“M.S.I. Curator to Speak about the Science of ‘Star Wars’ at C2E2”

Dr. Voula Saridakis, Curator at the Kenneth C. Griffin Museum of Science and Industry (M.S.I.), and Dr. Dirk Morr, Professor of Physics at the University of Illinois at Chicago (U.I.C.), two scientists who are also Star Wars fans, will be the featured speakers on the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) panel “Putting the Science in Science Fiction: Star Wars.”  They will discuss how the space opera science fiction-fantasy films reflect real science and inspire real-life scientific discoveries.

Voula Saridakis, Ph.D., earned her bachelor degree in history at Cornell University and her master’s degree and doctorate in science and technology studies at Virginia Tech.  She has nineteen years’ worth of experience teaching at the college level.  Now, as a curator in the M.S.I.’s Collections Department, she helps care for over 35,000 artifacts.

Dirk K. Morr, Ph.D., He is also tied to the M.S.I. as he helped develop the popular Science Storms physics exhibit.  In 2011-2012, he held the Leibniz Chair at the University of Leipzig.  His area of expertise is condensed matter physics.

This hour-long panel will begin at 12:45 p.m. on Saturday, February 29, A.D. 2020.   It will take place in McCormick Place’s South Building, Room S503. To attend the event, one must purchase a C2E2 badge through the C2E2 Website.  There are no single-use passes for this event.  The Chicago Council on Science and Technology (C2ST) is hosting the event.

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