Maiden Alley Hosts 'Science on Screen' Discussions
By WestKyStar Staff
PADUCAH, KY - Maiden Alley Cinema has announced upcoming installments of their "Science on Screen" series.

"Science on Screen" creatively pairs screenings of classic, cult films, and documentaries with lively presentations by notable science and technology experts. Each film is used as a jumping-off point for a speaker to introduce current research or technological advances in a manner that engages  popular culture audiences -  from the function of the amygdala in the zombie brains of Night of the Living Dead to how far epidemiology has come since The Andromeda Strain. Come at 6:30 pm to hear the speaker, and the film at 7:00 pm.

Thursday, February 21st - GROUNDHOG DAY - A weatherman finds himself living the same day over and over again (starring Bill Murray and Andie McDowell) - RATED PG.
Speaker - Jason Lindsey (Hooked on Science)
Topic - From groundhogs to cows, can animals predict the weather?  Is there any scientific research to prove animals are good forecasters?  We'll look at five amazing animals that, some say, can predict the weather.  After the movie, you become the forecaster and make it rain toilet paper, create a tornado and more.


Thursday, March 14th - THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY - The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and has to live with an almost totally paralyzed body; only his left eye isn't paralyzed. - RATED PG-13.
Speaker - J. Ian Norris, PhD (Murray State University)
Topic - What is consciousness?  Is it a biological phenomenon?  How do we know if someone is conscious?  What can we learn about consciousness from people in minimally conscious states?  From this basis we will discuss the current state of neuroscientific thoughts of the biological bases consciousness.
Thursday, April 18th - PROMETHEUS - A team of space explorers embark on a fantastic voyage to the edge of the universe after making a profound discovery that hints at the true origins of the human race. - RATED R
Speaker - Tara L. Potts, Archaeological Lithic Specialist (University of South Alabama)
Topic - A discussion on the origins of early civilizations, concepts of technology and prehistory and the new technological advances available to modern archaeologists. 
Thursday, May 23rd - DOPAMINE - Named after the natural amphetamine our bodies produce when we're falling in love, is a charming romantic drama.  Rand is a passionate and drive computer programmer who has designed an artificial intelligence life form named KoyKoy.  When forced by his investors to test KoyKoy in a kindergarten classroom, Rand meets Sarah, a teacher.  Sparks fly and KoyKoy becomes a catalyst for Sarah and Rand's spirited dialogue on the nature of romantic attractions and attachment. - RATED R
Speaker - Jana Hackathorn, Associate Professor (Murray State University)
Topic - Dopamine, a neurotransmitter in the brain, is more commonly known as the driver in the pleasure center of the brain.  This potent neurochemical can increase maternal bonding with a child, sexual attraction to a stranger, preferences for sexual behaviors, satisfaction with one's current relationship, and even duration of one's committed romance.  As a whole, current research indicates that dopamine is not just a major player in our relationship behaviors, but in fact it may be the star player. 

Maiden Alley Admission:

Regular Admission: $8.75
Seniors/Students: $5.25
MAC Members: $5.00

Published 01:05 PM, Saturday Feb. 09, 2013
Updated 12:08 PM, Saturday Feb. 09, 2013

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