Tuesday, January 13, 2015

“SciPop Talks!” Series Begins Feb. 4

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL) Libraries announces the schedule of its spring talk series, “Sci Pop Talks!” which start on February 4, 2015. The talks explore the science within some of our favorite popular culture icons and are given by faculty from UNL, Doane College, and University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). The free talks are open to the public and held every Wednesday night at 7:00 pm in Room 222 of Love Library on the UNL city campus.
A few of the topics discussed will be turning garbage into textiles and fashion, Marvel Comics, the bracketology of women’s college basketball, and the chemistry in Game of Thrones. An online guide has been set up with the full-schedule at:  http://unl.libguides.com/scipoptalks. Multi-media tie-ins and reading lists to go with each talk will be published 2-3 weeks in advance of each talk.

The talks sponsored last spring were very popular and appealed to a diverse audience.
“We have scheduled a variety of talks to continue to attract different groups. For example Husker women’s basketball fans will want to attend the March 11 talk with Jeff Griesch, radio color commentator for Nebraska women’s basketball, who will give us the bracketology of women’s basketball,” said Joan Barnes, UNL Libraries Community Engagement Librarian.
The complete schedule of “Sci Pop Talks!” is:
Feb 4     Art & Science of Fermented Foods – Robert Hutkins, UNL
Feb 18   The Radioactive Origins of Marvel Comics – Dan Claes, UNL
Feb 25   Fire & Explosions in Hollywood Films: What You Need to Know to Survive – Brad D. Elder, Doane College
Mar 4    Biomechanics in Technology: From Pop Culture to Rehabilitation – Sara A. Myers, UNO
Mar 11  Bracketology of Women’s Basketball – Jeff Griesch, UNL Athletics
Mar 18   A Song of Ice & Fire & Chemistry – Raychelle Burks, Doane College/UNL

Where: Love Library, Rm. 222, 13 & R Streets, UNL City Campus
When: 7:00 pm, Wednesday nights

Sponsored by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries, UNL Chemistry Department and Doane College

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