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Evidence-based Science Filmmaking Initiative Members

ESFI Members

The philosophy of evidence-based science filmmaking rests on two premises: first, that the professional judgment of science filmmakers is uniquely suited to guide the decisions required to produce excellent science films; and second, that the empirical methods associated with the science of science communication can supply science filmmakers with certain forms of information that they themselves believe will enable them to exercise their professional judgment with the greatest degree of success.

Necessarily, then, an evidence-based science filmmaking initiative must be a collaborative one between empirical researchers and science filmmakers and related science-communication professionals. 

The Annenberg-CCP ESFI involves exactly such a collaboration. Initiative members are all either science communication professionals, empirical researchers, or in some cases both. Their roles and level of involvement are expected to vary across Initiative studies. But in every study, the research team will consist of both science communication professionals and empirical researchers.

Current project members include:

Robert Bazell. Now teaching science communication as a Professor (adjunct) in the Department of Molecular Celluar and Developmental Biology at Yale University, Bazell was the science and health correspondent at NBC News from 1976 to 2013.  He gained major recognition as one of the first journalists to report on the outbreak of AIDS (filing his first report in 1982, before the disease was even given this name) and its link to sexual behavior.  Over the course of his career he received multiple awards, including the Edward R. Murrow Awards, the Alfred I DuPont Columbia Award, the George Foster Peabody Award for his science and medicine reporting, and five Emmys.


Katie Carpenter. Carpenter is the Executive Director of CCP’s Evidence-based Science Communication Initiative—and also a media professional with three decades of experience writing and producing science and environmental documentaries for US cable and public television. Among her many award-winning science film is Battle for the Elephants, which aired on the National Geographic Channel in 2013 and won that year’s award for “Best Conservation Film” at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival.


Linda Harrar. An independent writer, director, and producer, Harrar has compiled a vast record of accomplishments in the field of science filmmaking. She has produced multiple science documentaries for the PBS NOVA series.  Her programs have earned numerous awards, including an Emmy for the series RX for Survival: a Global Health Challenge.



Laura Helft. Senior Manager for Public Outreach and Education at Tangled Bank Studios, Helft, a PhD in cellular biologist, doubles as an in-house scientific advisors and a science communication specialist with a focus on education.




Sonya Pemberton. Based (momentarily, when not following the path of one her film projects to whatever exotic location it takes her) in Australia, Pemberton has earned global acclaim for her science films. Her programs' 60 major international awards include a 2012 Emmy for Outstanding Science and Technology Progamming for Immortal, which was produced by her film company Genepool Productions. Pemberton and Genepool also produced Jabbed (2014 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival "Best Medical Science" award winner at), the most-watched commissioned documentary in history of Australia's Special Broadcasting Service network.


on rightJohn Rubin.  Now an Executive Producer at Tangled Bank Studios, Rubin, a PhD cognitive scientist, is a Peabody-winning and multiple Emmy-winning filmmaker whose work focuses on the intersection of natural history and science. While head of Rubin Tarrant Productions, Rubin won the Science in Society Award from the National Association of Science Writers.



Carl Zimmer. Zimmer is one of the nation's premier science writers. He has authored over a dozen highly acclaimed science books, including Soul Made Flesh (2005), Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea (2010), and A Planet of Viruses (2d ed., 2015). He also writes a weekly column, "Matter," for the New York Times. In 2007 he was awarded the National Academies Science Communication Awardfor "his diverse and consistently interesting coverage of evolution and unexpected biology. Because he obviously really isn't that busy, he also  teaches a science communication course at Yale College.


 Meredith Berger. Meredith Berger is CCP’s Chief Operations Officer and plays a critical role in formulation of research plans, coordination of research activities, and study administration.





Asheley Landrum.  The Howard Deshong Postdoctoral Fellow in the Science of Science Communication division of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, Landrum specializes in a key science communication dynamic: the simultaneous use of reason to understand the natural world and to live successfully in the social one.



Dan M. Kahan. Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology at Yale Law School, Kahan has been involved in a wide variety of CCP science communication research projects.





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ESFI Study No. 1