Meet the laboratory’s mad scientists!

The team behind The Science and Entertainment Laboratory introduce themselves in their own words!

Dr David A. Kirby, Senior Lecturer in Science Communication Studies

Dr David KirbyDavid is Principal Investigator for the Playing God project. He was a practicing evolutionary geneticist who left bench science in order to explore how entertainment media serve as vehicles for science communication. His book Lab Coats in Hollywood: Science, Scientists and Cinema examines collaborations between scientists and the entertainment industry. He is currently writing a book entitled “Indecent Science: Film Censorship and Science, 1930-1968” that will explore how movies served as a battleground over science’s role in influencing morality.

Click below to learn more about David’s research and role on the project.


Dr Amy Chambers, MA (Hons), PhD (Film Studies & Contemporary History)

IMG_1230Amy is a research assistant on the Playing God Project and brings a film studies and cultural history perspective to the team. Amy will be using her interdisciplinary research experience in science fiction cinema and American history to explore the exciting connections between science and entertainment.

Listen to Amy’s introduction below for more information.





Dr William R. Macauley, BSc (Hons) Psychology, MSc (Hons) and PhD History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Dr William MacauleyRay is a research associate with the Playing God project. He has an academic background and research experience in psychology and the history of science, technology, and medicine (HSTM). His current research on the interplay between science, religion, and entertainment media incorporates methods and analytical frames drawn from a variety of academic disciplines and fields of study.

Listen to Ray’s introduction below for more about his research and interests.



The audio clips on this page feature music by Timberman (timberman / CC BY-NC 3.0)

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