Discover Alaska Speaker Series Features State | Latitude 65

The University of Alaska Fairbanks will host the Discover Alaska Speaker Series beginning June 8, highlighting topics in the 49th state with a variety of experts.

The free nine-talk series is presented by UAF Summer Sessions and Lifelong Learning. Lectures will be held Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at the BP Design Theater, located on the fourth floor of the Center for Engineering Learning and Innovation on the UAF Fairbanks campus.

The presentations will also be streamed live and available as online recordings. For more information on these options, visit

Discover Alaska Series lectures include:

June 8 — “Permafrost: How the Ongoing Thaw is Impacting Alaskan Landscapes,” Louise Farquharson, Assistant Research Professor, Geophysical Institute Permafrost Laboratory

June 15 – “The Road to Exhibition: Bus 142 at the UA Museum of the North”, Angela Linn, Senior Collections Manager, University of Alaska Museum of the North

June 22 — “Alaska Tsunamis: Are We Ready for the Next Big Event?” ”, Elena Suleimani, research analyst and tsunami modeller, Alaska Earthquake Center

June 29 – “Sunny with a Chance of Electron Precipitation: Space Weather and What It Means for You,” Don Hampton, Associate Research Professor, Atmospheric and Space Sciences, Geophysical Institute

July 13 — “Flying into the Future: Drones in Alaska,” Cathy Cahill, Director, Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration

July 20 — “UAF Center for Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship (ICE Center): Supporting Innovative Researchers and the Statewide Entrepreneurial Ecosystem,” Peter Webley, Associate Director of Research

July 27 — “The Air We Breathe: Indoor Air Quality in Alaska,” Bill Simpson, Professor of Biochemistry, UAF College of Natural Science and Mathematics

Aug. 3 — “Ranking Choice Voting: Will It Work for Alaska?” Dermot Cole, journalist and historian

August 10 — “From Nanook to Atanarjuat: The Evolution of Recording Culture in the North,” Lenny Kamerling, Emeritus Film Professor and Curator, UA Museum of the North

August 17 – “Portraits”, JR Ancheta, chief storyteller of the Geophysical Institute

Angela C. Hale