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Through the generous support of The Bernard Osher Foundation, the Osher Fellows program attracts “thinkers-in-residence” from the fields of science, art, design, and policy.
Working in collaboration with the Academy’s scientists, educators, and science communicators, Osher Fellows bring their creative expertise to the museum’s innovative public engagement and science learning programs and share their work through creative and impactful storytelling for a global audience.
Learn about the Academy’s current and past Osher Fellows:
Michelle Nijhuis writes about science and the environment for publications including National Geographic and The New York Times Magazine. Her reporting has won several national honors, including two AAAS/Kavli Science Journalism Awards, the Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism, and two finalist nods in the National Academies Communication Awards. Her writing has also been included in four Best American anthologies. After 15 years off the electrical grid in rural Colorado, she and her family now live in southwestern Washington.
Exposure Labs is dedicated to crafting meaningful and powerful stories that help shape their audience’s understanding of the world. They strive to tackle complex subjects and to reveal them in a way that allows people to better understand the reality and intricacy of the issues at hand. Their acclaimed documentary projects include “Chasing Coral,” “Chasing Ice,” and “Frame by Frame.”
Dive into this talented team’s immersive feature story "Spawning an Intervention," recently published in bioGraphic, the Academy’s digital magazine. Through compelling writing and reporting by Nijhuis, and stunning visuals produced by Exposure Labs, follow along as scientists scramble to restore coral reefs by mastering the art and science of raising coral babies—and learn how innovative restoration techniques are shaping a brighter future for these imperiled ecosystems.
Corey Rich is an acclaimed director, photographer, and Nikon Ambassador who is known for fearlessly documenting some of the world’s wildest places. His work has appeared on close to 100 magazine covers, including the pages of The New York Times Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and National Geographic. Rich is a founding partner of Novus Select and is based in South Lake Tahoe, California.
Explore "The Lungs of the Planet," an immersive story experience from the Academy’s multimedia magazine bioGraphic about how the Amazon rainforest “breathes.” Learn how scientists are studying the impacts of climate change on the Amazon through captivating visuals by Corey Rich and in-depth reporting from Daniel Glick.
Daniel Glick is an author, journalist, and multimedia producer whose award-winning work has appeared in more than four dozen major outlets. One of the editors of the 2014 National Climate Assessment, Glick has reported on climate science findings for more than 20 years. In 2006, he co-founded The Story Group, an independent journalism company that produces multimedia stories about the West’s biggest environmental challenges.
Andrew Zuckerman is an artist based in New York City. His practice addresses our relationship to the natural world through photographic and film-based works largely focused on living specimens. Establishing precise scale relationships within a framework of decontextualization, organizational systems, and technical acumen, Zuckerman’s hyper-real images create unique correlation points between the viewer and subject. His projects include award-winning films, internationally published books, and global traveling exhibitions. His pieces have been acquired by major institutions and private collectors.
Check out Zuckerman’s body of work created for "An Audacious Plan in the Twilight," an immersive story from the Academy’s multimedia magazine bioGraphic. Focused largely on living specimens and the process of photographing creatures from the deep, his captivating images showcase the beautiful and surprising characteristics of the twilight zone’s unique marine life. See Zuckerman’s images up close as part of the Twilight Zone: Deep Reefs Revealed aquarium exhibit during your next visit to the Academy.
Brooke Smith is a science communications expert and the former Executive Director at COMPASS. By giving scientists the communication tools they need, and by bridging the worlds of science, journalism and policy, COMPASS works to ensure that science is better understood and used by society. At the time of her Osher Fellowship, Smith led the organization in vision, strategy, and administration.
Science comedian Brian Malow has worked with NASA, NSF, AAAS, and many other acronyms. He specializes in workshops and presentations that train scientists to become better speakers. Malow has made science videos for Time.com and is a contributor to Neil deGrasse Tyson’s radio show. He currently blogs for Scientific American and works in science communications at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.
Carl Zimmer is an award-winning science writer whose work appears frequently in The New York Times, National Geographic, and other publications. He is the best selling author of twelve books on science including Soul Made Flesh, a history of neuroscience, and was dubbed a "tour-de-force" by The Sunday Telegraph. Zimmer is known for enthralling audiences with topics on the cutting edge of science, and explaining the history of the scientific revolution with ease and wonder.
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