Science Night Movie Screenings!

Science Night Movie Screenings!


Harned Hall Room 102: Mississippi State University Campus (Lee Blvd)

Stick around after Science Night at the Museums to enjoy two movies, sponsored by the Mississippi Entomological Museum and the Mississippi State University Herbarium.

TreeTender I and II: Conserving the Tree of Life

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See a synopsis of each movie below. We hope you can join us for the fun!

TREETENDER I and II: Conserving the Tree of Life - Synopsis

These short, animated movies follow Gaia and Caalvin, as they learn about the connections between all organisms on the tree of life. Viewers will learn the importance of understanding these connections, and the ongoing human-caused mass extinction that we are currently experiencing on Earth.

Two lovable characters Gaia and Caalvin explain the immense value of the Tree of Life, the family tree that connects all species on earth. Treetender I focused on describing the tree of life and what it represents, while also explaining its enormous value to our own species. In Treetender II: Conserving the Tree of Life, Gaia and Caalvin explain how the Tree of Life is a powerful tool in conservation, it can be used to identify areas of the globe of high conservation priority- areas we might term Noah’s ark’s of biodiversity. Given the enormous loss of species now underway on our planet, the efforts of Gaia and Caalvin are both timely and critical. Loss of the Tree of Life will impact our species in numerous ways, with implications for agriculture, medicine, as well as through the loss of ecosystem services. Also lost will be the cultural heritage of those indigenous peoples with an intimate knowledge and use of the tree of life. Knowledge of the importance of conserving the Tree of Life is critical to all humans, but damage to the tree will be particularly severe to lower social and economic ranks. 

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It's been three long decades since the calamitous events at Jurassic Park (1993), and humankind has yet to find a solution for the prehistoric animals that made their way to civilisation after the devastating eruption of Isla Nublar's long-dormant volcano in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018). As humans and dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes become part of a fragile system, Claire and Owen live in seclusion in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, protecting their adopted 14-year-old daughter, Maisie. However, trouble is brewing. When global biotech giant Biosyn Genetics becomes involved in the mysterious disappearance of a human clone, Dr Ellie Sattler embarks on a mission to uncover the truth and expose the unexpected new adversary that threatens the entire food chain. Now, there is no turning back. Who is behind the impending environmental disaster? Is the world mature enough to embrace change and coexistence?—Nick Riganas

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Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures Amblin Entertainment Legendary Pictures (2015–2018)