Tonight the public will have a chance to learn about what’s happening in the night sky as the University of Alaska Fairbanks kicks off the Science for Alaska lecture series at Centennial Hall.
Science for Alaska is an annual lecture series in the state’s major cities to inform the public of different topics of interest in Alaskan science.
“The goal of the series is to give the Alaska public an opportunity to meet one-on-one with researchers of the University of Alaska,” said the lecture series coordinator, Jenn Wagaman, who is director of research engagement at UAF. “We have some world renowned researchers in our own backyard.”
Tonight’s lecture, titled “Auroras at Solar Minimum,” is from Roger Smith. Smith is the director of the Geophysical Institute at UAF.
The talk will cover into the current sluggish solar activity during the sun’s minimum period and how it affects auroras. The sun goes through such periods of minimum activity regularly.
The event is free and begins at 7 p.m. in the Hickel Room.
The next lecture at Centennial Hall will be Jan. 27. The University of Alaska Southeast’s assistant professor of marine biology, Jan Straley, will give a 30-year perspective on humpback whale activity.
The final lecture will be Feb. 3. It will consist of a talk about contaminants’ effects of people and the environment in Alaska. Frank von Hippel, assistant professor of biology at the University of Alaska Anchorage will speak.
“The Juneau speakers worked out really well this year,” Wagaman said. “We have people coming in from each of the three major cities doing some pretty incredible stuff.”
Science for Alaska started in Fairbanks almost two decades ago with support from the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company. It later expanded to Juneau and Anchorage with funding from the IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence.
Juneau and Anchorage will each hold three lectures as part of the series. There will be six in Fairbanks.
More information on the lectures can be found at www.scienceforalaska.com.
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