Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File                                The Juneau-Douglas City Museum is offering a pair of City Salon events that will focus on the Juneau Icefield.

Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File The Juneau-Douglas City Museum is offering a pair of City Salon events that will focus on the Juneau Icefield.

City museum offers pair of icefield-focused events, university plans short talks and more

News briefs for the week of Feb. 13, 2020.

City museum offers 2 programs focused on Juneau Icefield

On Wednesday, Feb. 19 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Mendenhall Public Library, United States Geological Survey scientist Chris Mcneil will present “History & Implications of 70-years of Research from the Juneau Icefield, A Science Talk with Chris J Mcneil.” The free event is facilitated by the Juneau-Douglas City Museum.

Chris McNeil is a geophysicist with the USGS in Anchorage who has been studying the Lemon Glacier analyzing 70 years of data. For the city museum’s first City Salon event of 2020, McNeil will talk about the Lemon Glacier, the Mendenhall Glacier and a recent discovery about the Taku Glacier. Discussion will include the history of scientific research on the Juneau Icefield, what it tells us about the cryosphere in Southeast Alaska, and how that research continues to advance science in the 21st century. City Salon is a free museum program series centered on community dialogue about local history, culture, art and literature.

On Friday, Feb. 21 at 5:30 p.m. at the city museum there will be an artist panel discussion titled, “Art at the Edge of Climate Change & the Juneau Icefield.” This is also a free event.

For the museum’s second City Salon of 2020, three artists working in different mediums will come together to talk about the importance of art in the discussion about the changing environment of the Juneau Icefield within the larger context of Climate Change. Ben Huff, Hannah Mode and Annika Ord will sit down with UAS English Professor Kevin Maier to talk about process, their involvement with the Juneau Icefield Program and the landscape that fuels their art.

UAS holds a pair of ‘flash talks’

The University of Alaska Southeast Research and Creative Activities Committee is sponsoring two dives into faculty research at noon on Friday, Feb. 14.

These five-minute “flash talks” are geared toward anyone with an interest in local science with plenty of time for questions and discussion. Participants are encouraged to bring along a lunch, with UAS providing coffee and dessert. The event takes place in the conference room of the Whitehead Building.

The overall title for the presentation is, “What is New in Environmental Research from UAS Chemistry Faculty?” Two flash talks are featured: “PFAS— Should We Be Concerned About This Class of Toxic Chemicals?” and “Cool Molecules: Unraveling the Mysteries of Antifreeze Proteins.”

The speaker for the first flash talk will be associate professor Lisa Hoferkamp. The speaker for the second talk is assistant professor Konrad Meister.

State Museum closes on Tuesday

The Alaska State Museum will be closed on Tuesday, Feb. 18. The reason for the closure is the observance of Presidents’ Day.

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