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“The Suicide Basin glacier outburst flood: 2023 and beyond”

UAS Evening at Egan Fall Lecture Series Continues October 27

Juneau, Alaska

Date of Press Release: October 23, 2023

Eran Hood, Ph.D., UAS Professor of Environmental Science
Eran Hood, Ph.D., UAS Professor of Environmental Science

The annual fall lecture series Evening at Egan continues on October 27 at the University of Alaska Southeast Auke Lake campus. In the presentation “The Suicide Basin glacier outburst flood: 2023 and beyond” Dr. Eran Hood of UAS and Aaron Jacobs of the National Weather Service will provide an overview of the 2023 outburst flood from Suicide Basin including why it was larger than in previous years. They will summarize efforts to improve monitoring and forecasting of future outburst floods and discuss our research aimed at understanding how the ongoing evolution of Suicide Basin may impact future flood events.

Dean of Arts & Sciences Carin Silkaitis remarked, "In the wake of the recent devastating flood in our community, our hearts are heavy with the weight of loss and the impact on the lives of our fellow Alaskans. The Evening at Egan lecture series strives to provide a platform for understanding and healing during these challenging times. Dr. Eran Hood and Aaron Jacobs' presentation on the Suicide Basin glacier outburst flood offers crucial insights into this natural disaster, shedding light on its magnitude and the need for enhanced monitoring and forecasting to safeguard our community. Knowledge and research are essential tools in preparing for and mitigating the potential future impacts of such events. We believe that this lecture will not only inform but also foster a sense of solidarity and resilience within our community. We invite everyone to join us in this important conversation, as we come together to support and learn from one another."

All Evening at Egan lectures are scheduled for 7p.m. at the Egan Library and live-streamed on the UAS YouTube channel. They are free and open to the public. The schedule and more details are posted on the lecture series webpage. Lectures can be watched live or recorded on the UAS Youtube channel.

Upcoming Lectures this Fall

“Impacts and Responses: Cruise ships and Northern Communities”

Dr. Jim Powell, UAS Assistant Research Professor

November 10

The burgeoning cruise ship tourism industry has impacted coastal communities. How do communities benefit and what are the impacts from cruise tourism? A multidisciplinary research team, funded by the National Science Foundation, will present their findings about Juneau’s cruise industry. A new documentary film “Cruise Boom”, set in Sitka (created by Ellen Frankenstein and Atman Mehta) will follow and raise questions relevant to Southeast communities and beyond. How can communities shape tourism? How can mass tourism become regenerative?

Winter Fire Creative Showcase featuring UAS Arts & Sciences Faculty

December 8

UAS Arts & Sciences faculty will come together to present a mesmerizing fusion of creativity and scholarly excellence and encourage a conversation about our community's rich and diverse artistry. Our Creative Showcase is a testament to the power of imagination and inquiry, and we do not doubt that our audience will leave the event with a renewed sense of wonder and a deep appreciation for the myriad ways in which creativity and scholarship intertwine. So please mark your calendars, spread the word, and join us for an evening that promises to be intellectually invigorating and artistically inspiring.


  • Carin Silkaitis, MFA, Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences
  • Emily Wall, MFA, Professor of English
  • Ernestine Hayes, MFA, Professor of English, Emerita; Rasmuson Distinguished Artist 2021; and Marie Darlin Award Recipient 2021.
  • Lily Hope, Tlingit Artist, Weaving and Textiles

Press Release Contact

Keni Campbell
University of Alaska Southeast
(907) 796-6509