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Story last updated at 1:30 PM on Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Seldovia science lectures planned

Seldovians for Science and the Seldovia Public Library will be hosting a series of three public science lectures in Seldovia this summer. I hope that with enough interest and support from the community we can continue these events in the future and invite scholars from diverse fields to share their research and interests with us here in Seldovia.

The lecture series this summer is designed to specifically address one of the biggest difficulties we face today with the public understanding of science and science education in public schools. Creationism continues to be a concern in the United States and it has recently become a problem in Seldovia. The speakers will clearly explain the science behind the Big Bang, the age of the earth and evolution and why creationism is not science.

On Friday, July 8, at 7 p.m. at the Seldovia Public Library, Dr. Travis Rector, professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Alaska Anchorage will be speaking on Big Bang Cosmology and the age of the universe.

Local geologist, Dr. Bret Higman of Ground Truth Trekking and Nuka Research, will be speaking on Saturday, July 23 at 7 p.m. at the Seldovia Public Library on the age of the earth.

Dr. Leslie Cornick, associate professor of marine biology at Alaska Pacific University, will give a talk on evolution and the creationism/intelligent design problem on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. at the Seldovia Public Library.

Kevin Gain