Science in the Movies returns

September 22, 2015 | 9:24 AM

The Science in the Movies film series returns for a third year, with monthly showings on campus through the end of the academic year. 

Joanne Budzien, assistant professor of physics and the organizer of the series, will show clips of blockbuster films and discuss whether what’s seen on the silver screen squares with the natural and physical sciences.

All sessions are free and open to the public. Snacks will be provided, and everyone is welcome to bring their own favorite movie snack and enjoy the show.

Children are welcome with adult supervision. Even though the clips are edited for language, excessive violence, and adult situations, some film segments show people in extreme danger and may be too intense for very young viewers.


The events will be held on Sunday each month at 4 p.m. in the Bailey Auditorium in Julian Hall, located on Clay Street in Jacksonville between the Henry Pfeiffer Library and Freesen Football Field on the MacMurray campus.

Sponsored by the MacMurray College Division of Social and Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Science in the Movies looks at whether Hollywood special effects and technology are good, bad or ugly science.

Here is the lineup for the upcoming academic year:

  • Sunday, Sept. 27 – Get Under the Table! Still More Explosions in the Movies. This crowd favorite returns to start the series off with a bang. This session will look at new clips of sensational detonations and blasts.
  • Sunday, Oct. 25 -- What is that Thing?! Monsters in the Movies. Acid blood, gaping jaws and large claws still don’t make movie monsters any more impressive than real life.
  •  Sunday, Nov. 29 – It’s Behind the Bookcase! Secret Bases in the Movies. From underground lairs to hidden mountain retreats, secret bases are seemingly everywhere, if Hollywood is to be believed. What’s your neighbor got in (or under) his garage?
  • Sunday, Jan. 24 – They’re After Us! Chases in the Movies. Another Science in the Movies favorite returns with new sharp turns, big jumps and quick reversals, making movie chases a fun exploration of physics.
  • Sunday, Feb. 21 – Got a Watch? Time in the Movies. Time travel is a tricky thing, especially when you worry about physics. See how Hollywood does with the space-time continuum.
  • Sunday, April 3 – Don’t Drink That! Chemistry in the Movies. Acids, bases and explosives from clear liquids are real chemistry. Come find out what’s all around us and how common chemicals make their film appearances. 

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