Celluloid Science: October 20 at the New York Academy of Sciences

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Let’s just pretend for a moment that this theater is showing a thrilling movie about Cambrian fossils, shall we? And to further that dream, join me in October for “Celluloid Science,” a talk about science and the movies at the New York Academy of Sciences. It’s part of the NYAS “Science & The City” series.

Here are the details from the event web site

Celluloid Science: Humanizing Life in the Lab
Thursday, October 20, 2011 | 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center

If you know anything about science, you understand that it is a highly complex human endeavor that mixes perseverance and luck, eccentricity and training, feasts and famines. As a medium, film has the potential to bring us into the inner world of science, breaking down misconceptions about the nature of science by creating an alternative narrative.

Science & the City teams with the Imagine Science Film Festival (ISFF) to present a panel discussion about telling the stories of science through film. Moderating this panel will be author Carl Zimmer. On the panel will be Sean Carroll, PhD (evolutionary biologist and founder of the Howard Hughes Medical institute’s Documentary Institute); David J. Heeger, PhD (neuroscientist who studies the brains under the influence of cinematic stimuli); Darcy Kelley, PhD (biologist at Columbia University); and Valerie Weiss, PhD (scientist and award-winning writer and director, Losing Control).

It’s a ticketed event, but you, my dear Loominaries, can get $15 off full-price tickets by using the promo code SPKR15. Register here.

[Image: Photo by Kevin H./Flickr