MythBusters coming to campus

The MythBusters are coming to campus.

The University of Lethbridge is pleased to partner with Science Alberta Foundation and program supporter Suncor Energy Foundation to host the MythBusters at the 1st Choice Savings Centre for Sport and Wellness, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010.

MythBusters Grant Imahara and Tory Belleci are coming to Alberta as part of the Science Alberta Foundation's "Science Happens Here" program.

"One of our founding goals has been to encourage young Albertans to enter careers in science and technology, by fostering an interest in these areas," says Dr. Arlene Ponting, CEO, Science Alberta Foundation.

"We are pleased to work with the University of Lethbridge in delivering this unique event, as the University showcases some of the most innovative science in the province."

Imahara is a former animatronics engineer and model maker for George Lucas' Industrial Light & Magic. In addition to operating R2-D2 (one of only a handful of official operators), Grant has another claim to beloved-character fame: developing a custom circuit to cycle the Energizer Bunny's arm beats and ears at a constant rate.

Additional information about Imahara can be found at this website:

Belleci worked for ILM for eight years as a model builder, sculptor and painter. Some of his movie credits include Starship Troopers, Galaxy Quest, T3, The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded and Van Helsing. He began work on Discovery Channel's MythBusters in 2003, doing work behind the scenes and in the second season was featured as a member of the team.

Additional information about Belleci can be found at this website:

Tickets are $10 per person and go on sale Monday, Nov. 9 at the customer service desk, 1st Choice Savings Centre for Sport and Wellness at the University of Lethbridge or at 1st Choice Savings and Credit Union locations in Lethbridge and southern Alberta.

Each year, the Science Alberta Foundation organizes the Science Happens Here program in an Alberta community. The program highlights the science happening in everyday life, in industry and in business. It stimulates curiosity about science and showcases science, math and technology careers in the region.