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Science on Screen: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home - Boston Events INSIDER

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Star Trek doesn't offer much real science, but the Coolidge has invited a marine biologist to talk about whales beforehand! 7pm. . Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA . Events INSIDER is run by Johnny Monsarrat.
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Brookline, MA, April 25, 2012 – The Coolidge Corner Theatre wraps up Season 7 of its Science on Screen series on Monday, May 14 with a presentation of one of the most popular films in the Star Trek canon: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, otherwise known as “the one with the whales.” Before the screening, marine biologist David Wiley of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary will share new insights in the amazing underwater lives of humpback whales based on synchronous motion acoustic recording tags and custom 3D & 4D visualizations. The program begins at 7:00 pm.

About the Film

“Scotty, beam me up!”

It’s the 23rd century in director Leonard Nimoy’s sci-fi adventure, and a mysterious space probe is evaporating Earth’s oceans and devastating the atmosphere. The probe emits a message delivered in the song of long-extinct humpback whales. Unless the probe’s call is answered, Earth faces certain destruction. So Admiral Kirk (William Shatner), Spock (Nimoy), and the rest of the former Enterprise crew time-travel – in their captured Klingon Bird-of-Prey starship – to 20th-century Earth to find humpback whales and bring them back to the future, in the hope that these whales can persuade the probe to stop its attacks. Landing in 1986 San Francisco, Admiral Kirk and company find a world as alien as anything they’ve encountered in their travels through the galaxy. As Kirk and Spock try to enlist the help of a marine biologist (Catherine Hicks) caring for two humpback whales at the Cetacean Institute in Sausalito, McCoy (DeForest Kelley), Scotty (James Doohan), Sulu (George Takei), Uhura (Nichelle Nichols), and Chekov (Walter Koenig) deal with a host of technical issues related to the voyage home.

Combining breezy humor with a strong whale conservation message, Nimoy’s 1986 Star Trek adventure earned four Oscar nods and was a box-office smash. Considered the most accessible of all the Star Trek films, it remains a favorite among both Trekkies and non-Trekkies alike.

About the Speaker

Dave Wiley is Research Coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency’s (NOAA) Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, encompassing 842 square miles of ocean between Cape Ann and Cape Cod. While he has never mind-melded with whales like Spock does in the film, Dr. Wiley has developed and implemented pioneering research projects to protect endangered whales in and around the Stellwagen sanctuary. His research has ranged from studying the reproductive and foraging ecology of endangered whales to mapping marine toxic/hazardous dumpsites. He has worked with fishermen to redesign fishing gear to reduce the risk of whale entanglement and devised groundbreaking methods to successfully rescue mass stranded whales and dolphins. His research led to the shifting of shipping lanes into the port of Boston as part of an international effort to reduce the risk of ship strike to endangered whales.

Dr. Wiley has been investigating the marine environment for more than 25 years and is the recipient of numerous awards for his conservation leadership. His work has been featured in leading scientific journals as well as on the Discovery Channel, BBC documentaries, National Geographic and National Public Television and Radio.

Tickets are $9.75 general admission, $7.75 for students, seniors, and Museum of Science members, and free for Coolidge Corner Theatre members. For more information and to purchase tickets online, go to Tickets are also available at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, located at 290 Harvard Street in Brookline. Phone: 617/734-2500.

With Science on Screen, the Coolidge Corner Theatre creatively pairs screenings of feature films and documentaries with lively presentations by notable experts from the world of science and technology. Each film serves as a jumping off point f...

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