“SciPop” Outreach Activities

Sci Pop Talks! Where Science Intersects Pop Culture

Organized by Prof. Lai, Prof. Ramesh Laungani (Doane College), Kiyomi Deads (UNL Love Library)

SciPop Talks! 2017 was featured on Lincoln Journal Star!

See the live tweets from UNL libraries about the SciPop Talks!

2017 Lecture Series


1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Among Us
Rebecca Lai, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Feb 1)

2. I [heart] Red: Are humans hard-wired to perceive certain colors?
Mark Griep, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Feb 8)

3. Comic Book Physics: The Multiverse (and Other Dimensions)
Dan Claes, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Feb 15)

4. The Healing Power of Plants
Ellen Paparozzi, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Feb 22)

5. Antioxidants: The Need-To-Know
Changmou Xu, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Mar 1)


2016 Lecture Series


2015 Special Halloween Talk

1. (video) Nightmares of Spiders

Prof. RMatt Wilkins (UNL)


2015 Lecture Series

1. (video) The Art & Science of Fermented Foods

Prof. Robert Hutkins (UNL)

2. Innovation in Textiles: From Garbage to Fashion

Prof. Yiqui Yang (UNL)

3. (video) The Radioactive Origins of Marvel Comics

Prof. Dan Claes (UNL)

4. (video) Fire & Explosions in Hollywood Films 

Prof. Brad Elder (Doane College)

5. (video) Biomechanics Technology: From Pop Culture to Rehabilitation

Prof. Sara Myers (UNO)

6. (video) March Madness: Bracketology of Women’s Basketball

Jeff Griesch (UNL Athletics)

7. (video) A Song of Ice & Fire & Chemistry

Dr. Raychelle Burks (Doane College)

2014 Special Halloween Talk

1. (video) Vampires vs. Zombies: Battle of the Undead

Prof. Rebecca Lai and Dr. Raychelle Burks

2014 Lecture Series

1. The Story of Chocolate: Nutrition and Sensory Qualities

Prof. Marilyn Schnepf (UNL)

2. (video) Chemistry to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse

Dr. Raychelle Burks (Doane College)

3. Alien Biochemistry in the Movies

Prof. Mark Griep (UNL)

4. Making ‘Inception’ Real

Prof. Ramesh Laungani (Doane College)

5. Forensics Science: Fact or Fiction

Prof. Ashley Hall (UNL)

6. Book 8: Harry Potter and the Magic of Science

Prof. Rebecca Lai (UNL)

7. Game Theory and Breaking Bad

Prof. Kristopher Williams (Doane College)

8. Interview with the Vampire – Decoded by Scientists

Prof. Rebecca Lai (UNL)