Annual UAF Arctic Research Open House set for May 19

Rod Boyce
May 13, 2022

UAF chancellor at open house
Photo by Heather McFarland.
UAF Chancellor Dan White visits the Story Tent while learning about the Alaska Voices podcast during the 2019 Arctic Research Open House.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks will host its 2022 Arctic Research Open House from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, May 19.

The event will include booths from more than a dozen research units and facilities at UAF and the National Weather Service, including the Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration, International Arctic Research Center, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, Alaska Center for Energy and Power, Alaska Satellite Facility, Institute of Arctic Biology  — and many more.

Visitors can walk among numerous facilities to learn about current projects and meet researchers in the fields of climate science, geoscience, natural resources, social sciences, engineering and others. This year’s theme is “It’s an Inspiring Day in the Neighborhood,” and scientists will share research happening in and around Fairbanks.

Activities and displays will include:

  • A drone flight simulator
  • Virtual reality field research
  • The bicycle power generator competition
  • Fish specimens
  • A dancing electric Tesla
  • Different types of ice
  • Fairbanks weather trivia
  • Greenhouse tours
  • A hands-on table about biology
  • Pingo Peat, UAF’s big inflatable mammoth
  • A survival suit challenge, which invites participants to slip into the bright orange outfits that help keep researchers safe in icy waters. 

Children and students are encouraged to come to this interactive event. The office of UAF Vice Chancellor for Research Nettie La Belle-Hamer will hold an ice cream social to celebrate the end of the K-12 school year.

Activities are on the UAF West Ridge, easily accessible at Thompson Drive off of Geist Road. Public parking is available in lots along Koyukuk Drive; citations are not being issued in those lots during the event. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Information is available on the event website and on the event's Facebook page. Email questions to Watch a promotional video introducing the event.

Download an event map.