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Dr. Todd O'Hara is in town for WhaleFest and the Scientists in Schools program. Dr. O’Hara is the Professor and Associate Dean Department of Veterinary Medicine at University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Don Sineti returns to Sitka for Whalefest 2014. Sineti is a folksinger, songwriter, and part-time sea chanteyman at Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut.
Over it’s 17-year run, Sitka’s WhaleFest has evolved from a tourist event into a research and cultural conference on a wide range of Arctic and marine mammals issues. There is also a large educational component, as visiting scientists spend considerable time in local classrooms. Blatchley Middle School student reporters Ella Lubin, Lilly Hood, and Kaia Gleason sent this audio postcard
Every scientist has a story about how he or she became interested in science. Maybe it was a teacher in grade school, or a visiting scientist, who first talked about the pursuit of knowledge as a way of life. This year’s Sitka WhaleFest opened with several short films about scientists that also try to make science accessible.
Salmon are Alaska’s long-term investment. That view was voiced by cultural anthropologist and writer Richard Nelson.