Story last updated at 9/12/2012 - 2:19 pm
The annual Evening at Egan Fall Lecture series at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau starts Sept. 14 with Breaking Ice for Arctic Oil author Ross Coen in the Egan Library at 7 p.m.
Coen's presentation is on the challenges faced in a test run of an ice-breaking crude oil tanker in the Northwest Passage.
Following the discovery of oil at Prudhoe Bay in 1968, Humble Oil (now Exxon) commissioned the SS Manhattan, a 155,000-ton icebreaking tanker, to transit the Northwest Passage to test the logistic and economic feasibility of an all-marine transportation system for Alaska North Slope crude oil. Proposed as an alternative to the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, the Manhattan made two voyages to the North American Arctic, along the way collecting volumes of scientific data on the marine environment of the Far North.
Coen is a Ph.D. student in American history at the University of Washington. Previously he served as rural energy specialist at the Alaska Center for Energy and Power, an applied research institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and as climate change policy analyst for U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens and the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.
On Sept. 21, UAS environmental science faculty Eran Hood and Jason Amundson present in the Egan Lecture Hall the origins of the Suicide Basin outburst flood on the Mendenhall Glacier and future work aimed at better understanding this local natural hazard that occurred the past two summers.
On Sept. 28, photographer Skip Schiel presents "Israel, the Occupied Territories, and Nonviolent Resistance" in the Egan Lecture Hall. This multi-media presentation illustrates the reality of the occupation and highlights Palestinian and Israeli nonviolent responses.
Other events this season include a presentation by new Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center director Alison Bidlack on collaborative research in Southeast Alaska (October 12) and a UAS student presentation on their spring 2012 semester in Cuba (October 26).
The series finishes in November with talks by Vuntut Gwitch'in First Nation Elder in Residence Randall Tetlichi on human-caribou relations (November 9) and author Karsten Heuer on his book, Being Caribou: Five Months on Foot with an Arctic Herd, on November 16. Both presentations are part of the UAS One Campus-One Book, 2012: Being Caribou.
For the live streaming link, see http://www.uas.alaska.edu/eganlecture/