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.

Information on all lectures and presenters in the 2007 Science for Alaska Lecture Series can be found online at

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