Great films. Great science. Great discussions.
The 2nd Tuesday of every month, join us for free movie screenings followed by lively discussion with an expert in the field, presented by the Natural History Museum of Utah in partnership with the Utah Film Center, and The City Library. All films begin at 7pm in the Main Library Auditorium. Visit the Natural History Museum of Utah's Science Movie Night webpage for more information.
TUE, MAR 11, 7pm
Directed by Matthew Dyas
Not Rated | 60 min | 2011 | UK
In this documentary, join geneticist Adam Rutherford in meeting a new creature created by American scientists – the spider goat. It is part spider and it’s milk can be used to create artificial spider’s web. It is part of a new field research, synthetic biology, with a radical aim: to break down nature into spare parts so that we can rebuild it however we please.
Join Dr. Randy Lewis after the film for a discussion on his fascinating research on spider silks and the properties that make them ideal candidates for new bio-inspired materials. Dr. Lewis will discuss the variety of methods used to produce silk proteins in large quantities, and share the story of the development of "spider goats" and current status of the herd.
Dr. Randy Lewis received his PhD in 1978 from the University of California at San Diego. In 2011, he joined Utah State University's Synthetic Biomanufacturing Center and faculty as USTAR Professor of Biology. Dr. Lewis's research focuses on spider silks and the proteins they are made from. His work, involving DNA cloning, has lead to the construction of synthetic genes in which the elastic or strength elements have been systematically varied. The goal of Dr. Lewis and his team is to provide a method to produce fibers with custom designed strength and elasticity for applications such as ligament and tendon repair/replacement, high tech clothing, parachutes, etc. His research has been featured on several television shows including Discovery, Nova, BBC, and CSI New York.
TUE, APR 8, 7pm
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Not Rated | 111 min | 1945 | USA
Dr. Edwardes (Gregory Peck) arrives at the Green Manors Mental asylum and falls for the beautiful Dr. Petersen (Ingrid Bergman). But she discovers that he is a paranoid amnesiac imposter which leaves her wondering: What happened to the real Dr. Edwards? Based on Francis Beeding’s novel, The House of Dr. Edwardes, Spellbound is one of Alfred Hitchcock’s finest films.
Join us for a post film discussion with Jason Shepherd, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy, University of Utah who will discuss how brains have evolved to process and store information.
Winner, Best Original Score - 1945 Academy Awards
Nominated for Oscars in five additional categories.
Location: Main Library Auditorium
Contact Information: 801-524-8200