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Campus celebrates fifth annual UAF Research Day

Fairbanks, Alaska—Research labs throughout the University of Alaska Fairbanks will be open to the public Tuesday, April 24 for the fifth annual UAF Research Day. Visitors will get the chance to see a brain breathe, examine tiny zooplankton or tour a working theatrical scene shop.

Labs across campus will be open to visitors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Buildings with open labs will be marked with balloons and campus maps will be available at the UAF Wood Center, where more than 80 graduate and undergraduate students will be participating in a poster session. Undergraduate students will also present their work at a competitive research symposium from 2 – 4 p.m., also in Wood Center.

The day will culminate in a public lecture and award ceremony starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Wood Center Ballroom. The event will include a keynote address by research professor and USAID Award for Heroism recipient Harry Bader, who will speak about research and foreign policy. The event will also include the presentation of the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award to professor emeritus F. Stuart “Terry” Chapin III. Chapin is one of the nation’s leading ecologists and is the only Alaskan to hold an appointment to the National Academy of Sciences.

UAF is the primary research campus in the University of Alaska system, garnering the majority of UA research funding. Research activities at UAF cover a broad spectrum of disciplines, from climate science to life science, engineering to anthropology, Alaska Native studies to theatre. Campus research day is an effort to highlight the important work that is happening on campus, as well as the contributions to that work by undergraduate and graduate students.

ADDITIONAL CONTACTS: Julie Benson, UAF Center for Research Services, 907-474-5837, jcbenson@alaska.edu.

ON THE WEB: http://www.uaf.edu/research/

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