Fireside Chat Lecture Series
Come spend the evening by the fire listening to a timely tale about science in real life. Complimentary hot drinks and cookies provided by Friends of the Campbell Creek Science Center. All programs begin at 7pm and are free and open to the public.
October 15: NASA in Alaska--The ABoVE Research Campaign
TheArctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE)is part of a broad international effort to study the environmental and societal effects of climate change. Over the next decade, scientists from NASA and other public and private organizations will be studying such topics as the thawing of permafrost, the expansion of wildfires, and changes to wildlife habitats. Come learn more about ABoVE from Dr. Peter Griffith, Chief Support Scientist for NASA’s Carbon Cycle and Ecosystems Office, and Dr. Charles Miller, Deputy Science Team Lead for the ABoVE campaign.
November 18: Coloring the Universe
Everyone loves pictures of space. But have you ever wondered if that’s what space really looks like? Or if the colors are real? For over twenty years UAA astronomer Dr. Travis A. Rector has been making color astronomical images with some of the world’s largest telescopes. In this talk Dr. Rector will give a behind-the-scenes look at what professional astronomers do, and what they don't do, when making these beautiful images. He'll also share with people images and stories from his new book, called Coloring the Universe.
December 16: Refleshing the Bones
From poisonous chemicals to scary Halloween props, human skeletal remains are often used as symbols of death in our society. But skeletons are not as scary as you might think. Come join us as UAA anthropologist Ryan Harrod discusses how our bones provide a record of life. He’ll describe how careful examination of skeletonized bodies reveals who a person was when he or she was alive.
January 20: TBA
February 17: TBA
March 16: Migratory Bird Treaty Centennial: 100 Years of Conservation
Can you imagine a time when the sky was blackened from thousands of birds as far as the eye could see? What happened to these massive flocks of feathered friends and how did their disappearance influence bird conservation around the globe? Join Tamara Zeller and Dr. Rick Lanctot with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for a look back at the history of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), why it was enacted 100 years ago, and how it saved many of the birds that call Alaska home. Follow the plight of the Buff-breasted Sandpiper, learn how the MBTA helped and didn’t help this arctic-breeding shorebird, and discover what current research has taught us about this magnificent migrant.
April 20: What Melting Glaciers Reveal