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MSU International Mountain Day set Dec. 11

December 3, 2013

Jordy Hendrikx, MSU geography professor and director of the MSU Snow and Avalanche Laboratory, is one of several MSU scientists who will speak about mountains and snow science during the local celebration of International Mountain Day on Dec. 11 at the Emerson Cultural Center. Photo of Hendrikx working in a New Zealand mountain range by Karl Birkeland.   High-Res Available

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Montana State University will partner with community organizations to host a local celebration of International Mountain Day, which begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, in the Emerson Cultural Center in Bozeman.  The event is free and open to the public.

The theme of this year's program is "Mountains: Recreation Resource Risk."  The exhibitor fair will be held at 6 p.m. in the Weaver Room of the center. It will feature local non-profit organizations based in Montana that will share their work related to mountain environments and issues. The fair will also include several MSU departments that will share information on research projects related to climate science, ecology and other topics.

The talks begin at 7 p.m. in the Crawford Theater with a welcome from Cathy Whitlock, MSU ecology professor and director of the Montana Institute of Ecosystems, a multi-institutional community dedicated to understanding complex ecosystems and the interconnectedness of people and nature.

At 7:15 p.m., MSU engineering professor Ed Adams, director of the MSU Subzero Science and Engineering Research Facility and an international expert on avalanche science, and Jordy Hendrikx, MSU geography professor and director of the MSU Snow and Avalanche Laboratory, will speak about "Mountains from Global, Local to Micro: New Discoveries in Snow Science."

Doug Chabot, director of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center, will speak about "Avalanche Forecasting and Awareness" at 8 p.m.

A full list of the exhibitors and other information can be found here.

International Mountain Day is hosted by the Institute on Ecosystems, Montana NSF EPSCoR, and MSU's Office of International Programs and Extended University. It is a United Nations event that is celebrated throughout the world as an opportunity to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development, and to build partnerships that will bring positive change to the world's mountains and highlands.

For more information, visit or contact Yvonne Rudman with International Programs at (406) 994-4302. The United Nations website for International Mountain Day is


Yvonne Rudman, Office of International Programs, (406) 994-4302 or