Polar scientists hit the road

POLAR-PALOOZA at ASTC 2007, (c) Lee Salem Photography

POLAR-PALOOZA: Stories from a Changing Planet made a preview appearance October 13 during the 2007 ASTC Annual Conference in Los Angeles. This multimedia presentation by people who know the poles best—ice researchers, geologists, oceanographers, climate scientists, biologists, and Arctic residents—will be traveling to 25 science centers and natural history museums across the United States during International Polar Year (IPY) (2007–2009). The initiative is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Presenters use high-definition video and authentic props, like a piece of ice core 2,000 years old, to bring polar research to life. During 3-day visits to each city, they will offer school programs, workshops for K-12 educators and museum volunteers, and briefings for local news media and business leaders. The NASA Museum Alliance is collaborating with POLAR-PALOOZA by extending resources like teleconferences with NASA researchers to museums not hosting the traveling show.

Science centers and museums hosting POLAR-PALOOZA during 2007:

October 19–21, 2007
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, the San Diego Natural History Museum, the Birch Aquarium at Scripps, and other locations
San Diego, California

October 22–24, 2007
New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science
Albuquerque, New Mexico

October 26–28, 2007
Chabot Space and Science Center
Oakland, California

October 26–28, 2007
Lawrence Hall of Science
Berkeley, California

November 8–10, 2007
Museum of Science and Industry
Tampa, Florida

November 11–13, 2007
Fernbank Science Center
Atlanta, Georgia

November 15–17, 2007
LSU Museum of Natural Science
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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Photograph copyright Lee Salem Photography