UTPA's Graduate School Brings Science through Film to the Valley
Contact: Office of Graduate Studies (956) 665-3661
Posted: 03/22/2011
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A free screening of scientist-turned-documentary filmmaker, Randy Olson's "Sizzle-A Global Warming Comedy" and "Flock of Dodos: The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus" is presented as part of the STEM lecture series by the Graduate School at UTPA.

Randy Olson, a Harvard University-trained marine biologist, provides a unique link between science and film. His work has premiered at film festivals including Tribeca and Telluride.

Free public screenings of "Sizzle," a comedic look at the current global warming issues, will be offered at noon Tuesday, April 26 in the Engineering Auditorium and "Flock of Dodos," which pokes fun at both sides of the evolution vs. intelligent design debate, will be offered at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, in the Student Union Theatre. Olson will be available for a question and answer session at the end of the "Flock of Dodos" screening.

The STEM lecture series is part of a national initiative to inspire more students to enter and succeed in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The generation of more STEM field graduates is needed in order to compete globally.

"Forging just one successful career is tough enough, but Randy Olson has done it twice. His experience in science and Hollywood gives him a lot of great stories to tell, and gives a unique perspective on science in America," said Dr. Zen Faulkes, director of the biology graduate program and associate professor at UTPA.

The UTPA Graduate School actively promotes the advancement of higher education in the Rio Grande Valley. For additional information, contact the Office of Graduate Studies at (956) 665-3661 or Registration is available online at