New website brings Alaska Frontier Scientists to desktops in real time

Fairbanks, Alaska (April 26, 2011)

A University of Alaska Fairbanks scientist has launched a NationalNew website brings Alaska Frontier Scientists to your devices Science Foundation-supported website, Frontier Scientists, to connect Alaska field scientists with those curious about Arctic discoveries.

Frontier Scientists shares first-person accounts and real time insights from leading archeologists, grizzly bear biologists, volcanologists, climate change specialists and other scientists.

The site features fascinating footage of current scientific discoveries in some of the Arctic’s most remote and dramatic landscapes, chronicled in short vodcasts, Twitter feeds, blogs and web reports.  The research is organized into six categories:

“We want to let travelers, teachers, students, aspiring scientists, and anyone else interested in science feel as if they are along when scientists are tracking a grizzly or documenting how climate change is disrupting Alaskan ways of life,” explains Greg Newby, Chief Scientist of the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  “Visitors to Frontier Scientists can ask their own questions to our scientists directly, follow some of them on Twitter and Facebook, and converse on their blogs.”

Frontier Scientists videos reveal how ancient humans hunted whales with poison spears… show eruptions of Alaska volcanoes from space…document wildlife encounters in places where bears outnumber people… portray modern artisans as they use ancient Alaska Native and Russian weaving techniques to make clothing and baskets from grass…and explore the coast of Kodiak Island to view ancient rock art that recalls Matisse.

Frontier Scientists also provides resources and tips on things to do in Alaska for those considering travel to the Last Frontier state, whether on an Alaska cruise or a backpacking expedition.  And to encourage people to post their own Alaska photos, the site is holding a My Alaska photo contest from April 26 until May 9.

Frontier Scientists is funded by the National Science Foundation, with additional support from the National Park Service and 360 Degrees North.

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Greg Newby

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