Friday Seminars (GEOS F482/682)

This is a seminar series on a geologic or geophysical theme of current interest held most every Friday afternoon during the Spring and Fall semesters. Each semester, a different instructor is in charge of selecting the speakers, thereby ensuring a variety speakers and topics. 

For the Spring 2023 semester there will be a mix of zoom and in-person presentations. 


Sydney Chapman Endowed Chair in Physical Sciences Seminar

The Sydney Chapman Endowed Chair in Physical Sciences was created by the Alaska State Legislature in 1983. Their purpose was to establish a position that would help the University of Alaska Fairbanks to achieve an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research. The legislature recognized that the distinguished scientists who occupy this chair will attract a nucleus of talented faculty and students and thereby enhance the quality of the teaching and research at UAF. Dr. Sydney Chapman, considered one of the most distinguished geophysicists of the 20th century, was professor of geophysics and advisory scientific director of UAF's Geophysical Institute from 1951-70.

Current Chapman Chair

J├╝rgen Kurths, 2016-present

Past Chapman Chairs and Past Chapman Co-Chair

Syun-Ichi Akasofu, 1985-1986.
Keith Runcorn (deceased), 1989-1995
Norbert Untersteiner (deceased), 1998-2005
Eddy Carmack and David Scholl, 2006-2015

These seminars are usually held on Tuesdays and Thursday.