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SciPop: Where Science Intersects Pop Culture

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

New SciPop Talks Released on YouTube!

Comic Book Physics: Faster than Light Travel

with Dan Claes


From Ents to Groot: Can Trees Talk?

with Ramesh Laungani

Watch the videos below!

Done watching? Check out the the Comic Book Physics and From Ents to Groot webpages to discover related books, resources, videos, and more!




Check out our YouTube Playlist!

SciPop Talks! Where Science Intersects Pop Culture

SciPop written in white text inside an exploding blue cloud with red, yellow and green streaks showing the motion of the explosion.Welcome to SciPop, a series of interactive talks and events open to the public featuring the intersection of science and pop culture. Due to Covid-19 we were closed for the 2020-2021 school year.

We have 4 virtual talks we'll be releasing on our YouTube playlist this academic year. The first two talks are available for viewing above with 2 more to be released in Spring 2024! Live Q & A sessions will be scheduled for each talk in 2024.

Twitter: #SciPopTalks

These talks and events are co-sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln University Libraries, Chemistry Department and Physics Department, Doane University, and the Nebraska Local Section of the American Chemical Society.

Check out our YouTube Playlist for more SciPop Talks!


Cancelled! Earth Day at SAC Aerospace Museum

SciPop Word Art image

We apologize, the 2023 outreach at the SAC Museum in Ashland had to be cancelled but we will be back next year in 2024!

SciPop Annoucements


Stand back! I’m going to try SCIENCE!

If someone nearby made that proclamation, what do you imagine is about to happen? What would “trying science” look like? Nebraska’s Jocelyn Bosley is exploring the many possible answers to those questions in the new video series “Verbing Science!”

Created in collaboration with animator Curt Bright, a broadcast specialist with the Office of University Communication and Marketing, “Verbing Science!” is aimed primarily at middle-grade students and teachers. Each episode highlights a woman in STEM, as well as a particular “habit of mind” that is essential to success in science.

SciPop presenter Dr. Rebecca Lai, an expert on science in the Harry Potter series, has been interviewed on the Ologies podcast!

About US

Current Organizers: 

Kiyomi Deards and Rebecca Lai.

For Publicity and Media:

Joan Barnes
Phone: 402-472-6987 

Primary Contact: 

Kiyomi Deards 
Phone: 402-472-2554


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