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Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center’s free Fireside Lecture on Friday, February 3 will feature the Juneau Icefield Research Program (JIRP), a science-based summer study program conducted on the Juneau Icefield.
Fireside lecture on icefield research program 020117 AE 1 Capital City Weekly Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center’s free Fireside Lecture on Friday, February 3 will feature the Juneau Icefield Research Program (JIRP), a science-based summer study program conducted on the Juneau Icefield.
Wednesday, February 01, 2017

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Fireside lecture on icefield research program

Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center’s free Fireside Lecture on Friday, February 3 will feature the Juneau Icefield Research Program (JIRP), a science-based summer study program conducted on the Juneau Icefield. It was started in 1948 by the late Dr. Maynard Miller.

The research program’s Executive Director Erin Whitney and Program Coordinator Mary Gianotti will discuss the organizatoin’s history, recent developments, and outline the future direction of the annual, eight-week student expedition that traverses the icefield from Juneau to Atlin, British Columbia.

JIRP’s increased levels of academic and scientific rigor has resulted in six project abstracts being submitted to the Fall 2016 American Geophysical Union’s conference, which attracted 24,000 participants.

During summer 2016, JIRP’s 32 students, ranging from graduate and undergraduate to junior and senior high school students, came from the United States, Canada, Ireland, Scotland, South Korea, Bermuda and Switzerland. Faculty numbered 30 over the course of the season.

Free Fireside Lectures occur at 6:30 p.m. and repeat at 8 p.m. at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. Elevators are closed for replacement; guests must use stairs or an accessible ramp to enter. Winter hours are Friday-Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 907-789-0097 for details.