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Zombie Apocalypse I: STEM of the Living Dead — the TI-Nspire™ activity that launched STEM Behind Hollywood and spread through classrooms like a virus — has jumped species and is now available for the TI-84 Plus CE graphing calculator.

The activity provides students with an inside look at the math and science real-life epidemiologists use to track and curb the spread of diseases through a population, and engages them in:

  • Graphing geometric progression and an S curve, interpreting data, and making predictions
  • Understanding the function of various parts of the human brain
  • Investigating and discussing factors dealing with immunity and vaccines

Harvard Medical School professor Dr. Steven Schlozman, who is also a consultant with the National Academy of Sciences' Science & Entertainment Exchange, helped Texas Instruments (TI) develop Zombie Apocalypse I and its sequel, Zombie Apocalypse II: The Humans Strike Back.

The sequel, which is available only for TI-Nspire™ CX technology, encourages students to investigate chemistry and life sciences principles, observe processes such as titration, and design experiments, predict outcomes and test hypotheses.

*TI knows of no scientifically valid evidence that supports claims for the existence of zombies or for any virus that can reanimate dead people.

They call him Dr. Z(ombie)

The path Steven Schlozman, M.D., took to become Hollywood's foremost expert on zombie neurobiology began at the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline, Massachusetts, when he was invited to select a movie for its Science on the Screen program and lead a discussion after the show.

Schlozman, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, chose George Romero's 1968 cult classic, "Night of the Living Dead", as the jumping off point for a discussion on the theoretical neuroscience of zombies.

He wrote a fake medical journal paper on Ataxic Neurodegenerative Satiety Deficiency Syndrome, the putative disease of zombies, to prepare for his talk, and from there his fascination with the living dead took on a life of its own.

"When I'm not taking care of patients, when I'm not teaching at the medical school, I'm thinking about zombies.
I love zombies!"

Steven C. Schlozman, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School

Shortly after the Science on the Screen event, the Science & Entertainment Exchange, a program of the National Academy of Sciences, asked him to join its consulting staff.

"To get calls from writers and producers and to be asked about how to make a story plausible and fun is a dream and also feels like a genuine public service," he says.



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