Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program and UAF Northwest Campus host IPY speaker series in Nome

01/08/2008

Contact: Heidi Herter, Agent, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 907-443-2201, ffhlh@uaf.edu, MAP profile

NR: SG-2008/NR266

Nome, Alaska—As part of International Polar Year (IPY) 2007–2009, the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program and University of Alaska Fairbanks, Northwest campus, have launched a speaker series in Nome, Alaska. This series is meant to facilitate discussions of current polar issues between local residents and academic experts.

Topics include the effects of climate change on fisheries and the sea ice pack, storm systems and coastal erosion, and preservation of Native languages and art. Despite the importance of many of these topics to the northwest Alaska region, experts rarely have the opportunity to interact with local residents because of the remote location of these communities and limited communication systems.

The series is being videoconferenced to reach rural communities and schools of northwest Alaska through the Bering Strait School District.

Upcoming series speakers include:

Each speaker event will take place at 7 p.m. at the Nome Elementary School.

For more information, contact Heidi Herter, Agent, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 907-443-2201.

Watch video clips of MAP-IPY Nome Speaker Series on the Bering Strait School District Web site.