March 7, 2018

'Science on Screen' series returns to Modesto

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

LIVERMORE, California – Now in its fourth year, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is once again partnering with The State Theatre in Modesto to bring "Science on Screen" to the theater two Saturdays a month in March and April. The 2018 theme of the series is "Marvelous Machines."

Science on Screen is a free educational program geared to middle, high school and college students that creatively pairs cutting-edge science by leading LLNL researchers with a feature film on a similar subject matter, providing the perfect combination of enlightenment and entertainment. Students may receive extra credit for attending and a $500 prize will be awarded to the classroom with the most students attending over the four programs.

The series will be held at The State Theatre, 1307 J. St. in Modesto, and will kick off Saturday, March 10, with LLNL scientist Felicie Albert discussing "Laser-Plasma Accelerators: Riding the Wave to the Next Generation X-Ray Light Sources." Find out how particle accelerators are revolutionizing discoveries in science, medicine, industry and national security. This lecture is appropriately paired with the 1985 movie "Real Genius."

Doors will open at 2 p.m. with the lecture beginning at 2:30 p.m. New this year is "meet a scientist," providing an opportunity to talk with the featured speaker following their presentation at 3:15 p.m. The feature-length film will follow the at 3:30 p.m. Seating is on a first-come basis. There is no pre-registration.

Here is the complete schedule:

  • March 10: "Laser-Plasma Accelerators: Riding the Wave to the Next Generation X-ray Light Sources," by LLNL plasma physicist Felicie Albert. This lecture is paired with the 1985 movie "Real Genius," rated PG. 
  • March 17: "Biomedical Accelerator Mass Spectrometry: Improving Human Health One Atom at a Time," by LLNL toxicologist Mike Malfatti. This lecture is paired with the 1992 movie "Medicine Man," rated PG-13.
  • April 14: "Biomolecular Action Movies: Flash Imaging With X-Ray Lasers," by LLNL scientists Matthias Frank and Megan Shelby. This lecture is paired with the 1989 movie "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids," rated PG.
  • April 21: "The Evolution of Computing Technologies: From Following Instructions to Learning," by LLNL computer scientist Katherine Lewis. This lecture is paired with the 2017 feature film "Hidden Figures," rated PG.

Science on Screen is funded by a grant through the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Coolidge Corner Theatre. The privately funded, nonprofit State Theatre is partnering with LLNL’s University Relations and Science Education Program for the fourth year, to provide the science-based content highlighting LLNL’s cutting-edge research. This partnership hopes to inspire and engage students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

For more information about Science on Screen at The State Theatre, go to the web or contact albala1 [at] (Joanna Albala) at (925) 422-6803.