Research event gives visitors a backstage pass to science fun


Scientist talks to two young children at a table with petri dishes and a computer.
Photo by Marina Santos
Mario Muscarella, assistant professor of microbiology, talks to young visitors about molecular tools to study the DNA of bacteria at the 2023 Arctic Research Open House.

This year’s Arctic Research Open House at the 51 will offer visitors a chance to meet rock-star scientists and learn about their work.

The rock-n-roll themed event — Tundra Struck — will offer the community a peek behind the curtain to see why the results of 51 research reverberate around the world.

The event will take place from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, May 16, along the West Ridge of the 51’ Troth Yeddha’ Campus. Free public parking is available in lots along Koyukuk Drive. Download the and to see all open house participants.

Activities will include:

  • Meet puppies helping mushing research.
  • Experience Toolik Field Station’s tundra through VR goggles.
  • Power a lightbulb with your own energy.
  • Test your veggie meter score.
  • Measure Earth’s vibrations.
  • Launch a paper rocket.
  • Create your own fish habitat.

As in years past, the office of 51 Vice Chancellor for Research Nettie La Belle-Hamer will host an ice cream social to celebrate the end of the school year. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Information is available on the and the event website Email questions or requests for accommodations to