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Watchmen Vid Gets Emmy Nod

The University News Service video “The Science of Watchmen,” featuring friend of Professor James Kakalios, has been nominated for a regional Emmy Award in the “Advanced Media: Arts/Entertainment” category.

The video, which has received more than 1.5 million views on YouTube, was produced by the University News Service team, under Elizabeth Giorgi, managing editor, and was nominated by the Midwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

The award winners will be announced at a gala party on September 26th in downtown Minneapolis. When I asked him what he thought his chances were on taking the coveted award he modestly remarked that he had “somewhat longer odds then my being able to reassemble myself following the removal of my intrinsic field.”

University of Minnesota physics professor Jim Kakalios teaches a class called “Everything I Know About Science I Learned from Comic Books.” He also wrote “The Physics of Superheroes” which Discover Magazine called the best science book of 2005. Jim was also a hired science consultant for the Watchmen movie and appears on the Director's Cut Blu-ray in a featurette discussing the physics of Dr. Manhattan.

Jim is also working on a new book which he said will have “will have a lot more about Dr. Manhattan's quantum mechanical wavefunction.” I really wish I knew what that meant.

The following is the Emmy nominated video clip where Jim discusses the super powers of one Dr. Manhattan nee Jon Osterman: If the Doc were real, how could modern physics explain how the blue guy’s powers would work?

UPDATED 9.28.09

We just got the new from Jim that they won the Emmy! Congratulations! Here is the transcript of Jim's acceptance speech:

I’m Prof. Jim Kakalios. Don’t worry - I won’t be giving a lecture. I wish to thank Justin Ware and Elizabeth Giorgi at the University of Minnesota, who conceived and created this video, as well as Brian Andersen, who provided the physics demos we used. I would like to thank the Academy – both the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences, and Ann Merchant, who put me in touch with the Watchmen crew, and everyone on Watchmen and at Warner Bros. for their first-class treatment of me. And I wish to thank my wife and family, for their love and support. I am a lucky man.

For more from Jim, take a look at our exclusive interview with the professor back in July 2008 during that year's San Diego Comic-Con.


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