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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.

October 15: Site Summit
From 1959 to 1979, Anchorage was guarded by three Nike Missile batteries poised to launch their 40-foot missiles toward invading Soviet aircraft. Site Summit, located at nearly 4,000 elevation in Arctic Valley is the only intact site remaining. Join Nike veterans as they describe what it was like for soldiers assigned to this remote mountain and how Friends of Nike Site Summit is partnering with the military in restoring the site for historic interpretation.

November 19: The Science of Skiing on Snow
How does a snowflake form? Is each one different? And, most importantly, how do we ski FAST through it? Dr. Travis Rector, a professor in the physics and astronomy department at the University of Alaska Anchorage, will answer these questions and more. Dr. Rector will explain the basic physics of snow as well as how skis and waxes work.

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

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: Dinosaurs in Denali