saturday, july 11 AT 10:00aM | free ADMISSION
Featuring a presentation by Justin Schmidt, PhD, inventor of the Schmidt sting pain index!
Sponsored by the Pima County Public Library!
“A wonderful blend of thrills and humor that will keep both children and adults charmed and engaged.” – TV Guide’s Movie Guide
An incredible shrinking ray leads to big fun in this wild fantasy/comedy from Walt Disney Studios! Rick Moranis stars as an absent-minded inventor who just can’t seem to get his electro-magnetic shrinking machine to work. But when he accidentally shrinks his kids down to one-quarter-inch tall and tosses them out in the trash, the real adventure begins! Now the newly-tiny kids face incredible dangers as they try to make their way home through the giant jungle of their own backyard. Hurricane sprinklers! Dive-bombing bees! A runaway lawn mower! And those are just a few of the nonstop surprises in store for our miniaturized heroes in this crazed classic filled with amazing special effects! (Dir. by Joe Johnston, 1989, USA, 93 mins., Rated PG)
Justin Schmidt, PhD A childhood amongst the weeds, wild flowers, and insects profoundly affected my interest, in and love of, insects. Entomological interests became enriched during high school and college with the addition of chemistry and physics that ultimately steered me on the path of chemical ecology and stings/venoms of wasps, ants and bees. I explored the four corners of North America, starting in Pennsylvania, then moved to British Columbia, Georgia, and New Brunswick, before finally jumping to Arizona, the holy Grail of fascinating insects in the US. I stumbled into the beauty of stinging insects while digging a harvester ant colony in Georgia. That experience not only awaken my pain receptors, it also awakened my sense of the amazing beauty and potential of all stinging insects. Little did I know at the time I would spend the rest of my academic career studying and enjoying working with all manner of stinging insects and arthropods in all manner of beautiful locations around the world. What luck to have stumbled into this richly rewarding lifetime work and not really being aware what lay ahead for me at the time of that amazing sting. I have been so lucky to do what I love and even receive an Ig Nobel Prize in Physiology and Entomology, a guest appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live, have a semi-naked photo of me in the NY Times, be quoted in the movie Ant Man, and be invited to write “The Sting of the Wild”, where I could take audiences aged 5 to 105 on insect safari adventures into the magical lives of stinging insects, the reasons why they sting, and how we all coexist. How could one ask for anything more from entomology?