Public Understanding of Science, Technology & Economics
The Foundation develops various television projects, mainly through PBS, to help integrate science and technology, along with profiles of scientists, engineers, and mathematicians, into the nation’s regular programming.
Foundation-supported shows such as PBS's The American Experience, the longest running history series on television, receive support for highlighting the role of engineering and technology in society, and for broadening our view of the nation’s history and of the central role of science and technology in the country’s narrative. Some programs, such as NOVA's Hunting the Elements about the discovery and scientific role of the periodic elements, celebrate scientific and technological breakthroughs and milestones, while others reveal just how little we know, and how far we still have to go, such as NOVA's The Fabric of the Cosmos hosted by physicist Brian Greene. The Foundation has a longtime interest in the underappreciated role of women and minorities in science and technology, and has supported work about such figures as Lise Meitner, Marie Curie, and Hedy Lamarr.
The Foundation also supports television programs based on projects it has sponsored in other media. Programs have resulted from books, such as Jeff Hecht's book City of Light, and plays, such as Michael Frayn's Copenhagen.
The Foundation also continues to develop various film projects with cable and broadcast networks.
Watch The American Experience's latest Sloan-funded episode The Poisoner's Handbook based on the Sloan-supported book by Deborah Blum more
Watch the two-part series Brains on Trial with Alan Alda, supported by the Foundation, which explores neuroscience and the criminal justice system. more