March 26, 2015
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Media advisory: 'Science on Screen' pairs computer simulation lecture with film

Carrie L Martin, martin59 [at], 925-424-4715

Who: The third and final installment in the Science on Screen series features Lawrence Livermore research scientist Vic Castillo, who will present "Computer Simulation: Having Fun With Models and Robots." Castillo will demonstrate how computer simulations are being used by researchers at  Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) on the world's fastest computers to help us understand, predict and communicate. Projects Castillo has worked on include simulation of turbulent fluids, hypersonic flows, neural networks, enterprise dynamics, and additive manufacturing (aka 3D printing). Castillo’s lecture is paired with the feature-length film, "Robot and Frank" (PG-13), which tells the story of the relationship between Frank, a retired jewel thief, and Robot, who Frank receives as a present from his son. At first, Frank is annoyed by Robot, until he discovers that he can be trained for useful tasks — like lock-picking and safecracking.  

What: The Science on Screen series, geared for middle and high school students, creatively pairs cutting-edge science presented by leading Lab researchers with a popular feature film on a similar subject matter, providing the perfect combination of enlightenment and entertainment.

When: Saturday, March 28, 2015. Doors open: 8:30 a.m. Lecture: 9 a.m. Film: 10 a.m.

Where: The State Theatre, 1307 J. St., Modesto.

Note: This is a free science education program. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis; there is no pre-registration. Science on Screen is presented through a partnership of The State Theatre and the LLNL Science Education Program.