July 14, 2006


Harper Simmons, IARC, and a team of other UAF scientists working on the ICORTAS project have received a grant of more than $1 million from the Defense Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research to study effects of sea ice.

Usibelli Coal Mine presented more than $170,000 to UAF to benefit the Usibelli Mining Scholarship and the Usibelli Honors Scholarship.

Buck Whitaker, the first paid UA fire department chief, died July 5 at his home in Pennsylvania. Whitaker was instrumental in developing the partnership between UAF and the Fairbanks North Star Borough that created the current University Fire Department.

For Your Information

Tim Barnett was named vice chancellor for Student and Enrollment Services, effective June 15.

Terry Whitledge was named director of IMS, effective June 1. He has served as interim director for the last eight months.

The KUAC/AlaskaOne Community Advisory Council members selected to advise KUAC on a wide range of issues are Gary Bender, Cynthia Bethune, Ellen Ganley, William Holman, Steve Hormann, Cecile Larden, Mary Ann Nickles, Connie Page, Alice Palen, Nicole Stewart, Tori Tragis, Marc Wheeler and Lucia Zaczkowski. Members will serve staggered three- and two-year terms and meet at least four times per year.

University Marketing and Publications, UA Press and Alaska Sea Grant are now located in the Wells Fargo building at 794 University Ave. OEM has moved to 3330 Industrial Ave. University Relations remains in 201 Eielson.

The Orientation program has moved to the Wood Center administrative offices. Contact Ginny Tschanz at 2760 for more information.

TVC's automotive technology center is now located at 3202 Industrial Ave.

Patrick Lee, athletics, received the Central Collegiate Hockey Association's Outstanding Marketing Campaign Award during ceremonies in June.

IARC has launched a website where visitors can learn about research expeditions and interact with scientists at www.iarc.uaf.edu/expeditions/.

The AAAS Arctic Division conference in Fairbanks Oct. 2-4 will feature an IPY kickoff session. Visit www.arcticaaas.org/meetings/ for more information.

The UA Museum of the North features "Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land," an exhibit of photographs by Subhankar Banerjee through Sept. 10.

The Graduate School thanks the 50 faculty members who served as outside examiners during the past academic year. Outside examiners play a vital role in Ph.D. defenses and exams.

RAHI celebrated the graduation of 45 students July 12. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/rahi/.

Read about the woolly history of the campus barbershop at www.uaf.edu/news/featured/06/barbershop/.

Two new aid grants are available for college students: the National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant and the Academic Competitiveness Grant. Visit www.uaf.edu/finaid/ 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.

Teams competing in the 2006 BP Top of the World Classic will be Centenary College, Drake University, the University of Rhode Island, Southeast Missouri State, Troy University, Utah State, Weber State and host UAF. The 11th annual tournament is slated for Nov. 16-19 at the Carlson Center.

Zygmunt Kowalik, SFOS, received the 2006 Tsunami Society Award for his three decades of work in modeling tsunamis.


The 2006 Summer Fine Arts Festival takes place July 16-30. For more information visit www.fsaf.org.

Brad Griffith, IAB, presents a lecture, "Climate Change Implications for Wildlife and Their Habitats in the North," and UAF alumnus George Schaller presents "Exploration and Conservation in Alaska, Mongolia and Tibet" at 7 p.m. July 17 at Elvey Auditorium as part of the IPY lecture series.
Note: Change from previously advertised location.

Outdoor Adventures is sponsoring summer programs including rock climbing July 18-30, an Alaska Range/upper Tanana canoe trip July 20-23 and a Denali backpacking trip July 29-30. For more information call 6027 or visit www.uaf.edu/outdoor/.

Peter Webley, ARSC, will present a lecture titled "Ash Dispersion Modeling of North Pacific Volcanoes" at 1 p.m. July 19 in WRRB 010 as part of the ARSC summer lecture series.

Georgeson Botanical Garden sponsors the Beauty of the Earth juried art show July 22 and Fabulous Fabrics in Bloom quilt show Aug 19. Both are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $3. For more information contact Jan Hanscom at 6921.

The 10th annual KUAC/AlaskaOne Red Green River Regatta takes place July 23. Registration begins at 10 a.m. at the Graehl Park boat launch. The entry fee is $30 after July 14. For more information call 1890 or visit www.kuac.org/06redgreen.html.

ARSC is offering a workshop in "Parallel Performance Evaluation Tools" July 25 and 26 from 8 a.m. -5 p.m. Visit www.arsc.edu for more information.

Summer Sessions and T. Berry Brazelton will offer a free lecture, "Stresses and Supports for Today's Families," 7 p.m. Aug. 2, and a professional seminar, "Building Communities Around Families," 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 3, both in Davis Concert Hall. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/summer/events/brazelton/.

The Tanana Valley State Fair takes place Aug. 4-12. For information about UAF activities at the fair visit www.uaf.edu/univrel/events/fair/.

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

Grants and Awards

Tom Trainor, CNSM/ESTES, received a grant from USGS to research waters associated with mineral deposits in the Tintina gold province of Alaska and Canada.

CNSM postdoctoral student Sherri Christian received the first NEURON Travel Award at the National Conference of Specialized Neuroscience Research Programs in June. UAF students placed first, third and fourth in the competition for this award.

Nancy Bigelow, CNSM/AQC, received a grant to conduct research in the White Mountains National Recreation Area. Rainer Newberry, CNSM, received a grant to study the geology of the Council district. Both grants came from the Bureau of Land Management.

Audrey Taylor, IAB, received $13,000 from BP Environmental Studies for the Staging Shorebird Project.

The W.T. Yoshimoto Foundation donated $5,000 to the Joe Nava Shooting Scholarship in memory of Watson and Katherine Yoshimoto.

A gift of $25,000 was received from the estate of Jeanne K. Ohlsen to establish the Ohlsen Family Garden endowment.

Lori Gorsline, Roxann Valentine and Heidi Olson each donated $5,000 to the Ohlsen Family Garden endowment.


Aug. 1, 2006: The alumni reunion takes place Sept. 28-30. Nominations for distinguished alumnus/alumna, alumni achievement awards, the William Cashen Service Award, and awards for community achievement and university support are due Aug. 1. For more information call 7081 or visit www.uaf.edu/alumni/.

Sept. 1, 2006: The deadline to comply with the UAF web guidelines is Sept. 1. For more information see the guidelines at www.uaf.edu/univrel/guide/web/.


campus insights

UAF Embraces Federal TRIO Programs

The history of TRIO is progressive. It began with Upward Bound, which emerged out of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 in response to the Lyndon Johnson administration's War on Poverty. In 1965, Talent Search, the second outreach program, was created as part of the Higher Education Act. In 1968, Student Support Services, originally known as Special Services for Disadvantaged Students, was authorized by the Higher Education Amendments and became the third in a series of educational opportunity programs. By the late 1960s, the term "TRIO" was coined to describe these federal programs. Over the years, the TRIO programs have been expanded and improved to provide a wider range of services and to reach more students who need assistance.

There are three TRIO programs at UAF. Student Support Services, directed by Keli McGee, provides academic assistance in order for students to overcome the common hurdles for first-generation college students and earn a bachelor's degree. The other two TRIO programs at UAF include Upward Bound, directed by Andy Angaiak, and Upward Bound/Math Science, directed by Kevin Turnbough.

The Upward Bound Program provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program serves high school students from low-income families and students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rates at which participants enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education. Both Upward Bound programs have a summer and an academic year component. Each academic year the program serves 120 students. During the summer, 60 students participate in Upward Bound Classic and Upward Bound Math/Science summer programs. Two-thirds of the 2005 Upward Bound program graduates went on to college. Of these 35 college-bound students, 12 chose to attend UAF.

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