Helicopter crashes, women running in high heels, and where the heck did that overturned car in the middle of a field come from? In the final installment of our disaster-themed Ask A Scientist series with The Science and Entertainment Exchange, we’ve flipped the script as Dr. Samantha Montano shares some of her top disaster movie pet peeves and asks Hollywood producer Diana Williams why in the world no one listens to the scientists in disaster movies.
Diana Williams is the Executive Vice President of Creative at Madison Wells Media (MWM), a diversified entertainment media company concentrated on premium content creation in film, television, immersive media and live entertainment. Before joining MWM, Diana worked with Lucasfilm Story Group, the team charged with developing the narrative cohesion and connectivity with the Star Wars universe.
Dr. Samantha Montano became interested in disasters following a trip to New Orleans immediately following Hurricane Katrina and the Levee Failure. She holds a BS in Psychology from Loyola University New Orleans and an MS and PhD in Emergency Management from North Dakota State University. Dr. Montano is currently an assistant professor of emergency management at Massachusetts Maritime Academy where she has taught a variety of courses including disaster preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation, vulnerable populations in disaster, and disaster communications.
#AskAScientist is a down-and-dirty, shot-at-home, short video series of uncertain duration and frequency in which friends of the Science and Entertainment Exchange talk to scientists who answer their most pressing questions about the state of the state in science.
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