Science on Screen® combines art and science of origami and engineering. Film: Between the Folds

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  • Date: Oct 10th, 2019
    Time: 7:30pm

Science on Screen® combines art and science of origami and engineering

A panel of three scientists and engineers will discuss their work and art before a screening of the documentary film “Between the Folds” at the Midwest Theater on Thurs., Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m.  Professor of Entomology Yong-Lak Park will travel from West Virginia University to talk about his current entomology research, as well as his experience with modeling origami insects. Jennifer Clarke, who is a Professor of Food Science and Technology, and Statistics and Director of the Quantitative Life Sciences Initiative at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will add her expertise in mathematics and data science to the discussion and Stephen Klaas, owner of Klaas Structural Engineering, will provide the perspective of a practicing engineer.

The film “Between the Folds” provides an overview of origami as an art form and discusses how this established art of paper folding has influenced modern science and technology.

This event is open to the public, and admission is FREE, thanks to event sponsors and partners, including the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Panhandle Research and Extension Center, 21st Century Equipment, Nebraska Arts Council, and Nebraska Cultural Endowment. Every audience member will get a free ticket for a chance at winning a raffle prize. Science on Screen is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.


WHAT: FREE* Science on Screen discussion and screening of “Between the Folds”

WHEN: Thurs., Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Midwest Theater, 1707 Broadway, Scottsbluff


Dr. Yong-Lak Park earned both a bachelor of science and a master of science degree in Agricultural Biology (emphasis entomology) from Seoul National University, Korea. His doctorate in entomology is from Iowa State University. Dr Park’s areas of expertise are: integrated pest management, agricultural and forest entomology, and geospatial technology and spatial database management system.

Jennifer Clarke is a Professor of Food Science and Technology, and Statistics, and the Director of the Quantitative Life Sciences Initiative at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Clarke received her undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Psychology from Skidmore University, a M.S. in Statistics from Carnegie Mellon University and a Ph.D. in Statistics from the Pennsylvania State University under the mentorship of C.R. Rao. She conducted postdoctoral research at the National Institute of Statistical Sciences in Research Triangle Park and the Department of Statistical Sciences at Duke University before joining the faculty at Duke. Prior to coming to UNL in 2013, she was a faculty member at the University of Miami in the Division of Biostatistics and the Center for Computational Sciences. She serves on the steering committee of the Midwest Big Data Hub and is co-PI on an award from the NSF focused on data challenges in Digital Agriculture. Her current interests include statistical methodology for metagenomics and prediction, and training the next generation of data scientists.

Stephen Klaas is the owner of Klaas Structural Engineering. He is originally from Dubuque, Iowa. He attended Iowa State University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Structural Engineering. He moved to Denver, Colorado, after graduation and has lived in Scottsbluff since 2000. Stephen is a licensed professional engineer in Colorado and North Dakota and a licensed structural engineer in Nebraska, Utah and Wyoming.



Title: Between the Folds

Film synopsis: Origami: it’s no longer just paper cranes. A determined group of theoretical scientists and fine artists have abandoned conventional careers to forge unlikely new lives as modern paper folders. These intrepid individuals are interpreting the world in paper, creating a wild mix of sensibilities that redefine art, science and creativity.

Film rating: G
Film run time: 55 minutes


This film-and-discussion event at the historic Midwest Theater in Scottsbluff is a part of the national Science on Screen program supported by The Coolidge Corner Theater and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The goal of the Science on Screen series is to increase science literacy by creatively pairing screenings of classic, cult, science fiction, and documentary films with lively presentations by notable experts from the world of science and technology. Each film is used as a jumping-off point for a speaker to introduce current research or technological advances in a manner that engages popular culture audiences. For more information about Science on Screen, visit