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UAF to Host ‘An Evening With Neil Davis



Fairbanks, Alaska—Scientist and author Neil Davis will share stories of his life and expansive career during a free public event Tuesday, June 7 at 7 p.m. in the Davis Concert Hall on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus.

During the event, Davis and interviewer Robert Hannon will discuss a wide variety of topics that encapsulate Davis’ many contributions to the University of Alaska, the people of Alaska and various fields of science. “An Evening with Neil Davis” is the 2010 UAF Legacy Lecture and is part of an annual lecture series presented by UAF Summer Sessions & Lifelong Learning.

Davis earned both his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees at UAF. He is a professor emeritus at UAF, having spent more than two decades as a member of the faculty. He served in a variety of positions, including director of the Geophysical Institute. He was a key player in the creation of the Poker Flat Research Range. The T. Neil Davis Optical Science Operations Center at the range is named in his honor. Davis retired from UAF in 1981. During his career, he also served as a research associate and aerospace technologist for NASA.

Davis became well-known locally by authoring the Community Science Forum, a regular science newspaper column in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner from 1975-1981. In 1982, a collection of 400 of the columns was published in the book “Alaska Science Nuggets.” Davis is also the author of multiple fiction and nonfiction books on topics such as permafrost, aurora borealis and health care.

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