Community Science Night in Nome
The Nome elementary school hosted a UAF Community Science Night on October 26th. Kids and their parents extracted their own DNA, watched planetarium shows, made smoke rings, explored light and sound, and learned about careers in science over the course of the evening. UAF Fairbanks programs represented included the Alaska Summer Research Academy (ASRA), the NASA-funded traveling planetarium program, BioPREP, the NASA-funded Eyes on the Arctic climate change program, and the Globe program. The UAF Northwest campus presented a human skeleton and other hands-on displays, the Bering Land Bridge National Preserve hosted a paleontology “dig,” and members of the Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation (NSEDC) talked about fishery-related careers. Laura Conner, Ed Moriarty, and former UAF student Jenna Schmidt were featured on KNOM radio to talk up the event and to communicate that science is fun. Over 200 people attended the event.
Presenters included Kyle Campbell, Chris Cannon, Laura Conner, Kevin Davis (Norton Sounds Economic Development Council), Tiffany DeRuyter, Ian Herriott, Claudia Ihl (Northwest campus), Charlie Lean (Norton Sound Economic Development Council), Ed Moriarty (MIT), Jenna Schmidt, Elena Sparrow, and Jennifer Thelan (Bering Land Bridge National Preserve).
The Saturday Thing
The Saturday Thing is up and running strong. Noah Betzen is now organizing this program.