Science Meets Suspense At Athena Cinema

Updated Tue, Feb 19, 2013 5:17 am
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Kelee Riesbeck talks with David Bayless and Alexandra Kamody

On this edition of Conversations from Studio B, Kelee Riesbeck talks with David Bayless, Loehr Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Russ College of Engineering at Ohio University, and Alexandra Kamody, managing director at the Athena Cinema.

The trio discuss the next "Science on Screen" event, a project of the Coolidge Corner Theatre and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

The Hunt for Red October will be screened on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. The event will be free and open to the public, courtesy of Arts for Ohio.

"Science on Screen" is meant to educate and entertain its audience by presenting dynamic speakers paired with fun films," said Kamody. "Science and technology are often portrayed as boring and difficult topics and this program demonstrates that science is fun, exciting and can be accessible to anyone. Expect the unexpected at these events."

The Hunt for Red October (1990), adapted from the Tom Clancy novel of the same name, stars Sean Connery as the maniacal Soviet submarine commander Marko Ramius and Alec Baldwin as CIA analyst Jack Ryan.

When Ramius plans a mutiny and steers the Red October toward U.S. waters, everyone wonders if he is planning to start a war. Only Ryan realizes his true intentions.

After the screening, guest presenter Dr. David Bayless, who served in the United States Nuclear Navy, will talk about submarine defense, nuclear propulsion and the two main types of submarines used by the U.S. Navy. Bayless will also explain sonar and the importance of sonar capabilities.

The Athena Cinema was one of 20 non-profit theaters selected for this prestigious program. According to the Sloan Foundation, "Science on Screen" is a "program that creatively pairs screenings of feature films and documentaries with lively presentations by scientific experts and technological innovators."

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