World Technology Network presents Conversation: Why Are Science and Technology Invisible.
Writer-Director Matthew Chapman is the author of two critically acclaimed non-fiction books, Trials of the Monkey - An Accidental Memoir and 40 Days and 40 Nights.
His screenplay credits include Consenting Adults directed by Alan J. Pakula, Color of Night, directed by Richard Rush, and Runaway Jury, directed by Gary Fleder.
He is the co-founder and president of ScienceDebate.org, an organization trying to get the presidential candidates to hold a debate on science.
He wrote and directed The Ledge, starring Charlie Hunnam, Liv Tyler, Terrence Howard, and Patrick Wilson. A thriller about a battle between a non-believer and a fundamentalist, it was selected for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and is distributed in America by IFC. It has been seen in over 50 territories worldwide including Indonesia, the Middle East, most of Europe, Russia, China, Turkey, India, and Central and South America.
Claudia Dreifus is Journalist, Educator and Lecturer, producer of the weekly feature “Conversation with…” of the Science Section of the New York Times and adjunct associate professor of international affairs and media at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) of Columbia University.
Fred Guterl is the executive editor of Scientific American. Previously, Guterl was the deputy editor of Newsweek, where he wrote and edited a wide range of stories for both print and digital media. He was Newsweek International’s first science and technology editor, writing and editing dozens of cover packages and special issues on climate change, global health, energy, biotechnology and other subjects. His writing and editing have contributed to numerous awards and nominations from the American Society of Magazine Editors. His article “Riddles in the Sand,” in Discover, was named best magazine article in 1998 by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and his Newsweek article “The Wasteland,” on Russia’s plan to accept the world’s nuclear waste, was honored by the Overseas Press Club for environmental writing. He has been a guest on CNN, MSNBC, Charlie Rose, The Today Show and other television venues. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Rochester and has taught science writing at Princeton University.
Albert H. (Al) Teich is Research Professor of Science, Technology and International Affairs in the Center for International Science and Technology Policy at George Washington University. From 1990 through the end of 2011, he served as Director of Science & Policy Programs at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Teich is a Fellow of AAAS and the recipient of the 2004 Award for Scientific Achievement in Science Policy from the Washington Academy of Sciences. He served as president of the Academy in 2008-2009.
Dr. Teich is the author of numerous articles and editor of several books, including Technology and the Future, the most widely used college textbook on technology and society. First published in 1972, the book marked its 40th anniversary in print with its twelfth edition, published by Thompson Cengage Learning in January 2012. Dr. Teich holds a B.S. in physics and a Ph.D. in political science, both from M.I.T.