UNMC's Dr. Kendra Schmid to be featured Friday on Oprah
|Kendra Schmid, Ph.D., outside Harpo Studios after her taping on "The Oprah Winfrey Show." The episode featuring Dr. Schmid will air on Friday at 4 p.m.|
The producer wanted her to be interviewed on an upcoming show about women, desire and attractiveness. Just days after that phone call, Dr. Schmid arrived in Chicago to discuss her research on facial attractiveness.
"It was such a whirlwind of activity and preparation," Dr. Schmid said. "The producers asked me to evaluate the famous faces of several celebrities and explain how their facial features impacted their attractiveness score."
A YouTube video about the attractiveness of the candidates in last fall's presidential campaign put her research software program in the spotlight. (Click here to view the video.)
The story was picked up by The Associated Press and sent to media outlets around the world. A Discovery Channel producer heard about her research and decided to include it a two-hour documentary called, "The Science of Sex Appeal." An "Oprah" producer watched that documentary and contacted Dr. Schmid to come on the show.
On Friday, Dr. Schmid will be one of the guests featured on "The Oprah Winfrey Show -- Sex: Women Reveal What They Really Want." The program examines the science of attractiveness, including voice, smell and facial symmetry.
"People may be shocked (myself included) that a statistician would get this much media attention. But, I hope the exposure shows that math can be interesting, fun and applicable in all areas of life."
"The Oprah Winfrey Show" airs in Omaha on KMTV Channel 3 (CBS) at 4 p.m. In Lincoln, on KOLN/KGIN (CBS) at 3 p.m. The show is for mature audiences only.