August 13, 2004

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Elias A. Zerhouni, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will be on campus Aug. 16 to announce a $17.8 million National Center for Research Resources award for Alaska INBRE (IDeA Networks for Biomedical Research Excellence). The award will be used to build biomedical research expertise and infrastructure in Alaska, particularly in the areas of environmental contaminants and infectious agents. Director Zerhouni is giving a seminar, The NIH Road Map, as part of a brown bag lunch hosted by Alaska INBRE and the NIH National Center for Research Resources Aug. 16 at noon in the Elvey Building Globe Room.

Arden L. Bement, acting director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), is scheduled to be on campus Aug. 18 to announce $13.5 million for Alaska EPSCoR, including $9 million from NSF and $4.5 million from the state. The award goes toward building research capability in environmental physiology, population genetics of adaptation to arctic environments and mitigations of climate change effects on cold-regions infrastructure.

For Your Information

Employees of UA who take advantage of auto deposit will no longer receive pay stubs by mail. To view and print pay stub information visit http://uaonline.alaska.edu. For more information visit www.alaska.edu/hr/procedures/payroll/autodeposit.xml.

UAF SFOS oceanographers and marine biologists have begun research on the first U.S.–Russian census of the Arctic Ocean. The three-week collaborative study is being conducted from the 235-foot research vessel Professor Khromov, which left from Nome Aug. 8. The census is sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Poker Flat Research Range staff assisted with obtaining images of wildfires during July. Altair, an unmanned aircraft, was used to provide real-time information on fire location and activity. The range lost a radar facility and two Connex storage containers to a wildfire in July. Visitor tours of the facility have resumed in August.

Alaska's Virtual Library and Digital Archive (ViLDA) houses a collection of nearly 7,000 historical photos, films, museum objects and documents, with additional material coming online regularly. The project is a collaborative effort of the Rasmuson Library, the Consortium Library and the Alaska State Library. For more information visit http://vilda.alaska.edu.

The UA Museum of the North is one of the first museums in the U.S. to integrate items from its collection into an online library catalog. The museum recently added 53 items from its collection to ViLDA.

The Arctic Research Consortium of the U. S. (ARCUS) is conducting a survey for the National Science Foundation's Arctic Systems Science Program to support community involvement in the program's planning. For more information or to take the survey visit www.arcus.org.

The Inland Northwest Research Alliance (INRA) has selected Kermit Hall of Utah State University as its new president. Steven Billingsley, the INRA chief of staff, was selected as executive director. For more information visit www.inra.org.

Laura Milner, SOM, recently attended the Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration held at Bryn Mawr College. For more information visit www.brynmawr.edu/summerinstitute/.

Terry Chapin and Nancy Fresco, IAB, along with Glenn Juday, SNRAS, recently published Resilience and Vulnerability of Northern Regions to Social and Environmental Change in the August special edition of Ambio, the journal of the Royal Swedish Academy of Science.

The Center for Academic Technology is upgrading Blackboard. The Blackboard server will be offline Aug. 21–23 while the server hardware is upgraded and a new version of Blackboard is installed. For more information call 6796, e-mail support@classes.uaf.edu or visit http://cat.uaf.edu.

Cathy Xu, an economics graduate student working with SOM and Alaska Sea Grant, conducted a study on the use of Alaska pink and chum salmon in protein powder as a food supplement in China. Results showed a potential for economic growth for the Alaska salmon industry. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/seagrant/.

CRA recently held the Galena Summer Health Academy with 14 Interior village high school students attending. Students heard about health-related careers while learning CPR, first aid and fire, water and ice rescue techniques during the three-week program. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/news/featured/04/galena/.

The Office of Enrollment Management has a new website. Check it out at www.uaf.edu/enroll/.

The start of the fall 2004 semester is near. Orientation for new students and opening of the residence halls begin Aug. 29. Classes, financial aid distribution and late registration begin Sept. 2.

Most UAF offices will be closed Sept. 6 in observance of Labor Day. For more information call 7211.

Events

UAF Day at the fair is Aug. 13. Show your UAF spirit, wear a UAF logo and get $1 off adult admission. Check out UAF booths in the Borealis Pavilion and meet Chancellor Steve Jones from 4–7 p.m. or look in on the action in the Alyeska Big Top Tent. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/univrel/events/fair/.

The Long Term Ecological Research program is hosting a one-day conference Aug. 18 from 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. in the Carol Brown Wood Center Ballroom. For more information visit www.lter.uaf.edu.

Temporal Behavior of Snow Albedo at Barrow ARM Site, a seminar by Hanneke Luijting of Wageningen University, takes place Aug. 18 at 1:30 p.m. in IARC room 401. For more information call 7910.

Theatre UAF is holding a town meeting Sept. 2 from 1:05–1:50 p.m. in the Green Room in the Fine Arts complex. Anyone can come and meet faculty, staff and students to learn about auditions and what shows will be produced this year. Fall semester auditions will be held Sept. 4 at 10 a.m. For more information call 6590 or visit www.uaf.edu/theatre/.

Water Stealers, an interactive DVD, will be shown Sept. 3 at 8:15 p.m. in the Salisbury Theatre. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/theatre/.

Career Services is hosting a student job fair Sept. 9 from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. in Wood Center. For more information call 7596 or visit www.uaf.edu/career/.

The Grant Institute is holding Grants 101: Professional Grant Proposal Writing Workshop at UAA Sept. 27–29. This course offers an intensive and detailed introduction to the process, structure and skills needed for professional proposal writing. For more information visit www.thegrantinstitute.com.

Grants and Awards

Larry Duffy and Stephen Jewett, IMS, and Terry Bowyer, formerly IMS, are recipients of the Wildlife Society's 2004 Wildlife Publications Award – Outstanding Monograph for their work on Effects of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill on River Otters: Injury and Recovery of Sentinel Species. The award will be presented at the society's annual conference Sept. 19.

Skip Walker, Martha Raynolds, Hilmar Maier and Christine Martin, IMS, received two awards for their Circumpolar Arctic Vegetation Map. The Award of Excellence for a one-of-a-kind government publication was awarded from the 2004 APEX Awards for Publication and Excellence and also the National Association of Government Communicators' 2003 Blue Pencil Award of Excellence for an individual map.

 

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Wade Klippenstein, a UAF alumnus and former Nanook hockey player, has been hired as an assistant hockey coach. Klippenstein began his duties in late July.

The Nanooks volleyball team serves up the season with exhibition matches Aug. 20–21. They host the Midnight Sun Invitational tournament Aug. 27–28 and the Auto Service Company Nanook Classic Sept. 3–4.

Felipe Larranaga, former Nanook hockey player, signed a professional contract to play for Sonderjyske of the Superbest Liagen in Denmark. Larranaga joins former Nanook Dean Fedorchuk on the team.

 

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Helping Out

This summer appears ready to go down as one of the hottest and driest on record for Fairbanks and as the second largest fire season in Alaska history. More than 500 fires burned across the state, including a significant number concentrated around the Fairbanks area. Numerous people had to be evacuated from their homes; many more than once. Most of us were fortunate to not have family and property threatened. We found the smoke annoying, and it was a novelty to have to turn on vehicle headlights in June and July. However, several departments at UAF were called on to assist local, state and federal entities in aiding the firefighters during this season.

The Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry relocated an expanded dispatch center from their facility to the Hess Rec Complex on the Fairbanks campus over the July 4 weekend. Moving to campus provided DNR with more phone and computer connections, dedicated parking lots, on-site dining services and a much larger space for its operations. UAF Residence Life provided sleeping rooms for many of the firefighters coming to serve on the Boundary Fire's management team and, Dining Services was made ready in case of larger scale evacuations.

The University Fire Department was called to provide mutual assistance efforts on June 23. On June 29 UFD was requested to send more equipment as the Boundary Fire made a push toward homes on the Steese Highway. On June 30 the Poker Flat Research Range also requested personnel and equipment from UFD and Facilities Services in order to protect the property and operations at the range. The Boundary Fire caused minimal damage as a result of the efforts of personnel from the Geophysical Institute, UFD and Facilities Services. Without their efforts, the entire range may have been lost.

It is gratifying that UAF was able to support the community with emergency assistance during this time of unprecedented crisis. It is a great statement to their professionalism and dedication that every UAF department contacted for help during this unsettling time was able to respond immediately and that sharing responsibility came naturally to such a large group of caring individuals.

Soon, the rainy season will be here and, hopefully, the fire season will be behind us. In the meantime, many thanks to all those departments who worked so hard to help the fire fighting effort.

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