Thursday, April 17, 2014
Interview with a Vampire: decoded by scientists, 4/23
Interview with the Vampire - Decoded by Scientists
The vampire has evolved over the past centuries in countless directions, moving in popular culture from an evil being to a more humanized character. After all the years, people around the world are still fascinated by vampires and the ideas behind vampirism. Although there is no scientific evidence for vampires, there is some scientific basis for vampire folklore. This lecture will address various vampire-like behaviors that can be explained by medical conditions, such as Porphyria and Xeroderma Pigmentosum. Animals that prefer the “vampire lifestyle” will also be discussed. Other topics to be addressed in this lecture include the chemistry behind garlic (vampire’s nemesis) and the possibility of having hybrid species (dhampir).
Prof. Rebecca Y Lai, UNL, will present on April 23, at 7:00 pm, in Love Library, Talk Zone (222 LS).
Free & Open to the public. Part of the “Sci Pop Talks! Where Science Intersects Pop Culture” talk series sponsored by University Libraries, Chemistry Department and Doane College.