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Annual UAF Arctic Research Open House set for May 19

Come learn about the incredible research happening at the University of Alaska Fairbanks during the 2022 Arctic Research Open House from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, May 19.

You’ll be able to visit booths from more than a dozen research units and facilities at UAF and the National Weather Service, including the Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration, International Arctic Research Center, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, Alaska Center for Energy and Power, Alaska Satellite Facility, Institute of Arctic Biology  — and so many more.

Visitors can walk among numerous facilities to learn about current projects and meet scientists in the fields of climate science, geoscience, natural resources, social sciences, engineering and others. This year’s theme is “It’s an inspiring day in the neighborhood,” and scientists will share research happening in and around Fairbanks.

Check out a drone flight simulator, virtual reality field research and the bicycle power generator competition. Take a look at fish specimens, a dancing electric Tesla and different types of ice. Test ​​your Fairbanks weather trivia. Tour some greenhouses. Visit a hands-on table about biology.

And, of course, visit our big inflatable mammoth, Pingo Peat.

Children and students are encouraged to come to this interactive event. The office of UAF Vice Chancellor for Research Nettie La Belle-Hamer will hold an ice cream social to celebrate the end of the K-12 school year.

Summon friends and family to the Survival Suit Challenge. See how fast you can slip into these bright orange outfits that help keep our researchers safe in icy waters.

Activities are on the UAF West Ridge, easily accessible at Thompson Drive off of Geist Road. You can park without receiving a citation in lots along Koyukuk Drive.

Information is online here  and at the event’s Facebook page. Email questions to Watch a video introducing the event. Download a map with more detailed information about units participating and what activities are planned.


Rod Boyce, University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute, 907-474-7185,