National Science Foundation, USC film school partner

The National Science Foundation and USC’s School of Cinematic Arts have launched a partnership aimed at improving the relationship between science and showbiz.

The Creative Science Studio will begin operations in the fall at the USC film school. Partnership was announced in San Diego at the annual meeting of the American Assn. for the Advancement of Science. Theme of the confab was “Bridging Science and Society.”

Film school dean Elizabeth M. Daley and NSF director Arden Bement disclosed details at the confab, accompanied by director-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.

Goals include helping NSF researchers to collaborate with the USC film school, enabling faculty, students and other entertainment producers to “enhance depictions of science in entertainment works.”

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