Expert to discuss future of energy in Alaska

Science for Alaska 2010 lecture series begins tonight

Posted: Thursday, January 21, 2010

Gwenn Holdmann launches the Science for Alaska 2010 lecture series tonight with a talk about how Alaska can emerge as an energy leader.

Holdmann will discuss how the state should pinpoint methods for stabilizing energy prices and reducing its vulnerability.

Holdmann is the director of the University of Alaska Center for Energy and Power. She began work on renewable energy for ABS Alaskan, where she wrote a guide to micro-hydro power for Alaska. She also worked to develop a renewable and sustainable energy program at Chena Hot Springs Resort.

Holdmann's speech, titled "New Energy for Alaska Communities," begins at 7 p.m. at Centennial Hall.

The lecture is the first of an annual series that takes place around the state on a range of topics specific to Alaska and its residents. The Fairbanks series includes six lectures; Anchorage's has three.

In Juneau on Jan. 28, "Tooth-walkers: Uncovering the Archaeology of Alaska's Walruses" will be presented by Erica Hill, University of Alaska Southeast assistant professor of anthropology.

On Feb. 4, "Raising the Dead: Hibernating Animals Give Scientists Clues to Help Victims of Cardiac Arrest" will be presented by Kelly Drew, a University of Alaska Fairbanks faculty member.

Juneau events start at 7 p.m. at Centennial Hall.

The free lectures, sponsored by the UAF, the Geophysical Institute and Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, are designed to be entertaining as well as educational. For more information, contact UAF Director of Research Engagement Jenn Wagaman at 907-474-5082 or

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