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November 29, 2006

Jo Ann Caplin, Senior Lecturer, Department of Broadcast, Telecommunications, and Mass Media, Temple University, and President and Executive Producer, Science Television Workshop, 12-1-06


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Jo Ann Caplin has had a distinguished career in television. As a producer for ABC News and CBS News she won two Emmys and two Peabody Awards for her work. In the 1990s she came to Philadelphia to be Executive Producer of a primetime newsmagazine for Westinghouse. The show, called "The Bulletin", won two Emmys for best newsmagazine, and many more for the segments.

Currently she has received funding for the Science and Art Project from the Societie de Chimie Industrielle (American Section) Fellowship through the Chemical Heritage Foundation.

In the late 1990s Ms. Caplin produced, directed and wrote "The Wonders of Science" for the Franklin Institute, introducing the Franklin and Bower Award winners and their work to a lay audience.

"Jason’s Journey: The Quest for Chemistry," produced by Caplin Communications for Union Carbide and endorsed by the American Chemical Society and the Chemical Manufacturers Association, is about the "benefits of chemistry." There are over 30,000 copies in distribution to schools throughout the country.

She also produced, directed and wrote "Warning, May be Hazardous to your Health: A Consumer Reports Special," for HBO and was a producer for PBS' "Adam Smith's Money World."

Ms. Caplin has served as a media consultant to Fidelity Investments, and other corporations.

For the Sciencenter in Ithaca she produced, directed, wrote, and narrated a short video for their exhibit on motion, entitled "Artistry in Motion." It is now touring with the exhibit "Cool Moves."

From 2000 to 2004 Ms. Caplin was Professor and Park Distinguished Chair at the Park School of Communications at Ithaca College, where she developed a science journalism curriculum as an undergraduate major, and helped engineer a convergence curriculum for the journalism program. Her science journalism classes were among the popular in the entire journalism curriculum.

Ms. Caplin's areas of research are science education, and the relationships between science and art. She has lectured on "Science and Art" all over the U.S. and in England. The summer of 2006, she was invited to lecture at the Oxford Round Table in Oxford, England. The summer of 2003, Ms. Caplin was a visiting scholar at the University College London, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology studying and lecturing on Science and Art. Professor Semir Zeki, with whom she studied, was doing fMRI’s on people while they were looking at art.

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