin -- films whose ambition outstripped their budget while trying to replicate the magic found in the science fiction and fantasy films of the 80s. His love of movies led him to attend New York... Read More →
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Burk Sharpless

creator/executive producer/writer Lost in Space; writer Power Rangers (2017), Gods of Egypt (2016), The Last Witch Hunter (2015), Dracula Untold (2014)
Burk Sharpless grew up writing science fiction stories and drawing comic books for his friends, it never really occurred to him that might be his true calling. Hailing from an academic family, he wanted to do something appropriately erudite and high-brow. After graduating in philosophy... Read More →

Friday October 26, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am CDT
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Bethell Hall