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Nov. 28, 2007

Note: This event has been canceled.

Researcher discusses global warming's impact on Iñupiat whaling Dec. 3

Researcher Chie "Siqiñiq" Sakakibara will discuss the effects of global warming on Iñupiat whaling in the Alaskan Arctic from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3 in Room W151 of the Pappajohn Business Building on the University of Iowa campus. The talk is free and open to the public.

Sakakibara, a lecturer in Native American studies at the University of Oklahoma, spends time with whaling families in Barrow and Point Hope, Alaska, to study the impact of global warming on whale-human relationships.

Two of Sakakibara's research papers won best paper awards at the Association of American Geographers conference in 2005 and 2006. She works closely with the National Science Foundation's Arctic Social Science Program, the Barrow Arctic Science Consortium, the North Slope Borough Department of Wildlife Management, and the Arctic Studies Center at the Smithsonian Institution to conduct her research.

The lecture is sponsored by the UI's American Indian Native Studies Program, Division of Interdisciplinary Programs and Department of Anthropology, all part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in this program, please call 319-335-3821 for assistance.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

EDIA CONTACTS: Michelene Pesantubbee, American Indian Native Studies Program, 319-335-2116,; Nicole Riehl, University News Services, 319-384-0070,