Sam Scarpino (Biology) on epidemiology and the undead as seen in The Night of the Living Dead, Shaun of the Dead, and 28 Days Later.
Thursday, October 29, 6-7pm
Jackson Geological Sciences Building, JGB 2.216
Science Study Break website
Take a break from the books and join UT researchers for cookies, chips, and chat about popular movies and TV shows that deal with science topics.
Many viewers uncritically accept scientific information presented in movies or on TV. That may be good in the case of a medical organization broadening viewers’ knowledge by using entertainment-education—for example, embedding information about breast cancer in the storyline of a telenovela. But that may be bad when “science” unconsciously absorbed from popular programming affects citizens’ considerations of public policy issues.
In each program of this occasional series you’ll hear faculty members discuss realms of scientific possibility, evaluate presentations of science in popular culture, or mercilessly mock bad science and worse screenwriting. You’ll also sharpen your Bad Science Detector and discover library resources you can use to check the facts.
If you would like to suggest a future program or be a Science Study Break presenter, please email Roxanne Bogucka with the subject line Science Study Break.
The Kuehne Physics Mathematics Astronomy Library (PMA) is hosting a celebration of the International Year of Astronomy on Wednesday, October 7. The festivities begin at 2 p.m. on the plaza of Robert Lee Moore Hall (RLM), where attendees may take part in the formation of a human orrery, or solar system model that demonstrates the planets’ motion around the sun. Astronomer Kurtis Williams will direct the activity.
The orrery activity will be complemented with a talk at 3pm in the PMA Library, RLM 4.200 by Dr. Craig Wheeler entitled “A Brief Time for History: 400 Years of Astronomy”. There will be a reception with light refreshments in the library 2-4pm.
The PMA event is in recognition of the International Year of Astronomy, which is described by the hosting organizations’ website as “a global effort initiated by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and UNESCO to help the citizens of the world rediscover their place in the Universe through the day- and night-time sky.