"The Most Unknown" is an epic documentary film that sends nine scientists to extraordinary parts of the world to uncover answers to some of humanity’s biggest questions. How did life begin? What is time? What is consciousness? How much do we really know?
By introducing researchers from diverse backgrounds for the first time, then dropping them into new, immersive field work they previously hadn’t tackled, the film pushes the boundaries of how science storytelling is approached. What emerges is a deeply human trip to the foundations of discovery and a powerful reminder that the unanswered questions are the most crucial ones to pose.
The free screening will be followed by a panel discussion by some of Atlanta's own boundary-pushing researchers. They will reflect on what the film means to them and will also be available to answers questions about related areas of research.
- Misty C. Bentz is an observational extragalactic astronomer in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Georgia State University. Her research focuses on active galactic nuclei and mass measurements of supermassive black holes. Bentz will be one of the first investigators to use NASA's James Webb Space Telescope scheduled for launch in 2021.
- Jennifer B. Glass (facilitator) is a biogeochemist and an assistant professor in School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Tech. Her studies include environmental controls on greenhouse gas cycling and, in particular, how one such gas, nitrous oxide, may have warmed the early Earth making life here possible when the Sun was much dimmer. Glass is also a member of the Parker H. Petit Institute of Bioengineering and Bioscience.
- Shella Keilholz is an associate professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering of Georgia Tech and Emory University. Her research aims to characterize the dynamic organization of functional network activity in the brain, with the ultimate goal of understanding the alterations that occur in pathological states and using targeted interventions to restore normal activity.
- Nicholas C. Speller is a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Professor Amanda M. Stockton in Georgia Tech's School of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He is involved in designing a device to analyze the chemistry of the surface of Europa as part of a future mission to Jupiter's icy moon.