Juan Roederer is interviewed by Steve Lay on September 6, 1984 at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, Alaska
ORAL HISTORY 2000-78-08
KUAC (Radio station : Fairbanks, Alaska)University of Alaska FairbanksLay, Steve (Interviewer)Roederer, Juan (Interviewee)
KUAC studios; University of Alaska Fairbanks
Juan Roederer talks about signing an agreement of cooperation with a counterpart from the Soviet Polar Geophysical Institute, the study of the aurora at very high latitudes, the difficulty of maintaining a dialog with the Soviets even at the scientific technical level, restrictions, the speed at which information can be exchanged being hindered, speeding up their discussions and planning and maybe in the future be joined up in their experiments with the agreement, an agreement of observing, observing the same things at the same time, agreeing on a certain time when they would be making observations, exchange of data, getting together and interpreting the data hopefully with scientists from both institutes, the aurora optical observatory in Svalbard, the Soviet observatory, an additional observatory on another island which is about 800-1000 kilometers from Svalbard at the same latitude towards the east, the Heiss Island observatory complementing the already ongoing work by the UAF Geophysical Institute, simultaneous observations, Svalbard being located on the opposite side from Alaska in respect to the magnetic pole, obtaining valuable information about the aurora from opposite sides of the magnetic pole, multiple benefits for the university, students and researchers from this agreement, the pure scientific benefit, making more detailed studies of the higher-latitude aurora, playing a role in world affairs, the two students in Svalbard being exposed to these international dealings between scientists through their work and involvement in this project, and showing students the other aspect of science - the political or policy aspect of science.
1 audioreel tape (about 6 min.) : mono.
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