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SCInema aims to educate a general audience about the current state of science and technology depicted on the silver screen by pairing popular movies with TED-style talks given by leading experts in the field.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie poster

Upcoming Events

The "Lasers" of Star Wars

A special showing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens will follow a talk by laser expert Professor Kyle Crabtree. Come learn why a “laser” gun isn’t a laser, how a real laser works, and the cool ways scientists use lasers in their research!  Light refreshments will be served.

Saturday, February 25th, 2017
4:00 PM (doors open at 3:30 PM)
Peter A. Rock Hall, UC Davis Campus

To reserve your seat:

Reservations will be honored until 3:50 PM, at which time seats will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

Professor Kyle Crabtree

Kyle Crabtree received his B.S. degree in Chemistry from Ball State University in 2006 and his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from the University of Illinois in 2012. He then spent two years as a CfA Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics before joining the faculty at the University of California, Davis in 2014, where he is currently an assistant professor. Crabtree's research is in the field of astrochemistry, studying the chemistry that takes place in space and in exoplanetary atmospheres. In his laboratory, he places chemicals under space-like conditions in a vacuum chamber, and uses laser and microwave techniques to observe their behavior in these extreme environments.

​​SCInema is sponsored by the UC Davis Department of Chemistry's Educational Outreach Committee