“Science on the Small Screen, Retro Style,” Scientific American, September 3, 2020.
“Experiments in Creativity” Science, October 16, 2020.
“Bradbury: Beyond Apollo,” Science, August 18 2020.
“How Oral History Opens Up the Past,” Distillations, June 11, 2019.
“The Case of Continental Classroom,” Distillations, March 29, 2019.
“Private Lives in Public Places: TMI Online,” The Science and Entertainment Exchange, July 2018.
“Playing with Technology,” Transmissions, written with Roger Turner, November 27, 2018.
“Science Television in the Age of Sputnik,” Physics Today, September 22, 2017.
Online Exhibit: “Science Education at the American Museum of Natural History,” Transient Effects, Princeton University Art Museum, August 2017.
Book Review: “Atomic Adventures,” Science, June 6, 2017.
“A March Through Time: Historical Perspective on the March for Science,” The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, April 15, 2017.
“As Seen on TV: An exploratory glimpse into the archives of the AAPB,” The American Archive of Public Broadcasting, June 8, 2015.
“The Atomic Awakening of Ava Helen Pauling,” The Pauling Blog, July 11, 2012.
“Bridging the Nuclear Divide,” TERRA Magazine, Oregon State University, October 31, 2011.
“Chasing the Canine Connection,” TERRA Magazine, Oregon State University, November 16, 2011.
“From Concert Hall to Lecture Hall,” TERRA Magazine, Oregon State University, May 18, 2012.
Articles about my work
Brennen Jensen, “Mr. Science Television and the Hopkins show ahead of its time,” Johns Hopkins Magazine, March 2019.
How did television shape the popular perception of scientists in the 20th century? Did television actually make science ‘fun’? When does ‘science fiction’ converge with ‘science education’?
By understanding older methods of science communication, I suggest, science educators can learn new ways to connect to their audiences. My dissertation, “The Scientific Storytellers: How Educators, Scientists, and Actors Televised Science” is a close study of these professional creative collaborations. Long before educators dreamed up ‘STEAM,’ scientists worked with writers and artists to realize their vision of science on the small screen. I begin with the earliest programs of the late 1940s and trace the development of the genre through the 1970s. During the past five years, I have combed through the production materials of See It Now, The Johns Hopkins Science Review, Watch Mr. Wizard, Sesame Street, NOVA, 3-2-1 Contact, Cosmos, and Bill Nye the Science Guy.
I am currently seeking a publisher. Please contact me if you might be interested in printing my book project.