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I Am Science: Short Film Traces Unconventional Paths to Life in Science


The road to science is paved with failed intentions.

To celebrate their second birthday, my friends at The Story Collider, the finest science storytelling show around, teamed up with American Museum of Natural History media writer and producer Mindy Weisberger to bring to life the recent #IAmScience meme — real-life stories about the unconventional, unexpected ways in which people ended up in science — in a lovely short film. Starring a wide range of science jockeys, from physicists to forensic scientists to journalists, it bespeaks the oft-overlooked truth that, much like the path of science, the path to science is a journey of discovery, of questions rather than answers, and of embracing serendipity.


  • Erin Barker, producer / editor, The Story Collider
  • Shelly Ben David, psychologist
  • Deborah Berebichez, physicist and science popularizer
  • Cat Bohannon, PhD student, narrative and cognition
  • Samuel Crane, PhD student, entomology
  • Matt Danzico, journalist
  • Jeanne Garbarino, biochemist
  • Meghan Groome, science educator
  • Amy Harmon, journalist
  • Smriti Keshari, documentary filmmaker
  • Lance Langstrom, geneticist
  • Ben Lillie, writer / co-founder, The Story Collider
  • Eric LoPresti, painter
  • Luis Quevedo, radio producer
  • Theanne Schiros, physicist
  • Lou Serico, forensic scientist
  • Julian Taub, science writer
  • Kelly Vaughn, science teacher
  • Mindy Weisberger, media writer / producer

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