Profs n' Pints

Enjoy a tasty pint of beer while listening to some of the best and brightest from K-State at Profs n’ Pints! This new monthly gathering pairs up innovative research with some amazing microbrews. Every month features a K-State faculty member sharing what they love in a fun and lively presentation, along with a featured microbrew from Arrow Catering.

This is a FREE event, held at the Flint Hills Discovery Center the fourth Tuesday of each month, September through April, from 6:30-7:30 PM.  All ages welcome.  Cash bar available for ages 21+.

Profs n Pints
I Wanna See a Polar Bear

"I Wanna See a Polar Bear Before They’re Gone!": ‘Last Chance’ Tourism and Sustainability in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

with Dr. Jessica Fefer, Assistant Professor of Park Management & Conservation, Kansas State University
Tuesday, January 28, 6:30 - 7:30 PM
at the Flint Hills Discovery Center

This interactive presentation tells the story of Kaktovik, Alaska – a small, Native Alaskan village on the Northern coast of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Kaktovik, Alaska is the shared home of the Native Alaskan Inupiat Tribe, and the Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus); both working to survive the harsh Arctic tundra and sea. Due to increasing pressures of climate change, growth in leisure time and travel trends, and the public allure of the polar bear – tourism to Kaktovik has grown nearly 1200% over the last 10 years, placing immense pressure on the Kaktovik community and their cultural and natural resources. Dr. Fefer will highlight her work, which seeks to inform the sustainable management of an increasingly popular polar bear viewing program – one that will address ecological integrity, social responsibility and transformative tourist experiences.

Dr. Jessica Fefer is an Assistant Professor in the Park Management and Conservation program at Kansas State University. She and her colleagues in the Applied Park Science (APS) Lab conduct research in parks and protected areas across the country, with a focus on visitor use, behaviors and outcomes associated with outdoor recreation experiences on the nations public lands. Dr. Fefer has worked on several large-scale projects at Tennessee State Parks, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and most recently in park units in and around the National Capital Region, Washington D.C.

Polar Bear Sign

Speaker information coming soon for the following dates!

Tuesday, February 25
Tuesday, March 24
Tuesday, April 28

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