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Science for Alaska outreach events

2023 Science for Alaska talks (in-person and virtual)

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February 3: First Friday Kickoff at the Pub
February 7-March 7:Science for Alaska talk series (5 dates)

The Geophysical Institute is excited to share in-person Science for Alaska events again with our Fairbanks community!

New this year, Science for Alaska is offering free outreach events and K-12 science activities prior to the spring talk series. These events are in-person only:

  • Saturday, Jan. 28: Snow Science Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center
    Our Winter World and GLOBE Alaska are collaborating with the Geophysical Institute to learn how people, animals and plants rely on snow. Join us to become a citizen scientist, dig snow pits, simulate an avalanche, learn about water molecules and more. All ages welcome!
  • Tuesday, Jan. 31: Space Science, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Nordale Education Center
    Fairbanks BEST Homeschool joins the Geophysical Institute for an afternoon of night sky wonder. Bring your family and friends for space exploration, hands-on aurora activities and stargazing inside a planetarium.
  • Friday, Feb. 3: Science for Alaska: First Friday Kickoff, 5:30 to 7 p.m., the UAF Pub (21+)
    Enjoy a storytelling evening of six short, engaging, image-based talks about glaciers, earthquakes, the HAARP facility, Fairbanks winter air quality, the Alaska Satellite Facility and coastal erosion fieldwork during Typhoon Merbok. Free snacks and door prizes!

The traditional 2023 Science for Alaska lecture series begins Tuesday, Feb. 7, and runs every Tuesday through March 7. Talks start at 7 p.m. on campus in the Schaible Auditorium. On-campus parking is always free after 5 p.m. Presenters will answer questions after each talk. Those who wish to join virtually may connect on Zoom or view live from the UAF and Geophysical Institute Facebook pages. See the flyer below for the full talk schedule.

Lecture recordings are available on the Geophysical Institute YouTube channel after the series concludes in March.

For more information, email or call 907-474-7787.

About Science for Alaska:

Science for Alaska is one of the largest public outreach efforts undertaken each year by the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

For over 30 years, the series has brought current scientific research to communities throughout the state. Administrators, faculty, staff and the public weigh-in on possibilities for speakers and topics to be included in the popular lecture series. The result is a well-rounded event that pools expertise from scientists studying in various locales in Alaska, on topics as diverse as satellites to beavers.

Science for Alaska has grown tremendously since its inception in the early 1990s. Today, lectures are offered in Fairbanks and online, as well as on DVDs that are accessible through the Alaska library system.

To celebrate and continue this growth, Science for Alaska is proud to introduce new events in addition to the beloved talk series. This year SFA will offer free K-12 family outreach events in collaboration with Our Winter World, GLOBE-Alaska, and BEST Homeschool. Parental supervision is required for all K-12 events. This year will also include participation in First Friday in the form of a visual mini-talk series at the Pub (21+).

Science for Alaska is sponsored by the Triplehorn family, Lifewater Engineering CompanyAlaska EPSCoR, and the UAF Geophysical Institute.

Download the Science for Alaska flyer.

Download flyer for K-12 events on Jan. 28 and Jan. 31.

Lineup of Science for Alaska talk series with blue and green picture of Alaska and the ocean. The line up for kick off events includes free k-12 family events on Jun 28 and Wed 31. Visit website for more info. Also, Feb 3 Science for Alaska Frirst Friday Kick-off event at the Pub from 5:30-7. The lineup for 7 PM talks is Feb 7 Detecting Space-Debris Bullets by Paul A. Bernhardt, Feb 14 Inspiring Girls Expeditions Alaska: Teaching Science and Art with Nature's Guidance by Sarah Clement and Joanna Young, Feb 21 Satellites to Cell Phones: New Ways of Understanding the Aurora by Dogacan Su Ozturk, Feb 28 Plate to Plate: Rupture of the Great Alaska Earthquake by Evans Onyango, March 7 Gnawing and Thawing: Beavers and Rapid Change in NW Alaska by Ken Tape. To make an accommodation request at least 5 days in advance of this event please contact 907-474-5229.and Seth Kantner..Free k-12 outreach events - interactive science for the whole family! Presented by the UAF Geophysical Institute. Snow Science Saturday in collaboration with our winter world and GLOBE-Alaska. Saturday Jan 28 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM at the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center 101 Dunkle St. People, animals, and plants rely on snow. Join us to become a citizen scientist, dog snow pits, simulate an avalanche, learn about water molecules and more. Space Science in collaboration with BEST Homeschool on Tues Jan 31 from 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM at Fairbanks BEST Homeschool Nordale Education Center 397 Hamilton Ave. Ever wonder about our night sky? Join us for an afternoon of space exploration, hands-on aurora activities, and stargazing inside a planetarium. For information or to request accommodations, call 907-378-8335 or visit the UAF GI webpage under events (science for alaska).