August 11, 2006


Robert Mandel was appointed director of the UA Press. Mandel comes to UAF from the University of Wisconsin Press.

David Christie is the new director of the West Coast and Polar Regions Undersea Research Center and the Global Undersea Research Unit at UAF. Christie previously served as a professor of marine geology and geophysics at Oregon State University.

Judith Kleinfeld, CLA, has partnered with researchers and educators throughout the country to form the Boys Project, a program to engage in a national discussion on the educational needs of boys and spearhead efforts to increase boys' achievement nationwide. A study by Kleinfeld showed that boys lag behind girls in language arts and the lag is not attributable to income or ethnic minority.

Dennis Witmer, INE, is testing a five-kilowatt flow battery that could make alternative energy sources such as wind generators and solar panels more viable and cost-effective and help reduce power costs in rural Alaska. Witmer will test the battery for several years in the lab, an unheated warehouse and outdoors.

Nicole Mölders, GI and CNSM, has been invited by the National Science Foundation to attend the Ocean Polar Program's Antarctic New Investigators 2006 workshop.

Bunnell House has been home to a variety of lively inhabitants since it was built in 1922. Read about the history of the last building on campus still in use which was constructed under the direction of the university's first president at

Jerry McBeath and Jonathan Rosenberg, both CLA, recently published Comparative Environmental Politics, released by Springer Publishing.

The UA Press has published Alaska Native Art, the first volume devoted exclusively to contemporary art by Alaska Natives. The book contains over 300 photos and covers all Alaska Native groups. For more information visit

Residence halls open and new student orientation begins Aug. 27.

The first day of instruction for the fall 2006 semester is Aug. 31.

The 5th annual Goodies in the Garden, an annual fund-raiser held by the College of Fellows, was held July 11 and raised nearly $9,000. The money will help fund a roof for the Drew Amphitheater at the garden.

Show off your Nanook pride! Replace that worn-out desktop image with a free UAF downloadable desktop available at

Need help publicizing your event? Visit the University Relations Publicity Guide online. It's designed to help UAF departments submit information about special events and announcements to campus and local media. For more information visit

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For Your Information

Most campus offices will be closed Sept. 4 in observance of Labor Day.

Many departmental newsletters are available in UAF's online newsroom, along with links to information offices across campus, at under links.

You'll find the academic calendar along with UAF's strategic, academic development and crisis communication plans in UAF's online newsroom at under Resources.


The Georgeson Botanical Garden is hosting the Fabulous Fabrics in Bloom juried art show Aug. 19 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $3. For more information contact Jan at 6921 or

The 10th annual Run for the Refuge takes place Aug. 19 at 11 a.m. at the UAF ski trails. There will be food for participants, a guest speaker and music. The event is sponsored by the Northern Alaska Environmental Center. For more information contact Melissa Provinsal at 452-5021 x33 or

CES is hosting a conference on the management of northern boreal forests in light of global climate change Aug. 21-25 at UAF. The Western States Extension Foresters conference includes a three-day trip to Toolik Field Station and forestry educational programs on issues affecting Alaska's forests, including wildfires, insect infestations and melting permafrost. For more information, contact Bob Wheeler at 6456 or

The UA Museum of the North's special exhibit, ANWR: Seasons of Life and Land, runs through Sept. 10. The exhibit showcases 49 large-scale landscape and wildlife photographs by Subhankar Banerjee documenting the four seasons and abundant life in ANWR.

The Academic Advising Center is hosting the fall 2006 Faculty Advisor Update Aug. 24 from 1-2:30 p.m. in 409 Gruening. The update is a general training and information session. To RSVP by Aug. 23 call 6396 or e-mail

UAF is hosting the second annual Alaska Information Assurance Workshop Sept. 5-6. The event, sponsored by UAF's Advanced Systems Security Education, Research and Training Center, will allow information assurance professionals to interact with nationally recognized leaders in their field. The workshop is open to anyone interested in information assurance topics. For more information and to register contact Karina Possenti at 5151 or

The UAF Student Job Fair takes place Sept. 12--13 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in Wood Center. UAF departments will have the opportunity to advertise their job openings. For more information contact Career Services at 7596 or visit

INRA's 2006 Environmental and Subsurface Science Symposium is being held Sept. 25-27 in Moscow, Idaho. The keynote speaker is Rita R. Colwell, former director of the National Science Foundation. For more information visit

Visit UAF's online calendar at for information on UAF events or to publicize an event.

Grants and Awards

Peter Bierman, CES in Palmer, received a National Association of County Agricultural Agents Achievement Award. Bierman was honored at the association's annual meeting held in Ohio in July.

Amy Lovecraft, CLA, received a $12,496 grant from the INRA Water Resource Consortium to conduct a regional needs assessment for resource management policy.

Flint Hills Resources gave $25,000 to the Museum Director's Fund.

Emma Rose 'Dolly' Dieter gave $5,500 to the Dieter Family Marine Science Research and Ken Turner Scholarships at UAF.

At-sea Processors Association member companies Alaska Ocean Seafood, American Seafoods Company, Arctic Storm, Glacier Fish Company, Highland Light Seafoods, Starbound Limited and Trident Seafoods gave a combined $494,000 towards the Ted Stevens Distinguished Professorship of Marine Policy and the Pollock Conservation Cooperative Research Center at UAF.

Joe Usibelli Jr., president and CEO of Usibelli Coal Mine, recently presented two checks totaling more than $170,000 to Chancellor Jones and Provost Reichardt. A donation of $75,000 will support the Usibelli Mining Scholarship. The other donation of $96,876 will go toward the Usibelli Honors Scholarship. These generous donations will be used to recruit students for CEM and provide scholarships for students in the Honors Program at UAF.

William G. Stroecker gave $50,000 for the Helen Van Campen Journalism Scholarship.

Ed and Alene Christiansen contributed $25,000 to the Christiansen Music Scholarship.

The estate of John and Mary Claus made a donation of $26,282 through the Seattle Foundation to support UAF.


Aug. 18, 2006: The Alaska Sea Grant College Program is seeking public comment on its performance toward meeting its mission goals and objectives. For more information or to submit comments visit

Sept. 1, 2006: The deadline to comply with the UAF web guidelines is Sept. 1. For more information see the guidelines at


campus insights

Rural Campus Master Plans

The College of Rural and Community Development's five rural campuses, in partnership with Facility Services and consultants from USKH and Bezek, Durst and Seiser, just completed their campus master plans. After a year of collaborative planning involving campus faculty, staff, and community leaders and councils, CRCD is proud to endorse the rural campus master plans. The development of these new plans was an ambitious undertaking that demanded much time, effort and creativity on the part of many people. These plans will serve as a tool to establish a vision for the physical facilities and infrastructure that will support the long-term educational goals of each region.

The plans will be released upon review by the UA Board of Regents. The UAF Master Plan Committee recently reviewed and unanimously agreed to adopt the plans. Deborah Horner, co-chair of the UAF committee, stated, "I am so impressed with the CRCD rural campus master plans and amazed at what they are accomplishing with so little. This should be required reading for all campus administrators." The CRCD master plans do an excellent job of laying out the key partners in the regions served by the campuses.

UAF can be very proud of the community campuses in their accomplishments and in providing quality education to residents in many of the most remote communities in Alaska. The campuses are planning not only for their on-site physical needs but for their "virtual" campuses as more and more students take courses through distance delivery.

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