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'Science Flicks' film series presents 'Deep Impact' Tuesday, Sept. 30

Sept. 22, 2008 -- "Deep Impact," a movie dealing with the consequences of collision of earth and a comet, is the next in the film series, "Science Flicks," presented by the Department of Biological Sciences at Arkansas State University. The film will be shown Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 5:30 p.m. in Room 219 of the Laboratory Sciences Center, East Wing. Admission is open to ASU students and the general public and is free of charge.

The series, launched in 2007 by the departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry and Physics, each month presents a different film that portrays scientists and their work. A full schedule of movies can be viewed at

Following the film’s showing, Dr. Tillman Kennon, associate professor of Science Education in the Department of Chemistry and Physics, will discuss the validity of the movie from a scientific viewpoint.

"Deep Impact" features Morgan Freeman as the U.S. President who is caught in a race to help humans prepare for survival when a comet is on a collision course with earth. The President devises a plan to build special caves and randomly select by 800,000 people to live in the caves along with 200,000 scientists, artists and doctors to prevent the extinction of the human race.

The remainder of the Science Flicks" schedule includes "Outbreak" (Oct. 21), "2001: A Space Odyssey" (Nov. 11) and "Dr. Strangelove" (Dec. 2).



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