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The Science for Alaska Lecture Series will feature a new topic at 7 p.m. each Tuesday from Jan. 28-March 3.
The Science for Alaska Lecture Series will feature a new topic at 7 p.m. each Tuesday from Jan. 28-March 3.

28th annual Science for Alaska Lecture Series underway

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute will host free public talks on topics ranging from the aurora to permafrost to the 2018 earthquake in Anchorage.

The 2020 Science for Alaska Lecture Series begins Tuesday, Jan. 28, and runs through March 3. Talks start at 7 p.m. every Tuesday at Raven Landing Center.

For 28 years, the Geophysical Institute has hosted the lecture series as one of its largest public outreach efforts.

The series brings current scientific research to Alaskans in an event that pools knowledge from scientists with expertise across the state.

Lectures are offered live in Fairbanks and online, as well as on DVDs that are accessible through the Alaska library system.

The 2020 lectures and dates are:

  • Jan. 28Sunny With a Chance of Space Storms, C. Alex Young, associate director for science, Heliophysics Division, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Feb. 4Nukes in Alaska: Then and Now, Curt Szuberla, director of the Wilson Alaska Technical Center
  • Feb. 11Not-So-Permanent Permafrost?, Louise Farquharson, research associate, UAF
  • Feb. 18How to Talk to a Satellite, Denise Thorsen, professor of electrical and computer engineering, UAF
  • Feb. 25Alaska Aftershocks: The 2018 Anchorage Earthquake, Matt Gardine, seismologist, Alaska Earthquake Center, UAF
  • March 3: Aurorasaurus: How You Can Get Involved in Aurora Research, Elizabeth MacDonald, space physicist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

For more about the lectures, please visit the series website or the Facebook event page.

Download a flyer here.

The 2020 Science for Alaska Lecture Series is sponsored by the Triplehorn family, Lifewater Engineering and Class 5 Boatworks, the Alaska Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, the NASA Space Science Education Consortium, and the Geophysical Institute.


CONTACTS:

Kelly Eagan, University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute, 907-474-7787, kmeagan@alaska.edu