David A. Kirby

David A. Kirby

David A. Kirby is Chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies in the Liberal Arts and Director of the Science, Technology & Society Program at Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo. He was a practicing evolutionary geneticist before leaving bench science to explore science communication through entertainment media. His book Lab Coats in Hollywood: Science, Scientists and Cinema examines the historic collaborations between science consultants and the entertainment industry. He is currently writing a book titled Indecent Science: Religion, Science, and Movie Censorship, which will explore how censors altered the stories told about science in movies.

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    Movie microbes under the microscope


    The film Contagion has seen a huge spike on download sites amid the coronavirus pandemic, but what you may not know is that microbes have been movie stars since the earliest days of cinema.