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"In this skillful educational film, Ioanna Semendeferi takes on questions of science and ethics in ways that engage both head and heart. The presentation uses emotion and feelings to reflect on the centrality of emotions and feelings to the production of ethical, responsible scientific work. It is very well done, and should be a critical resource for teaching science, in every college and university."

Susan Lindee, Ph.D.
Janice and Julian Bers Professor of the History of Science,
University of Pennsylvania



"What is at stake when scientific education does not address ethics? This film is a lyrical, creative, and persuasive piece that addresses this challenging topic, and provides a starting point for audiences to grapple with the issue."

Michael Frierson, Ph.D.
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Media Studies,
University of North Carolina at Greensboro



"The film uses gorgeous imagery that stays in your mind and creates an emotional response to ethics."

"A kinesthetic journey into the importance and emotion of ethical behavior in research."

"Ethics teaching tends to be about principles and facts. This film makes it an immersive sensory experience with sound and sight that stays with you long after it ends."
Craig M. Klugman, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Health Sciences,
DePaul University



"Over and over again, history teaches us that ethical and social considerations must guide the development and application of new technologies. And yet, we often fail to heed these lessons. This imaginative film starts a much needed discussion about the essential role that ethics and history should play in engineering and science education."

Kyriacos Zygourakis, Ph.D.
A.J. Hartsook Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering,
Rice University



" 'Dear Scientists' adds to a relatively short list of videos that can be used in multi-disciplinary settings to stimulate conversations about the roles of science and engineering in society and the ethical issues they raise. About 25 minutes, it allows time for discussion that is likely to be the most valuable part of the exposure. The film has a unique focus – on the importance of emotions in science and engineering, and on the position of ethics instructors as they engage this subject. Its evocative design augments that focus and provokes the viewers."

Rachelle Hollander, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Engineering, Ethics, and Society,
National Academy of Engineering



"Excellent cinematography."

Alexis Krasilovsky, MFA
Professor, Department of Cinema and Television Arts,
California State University, Northridge



"Great film, the risks of improper use of science are clearly exposed. Being a scientist myself, I find it appropriate to be reminded of our responsibilities in such a direct way. Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is exposing humankind to new risks, lack of privacy being just one example. Most people are aware of this, not everyone is aware of the consequences. Films like 'Dear Scientists' should make us appreciate the role of science ethics committees, and stop treating them as annoying formalities."

Santo Fortunato, Ph.D.
Professor of Complex Systems,
Department of Biomedical Engineering and Computational Science,
Aalto University, Finland



"The ethical and sociological relevance of science is rarely discussed. In the film 'Dear Scientists', Ioanna Semendeferi addresses this issue with a gentle touch. She uses an artistic overlay to focus on the nobility of science and its lords. Pleasantly lacking cynicism, the artistry lends itself well to the theme – that one scientist can right the wrongs of a thousand politicians."

James Levine, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor in Health Solutions and Professor of Medicine,
Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University



"‘Dear Scientists’ is an intelligent and thought-provoking film about science ethics. The focus on feelings makes it an unique tool in educating tomorrow’s scientists in research ethics."

Maja Van Der Velden, Ph.D.
Department of Informatics, University of Oslo,
Member of the National Committee for Research Ethics
in Science and Technology (NENT), Norway



"Scientists should feel responsible for our future. Nobody can do anything meaningful for humanity without ethics."

Dirk Helbing, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology, in particular of Modeling and Simulation,
Department of Humanities, Social, and Political Sciences (GESS),
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZ), Zurich, Switzerland



"This is an expertly crafted and emotionally gripping film about the importance of ethics in science and the role that emotions can play in shaping ethical scientists. It is my hope that all science programs show this film to their students and faculty. I'd feel safer if I knew that all future scientists had seen this film."

Sam Kauffmann
Professor of Film and Television,
Boston University



"Ioanna Semendeferi’s film ‘Dear Scientists…’ is beautifully shot and written. But that is filmmaker’s response, not a human ethical response to her vitally important message that hopefully all scientists and college students of all fields will experience. This fusion of art, science and morality reveals in intricate choreographed cinematography and haunting words of warning the responsibility of genius and the role of imagination and technology in the human experience."

Allan Holzman
Emmy and Peabody Award winning Director/Editor,
Adjunct Professor, School of Cinematic Arts,
University of Southern California (USC)



"Responsibility of science as a system is intrinsically tied to individual responsibility. It is impressive how this film applies powerful pictures and addresses emotions to raise our awareness of this."

Georg Aichholzer, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist at Institute of Technology Assessment,
Austrian Academy of Sciences



"Humanists, with their penchant for critical reflection and eyes for ethical nuance, are often perceived as anti-science. Ioanna Semendeferi's film is an open letter to scientists, inviting them to participate in a conversation about ethics that neither demonizes them nor lets them off the hook. With arresting images and evocative music, the film offers sober meditations on the troubling moral transgressions that fill the history of science, tempered by an obvious love for science itself."

Jacob Darwin Hamblin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History,
Director, Environmental Arts and Humanities,
Oregon State University



"This is a wonderful film, which highlights the necessity of a symbiotic relationship between feelings and intellect in the mind of a scientist. For physicists the role of responsible research and ethical behavior is of the highest relevance, in particular in a time where irrefutable evidence and facts can be misconstrued by groups and media with specific agendas. The hope is that by combining your gut feelings and your moral compass with hard science any professional scientist will choose the right path. The movie perfectly displays the alternatives and their consequences. And it makes a passionate plea for more integrity and its rewards."

Rene Bellwied, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Physics,
University of Houston



"In its use of creative use of visual images, timing, narration as well as music, this film is just as much a work of art as it is science. It is part love story, part exhortation, asking scientists to listen to their hearts as well as follow their minds. It is an excellent resource for teaching and discussion that I have placed in our science library."

Vassiliki Betty Smocovitis, Ph.D.
Professor of the History of Science,
Departments of Biology and History,
University of Florida



"This film offers a very important message to scientists and science students--that emotions and ethics are not, and should not be, alien to the STEM fields. Through a combination of powerful images and stirring music, it encourages scientists to feel, and in doing so, to move beyond technical details and consider the broader ethical consequences of their work. This thought-provoking film deserves a wide audience."

Nadine Weidman, Ph.D.
Department of the History of Science,
Harvard University



"The structure of the film is consistent and the cinematography is quiet strong, achieving a smooth continuous traveling effect that successfully brings us to a meditative state in which to receive and process the questions proposed and bring thought to the subject matter."

Carolina Loyola-Garcia, MFA
Associate Professor of Media Arts,
Robert Morris University



"Emotions meet Science! Scientists and students will be moved by the importance of the topic, the strength of the message, and the beauty of the cimematography. Congratulations!"

David Sander, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Psychology,
Director of the Centre Interfacultaire en Sciences Affectives (CISA)
& of the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) in Affective Sciences
& of the Laboratory for the study of Emotion Elicitation and Expression (E3 Lab)
University of Geneva, Switzerland



"This vivid and haunting film opens a much-needed space to discuss the importance of ethics in science education. It brightly shows that instead of wearing any emotionless masks, scientists should cultivate and use emotions and feelings as an important resource for advancing science."

Alberto A. Martinez, Ph.D.
Professor of History of Science,
University of Texas at Austin



"Using pulsating music and dramatic imagery, the film should trigger an emotional response from science and engineering students and practitioners as they consider their broader responsibilities to society. It will be an effective teaching tool for educators interested in emphasizing that the goal of graduate education should be to develop professionals who know not merely how to do something well, but also to consider to what ends their knowledge and skills will be applied."

Mark S. Frankel, Ph.D.
Director, Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program,
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)