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Screening of film about one man’s quest to document climate change; Chasing Ice to be shown February 12, 2014

This documentary is the story of one man's mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Photographer James Balog conceived of the Extreme Ice Project to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Balog set up time-lapse camera equipment across the Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers, capturing ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate.


Annual symposium for Undergraduate Research Summer Institute to include address by Cal-Berkeley computer scientist Christos Papadimitriou, on September 25, 2013

The annual URSI symposium will be September 25 from 3:00-6:45pm in the Villard Room, beginning with oral presentations by five of this summer’s student researchers. At 4:15 computer scientist and keynoter Christos H. Papadimitriou will discuss “Computational Insights and the Theory of Evolution”, immediately followed by a gallery of student poster presentations on the all of the 2013 URSI projects.


Landscape architect Darrel Morrison will discuss using plants native to a locale for creating sustainable landscapes on September 19, 2013.

Sustainable landscaping using plants native to a given locale is on the rise. Landscape architect Darrel Morrison will speak at Vassar about his experience in the design of a many public spaces, including the Hudson Valley’s Storm King Art Center. Morrison also facilitated the republication of the 1929 book American Plants for American Gardens, which was co-authored by two Vassar professors.

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