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Science Center Calendar-we hope you can join us at an upcoming event  

Fireside Chats 

Come spend the evening by the fire listenting to a timely tale about science in real life. Complimentary hot drinks and cookies provided by Friends of the Campbell Creek Science Center. The programs are free and open to the public. All programs begin at 7pm.

December 17: The Research Vessel Sikuliaq
There’s only one ice-capable oceanographic research ship in the entire US academic research fleet. It’s the Research Vessel Sikuliaq and it will soon be plying the North Pacific and Arctic Oceans under the direction of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Able to crunch through ice two-and-a-half feet thick, Sikuliaq is designed to help scientists travel through the often ice-clogged waters off Alaska. Come learn about the development and construction of Sikuliaq, get an overview of all the ship can do, and find out the role Sikuliaq will play as part of the U.S. academic research fleet from Dan Oliver, Director of the UAF Seward Research Center.

January 21: Viruses Jumping--How Viruses Move from One Species to Another
Ebola. SARS. MERS. HIV. These are just a few diseases caused by viruses jumping from one species into another. How do viruses move from species to another? Why does this happen? Why does it seem to be happening more in the last 10 years? And why do so many of these viruses seem to come from bats? Join us as UAA professor Meg Howard answers these and many other questions about host-jumping viruses and bats in Alaska.

February 18: Science on the North Slope
The North Slope Science Initiative (NSSI) provides a unique platform for federal, state, and local agencies to coordinate research activities on the North Slope of Alaska. The NSSI Scenarios project will help agencies coordinate future research efforts using scenarios of resource development on the North Slope and in adjacent seas. Join Olivia Lee, research associate at the Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks, to learn more about the NSSI Scenarios project.

March 18: Fantastic Feats or Flagrant Frauds? The Curious Tale of Long-Distance Dog Mushing in Alaska, 1890s-1930s
When Slim Williams was making the first successful overland trip by dog team from Alaska to the Lower 48 in 1932-33, he was told that he was not the first to make the attempt. So, who was the first and what happened? Answering these questions reveals surprising, forgotten stories that date back to the mid-1890s. But what those adventurers really did makes an amusing tale that fits neatly into this time in the nation's history. Join Robert King, BLM Archaeologist and Historian, as he reveals this little-known episode of long-distance dog mushing in Alaska's past.

April 15: Denali Dinosaurs
When people think of Denali National Park, they frequently think of the scenery, mountain, glaciers, and charismatic megafauna. But most people don't realize that nearly 70 million years ago, Denali was home to the greatest megafauna that has ever walked the earth: an assemblage of dinosaurs that lived year round in the sub-arctic environment. Join National Park Service geologist Linda Stromquist to find out more about Denali’s dinos and the new understandings they’ve given researchers about the distribution and environment of these animals all across Cretaceous Alaska.