“YouTube & Test Tubes: Digital Storytelling in the Sciences” and Science Storytelling with Dr. Brian Sturm - UNC's Science Festival

September 16, 2010

School of Information and Library Science students and Dr. Brian Sturm, associate professor, will participate in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Science Expo, scheduled for Sept. 25, 2010.

UNC will host an exciting array of speakers, performers and activities throughout the day including Dr. Sturm, who will present, "Science Storytelling" on the Science Stage in Morehead Planetarium at 2:15 p.m. The entire family can enjoy folktales from around the world that offer different explanations than current science for why things appear as they do (i.e., why the rainbow appears in the sky).

YouTube & Test Tubes” will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Morehead Planetarium digital theater (in thespace formerly known as the NASA Digital Theater; not in the dome), and will feature Ph.D. student Heather Barnes, who will be screening a short video she made. Mike Nutt, who created the interdisciplinary student group, Carolina Digital Story Lab, will moderate the student-led discussion panel.


If you have ever wondered how waves are made, or how bacteria propel themselves around with those tiny hairs, visit the Planetarium for a screening of five student-created science video shorts, all examining scientific research happening on the UNC at Chapel Hill campus. The one-hour event will feature lively discussion about the power — and challenges — of using digital media to tell the stories behind scientists’ experiments. The event will examine a wide range of approaches to scientific digital storytelling, from animation to formal journalism.

Attendees will:

• Marvel at crystals forming before their very eyes

• Watch UNC’s new wave-generator in action

• Consider the dilemmas of new genetic tests

• Hear from HIV/AIDS researchers in South Africa

• Zoom in on cilia waving along a cell surface

• Enjoy free popcorn!

These events are part of the UNC Science Expo and the NC Science Festival. It is free and open to the public.

The "YouTube & Test Tubes” event is organized by the Carolina Digital Story Lab, an official student group of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

For questions, interviews or comments - about the Lab or the "YouTube & Test Tubes" event - to volunteer, or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, contact  SILS student and Carolina Digital Story Lab Director Mike Nutt at: stories@unc.edu

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