The Making of “Picture a Scientist”

Emily Hughes

Sharon Shattuck, director/producer of “Picture a Scientist,” talks about the making of the NOVA documentary that won the Gold Award for Video In-Depth Reporting in the 2021 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards contest. The film describes the experiences of three women—biologist Nancy Hopkins, chemist Raychelle Burks and geologist Jane Willenbring—who were subject to subtle slights and, in some cases, brutal harassment as they sought to build careers in science. The film, a NOVA Production by Uprising LLC for GBH Boston, combines powerful personal stories with compelling statistics to explain how women have been treated in the sciences over the years and how much remains to be done. Executive producer Amy Brand, director/producer Ian Cheney and producer Manette Pottle shared the award with Shattuck.