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Science Study Break
About Science Study Break
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.
Science Study Break occurs twice each semester and is generously supported by the University
Federal Credit Union.
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 Archives
September -Dr. Wallace Fowler and Living &Working in Space
March -Dr. Vernita Gordon and Dr. Martin Kevorkian, "Dr. Who"
November -Dr. Wilson Geisler, "Forensic Imaging"
October -Dr. Russell Poldrack, "Autoexperimentation"
April -Dr. Glenn Lightsey, "Star Trek"
February -Dr. Timothy Loving, "Ask Dr. Loving"
November -Drs. Jan and Terry Todd, "Superhuman Strength"
October -Dr. Carlton Erickson, "Addiction"
April -Dr. Richard Taylor, "Disease Detectives"
March -Dr. Andreana Haley, "Dementia: The Long Goodbye"
November -Dr. Jim Bryant and Dr. Sam Gosling, "Sherlock Holmes"
October -Dr. Claud Bramblett, "Apes!"
September -Jim Ottaviani, "Feynman"
April -Dr. Misha Matz, "The Biology of 'Avatar'"
February -Sheril Kirshenbaum, "The Science of Kissing"
October -Dr. Anne Silverman, "Mega Monsters"
September -Dr. Sacha Kopp, "2012"
April -Dr. Alison Preston, "Memories"
March -Dr. Risto Miikkulainen, "Machines Gone Wild"
October -Sam Scarpino, "Zombies!"
September -Dr. Sacha Kopp, "Angels &Demons"
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