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Science Study Break attacks mega monsters

From King Kong to Godzilla, what makes these movie monsters tick? Get in on the hype surrounding Science Study Break lectures.

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It’s time to hone your “Bad Science Detector” again at a Science Study Break with “Mega Monsters” on Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. in Garrison Hall 0.102.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering’s Dr. Anne Silverman will talk about the biomechanics of monsters. Taking on “King Kong,” “Godzilla,” “The Host,” “Cloverfield” and “Aliens,” she’ll discuss what makes these favorite movie monsters tick.

Since 2006, Science Study Break has been dispelling movie and television myths, from zombies to Indiana Jones. Some of the past presentations include Dr. Ruth Buskirk on “Spider-man,” Dr. Timothy Rowe discussing “Jurassic Park,” Dr. Sacha Kopp on “Angels and Demons,” and Dr. David Hillis giving a behind-the-scenes talk on a case that inspired an episode of “CSI.”

Roxanne Bogucka, librarian at the Life Science Library and organizer of Science Study Break, said the program has caught on, growing from 40 to more than 150 attendees.

“When we started hosting Science Study Break in the Herbarium Library back in 2006, we never imagined a day when we’d have enthusiastic, standing-room-only audiences in ever-larger classrooms,” she said. “You’ll hear faculty members discuss realms of scientific possibility, evaluate presentations of science in popular culture, or mercilessly mock bad science and worse screenwriting.”

Watch several past Science Study Break presentations on the university’s YouTube channel.