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Film series takes off from Earth

December 20, 2013

The MacMurray College film series “Science in the Movies,” kicks off the new year Jan. 12 with a segment on outer space. With star travel, the effects of vacuum, and even a few aliens, need we say anything more?

“In Space, No One can Hear You Scream. Outer Space in the Movies” will be 4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 12 in Bailey Auditorium in Julian Hall, located north of Freesen Football Field on the MacMurray campus. The event is free and open to the public. 

 Dr. Joanne Budzien, MacMurray assistant professor of physics, will look at a variety of phenomena depicted in such movies as “Men in Black 3,” “Aliens” and “Despicable Me” and discuss the science – or lack of science -- behind the scene.

 This program will be suitable for middle-school-aged and older people.  We edit for language and adult situations, but humans will be in danger and injuries will be shown.

The Science in the Movies series, which will run through the academic year, applies physics, chemistry and other natural sciences to movie special effects to answer the question: Are Hollywood films good, bad or ugly science? The next topic will be aliens and monsters and will be held Feb. 16.

For more information, contact:

Ted Roth, Director of Communications and Marketing
Work: 217-479-7027
Email: Send Email

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