Science on Screen creatively pairs area scientists with entertaining films.
Stephen McCaffrey and his younger brother Brian are two feuding siblings carrying on an heroic family tradition in the Chicago fire department. Brian becomes involved in arson investigation, studying a puzzling series of arson attacks ignited by explosive phenomena known as backdrafts. Before the smoke clears, love affairs are rekindled and lives are shattered as the McCaffrey brothers fight to resolve their differences and solve the mystery.
(Directed by Ron Howard, 1991, 137 min.)
David Beauregard is a forensic scientist, engineer, and certified fire and explosion expert. He works at Travelers Insurance Company, where he helps to establish the causes of a wide variety of property losses, injuries, or deaths, as they relate to insurance claims. He is frequently called on to testify in Federal and State Courts as an expert witness in technical matters related to product design, or on the origin and cause of fires.Mr. Beauregard was previously Chief Engineer for a Fortune 500 engineering company, where he gained over 25 years of experience in areas of product design, application, testing and failure analysis. He has spoken extensively on numerous technical subjects both in the United States and Internationally.
The extraordinary story of the astronauts of the Mars Recovery Mission, the nearly insurmountable dangers that confront the heroic crew on their journey through space, and the amazing discovery they make when they finally reach Mars.
(Directed by Brian De Palma, 2000, 114 min.)
Martha Gilmore is an Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Wesleyan University. Gilmore has three primary research interests on terrestrial plants: planetary geomorphology and tectonics, planetary exploration, and environmental remote sensing.
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