Monday, September 29, 2008

Conference draws geographers to Fairbanks

Nearly 100 geographers will gather in Fairbanks Oct. 8-11 for the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers (APCG) annual conference. The APCG is the western regional component of the Association of American Geographers with members representing Alaska, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. Researchers will present papers on a broad range of geographic topics, including climate change, geographic information science and technology, natural resource management, indigenous peoples, as well as the physical and built environment.

Conference keynote speakers include University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton, Dr. Terrence Cole, UAF professor of history and author of Crooked Past: The History of Fairbanks, Alaska, A Frontier Mining Camp; Dr. John Walsh, director of UAF’s Center for Global Climate Change and Arctic Systems Research; and Mead Treadwell, chairman of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission. For more information on topics, visit the university's geography program Web site.

Hosted by the University of Alaska Geography Program (UAGP), School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences, the conference will take place at the Westmark Fairbanks Hotel. UAF Chancellor Brian Rogers and UAGP Director and Associate Dean Mike Sfraga will host a conference reception and lecture at the UA Museum of the North Oct. 9. The conference concludes on Oct. 10 with an awards banquet, APCG presidential address, and an Evening with Pamyua: Tribal Funk in the Last Frontier - a unique blend of traditional Alaska Native music with a twist of a cappella funk. A “field trip” on Saturday, Oct. 11 includes stops at the Large Animal Research Station, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline visitors’ center and Chena Hot Springs Resort.

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