Science in television and movies

The UWW Chem Club is sponsoring a free live webinar “Chemistry on the Silver Screen” on Tues., Feb. 24, at 5:45 p.m. in Upham room 140. The webinar will feature science advisors to Breaking Bad and other entertainment like the movie Gravity. Following the webinar, stay to watch the pilot episode of Breaking Bad. Light refreshments will be available for purchase (a bag of popcorn for 50 cents, a can of soda for 50 cents).

cover of The Physics of SuperheroesInterested in how science and mathematics in popular entertainment can be used to teach? Andersen Library has resources, including books like The physics of the Buffyverse (3rd-Floor Main Collection, QC75 .O84 2006), The physics of Star Trek (3rd-Floor Main Collection, QB500 .K65 1995), The Simpsons and their mathematical secrets (3rd-Floor Main Collection, QA99 .S48 2013), The physics of superheroes (3rd-floor Main Collection, QC24.5 .K3 2006), and The public image of chemistry (online). Articles available include “Using science fiction movies in introductory physics” (The Physics Teacher, 2005, vol.43, pp.463-465), “Lorenzo’s Oil as a vehicle for teaching chemistry content, processes of science, and sociology of science in a general education chemistry classroom” (Journal of Chemical Education, 2011, vol.88:no.10, pp.1380-1384), and “Put some movie Wow! in your chemistry teaching” (Journal of Chemical Education, 2012, vol.89:no.9, pp.1138-1143).

These titles are just a sample of the resources available on these topics. Please ask a librarian for assistance with finding additional resources.

About Barbara

I am a Reference & Instruction librarian, head of that department in Andersen Library, an associate professor, and a member of the General Education Review Committee and Faculty Senate. I've been working at UW-W since July 1, 1990.
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