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    "Hollywood Science: Good for Hollywood, Bad for Science?" - Sidney Perkowitz, ACS Chicago Section Holiday Party&Meeting

    December 09, 2011
    5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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    Willowbrook Holiday Inn
    7800 Kingery Highway
    Willowbrook, IL
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    Fanciful interpretation and extrapolation of science is de rigueur in the movies. Even when it's hilarious, it mirrors society's contemporary worldview. Is it always fun, or does it sometimes promote misunderstanding? Come join the discussion with author/physicist Sidney Perkowitz at the 2011 chemists' holiday extravaganza! 
     
    For this December meeting, the Chicago Section of the American Chemical Society is teaming up with the Chicago Chemists' Club and Iota Sigma Pi, the honor society for women in chemistry, bringing everyone together to cap off the International Year of Chemistry.
     
    Santa will be there with gifts, and we're asking everyone to share the spirit of the season by bringing a donation of non-perishable food, clothes, and toys for those less fortunate. For more details, please refer to p.2 of the December Chemical Bulletin.

    Schedule:
    5:30 - 6:30 PM · Job Club
    6:00 - 7:00 PM · Social Hour, cash bar, complimentary Hors D'oeuvres
    7:00 - 8:00 PM · Dinner
    8:10  PM · General Meeting
     
    Prof. Sidney Perkowitz:
    Like it or not, most science depicted in Hollywood’s feature films is in the form of science fiction. This won’t change any time soon because these films are huge moneymakers, which, however, also make them a powerful cultural force. They reach millions as they depict scientific ideas from cloning to space science, whether correctly or incorrectly; reflect contemporary issues of science and society; inspire young people to become scientists; and provide defining images – or stereotypes – for the majority of people who’ve never met a real scientist.
     
    Many scientists feel that screen depictions of science and scientists are badly distorted, but there’s generally a nugget of real science. In this talk, based on my book Hollywood Science [1], I’ll present film clips showing good and bad screen treatments of science and scientists, and discuss ways to improve how science is treated in film including using even bad movie science to convey the real thing.
     
    [1] Sidney Perkowitz, Hollywood Science: Movies, Science, and the End of the World (Columbia University Press, New York, 2010).  

     

    Dinner:

    Fresh Fruit Cup

    Tomato Florentine Soup 

    Tossed garden salad with choice of dressing

    Entrée choices:

    Vegetarian rolled Verdi Ricotta

    Baked Salmon with cucumber/dill sauce or Filet Mignon with mushroom cap and Béarnaise sauce on the side

    Baked potato 

    Prince Albert blend of wax beans, green beans and carrots 

    Apple Cobbler

     

     

    Tickets

    $37.00 Member

    $39.00 Non-member

    $20.00 Student/Unemployed/Retired

    $0.00 Cash at the door: $35 member/ $37 nonmember/ $20 student/retired/unemployed