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RESCHEDULED: Science Study Break discusses memories in Dollhouse, Eternal Sunshine, Memento, Tuesday, 4/27, 6-7pm, Painter Hall 4.42

Join us for a rescheduled Science Study Break, on Tuesday, April 27th, at 6pm, in Painter Hall 4.42. Enjoy refreshments and chat with Dr. Alison Preston (Psychology) as she looks at “Dollhouse,” Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Memento to discuss how our brains form new memories and recall old ones.  Hope to see you there!

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Science Study Break discusses machines-gone-wild in Star Trek and 2001: A Space Odyssey, Wednesday, 3/24, 6:30-7:30pm, RLM 4.102

Join us for 2010’s first Science Study Break, this Wednesday, March 24th, as Dr. Risto Miikkulainen discusses Machines Gone Wild, using examples from “Star Trek: The Next Generation” (Mr. Data) and 2001: A Space Odyssey (HAL9000). As always, great discussions and free refreshments. Don’t miss it!

Science Study Break: Machines Gone Wild

Science Study Break: ZOMBIES! Thurs, 10/29, 6-7pm, JGB 2.216

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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.


Science Study Break: Angels and Demons, 9/8/09, 6-7pm

Angels and Demons, 9/8/09

Dr. Sacha Kopp (Physics) discusses antimatter as depicted in the hit movie “Angels and Demons” and in the “Star Trek” TV show.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009
6-7pm
Wheeler Lecture Hall, RLM 4.102

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