On October 17, The New York Academy of Sciences is putting on what looks to be a fascinating lecture for fans of movies and science. It's called "Visualizing Scientific Data on the big screen." Here's their description:

Film is primarily a visual media and communicates on sensory, emotional, and intellectual levels. Science can also be a sensory and intellectual medium, especially when scientists present their data visually. Join the Academy and the Imagine Science Film Festival for a discussion that explores how data—from huge data sets generated by genomics to maps of the brain—can be uniquely captured in the medium of film.

Science writer Carl Zimmer and a panel of scientists and artists will explore how scientists use film to communicate their ideas and how artists can use the techniques of data visualization to enhance viewers' scientific and visual experience.

There's a reception, too! Click here to register.