This September, NOVA will launch a brand-new web-only series, The Secret Life of Scientists, highlighting two science and engineering stars every month:
In a selection of three to six short, punchy films, each person describes his or her passions both within and outside of science. The site will also include opportunities to interact directly with the scientists through "questions & answers," sharing stories, and bonus video that digs deep into each scientist's work and life to reveal more about who these thinkers are as people.
Funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, The Secret Life of Scientists will highlight a total of 32 scientists and engineers over the next two years.
The first scientist featured on the site will be biologist Mark Siddall. Often off in exotic locations studying leeches, Siddall is also a "culinary adventurer" whose passion outside of science is cooking, and uses field trips to seek out unique, native ingredients such as Irish moss, a red seaweed, to flavour his dishes. And yes, he's tried leeches, too.