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Science for Alaska outreach events

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

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

New this year, Science for Alaska offered free outreach events and K-12 science activities prior to the spring talk series. These events were 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 started Tuesday, Feb. 7, with talks every Tuesday through March 7. Talks started at 7 p.m. on campus in the Schaible Auditorium. On-campus parking is always free after 5 p.m. Presenters answered questions after each talk. Audience members also joined virtually on Zoom and 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 concluded 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 UAF Geophysical Institute, the Triplehorn family, Lifewater Engineering Company, Vic and Vicki Weinstein, and Alaska EPSCoR. Thank you for your support!

Download the Science for Alaska flyer.


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2023 Science for Alaska flyer