Janet Baum: “Science Briefing: Arctic Science Journeys” and “Left Out in the Cold: The Story of the Barrow Global Climate Change Research Lab in Barrow, Alaska”

Date: Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Time Details: 5:30PM “Science Briefing: Arctic Science Journeys”
Light Supper and Refreshments Provided
Free and open to Explorers Club Members and guests
Reservations required

7:30PM “Left Out in the Cold: The Story of the Barrow Global Climate Change Research Lab in Barrow, Alaska”
Event is open to the public
No reservations required
Location: Science Briefing (5:30 PM) will be held at the Academy of Science St. Louis (Boardroom), 5050 Oakland Avenue, St. Louis MO 63110

“Left Out in the Cold” (7:30 PM) will be held at The Living World, north side of the Saint Louis Zoo (parking free in the Zoo North Lot)

Description:

Academy of Science St. Louis

The Explorers Club St. Louis and the Academy of Science St. Louis are pleased to present two programs on February 2, 2011 featuring Janet Baum, AIA, founding partner of Health, Education and Research Associates, Inc. and the lead programmer and planner of Barrow Global Climate Change Research Lab. At 5:30 pm Ms. Baum will present a Science Briefing “Arctic Science Journeys” at the Academy of Science St. Louis. At 7:30 pm Ms. Baum will present “Left Out in the Cold: The Story of the Barrow Global Climate Change Research Lab in Barrow, Alaska” at the Saint Louis Zoo’s Living World.

Janet Baum

Science Briefing: The process of designing the first Arctic-based laboratory facility for the study of global climate change, required listening to and learning from dozens of scientists and engineers from a broad range of disciplines. Many have worked decades in the Arctic, coming north for the summer, from their home institutions and government agencies, to put in as much time as possible on field explorations and studies while the sun is up and the temperatures are tolerable. Join Academy of Science St. Louis Trustee and retired founding partner of Health, Education + Research Associates, Inc., Janet Baum, AIA, for a fascinating talk on the challenges of scientific field work in the Arctic’s inhospitable and remote environments. Janet illustrates her talk with colorful slides from the scientists she met while designing the Barrow Global Climate Change Research Laboratory.

“Left Out in the Cold”: The Inupiat Native Americans have continuously inhabited the North Slope of Alaska for 10,000 years. Just a few summers ago, the permanent Arctic Sea ice-pack was only a few hundred yards off the coastline of Alaska. Now it lies over one hundred miles away, and the gap is increasing. For the Inupiat, traversing this gap for subsistence hunting in sealskin canoes poses great risk. Looking to find a way to provide steady occupations and income for their people (without resorting to oil drilling!), the Inupiat commissioned the building of the Barrow, Alaska laboratory to study climate change. Through this, the Inupiat tribe is working to ensure their survival and preserve the Arctic landscape upon which they depend. The project lead programmer and planner on this project, retired HERA founding partner Janet Baum, tells the remarkable story of place, people and environmental preservation in “Left Out in the Cold.”

“Left Out in the Cold” is a Science Seminar Series event, co-sponsored by Academy of Science St. Louis and the Saint Louis Zoo.

Reservation Deadline: January 28, 2011
Reservations to: Becky Doane (rdoane@thompsoncoburn.com) or 314-231-2306, x1302
Please include your name and the names of your guests when making reservations.
Payment Information: This event is free and open to Explorers Club Members and guests

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