Invulnerable Villains

23 Nov 2017

South Wales Materials Association Lecture


Coming soon to a lecture theatre near you...

Dr Danielle Lee

Dr Raychelle Burks

Dr Richard Johnston


The SWMA are proud to present a public lecture on the science behind Invulnerable Villains.

Why do superheroes nearly always win? Are the super villains that rubbish, or are their abilities stacked against them?

The international team of Dr Danielle Lee, Dr Raychelle Burks and Dr Richard Johnston will use their science and scicomm powers to explore the fallibility and strengths of sci-fi and comic book villains. With backgrounds in biology, chemistry and materials engineering, they'll attempt to build a better supervillain... with science!




Free beer and pizza


About the Speakers

Dr. Danielle N Lee is a Visiting Assistant Professor in animal behavior and ecology at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. With heavy doses of pop culture, she engages broader audiences in science and technology experiences, online and in person. Danielle is a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, TED Fellow, writes at Scientific American, founded the National Science & Technology News Service, and is a White House Champion of Change – STEM Access & Diversity. @DNlww

Dr. Raychelle Burks is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas. She's a super nerd and routinely talks about the science in popular fandoms. Raychelle is a popular science communicator, appearing on the Science Channel's Outrageous Acts of Science, American Chemical Society Reactions videos, Royal Society of Chemistry podcasts, at genre conventions such as DragonCon and GeekGirlCon, and writes for Chemistry World. @DrRubidium

Dr Richard Johnston is an Associate Professor in Materials Sci/Eng at Swansea University. He finds excitement in the worlds of research and engagement. He is Director of the Advanced Imaging of Materials (AIM) Facility, the M2A, and Research as Art. A former British Science Association Media Fellow at Nature, Richard has written for Scientific American, Nature, The Guardian, Huffington Post, and appeared on TV and radio, including the BBC Horizon programme. @DrRichJohnston


Venue and booking

Event Location: 
Engineering Central B003 Lecture Hall of the Swansea University Bay Campus
College of Engineering, Swansea University Bay Campus
Crymlyn Burrows
United Kingdom
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