Chancellor's Report

February 2010

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Chancellor Rogers visits with Lael Oldmixon, associate director of Admissions, during his annual holiday gathering in Wood Center. Chancellor Rogers meets regularly with faculty, staff and students at social gatherings and work meetings.

UAF awarded the contract to Marinette Marine Corp. of Marinette, Wis., to build the new, 254-foot Alaska Region Research Vessel. The name chosen for the vessel is Sikuliaq, an Inupiaq word for young sea ice. The vessel will be owned by the National Science Foundation and operated by UAF as part of the U.S. academic research fleet.

Tanana Valley Campus hosted 18 high school students who completed the Interior Alaska Career Academy culinary arts program over the winter break. IACA, a partnership between the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District and TVC, organizes sessions during holiday breaks and on weekends to enhance career exploration opportunities for area high school students.

The Alaska Center for Energy and Power will use a $4.6 million U.S. Department of Energy grant to study geothermal exploration techniques in Alaska. The project will use remote sensing to identify potential geothermal resources throughout the state and determine their energy-producing potential.

Roman Holidays, a CD released by the Borealis Brass, a Music Department faculty ensemble, was recognized in the International Trombone Association Journal.

Institute of Arctic Biology scientists have identified an antifreeze molecule in a freeze-tolerant Alaska beetle able to survive temperatures colder than minus 100 degrees Fahrenheit. This research has potential applications in cryopreservation, development of more cold-tolerant crops and the frozen food industry. The project is a collaboration between researchers at UAF and the University of Notre Dame.

Nanooks continue to excel in the classroom. The 127 UAF student-athletes participating in 10 sports programs achieved a 3.34 cumulative grade point average in fall 2009, their highest ever. Eighteen student-athletes were also recognized with conference all-academic honors.

KUAC TV received the National Educational Telecommunications Association's award for best program production for Mr. Alaska: Bob Bartlett Goes to Washington. The 60-minute documentary chronicles Bartlett’s journey as he worked toward Alaska's statehood.


In Progress

The Geophysical Institute is launching Investigations in Cyber-enabled Education, a K - 12 project with funding from the National Science Foundation. ICE will use online scientist-teacher collaborations to enhance teachers' abilities to provide science, technology and math instruction for secondary students.

Science for Alaska lectures are underway in Fairbanks, Anchorage and Juneau. Since 1996, a continuing education course has been offered through UAF to teachers anywhere in the state in conjunction with Science for Alaska.


What’s Next

Hands-on activities for families will be the order of the day Feb. 20 when the College of Engineering and Mines celebrates National Engineers Week with an open house in the Duckering Building. As part of E-Week, First Tech Challenge, the Alaska state high school robotics championships, will take place in Wood Center Feb. 19 - 20. Fifteen teams competed last year; this year 30 - 40 teams from around the state are expected.

The College of Natural Science and Mathematics’ Science Potpourri will take place April 10 in the Reichardt Building. This free community event has educated, entertained and inspired Fairbanks families and science fans for 15 years with science displays and experiments.

The UA Museum of the North's Chocolate Bash returns April 10 after a one-year hiatus. The event, considered a rite of spring in Fairbanks, is a fundraiser for the museum's endowment. Ticket sales begin March 1 for museum members and March 8 for the general public.

Theatre UAF presents Vinegar Tom April 23 - May 2. Set in 17th-century rural Britain, Vinegar Tom features contemporary language and perspectives, re-enacting a ritual story of misplaced blame.


Through the Lens: Recent Images


Dexter Miles is hard at work on an engine in the Tanana Valley Campus diesel and heavy equipment program. This certificate program emphasizes hands-on training and in-class experience as students perform preventive maintenance inspections, determine causes of equipment problems, and make necessary repairs and adjustments from tune-ups to complete engine and equipment overhauls.


Photos, clockwise from left

Research Assistant Professor Katey Walter Anthony ignites methane that was trapped under the ice in a pond near Fairbanks. National Geographic recently named her one of Alaska's "Adventurers of the Year."

Sophomore goalie Scott Greenham keeps his eyes on the puck during CCHA action in the Carlson Center.

Alaska and Polar Regions archivist Anne Foster speaks with former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens. A $1 million donation from BP will allow the library to catalog documents from his 30-year career.

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