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Science for Alaska hits Anchorage with two public lectures

Fairbanks, Alaska—The Science for Alaska Lecture Series will host two public lectures in Anchorage to conclude its 2012 season.

On April 24, Greg Walker, manager of Poker Flat Research Range and the UA Unmanned Aircraft Program, will present “Alaska – As Seen From an Unmanned Aircraft.” On April 25, Kenrick Mock and Bodgan Hoanca of the University of Alaska Anchorage will feature their newly patented eye-scanning technology in their lecture, “Protecting Our Eye-Dentity: New Methods for Information Security.” Both lectures take place at 7:30 p.m. in Rasmuson Hall on the UAA campus.

Walker and the UA Unmanned Aircraft Program garnered international attention when one of their small aircraft helped the Nome refueling effort in January 2012. This project and others will be covered in the April 24 lecture in Room 110 of UAA’s Rasmussen Hall.

Currently, eye-scanning technology is used in everything from marketing to psychology. Mock and Hoanca’s focus is on eye-scanning for information security and how their new device can safeguard some of the public’s most sensitive information. Mock is an associate professor of computer science, while Hoanca is a professor of management information systems. Both are based at UAA. Their talk will take place April 25 in Room 117 of Rasmuson Hall.

Science for Alaska is one of the largest outreach endeavors of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute. For 20 years, the project has brought entertaining and educational lectures to communities throughout the state, focused on current science underway at UA. The Geophysical Institute and Alyeska Pipeline Service Company sponsor Science for Alaska.

ON THE WEB: http://www.uaf.edu/scienceforalaska/anchorage-lectures/

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