April 15, 2005


UAF Police Chief Terry Vrabec is leaving UAF to accept the position of executive director of the Alaska Police Standards Council. Vrabec began working at the UAF Police Department in 1991 and became chief in 1997. He is expected to begin his new position May 2, but will return to UAF to participate in UAF’s 83rd Commencement, where he will receive his master’s degree in justice administration. Capt. Sean McGee will serve as acting chief of police.

The UAF Steel Bridge team took first place overall, first place in economy and first place in efficiency at the Pacific Northwest regional competition held April 7-9 in Butte, Mont. They will compete in the national championships May 27-28 in Orlando, Fla.

Long-time faculty member Doug Schamel died at the end of March. Schamel was associated with UAF for more than 30 years, earning his master’s degree in wildlife management in 1974. A celebration of life gathering was held April 8. The Douglas Schamel Memorial Fund has been established to honor his memory. Donations can be sent to Northern Schools Federal Credit Union, account 8923, P.O. Box 73920, Fairbanks, AK 99707.

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The north section of Sheenjek Drive is scheduled to be closed May 16-Aug. 26to allow installation of a new section of utilidor to serve the Biological Research and Diagnostics Facility. For more information on this and other current projects visit www.uaf.edu/fs/design.html.

The UA Museum of the North is closed to visitors to accommodate renovations to the Gallery of Alaska. Administrative and curatorial offices remain open. For more information call 7505.

For Your Information

The UAF directory and the experts guide are being updated. Please check and update your information at http://edir.alaska.edu by April 29, or give changes to your department’s administrative contact. Training on how to use the UA online directory (eDir) will be offered throughout April. Visit www.alaska.edu/hat/ or e-mail sytrain@alaska.edu for more information.

University employees and students are reminded that pets are allowed on university property under the following conditions: they are confined to the owner’s person, property or vehicle; are on a leash and accompanied by an individual capable of controlling the animal; may not be tethered to university buildings, structures, trees, railings, light poles, etc.; the owner assumes all financial responsibility for any damage or injury caused by the animal; the owner will dispose of all animal waste; the university has the right to remove from its property any animal causing problems and will impound those wandering loose or disturbing the educational environment.

Miho Aoki, CLA, created 3D computer animations of tsunami behavior used in the PBS NOVA special on tsunamis broadcast March 29.

Debendra Das, CEM, was recently elected president of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill Fairbanks Chapter.

Shann Paul Jones, TVC and Summer Sessions, gave his talk “Alaskan Sport Fishing Education and Outreach: Today and the Future” at the Alaska Outdoor Council’s annual meeting held April 7-10 in Anchorage.

David Ogbe, CEM, was recently appointed to represent Alaska as a member of the Energy Resources, Research and Technology Committee of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission.

Employee notice, protection for whistleblowers:
Any employee may in good faith report to testify before a public agency concerning: a violation of federal, state or local law; a danger to public health or safety; gross mismanagement; a substantial waste of funds or clear abuse of authority; or a matter under investigation by the state. Employee protections and obligations regarding reports of these matters of public concern are fully stated in Alaska statutes 39.90.100 through 39.90.150, which are available for review at UAF University Relations, 201 Eielson Building.


The Student Social Sciences Conference begins April 15 at 5:30 p.m. in Wood Center with the opening address by keynote speaker Phyllis Morrow, CLA. Students will make oral presentations from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 16 on the 4th floor of the Gruening Building. For more information contact Kristina at 6512 or Renee at 6684.

Outdoor Adventures
has four upcoming trips: spring migration paddles April 17 and May 1; rock climbing at Grapefruit Rocks April 24; and the Denali mountain bike trip April 30. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/outdoor/.

The Borealis Brass and Chinook Winds present a spring concert April 17 at 4 p.m. in the Davis Concert Hall. Admission is $5.

Sculptor Lars Vilks presents his lecture, “From Sliced Dala Horses to Fantastic Light - A View of Contemporary Art from Sweden,” April 18 with a reception at 6 p.m. in the Wood Center multilevel lounge, followed by the lecture at 7 p.m. in the Wood Center Carol Brown Ballroom. Vilks will also present “Nature and the Authorities as Artistic Material” April 19 at 11:30 a.m. in 301 Fine Arts.

The Alaska Center for Natural Medicine presents “Chiropractic Screening” by Becky Ringstad Schaffer, chiropractor, April 20 and “Spring Cleaning for the Body” by Jacque Arnold, naturopathic doctor, April 27, both in room 208 Tanana Valley Campus Center. For more information contact the center at 452-3600.

Music at One, free recitals by UAF music students, take place on Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. in the Davis Concert Hall. The next performances are April 21 and 28.

The UA Museum of the North
presents “The Peopling of Alaska” by Daniel Odess, curator of archaeology, April 21 at 7 p.m. in Schaible Auditorium. Discover when people first came to Alaska, where they came from and why. For more information call 7505.

Alaska Sea Grant and NOAA Fisheries, Alaska Region are sponsoring the Managing Fisheries-Empowering Communities conference April 21-23 in Anchorage. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/seagrant/conferences/.

The Alaska Camerata presents a concert April 22 at 8 p.m. in the Davis Concert Hall. Admission is $10, $5 students, seniors and military. For more information call 7555.

The UAF Wind Symphony
, directed by Ann Musco, CLA, presents a concert April 23 at 8 p.m. in the Davis Concert Hall. Admission is $5.

Jaunelle Celaire and Minna Rose Chung, both CLA, present a faculty recital in voice and cello April 24 at 4 p.m. in the Davis Concert Hall.

The University Chorus, directed by Jaunelle Celaire, CLA, presents its spring concert Broadway Legends May 6 at 8 p.m. in the Davis Concert Hall. Admission is $10, $5 students, seniors and military.

The Pops Concert featuring the Kingston Trio takes place April 30 at 8 p.m. in the Davis Concert Hall. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door, if it’s not sold out. For more information call 5733 or visit www.fairbankssymphony.org.

The 9th annual Grad Bash takes place May 7 from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. in the Pub. Graduating seniors will need their invitation to be admitted. If you would like to donate a door prize or for more information contact Jeremy at 7805 or fnjnb@uaf.edu.

The Staff Appreciation Day Ice Cream Social
and Carolyn Sampson Memorial Scholarship Raffle event are May 13 from noon-2 p.m. in the Wood Center multilevel lounge.

Grants and Awards

The UA Momentum advertising campaign recently won three awards in the Admissions Marketing Report competition for schools with 20,000 or more students: gold award for television advertising/series; gold award for television advertising/single spot; and the silver award for total advertising campaign. UA also won a merit award for the 9th grade viewbook in the calendars, special publications category.


April 22, 2005: Nominations for the Chancellor’s Recognition Award are due. For more information contact 7056.

April 22, 2005: Nominations for the 2005 Outstanding Staff Council Achievement Awards are due. For more information contact 7056.

April 22, 2005: The UAF Women’s Art Group is accepting submissions for the 4th annual Art of Survival exhibit. For more information contact 452-8850 or 374-0381.

May 2, 2005: The People’s Endowment funds for 2005-2006 are now available. Grants from this endowment are to be used for a special project or to fill a critical need at UAF and have a maximum award of $5,000. For more information contact Advancement Services at 6402 or fygive@uaf.edu.

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Growing Research at UAF

One of my heroes and academic mentors, Ellis Cowling, distinguished professor at large at North Carolina State University, counseled me to grow UAF in areas of maximum inherent comparative advantage. One such advantage we enjoy is our unique identity. Even as we are a diverse and comprehensive university (GED to Ph.D.,CRA to ARSC and Togiak to Toolik Lake ), we are the world’s most focused research university. Nearly everything we do is concentrated on the physical, biological, social and cultural elements of the high latitudes, for example: CANHR , ANSEP, GI , IAB, IARC, ARSC , INE and IMS . No other university is as defined by where it is as UAF.

That advantage of place, our full breadth of proven faculty talent, and established research centers and institutes will propel us to continue growing our research enterprise beyond last year’s $113 million in grants and contracts expenditures. Steady growth will strengthen our university and enable us to better meet the knowledge and education needs of Alaska and society broadly, bringing greater vitality to Alaska’s economy. However, we can not sustain steady growth without the infrastructure necessary to support it, both on and off campus. Our highest priority research infrastructure need on campus is for the Biological and Computational Sciences Facility; off campus it’s the Lena Point SFOS building. These yet-to-be-fully-funded capital projects meet only short-term needs. We will be seeking that immediate funding this session in Juneau and pursuing means to fund longer-term projects from Juneau and Washington.

A set of maximum inherent comparative advantages positions us to grow our research enterprise in the interest of Alaska and the nation. However, such expanded efforts will require significant and essential capital investment on and off campus by our state and federal leaders.

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