Turning the Page in Science Entertainment



Sparking accurate, diverse and positive portraits of science and scientists within mass media entertainment – Science to Script is a Wisconsin Institute for Discovery initiative matching storytellers with scientists to forward science entertainment based on:

real research,

diverse science characters,

inclusive STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) approaches



What we do:


entertainment industry professionals with researchers in the Lab


cutting edge research into the creative arts


diverse representations of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) characters in media


unique and realistic STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) narratives


STEM accuracy in entertainment


for real science and scientists in entertainment

You’re Invited!

Speed Science-ing

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Orchard View Room | Discovery Building | 330 North Orchard Street, Madison, WI 53715


RSVP Required: https://forms.gle/5P7Z1iv9JHRqvdAS7

Join us for a lively evening of science topics for entertainment writers. Six scientists will be your science speed-dates as we explore science topics for the stage, screen, page and more! Take your muse to the lab – meet scientists over refreshments and conversation. 

Dr. Avtar Roopra | Department of Neuroscience, School of Medicine and public Health

Data science approaches to curing neurological disorders

Dr. Caroline Alexander | McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research

Reacting to the world: how thermogenesis changes your life

Dr. John Yin | Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, College of Engineering

Predicting the future: from the weather to your health

Dr. Kevin Ponto | Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, School of Human Ecology

Simulating the experience of real-world environments

Dr. Laura Hernandez | Department of Dairy Science

Serotonin isn’t just a brain/mood regulator

Dr. Susan Paskewitz | Department of Entomology

How the “TickApp” will help control of tick-borne diseases

After party with Wednesday Nite @ the Lab: SOIL – A PRECIOUS RESOURCE UNDER THREAT with Dr. Jo Handelsman, Director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Vilas Research Professor, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor.

Please share the invite widely – this event is free and open to the public! 


Science to Script provides programs for national and local audiences. Programming includes: Master Writer's Residencies for professional storytellers (including but not limited to screenwriters, playwrights and authors); and 'Speed Science-ing' Events for our local storytellers.
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