May 16, 2003


Syun-Ichi Akasofu, IARC, has been selected to receive the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold and Silver Star, by the Emperor of Japan. The honor comes in recognition of Akasofu's distinguished service and contribution to the promotion of friendly relations between Japan and the U.S. in the area of scientific research.

Julia Ann Walker is the 2003 recipient of the Provost's Prize. Walker began her student career at UAF in 1982 when she joined the XCED program to become a teacher. She enrolled in at least one distance-education course nearly every semester to complete her certification and graduated May 11 with a 3.53 gpa. Walker has accepted a teaching position in her home town of Anvik beginning in the fall.

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Construction on West Ridge is in full swing. Be aware of new traffic patterns and look for signs. The east Arctic Health parking lot includes visitor-designated parking. Safety is an issue for everyone, including visitors to campus with children. Please be aware of visitors and help them find their way around campus.

Alumni Drive's east-bound lane is expected to be closed through September due to the powerplant code corrections project.

For Your Information

The UA Board of Regents will be meeting in Fairbanks June 9-10 in room 109 of the Butrovich Building. Public testimony will be heard June 9 at 9 a.m. and June 10 at 8 a.m. For more information contact Jeannie Phillips at 7908 or or visit

UAF celebrated its 81st Commencement May 11, conferring nearly 940 degrees to nearly 900 graduates from the class of 2003. Esther Combs was the oldest graduate at age 65. Cassiah Depew and Spencer Audie joined December graduate Britt Arnesen to share the honor of being the youngest graduates at age 18. Eight retiring faculty were granted emeritus status: Ron Gatterdam, CSEM; Nirendra N. Biswas, CSEM; Gary Copus, CLA; John P. Doyle, SFOS; Joseph R. Kan, dean of the Graduate School; Carla Kirts, former dean of Student Services; John Leipzig, former dean of CLA; and Nagabhushana M.S. Rao, CLA.

The UA Museum and Simon Paneak Memorial Museum in Anaktuvuk Pass are joining forces to restore the only remaining Nunamiut (inland) kayak in existence. The kayak is being refurbished by elders in the village and will be returned to its display at the UA Museum in June.

ARSC recently hired George Lake as visiting chief scientist. Lake will work to stimulate computational research and to attract further applications of high performance computing to ARSC. Lake comes to ARSC from the University of Washington where he is a professor of astronomy and physics.

The Division of Computing and Communications is phasing out the Kerberos system. Due to technical difficulties, the new Radius system will only be available at the Fairbanks campus until the problems are resolved. The Kerberos system will remain online at all campus locations. To sign up for a Radius account visit For more information call 6564.

Judith Kleinfeld, CLA, recently presented "The Psychology of Freedom," an invited address, at the Western Psychological Association's 2003 convention held in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The UAF Summer Finance Camp is back. Two camps are being offered this summer through Summer Sessions. A high school camp takes place May 27-30 and a middle school camp runs from June 2-6. Each camp will teach students basic financial and business concepts and explore the world of investing, including use of the Internet. For more information contact Joe Hines at 6518 or

Summer Sessions is also offering the Young Creative Writers' Workshop and Publication courses for middle and high school students. The workshop course is May 27 - June 19 and focuses on portfolio development. The publication course takes place June 24 - July 2 and focuses on editing and producing a literary magazine. For more information contact Cindy Hardy at 5983 or

The 2003 Summer Recreational Camp, sponsored by UAF's athletics and recreation department, begins July 7. For more information visit


The Georgeson Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale takes place May 17 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the UAF farm. Items for sale include perennials, shrubs, annuals, small trees, hanging baskets, house plants and herbs. For more information contact Jan Hanscom at 6921 or

Fairbanks Museum Day is May 24 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The UA Museum, along with several local museums, will feature free admission.

The ninth annual Campus Flower Planting Day is May 28. The event is sponsored by the College of Fellows and was established to help beautify the campus. Bring your gloves and gardening tools and help brighten up campus. For more information or to volunteer contact Jim Matthews at 457-3537 or Judy Kelliher at 474-0021.

The UA Museum Family Fun Fest takes place June 8 from 1-5 p.m. under a big top tent at the Patty Center. There will be hands-on activities for all ages, unlimited access to the galleries and refreshments will be provided. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for youth aged 7-17 and free for children 6 and under. A free shuttle will provide transportation from the tent to the museum to view the galleries. For more information call 5484.

The UA Museum's Junior Curators Camp, Introduction to Filmmaking, runs June 16-27, Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The camp is for students in grades 7-12 and costs $300. Participants will learn the fundamentals of filmmaking and work in small teams to write, direct, act in and edit their own short films. For more information contact 6948 or or visit

The Summer Global Institute for Educators will be held June 10-25. Topics include the effects of global change on communities and individuals. For more information contact Martha Kopplin at 2601 or visit

Turning Science to the Service of Native Communities, a workshop funded by the National Science Foundation, is being held at UAF July 13-15. Funding for travel scholarships is still available. For more information visit


The 2002-2003 Outstanding Faculty Advisor Awards were recently presented to: Sarah Fowell, CSEM; Rajive Ganguli, SME; Yelena Matusevich, CLA; Douglas Schamel, CSEM and SOE; Sharon Tavernier, EM; and Jane Weber, CRA.

David DeHass, Timothy Murphey, Elizabeth O'Brien and Miranda Roussel are the spring 2003 Exceptional Student Employee Award winners.

Margaret Darrow, an arctic engineering major, recently won a 2003-2004 Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society graduate fellowship.

Gaelen Hatfield, electrical engineering, won first place in the Northwest Area Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers student paper contest with "Design of a Future Technology USB Enabled Mircroprocessor Development System." Hatfield will be competing in the IEEE Region Six student paper contest in August.

The Center for Global Change has announced 18 awards made through the 2003 Global Change Student Research Grant competition. For a list of awardees and their projects visit


Grants and Awards

The UAF hockey team has signed Wylie Rogers, a goaltender originally from Fairbanks, for the 2004-2005 season.


May 25, 2003: Deadline to submit applications for the Alaska BRIN 2003-2004 graduate student fellowships. For more information visit


campus insights

A busy summer

In addition to the many activities that are taking place on the Fairbanks campus this summer, the rural campuses will also be bustling with activity.

The Kuskokwim Campus in Bethel will be buzzing all summer with students from throughout the Yukon-Kuskokwim delta participating in summer camps designed to introduce them to various careers. The interactive camps will provide courses in science, technology and study skills,with afternoons open for field trips to places such as the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife office. The camps are designed to provide students with a bridge to college life and to help build confidence in their abilities.

The Chukchi and Bristol Bay campuses will both host a Summer Health Career Institute to alert students in junior high through high school of potential health related careers. There will be introductory course in health with an emphasis on medical billing and coding. They are expecting 20 students at the Chukchi Institute and 40 total between two sessions at the Bristol Bay Campus.

The Interior-Aleutians Campus is moving full speed ahead with its newly approved para educator certificate and associate degree in response to the federal "No Child Left Behind" legislation. IAC will host a group of para-educators from the Interior in August to help them meet the goal of reaching the required number of courses to retain their employment with their school districts.

Finally, the Northwest Campus in Nome, in partnership with Kawerak, Inc., a nonprofit agency in the Bering Straits region, is providing heavy equipment training to residents of villages throughout the region.

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