Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and public radio powerhouse Science Friday (broadcast locally on KSMU 91.1 FM) will celebrate Women’s History Month with a look at the pioneering work of women in science and technology.
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Springfield will be one of nine theaters across the country to screen the complete series of Science Friday’s “Breakthrough: Portraits of Women in Science,” followed by a question and answer period with local women in science.
About the film
The short film anthology from Science Friday and Howard Hughes Medical Institute follows women working at the forefront of their disciplines and challenging deeply-rooted cultural or institutional norms, grueling working conditions or personal tragedy and sacrifice.
Each episode blends deeply personal stories with the innovative scientific research of women across STEM fields, including riveting looks at India’s first interplanetary space mission, polar bear tracking in the Arctic and the surprising cures found in snail venom.
The screening on March 8 begins at 7 p.m.
Local women in science
Following the screening, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will host a question and answer session with Dr. Tamera Jahnke, dean of the College of Natural and Applied Sciences at Missouri State University, Dr. La Toya Kissoon-Charles, assistant professor of biology at Missouri State, Whitney Hayden, audiologist, and Dr. Beth Bowles, director of Girl Infinity.
“It’s important that girls and boys understand that we are all capable of doing science,” said Jahnke. “This event gives people an opportunity to meet women who use science and mathematics every day.”
Tickets are on sale now for $10 and can be purchased online.
For more information, contact Kristy Taylor at 417-836-6171.