Jorge Cham and his “PhD, the Movie” came to Karolinska Institutet last November, 2011.
A batch of PhD students from Karolinska Institutet (Solna Campus, for who knows) and I, had organized the screening of “Piled Higher and Deeper” The Movie, film inpired by the famous on-line comic strips drawn by the magic hand of Jorge Cham. For the occasion, Jorge himself and Alexandra Lockwood (Physic PhD student and actress playing “Cecilia” in the movie) took time to come and visit our campus.
Jorge was particularly interested into Karolinska because of the Nobel Prize. We organized for him and Alex a tour into the heart of the Nobel, the Nobel Forum, where the a Committee reunions to decide who’s gonna get the Prize next year.
At the screening, a load of PhD students and not, from all over Karolinska (plus some colleagues form KTH and Stockholm Uni) full the theater, the same one where Physiology or Medicine Laureates gives their speech on Decembers, few days before getting the Prize from the hands of Carl XVI Gustaf, king of Sweden.
The movie starts, we laugh our lungs out.
After the screen, we had a Q&A session with Jorge and Alex, whom highlighted some “behind the scene” and reveald some interesting coming feature on the comics (we gonna get a Biology PhD student!). Jorge is actually really really funny. He knows how to warm the audience. We also had some high-glucose moment, when a lady form the audience took the mike and confess that at the time of her graduation, also the main character of the comic was going through this. Her life and the comic life had a parallel path for few month. Love love love.
Afterwards, theater empty –> FREE FOOD! The key world to trig student interest. Jorge signed up some comics and gave an interview to journalist Natalie von der Lehr, for Nordic Life Science (http://www.nordiclifescience.org/), who we are waiting with interest the article! Natalie already interviewed Jorge and here comes an article available on the web: http://www.ergo.nu/portratt/20101006-han-far-forskarna-att-skratta-at-elandet
The evening tunes down, people disapper slowly, there is a mess to clean up and our guest to bring out for dinner. We eventually success in each one of these steps, with no major incident. We were all dead at the end.
Thanks Jorge Cham, it was great meeting you, I say this form all the organizers.
And this is from him to us: