April 13, 2007

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New parking kiosks have been installed in the Taku lot, Nenana lot, Thompson Drive pullout and at U-Park. Visitors without a campus parking decal may purchase a parking permit at the kiosks for $.50/hour or $3/day, up to a week at a time. Visitors who park in a metered spot do not need a permit but must pay the meter. For more information call 7275 or visit www.uaf.edu/parking/.

UAF safety and crime statistics are available online at www.uaf.edu/police/crime_stats.html.

Nanook hockey coach Tavis MacMillan announced his resignation April 5 for family reasons. MacMillan served as head coach for three years and served at UAF for 10 years.

The UAF Center for Alaska Native Health Research is hosting 10 visiting president's professors of biomedical research. Each professor will visit CANHR for one to two months and work with the center's scientists. Kim Hopper, medical anthropologist , will visit the center April 30-May 31, followed by gerontologist and medical anthropologist Nancy Schoenberg June 6-July 3.

UAF is gearing up for the American Heart Walk May 19. Many university teams are already engaged in this community-wide effort. If you would like to join an existing team, form a new team or make a contribution, visit the American Heart Walk Fairbanks website at www.heartwalk.kintera.org/fairbanksak/.

Esther Sellassie Antohin, Rasmuson Library, published Ethiopians and Rastafari and will present it at the 2007 UAF Author's Reception April 25.

Jerry McBeath, CLA, was appointed visiting professor of international politics by China's University of International Business and Commerce. McBeath will give occasional seminars to students in Beijing and engage in collaborative research.

Marjorie Illingworth, Dana Greci, Cynthia Hardy and Ron Illingworth, developmental education, attended the National Association for Developmental Education conference in March, which included training to further the goal of departmental certification.

Jing Zhang, INE, was invited by the National Science Foundation to participate in the panel review of renewable energy proposals May 23-24 in Arlington, Va.

Stephen Cysewski, TVC, had his photos featured in the March/April 2007 issue of City Arts Magazine.

Linda Zanazzo, director of Facility Services, has been named interim director for the Facilities Services division of Design and Construction.

Benefits open enrollment dates for 2007 are April 16-May 15. Enrollment packets will be mailed to you. For more information call 7700 or visit www.uaf.edu/uafhr/.

Jennifer Hutchings, IARC, is chief scientist of a team of researchers studying the relationship between ice movement, stress and overall mass of sea ice in the Arctic. Hutchings and her team are spending two weeks at the U.S. Navy ice camp in the Beaufort Sea.

Judith Kleinfeld, CLA, published two papers with UAF graduate students: "Postsecondary Education Gender Disparities Among Inuit In Alaska: A Symptom of Male Malaise?" with Justin Andrews; and "Taking It to the Home" with Ryan Tilbury.

Gerhard Kramm, GI, co-authored a paper about blackbody radiation laws that was accepted for publication by the Journal of the Calcutta Mathematical Society.

The 2nd annual Fairbanks Snowshoe Classic, held at the UAF Ski Trails, was featured in the Feb. 25 issue of Snowshoe Magazine. For more information visit www.snowshoemag.com.

Registration and fee payment for the fall 2007 semester begin April 16.

Events

The Out and Proud film festival, sponsored by the Student Activities Office, takes place in the Pub on Mondays and Hess Rec Center on Wednesdays, both at 7 p.m. The next film is Bad Education April 16 and April 18. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/activity/.

Jane Curry presents two performances, Samantha "Rastles" the Woman Question, hosted by CLA, April 17 at 1 p.m. in the Lab Theater and Miz Wizard's Science Secrets, hosted by CNSM, April 19 at 4 p.m. in the UA Museum of the North.

The UAF Staff Council is holding a public meeting April 18 at 8:45 a.m. in Wood Center conference rooms C and D. For more information call 7056.

An all-ages poetry slam takes place April 20 from 8-11 p.m. in the Wood Center Carol Brown Ballroom. Admission is free.

Theatre UAF presents Picnic by William Inge, directed by Lee Salisbury, April 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 8:15 p.m. and April 22 and 29 at 2 p.m. in the Salisbury Theatre. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 seniors, military and UAF affiliates and $7 for students. For more information call 7751 or visit www.uaf.edu/theatre/.

The Choir of the North and Alaska Camerata, directed by John Hopkins, CLA, present a spring concert April 20 at 8 p.m. in the Davis Concert Hall. Admission is $10 adults and $5 students, seniors and military. For more information call 7555.

The third annual Earth Day Fair takes place April 21 from noon-6 p.m. in Constitution Plaza. Come out and enjoy the booths, workshops, live bands and barbecue. For more information contact Richard Seifert at 7201 or ffrds@uaf.edu.

SpringFest take place April 26-28 and kicks off with a barbecue from noon-2 p.m. at Wood Center. Lots of activities are planned including the mud volleyball tournament from noon-5 p.m. April 27. For more information call 6026 or visit www.uaf.edu/activity/.

The Leadership Program is hosting SpringFest Service April 27 from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Several community service activities are planned including cleaning up campus, knitting hats for newborns and making teddy bears for kids. For more information contact 1170 or leadership@uaf.edu.

Outdoor Adventures is sponsoring spring semester trips including the Spring Migration Paddle I April 22, Spring Migration Paddle II April 27, Denali Mountain Bike April 28 and Rock Climbing April 29. For more information call 6027 or visit www.uaf.edu/outdoor/.

A promotion and tenure workshop, sponsored by the Faculty Senate Committee on the Status of Women, takes place April 27 from 1-4 p.m. in the Regent's Conference Room, 109 Butrovich. For more information contact 7964 or fysenat@uaf.edu.

The UA Museum of the North presents "Challenging Tradition: Contemporary Innovations in Northwest Coast Native Art" by Aldona Jonatis April 26 at 7 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information call 7505.

Theatre UAF is celebrating its 50th season with a gala reunion and wine tasting in the Great Hall April 27 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets include the nights performance of Picnic, cost is $25 general admission, $20 UAF affliates and seniors, $15 for students, must be 21 for wine tasting, and are free for Theatre UAF alumni. For more information call 7751.

The Spring Pops Concert, presented by the Fairbanks Symphony Association, takes place April 28 at 8 p.m. in the Davis Concert Hall. For more information call 5733.

The CES Food Product Development Program is hosting its first annual Alaska Specialty and Gourmet Foods conference May 4-5. For more information contact Coral Howe at 1512 or coral.howe@uaf.edu.

Provost Paul Reichardt's retirement party is scheduled for May 17 from 5-7 p.m. in the Wood Center Carol Brown Ballroom.

Grants and Awards

TVC's Aviation Maintenance Technology Program was awarded the Diamond Certificate of Excellence by the Federal Aviation Administration. The award is the FAA's most prestigious recognition for maintenance technicians and their employers.

UAF received a $3.8 million grant for bird flu research and to support its role as one of six national centers to study influenza viruses with pandemic potential. UAF is a partner in an $18.5 million National Institutes of Health award made to the University of California, Los Angeles for the creation of the Center for Rapid Influenza Surveillance and Research.

Vladimir Romanovsky, GI, received $1.8 million in grants from the National Science Foundation to study permafrost changes and establish a network of observatories.








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Support for BIOS

Whether seeking a better understanding of strokes or tracking infectious diseases, faculty members and students at UAF are teaching, learning and discovering at the forefront of 21st-century science. Yet they are doing this work in labs that were built in the early 1960s.

It's a disconnect that can no longer be ignored. We must have the facilities to match the caliber of our programs. This year, the UA Board of Regents has chosen the biological sciences building, dubbed BIOS, as the number one new construction priority for the system. We need your help to make this a reality.

This 110,000-square-foot research and teaching facility will enable us to grow our research enterprise, enhance teaching opportunities and free up much-needed space elsewhere on campus. Regents have asked the state to invest $105 million in this building, a decision that promises to return dividends in knowledge advancement, public service, high-quality education and economic development. This investment will return over $174 million just in its construction, and provide 385 jobs over a four-year period. Research dollars coming to the state will significantly increase once it is completed.

BIOS is designed to incorporate both research and teaching spaces, allowing students and researchers to interact in the classroom and the lab. The labs will be equipped to support our cutting-edge research. Coupled with the new Biological Research and Diagnostic (BiRD) facility and the new state Virology building, UAF's research and teaching infrastructure may finally match the talents of its students, faculty and researchers.

Our potential to build biomedical research at UAF is limited only by our ability to provide adequate facilities to accommodate that research. Awards in support of UAF's biological sciences and arctic health have totaled nearly $50 million since FY2002. This vital scientific endeavor stands to grow from here, if only we can create the right environment. BIOS is a big part of that environment.

We need your help to make this project happen. One letter or phone call to legislators from each of you would go a long way to support the UAF mission and ensure Alaska's future prosperity. Urge our legislators to invest in Alaska's future. We can even provide the tools to help you do that. For more information, visit www.uaf.edu/bios/ to learn more about this project.




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