The International Polar Year: What it means for Alaska

Release Date: 
Friday, February 2, 2007

For Immediate Release 

Alaska played an important role in the first International Polar Year (IPY) in 1882-83, and scientists in state and around the globe are now gearing up for the fourth IPY, which begins this March and extends through March 2009. In a lecture on Feb. 5, Hajo Eicken, Associate Professor of Geophysics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, will address the prospects that IPY-4 offers Alaska researchers, educators and the public to jointly address the challenges and opportunities of unprecedented change under way in the North.

“The International Polar Year 2007-08: Opportunities for Alaska” will launch the 2007 Science for Alaska Lecture Series in Juneau. Science for Alaska spotlights current scientific research conducted throughout the state in a series of four lectures held Mondays throughout February. All ages are welcome to attend the free, one-hour lectures at Centennial Hall Convention Center. Lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. and run Feb. 5 through 26.  

The Geophysical Institute, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the University of Alaska Statewide are sponsors of Science for Alaska 2007.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Information on all lectures and presenters in the 2007 Science for Alaska Lecture Series can be found online at http://www.scienceforalaska.com.

CONTACT:
Kevin Myers, Director of UAS Public and Media Relations: 796-6530
Hajo Eicken, Associate Professor of Geophysics, UAF: (907) 474-7280
Amy Hartley, Geophysical Institute Information Officer: (907) 474-5823