Science on Screen®: JUNO with Dr. Jane Balbo

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The Science of Contraception

A pre-show talk from Dr. Jane Balbo of the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine on contraception, followed by a free screening of 2007’s award-winning comedy Juno.

About the film

When a teenage girl is faced with an unexpected pregnancy, she enlists the aid of her best friend in finding the unborn child a suitable home in this coming-of-age comedy drama. Juno may seem wise beyond her years, but after sleeping with classmate Bleeker, the pregnant teen quickly realizes how little she really knows about life. Thankfully, Juno has been blessed with parents who trust their daughter’s judgment, and a best friend named Leah, who’s always willing to help out in a pinch. With a little help from Leah, Juno soon comes into contact with Mark and Vanessa — an affluent suburban couple who have been unable to conceive a child of their own. Mark and Vanessa seem like they would make great parents, and are eager to adopt Juno’s unborn child. Now, as adolescent Juno is faced with a series of very adult decisions, she will draw on the support of her family and friends in order to discover who she truly is, and discover that one bad choice can have a lifetime of consequences

About the speaker

Jane Balbo, DO, is an osteopathic family physician and an assistant professor of family medicine at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio. Her clinical practice is OhioHealth Campus Care at Ohio University, OU’s student health center, and she is co-medical director there.




Science on Screen® is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The Science on Screen program pairs films with a short talk with a scientist or technology expert. The free Science on Screen events are fun and engaging, offering dynamic speakers an unexpected jumping point to teach their field of expertise in a way that is accessible to a diverse audience.


Free admission to this event is provided by Arts for OHIO.


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Running Time: 96 min96 MIN
PG-13 Rated
This Film is Wheelchair Accessible

Juno is hilarious and sweet-tempered, perceptive and surprisingly grounded.

Carina Chocano
The Los Angeles Times