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SciPop Talks! Where Science Intersects Pop Culture: May 2015 STEM EXPO

A series of talks about science in movies, books, and games.

Jorgensen Hall Room 110

Time Jorgensen Hall 110
9:00 AM Dancing Fire: Illuminating the Hidden Quantum World of Nanotechnology, Christian Binek, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  From Feynman’s vision of nanotechnology to the tools that make nanostructures visible we will look at capabilities in nanoscience. The concept of matter waves is central to modern quantum mechanics.  We will visualize it through the analogy of a standing acoustic wave demonstrated by flames dancing to the sweet sound of an electric guitar. For related books, media, and more check out: http://unl.libguides.com/c.php?g=51789&p=1688668​

Time Jorgensen Hall 110
10:00 AM Chemistry to Survive the Zombie Appocolypse, Raychelle Burks Doane College & University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  It's just a matter of time before we're over-run by the un-dead.  From the The Walking Dead, we know fighting zombies is dangerous and exhausting work! Guns, swords, crossbows, hand-to-zombie combat... how can we fight smarter, not harder? Chemistry!  Come learn how chemistry can help you survive the zombie apocalypse. For related books, media, and more check out: http://unl.libguides.com/c.php?g=51789&p=334414

Time Jorgensen Hall 110
11:00 AM Chemistry to Survive the Zombie Appocolypse, Raychelle Burks Doane College & University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  It's just a matter of time before we're over-run by the un-dead.  From the The Walking Dead, we know fighting zombies is dangerous and exhausting work! Guns, swords, crossbows, hand-to-zombie combat... how can we fight smarter, not harder? Chemistry!  Come learn how chemistry can help you survive the zombie apocalypse. For related books, media, and more check out: http://unl.libguides.com/c.php?g=51789&p=334414

Time Jorgensen Hall 110
12:00 PM Comic Book Physics 101: Lesson 1: The Origin of Superman and Clues to the Planet Krypton, Dan Claes, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  Join us as we explore the physics of Superman, his superpowers, and significant events in his history. We will explore the questions: How does Superman fly? What is source of his strength? What can we deduce about his native planet, Krypton? For related books, media, and more check out: http://unl.libguides.com/c.php?g=51789&p=1455896

Time Jorgensen Hall 110
1:00 PM Book 8: Harry Potter and the Magic of Science, Rebecca Lai, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  Although J.K. Rowling did not major in chemistry in college, she has substantial knowledge of alchemy and has incorporated many chemistry concepts into her books, in particular, the first book titled “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”. This lecture examines the alchemical concepts used in the books and their relationship to modern chemistry. For related books, media, and more check out: http://unl.libguides.com/c.php?g=51789&p=334418

Jorgensen Hall Room 136

Time Jorgensen Hall 136
9:30 AM Did a Giant asteroid kill the Dinosaurs? Greg Snow, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  Mass extinctions are a hobby of Snow’s. He will examine the theory that an Everest-size asteroid struck Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula 65 million year ago, creating a dust cloud that altered the earth's climate and killed the dinosaurs. He'll also review other extinction theories, some believable, others preposterous, as put forth in the lively scientific debate surrounding their demise. 
For related books, media, and more check out: http://unl.libguides.com/c.php?g=51789&p=1693028​

Time Jorgensen Hall 136
10:30 AM Forensic Science: Fact or Fiction, Ashley Hall, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.  NCIS.  The New Detectives.  Forensic science is a staple in many popular shows, but do they get it right?  Not all the time, but if you look deeper than the flashy staging and witty dialogue, you can learn a good deal about the scientific principles that form the framework of forensic investigation. For related books, media, and more check out: http://unl.libguides.com/c.php?g=51789&p=334417

Time Jorgensen Hall 136
11:30 AM Fire & Explosions in Hollywood Films, Brad Elder, Doane College
  Hollywood sensationalizes action movies with big explosions and lots of fire.  Running through a burning building with a victim over the shoulder is a great way for heroes to protect their shoulder from burns.  It’s also a great way to bake their victim faster than a microwave.  We will take a walk through fire both real and Hollywood. For related books, media, and more check out: http://unl.libguides.com/c.php?g=51789&p=1480306

 

Time Jorgensen Hall 136
12:30 PM Fire & Explosions in Hollywood Films, Brad Elder, Doane College
  Hollywood sensationalizes action movies with big explosions and lots of fire.  Running through a burning building with a victim over the shoulder is a great way for heroes to protect their shoulder from burns.  It’s also a great way to bake their victim faster than a microwave.  We will take a walk through fire both real and Hollywood. For related books, media, and more check out: http://unl.libguides.com/c.php?g=51789&p=1480306

Time Jorgensen Hall 136
1:30 PM Nanoscale Science and Technology, Steve Ducharme, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  Come learn about recent trends in nano-science and nano-technology, with an emphasis on innovations in materials science, electronics and optics. The talk will include demonstrations of: fluorescing quantum dots showing the quantum confinement energy effect; Buckyball models; and Nanogold. For related books, media and more check out: http://unl.libguides.com/c.php?g=51789&p=1767321

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