Texas Tech University

Bad Science Movie Night Series Highlights Spread of Deadly Epidemic

Glenys Young

April 11, 2016

Biodefense center director Victoria Sutton will analyze the film "The Andromeda Strain."

For the second installment in Texas Tech University's Bad Science Movie Night series, School of Law professor Victoria Sutton will help contextualize “The Andromeda Strain.”

At 7 p.m. April 18, Sutton will introduce the 1971 Robert Wise film “The Andromeda Strain.” The movie centers around a group of scientists trying to investigate a deadly new alien virus before it can spread.

Vickie Sutton

As part of the Bad Science Movie Night series, Texas Tech experts will open showings of science fiction films at Alamo Drafthouse, 120 W. Loop 289, with an expert analysis of the science in the movies: what they get right, what they get wrong and if there's any truth to the concept. The experts promise to explore the real science behind the movie without ruining it – unless the movie really has it coming.

Sutton is a Paul Whitfield Horn Professor in the School of Law and director of the Center for Biodefense, Law & Public Policy. She was the chief counsel for the Research and Innovative Technology Administration under President George W. Bush, assistant director in the White House Science Office under President George H.W. Bush and executive director of the Ronald Reagan Institute for Emergency Medicine. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry appointed her to the Texas Council on Key Resources and the Critical Infrastructure Council for her expertise in biodefense law.

Reservations are not needed. Tickets are $3 each.