RU Planetarium hosts special showing of Chasing Ice, an exploration of endangered polar ice

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A beautiful and poignant expression of the environmental changes that humans have brought about will be featured in the RU Planetarium on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m.

Chasing Ice, a beautiful and poignant expression of environmental changes, will be featured in the RU Planetarium on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m.  The movie is free and open to the public.

"Chasing Ice is a very visual treatment of actual changes in the ecosystem for those who don’t get to actually go and see them," said Melissa Brett, a senior geology major who helped bring the movie to campus last spring when more than 500 people viewed it during a three-day run. "The polar ecosystem is very delicate and very endangered."

Chasing Ice earned the Sundance Film Festival's Excellence in Cinematography Award and the Environmental Media Association’s Best Documentary Award. The movie chronicles environmental photographer James Balog’s mission to gather evidence of climate change. Using time-lapse cameras, his videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. To view the Chasing Ice trailer, visit the Chasing Ice website.

The RU Planetarium is located on the ground floor of Curie Hall in Room 43. The main entrance to the planetarium is through the doors to the courtyard between Curie and Martin Halls. The event is sponsored by RU's Office of Community Engagement, Sigma Gamma Epsilon and the RU Dept. of Political Science.

Radford University is a comprehensive public university of more than 9,900 students. RU serves the Commonwealth of Virginia and the nation through a wide range of academic, cultural, human service, and research programs. Well known for its strong faculty/student bonds, innovative use of technology in the learning environment and vibrant student life on a beautiful 191-acre American classical campus, Radford University offers students many opportunities to get involved and succeed in and out of the classroom. The university offers 69 degree programs at the undergraduate level, and 21 master's programs and three doctoral programs at the graduate level. A Division I member of the NCAA and Big South Athletic Conference, Radford participates in 19 varsity sports—11 for women and eight for men. Since 2005, the university has secured approval and funding for nearly $300 million in capital projects, including both new construction and renovation.

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Sep 23, 2013
Don Bowman
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