Science and Society on the Screen


Join us for free virtual screenings of popular movies! At Science and Society on the Screen events, we invite you to watch movies from the comfort of your own home. Following each screening, we welcome you to join us for a live Q & A event with filmmakers and scientists where you can ask questions and get the inside scoop.

Planned Screenings

There are a number of movies which we’d like to air within the coming months. The following list includes films which we plan to showcase.

The Biggest Little Farm (Date to be determined)

THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature's conflicts, the Chester’s unlock and uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons, and our wildest imagination. [Source:]

You can sign up to participate in this event by filling out a short registration form (under development, check back soon for a link).

Meet the Team

Elena Lazarus (Research Assistant, Rhee lab, Carnegie Institution for Science)

I received my B.S. in chemistry with a minor in English and an ACS certification in biochemistry from the University of Portland in 2019. While in college, I worked in two laboratories (the Hoffman lab and the Weilhoefer lab) on research focused on extracting, identifying, and quantifying compounds from plants. In 2018, I was a National Science Foundation Boyce Thompson Institute Plant Genome Research Intern in the Moghe lab at Cornell University. Prior to joining Carnegie, I also worked at the Oregon Health and Science University on the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s peer review editorial board from 2017 to 2019. In the Rhee lab, I work on a variety of interdisciplinary projects using molecular and chemical techniques to study novel genes and mechanisms. In my free time, I love to cook and bake, read, and go hiking.

Justin Krupp (Bioinformatics Research Assistant, Rhee lab, Carnegie Institution for Science)

I graduated from UCSC with a bachelor's in bioinformatics back in June, 2019. While I was in school, I worked part-time for the UCSC Genomics Institute, developing the Human Cell Atlas data storage system. I wrote tests, implemented continuous integration infrastructure into a few repositories, and designed coding examples to show consumers how to use the Human Cell Atlas API. Outside of work, I was involved in several extracurricular activities, including the UCSC Bioinformatics Club (which I co-founded along with several other classmates). The club turned out to be a smashing success, and we were able to both spread interest in the field as well as help our underclassmen excel in their studies.


Yunru Peng (Lab Technician, Moi lab, Carnegie Institution for Science)

I graduated from UC Berkeley in May 2019 with a BSc in microbial biology and an emphasis in computational genomics. I am interested in genetics and genomics. During my undergraduate, I used a novel CRISPR/Cas9 multiplex editing technique to modify soybean genome, aiming to enhance the plant's immunity. I also worked in projects related to microbial and zebrafish genetics. I think of genetics as a unifying lens to examine the rich biodiversity and evolutionary history on Earth. At Moi Lab, I will examine the genomes of evolving populations and develop CRISPR tools for polygenic editing. Outside of research, I like books, games, and the outdoors.


Sebastian Toro Arana (Graduate Student, currently rotating, Stanford University Biology)

Sebastian is interested in using computational tools and engineering principles to study the underlying mechanisms of plant stress resistance, immunity and plant-microbe-environment interactions. His goal is to use new technologies to help tackle the challenges of climate change and food security. As an undergraduate and research technician at MIT, he worked on exploring brain decision making systems using computational analysis tools and genetic engineering but recently he has decided to work on more pressing global problems. On a more personal note, he loves enjoying nature and music.