Navigation Links
What can Hollywood teach us about our planet?
Date:4/3/2012

RIVERSIDE, Calif. Plants have a lot to teach us about how our planet works. Further, movies like the blockbuster film Avatar, in which plants play an important role, can inspire us to pay closer attention to them. What are some lessons that the movies can teach us about our planet's vegetation?

The public has an opportunity to find out on April 12, when Jodie Holt, a professor of plant physiology at the University of California, Riverside and the botanical consultant for Avatar, will give a free lecture on campus in which she will discuss what Hollywood can teach us about our planet.

Titled "Earth 101: What Hollywood Can Teach Us About Our Planet," the hour-long lecture will begin at 6 p.m. in Rooms D-E, University Extension Center (UNEX).

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Seating is open. Parking at UNEX will be free for lecture attendees.

Holt shaped Sigourney Weaver's character as a botanist in Avatar and helped create and name plants for the film. She also provided textual details for the game products the film launched. Her involvement with the film and her subsequent outreach to the public helped raise awareness of botany and its importance in people's imagination.

"Opening minds about botany and the importance of plants is a particular passion of mine," Holt said. "Although I've taught botany at UCR for many years, working as the botanical consultant on Avatar provided an opportunity to reach a much broader audience millions globally. Clearly the media is a wonderful vehicle for bringing science education to all sorts of people, from children to adults, even those who might not have a strong interest in science."

At UC Riverside, Holt's lab conducts research in the ecology of weedy and invasive plants in order to contribute ecologically sound weed management practices. She is a coauthor of Ecology of Weeds and Invasive Plants: Relationship to Agriculture and Natural Resource Management.

"Although the plants on the moon Pandora in Avatar might seem to be the most fabulous and exotic plants imaginable, there are many far more fantastic plants here on earth, such as in the tropics or deserts," Holt said. "Most people learn very little about plants in school, yet they are essential for our food, shelter, clothing, and the very air we breathe. Most people "see" plants as the fairly static green backdrop to their lives, but plants are actually living, respiring organisms that have very complex and interesting lives. Through my talk, I hope to open people's eyes to plants so that their view of the world is changed, even if just a little bit."

Holt chaired the UCR Department of Botany and Plant Sciences from 2003 to 2010. She is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA). At the WSSA, she serves as an associate editor of the journal, Invasive Plant Science and Management.

Holt received the UCR Distinguished Teaching Award for 2008-09. In 2010, she received the Paul Ecke Jr. Award of Excellence from the San Diego Botanic Garden "for her life's work as a distinguished scientist and educator."

This year's lecture series, titled "Earth 101: What You Need to Know About Life on Our Planet," aims to boost the public's awareness and understanding of science and of how scientists work.

Holt's lecture will be introduced by Aurora Johnson, a UCR alumna and physical science teacher in the Riverside Unified School District.

The talks are being hosted by UCR's College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences and the Science Circle, a group of university and community members committed to advancing science in Inland Southern California.

More information about the lecture series can be obtained by visiting www.cnas.ucr.edu, calling (951) 827-6555 or emailing Carol Lerner.


'/>"/>

Contact: Iqbal Pittalwala
iqbal@ucr.edu
951-827-6050
University of California - Riverside
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Legendary Hollywood directors and renowned researchers awarded 2011 Dan David Prizes
2. Henninger Media Services Now Offers Hollywood-Quality Blu-ray Products
3. Trusted Los Angeles Dentist, Dr. Bijan Afar, is Now Practicing in Hollywood Area
4. Achieve Hollywood Glamour with Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures
5. Hollywood Eco-Celebrity Rachelle Carson-Begley Gives Skincare Company Bella V Rave Reviews
6. Golds Gym and Us Weekly Announce Nominees for First Ever Hollywoods Hottest Body Awards
7. Golds Gym and Us Weekly Join Forces to Present The First-Ever Hollywoods Hottest Body Awards
8. Golds Gym and Us Weekly Join Forces to Present The First-Ever Hollywood Hot Body Awards
9. Hollywood-Style Liposuction Comes to DC: Chevy Chase Smartlipo Brings Revolutionary Laser-Assisted Liposuction to DC Metro Area
10. Study supports using virtual environment to teach mind/body techniques
11. Caring Teachers May Help Keep Kids From Trying Alcohol, Drugs
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/13/2016)... , ... February 13, 2016 , ... Many individuals looking ... protein for a multitude of reasons. IsoPasta by Isolator Fitness has delved into ... once more, but without the high-carb repercussions. IsoPasta has 30 grams of protein ...
(Date:2/13/2016)... ... 2016 , ... When an Au Pair comes all the way around the world ... for and they are often worried things won’t go well. More often than not, however, ... Au Pair of the Year winner’s all commented how their Au Pairs have become a ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... LA (PRWEB) , ... February 12, 2016 , ... The ... St. Landry and Evangeline Parishes. The purpose of these scholarships is to encourage ... encourage those individuals to seek employment within these two parishes. , “We have ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... February 12, 2016 , ... Each year, the American Physical ... in Anaheim, CA at the Anaheim Convention Center. Almost 10,000 physical therapists across the ... products in action, learn more about their chosen field and network with their colleagues. ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... February 12, 2016 , ... Itopia, a leader in cloud ... Clarity Intelligence Platform (CIP) into Cielo®, a discovery, migration and cloud orchestration engine. ... their small and medium business (SMB) clients. , In recent years, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/12/2016)... SAN DIEGO and SEOUL, ... -- Silicon Biosys­tems Menarini and Macrogen, Inc. today ... clinical assays and innovative procedures for precision medicine ... to combine Silicon Biosystems, DEPArray™ digital-sorting technology with ... development of tests certified under the Clinical Laboratory ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... , Feb. 12, 2016  Apellis ... completed a $47.1 million Series D preferred ... Asset Management, Hillhouse Capital Group and venBio ... Venture Investments, AJU IB Investment, and Epidarex ... used to further advance clinical trials in ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... 2016 Stem cells are primitive cells found ... and the capacity to differentiate into mature cell types ... the first mouse embryonic stem cells were derived from ... that the first culturing of embryonic stem cells from ... produced until 2006 As a result of these discoveries, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: