Take a break from the books and join UT researchers for cookies, chips, and chat about popular movies and TV shows that deal with science topics.
Many viewers uncritically accept scientific information presented in movies or on TV. That may be good in the case of a medical organization broadening viewers’ knowledge by using entertainment-education—for example, embedding information about breast cancer in the storyline of a telenovela. But that may be bad when “science” unconsciously absorbed from popular programming affects citizens’ considerations of public policy issues.
In each program of this occasional series you’ll hear faculty members discuss realms of scientific possibility, evaluate presentations of science in popular culture, or mercilessly mock bad science and worse screenwriting. You’ll also sharpen your Bad Science Detector and discover library resources you can use to check the facts.
Science Study Break occurs twice each semester and is generously supported by the University Federal Credit Union.
If you would like to suggest a future program or be a Science Study Break presenter, please email Roxanne Bogucka with the subject line Science Study Break.