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Yukon Quest veterinarians discuss the science behind sled dogs

Submitted by Melissa Hart
Phone: (907) 474-7853



No doubt about it, Fairbanks is a community of mushers, dog-racing enthusiasts and all-around dog lovers. With the start of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race on Feb. 11, the timing is right for a lecture about the science behind sled dog racing. Veterinarians Margaret Eastman and Denali Lovely will present on the physiology of sled dogs and their experiences working on one of the most challenging sled dog races in the world.

"Sled Dog Science" is the second installment of the 2007 Science for Alaska Lecture Series, which takes place in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Juneau and Seward throughout January and February. The weekly series, coordinated by the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, presents the latest scientific findings relevant to all Alaskans. The free, one-hour event begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Westmark Gold Room. All ages are welcome.

" Information on all lectures and presenters in the 2007 Science for Alaska Lecture Series can be found online at www.scienceforalaska.com.
" For more on the Yukon Quest, go to

CONTACT: Amy Hartley, Geophysical Institute information officer at (907) 474-5823. Melissa Hart, Geophysical Institute public relations assistant at (907) 474-7853.