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Science Flicks film series to feature 'Volcano' March 3

Feb. 25, 2009 -- “Volcano,” a 1997 disaster movie packed with special effects, is the 18th movie set for the 2009 “Science Flicks” film series presented by the Departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry and Physics at Arkansas State University.

The film will be shown Tuesday, March 3, at 5:30 p.m. in Room 219 of the Laboratory Sciences Center, East Wing. Admission is free to ASU students and the general public.

The film features Tommy Lee Jones as the Los Angeles emergency management director, Anne Heche as a geologist, and Don Cheadle in a support role as a city emergency management worker. A volcano has formed underneath the La Brea Tar Pits and its lava flow is released after a minor earthquake in the city. The streets of Los Angeles run with the river of lava while the movie’s characters fight to put a stop to it.

The film series, launched in 2007, presents a different film each month that portrays scientists and their work. The series is part of a new undergraduate/graduate course, “Science in the Cinema,” which is being offered this fall and also has an Honors option.

A second movie is scheduled for the month of March with “Fat Man and Little Boy” scheduled for Tuesday, March 17. A full schedule of movies can be viewed at




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