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NMSU talk to highlight the difference between science and science fiction

Science fiction movies and television shows are often criticized for their scientific inaccuracy and portrayal of scientists. Stephen Cass, a New York-based science and technology journalist who co-authored the book ?Hollyweird Science,? says filmmakers are actually doing a better job of getting it right.


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Stephen Cass, a New York-based science and technology journalist who co-authored the book ?Hollyweird Science,? will give the 2016 Gardiner Lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21 at the Las Cruces Convention Center. (Courtesy Photo)

Cass will talk about how the movies can make hot topics in science more accessible to the public for New Mexico State University?s 2016 Gardiner Lecture. Cass will speak after the banquet at the American Physical Society?s Four Corners and Texas Section Joint Meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21 in the Ballroom of the Las Cruces Convention Center.

The Gardiner Lecture is free to the public and not limited to registered meeting participants.

?Stephen Cass will examine the science and technology that inspires fictional science,? said Heinz Nakotte, NMSU physics professor. ?His topics range from quantum mechanics and parallel universes to alien worlds from the perspective of storytellers, researchers, and viewers. We look forward to his lecture.?

A journalist who specializes in covering physics, aerospace and electrotechnology, Cass studied experimental physics at Trinity College in Dublin before moving into journalism. He is currently a senior editor of IEEE Spectrum magazine and previously worked for Nature, Biotechology, Discover magazine and MIT Technology Review.

Cass was the founding editor of Discover's Science Not Fiction blog, and is the editor of Technology Review's anthology of hard science fiction.

Sponsored by NMSU?s Department of Physics, the lecture series is a tribute to George W. Gardiner, who came to NMSU in 1934 and developed the university?s Department of Physics. Gardiner also founded NMSU?s Physical Sciences Laboratory at NMSU in 1946 and served as its first Director. The George W. Gardiner Memorial Lecture Endowment will fund Cass? lecture.

For more information contact Heinz Nakotte, physics professor, at hnakotte@nmsu.edu.