The State Theatre and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory present: Science On Screen

Sat, Mar 7
  • Sat, Mar 7

Midnite weekend screenings happen on Friday & Saturday nights (meaning arrive on Friday and/or Saturday night by 11:45pm for seating, the movie starts after midnite)!

Run Time: 204 min. Rating: PG-13

Doors at 11:30; presentation at 12; movie at 1 p.m.

A FREE, grant-driven, science education program for teens and adults that pairs prominent LLNL scientists presenting cutting-edge science with popular Hollywood films.

  • Get extra class credits for attending!
  • Attend and receive LLNL gear!
  • The top three classrooms with the most students in attendance over the four programs will receive cash prizes!
  • Talk to a scientist ~ an opportunity to meet and chat with the scientist following their presentation!

The Martian (PG-13~2015) 2 Hrs. 24 Min.
When astronauts blast off from the planet Mars, they leave behind Mark Watney (Matt Damon), presumed dead after a fierce storm. With only a meager amount of supplies, the stranded visitor must utilize his wits and spirit to find a way to survive on the hostile planet. Meanwhile, back on Earth, members of NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring him home, while his crew mates hatch their own plan for a daring rescue mission.

Health in Space:
Developing new tools for the trip to Mars
Speakers: Matt Coleman and Matthias Frank, LLNL
David Loftus, NASA Ames Research Center

Limited medical equipment on space craft makes medical care in space a real challenge. Ordinary problems must be dealt with, as well as problems related to the unique environment of space.  As NASA plans for new crewed exploration missions, beyond low earth orbit, telemedicine support will be limited, and medical evacuation to earth will no longer be possible. To address this problem, LLNL and NASA Ames Research Center are developing a novel diagnostic instrument to help provide medical care on deep space missions. The technology consists of a blood analysis system, based on microfluidics, together with a breath analysis system that uses carbon nanotube sensors. The technology is designed to support future missions to the moon and Mars, and it is expected to be used for terrestrial medicine as well, in a variety of arenas where medical resources are limited.

Matt Coleman is a Senior Biomedical Staff Scientist at LLNL and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at UC Davis School of Medicine. He received his Ph. D. in Molecular Biochemistry and Cellular Biology from Boston University. Dr. Coleman is active in the development of advanced biochemical techniques using nanoparticles and nanotechnology.
Dr. Coleman has authored over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and published proceedings and book chapters covering topics in molecular biology and biochemistry.

Matthias Frank is a Senior Staff Scientist in the Physical & Life Sciences Directorate at LLNL and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine at the UC Davis. Dr. Frank received his Ph.D. in Physics from the Max-Planck-Institute for Physics and the Technical University of Munich. He is currently working on instrumentation and methods for the analysis of aerosol particles, single cells, trace gases and exhaled breath for applications in homeland security and biomedicine, as well as developing technologies for high-resolution, dynamical imaging of biomolecules and biological nanoparticles with x-ray free-electron lasers. Dr. Frank has authored and co-authored ~160 articles published in scientific journals and books.

David Loftus is a physician-scientist at NASA Ames Research Center. He received his M. D. and Ph. D. from Washington University in St. Louis, completing his clinical training in Internal Medicine and Hematology at Stanford. Dr. Loftus is primarily involved in the development of medical technology for NASA. Dr. Loftus has led or co-led technology teams involved in developing implantable medical devices, bio-inspired materials, and a handheld instrument for medical diagnostics in harsh environments, among others. He has an extensive portfolio of invention disclosures and patents.  Dr. Loftus is faculty at Stanford University in the School of Engineering.