Science on Screen Series Continues with “There Will Be Blood”

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The Athena Cinema recently announced that it had been chosen as the recipient of the Science on Screen grant for a third year. The events pair a short talk with a scientist or technology expert with a film.

On Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m., Ohio University Russ Professor of Chemical Engineering Srdjan Nesic will give a short talk on his work before a screening of the Academy Award-winning film There Will Be Blood. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Nesic, director of the Institute for Corrosion and Multiphase Technology, will speak about his research related to oil and gas pipeline corrosion and erosion.

Nesic will also share the untold story of his involvement with the largest trial in history, the case surrounding the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

There Will Be Blood, Paul Thomas Anderson’s loose adaptation of the Upton Sinclair novel Oil!, focuses its attention on Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis), a miner who happens upon black gold during a disastrous excavation that ends in a broken leg.

Pulling himself up from the bowels of the earth, both literally and metaphorically, Plainview embarks on a systematic and steadfast approach to mastering the oil business. Using plain-spoken and straightforward language, Plainview launches a campaign to convince small-town property owners they should let him drill their land.

The Athena was one of 20 non-profit cinemas selected for the prestigious program. Participating theaters are encouraged to create their own unique Science on Screen program.

The Athena’s Science on Screen program, or “science movie mash-ups” as the theater has dubbed them, have taken the opportunity to customize the events by emphasizing audience interaction through Q&A’s and other fun, hands-on “show and tell” extras.

From demonstrations to movie themed pizzas, the events offer enlightenment and entertainment. Their speaker/movie pairings have even been featured on the NPR program Science Friday.

For more information about Science on Screen, contact Alexandra Kamody at 740-594-7382 or For more information about The Athena Cinema, visit