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'Science in the Movies' to make debut

September 30, 2013

How realistic are the spectacular special effects in the movies? A new series in Jacksonville, Science in the Movies, will take up that topic with car chases, explosions, aliens, monsters, space travel and more.

 Viewing clips from scores of movies, the series will ask the question, Are Hollywood films good, bad or ugly science?

 “We’ll show five to eight clips each presentation, from such famous movies as Men in Black, Superman, Aliens, and Star Wars and talk about whether what we saw is what physics, chemistry or other natural sciences tell us would happen in that situation,” said Joanne Budzien, assistant professor of physics at MacMurray College. “Some of the special effects fly in the face of reality, but others are plausible to very solid science.”

 The presentations are on Sunday evenings each month during the academic year, starting at 4 p.m. in Bailey Auditorium in Julian Hall, located on South Clay Street in Jacksonville, just north of Freesen Football Field on the MacMurray College campus. All events are free and open to the public.

 Here is the lineup:

 “This series should be a lot of fun for everyone: the general public, students and MacMurray science faculty,” Budzien said. “This program is designed for people who aren't scientists.  People who are curious can come see the best parts of a movie, find out a little science and even ask a scientist some burning questions related to the topics.”

 Note: Kids are welcome to attend with adult supervision; however, some scenes shown might be too intense for younger viewers. The clips will be edited for language and adult content, but they will depict humans in danger, monsters, and loud noises. 

For more information, contact:

Ted Roth, Director of Public Relations
Work: 217-479-7027 | Cell: 217-883-3340
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