July 2, 2008

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UAF has cancelled the BP Top of the World Classic for 2008. UAF is discussing options with the community organizing committee, sponsors and staff to develop a new tournament format that will allow UAF and Fairbanks to have a basketball tournament beginning again in 2009. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/news/ or www.alaskananooks.com.

UAF
has created the Susan Butcher Institute, dedicated to cultivating public service and leadership skills for Alaska's residents. David Monson, Butcher's widower, will serve as the institute's first executive director. The institute will offer programs to inspire people, especially youths and emerging leaders, to improve their communities through public service, volunteerism and taking on new challenges. Programs are expected to be offered on a regular basis starting in fall 2010. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/news/news/20080612135438.html.

Celeste Leroux, Erin Steiner and Mary Bozza
, all SFOS graduate students, have been named Dean John A. Knauss Fellows and will spend a year in Washington, D.C., learning how the federal government makes national marine environmental policy. The three were among 51 students chosen nationally.  UAF student Seanbob Kelly was chosen as a Knauss Fellow last year.


For Your Information
The UA Board of Regents approved a new bachelor of arts in fisheries and a minor in fisheries at UAF at its June 18 – 19 meeting. The new program emphasizes hands-on learning through internships and undergraduate research. Both the bachelor's and the minor become officially available in Jan. 2009. The regents also approved a new master's degree in natural resources management and geography at UAF.

The Vera Alexander Learning Center, room 201 O'Neill Building, was dedicated May 28. Alexander was the first woman to receive a doctorate at UA, in 1965. She served as an associate professor at IMS and became director of IMS in 1980. Alexander was the first dean of SFOS and served in that position from 1987 until 2004. She is a professor emerita and serves on the advisory board for the UAF Pollock Conservation Cooperative Research Center.

University police are taking to two wheels to save fuel costs. In the last month, Chief Sean McGee rode his bicycle more than 200 miles. Meanwhile, his police cruiser has used less than a full tank of gas since he began riding his bike to and from work as well as around campus. Bike patrols on campus will continue through the summer months.

The Center for Distance Education has installed a new, non-UAF phone system. Though the prefix is 474, you must dial 9 and the entire phone number to be connected to CDE from a university phone.

Jon Runstadler, IAB, is part of a team of researchers checking migratory birds in Alaska for the H5N1 avian flu virus. While the team has found several strains of avian flu, the H5N1 strain has, so far, not appeared. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/news/news/20080618161139.html.

Amanda Wall began new duties as the director of the Business Office June 2. Wall, formerly in the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services, is taking over for Cheryl Plowman, who is retiring at the end of the summer.

Liam Forbes, ARSC, was elected to the board of directors of the Cray Users Group, an international association of users and organizations that own Cray computer systems. ARSC will install a new 3,456-processor Cray XT5, named Pingo, this fall.

Alaska Sea Grant announced the release of three new publications: International Smoked Seafood Conference Proceedings, edited by Don Kramer and Liz Brown; Rat Control for Alaska Waterfront Facilities, by Terry Johnson; and Changing Climate: Changing Alaska's Fisheries? edited by Paula Cullenberg and Torie Baker. ASG also released the second edition of the book Guide to Northeast Pacific Flatfishes, by Donald Kramer, William Barss, Brian Paust and Barry Bracken; and reprinted the book Common Edible Seaweeds in the Gulf of Alaska, by Dolly Garza.

Reid Brewer, MAP, organized 12 divers in a two-day cleanup effort in the small boat harbor in Unalaska. Divers removed three flatbed truckloads of debris. The effort was a collaboration among the Unalaska Divers Association, UniSea, MAC Enterprises, Bering Sea Divers and others who donated gear, time and expertise.

Sebastian Mernild, IPY postdoctoral fellow, and his team published a study in Hydrological Processes about melt from the Greenland ice sheet. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/news/news/20080611114625.html.

The Alaska Space Grant Balloon Experiment and Research Program, BEAR, launched its first balloon from the Poker Flat Research Range in May. BEAR captured more than 100 photos and video during its flight, which lasted three hours and went as high as 95,327 feet. For more information visit www.bear.437am.com.

UAF's Cooperative Institute for Arctic Research was selected as a research partner by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. CIFAR will join the Cooperative Institute for Climate Science in Princeton, N.J., in working with NOAA to conduct research on climate change, greenhouse gases and changes to arctic ice coverage.

UAF's Advanced Instrumentation Laboratory
announced its Project Seed Grants program to provide researchers from all fields the opportunity to use AIL instrumentation. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/ail/links.html.



Events
Scientists from the GI are providing daily aurora shows and information at the Aurora Borealis Cabin in Pioneer Park from noon – 8 p.m. daily through Sept. 1. Aurora movies will be shown in an inflatable aurora dome July 4, 20, Aug. 16 and Sept. 1 from 1 – 5 p.m., every 15 minutes.

The Office of Information Technology
hosts training opportunities throughout the year, including Roxen UAF July 8, Moving up to MS Excel 2007 July 15, Moving up to MS Outlook 2007 July 22 and Banner Navigation July 23. For more information or to register visit www.uaf.edu/oit/training/.

The Discovering Alaska lecture series, hosted by UAF Summer Sessions, takes place Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in Schaible Auditorium through Aug. 13. The series includes "The Firecracker Boys: The Story of Project Chariot" by Dan O'Neill July 9,  "Painting with Light" by Monique Musick July 16, "Remembering the Statehooders – The Legacy of Alaska's 'Greatest Generation'" by John Whitehead July 23 and "25 Years of Cartooning in Alaska" by Jamie Smith, CLA, July 30. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/summer/events/.

UAF Summer Sessions hosts free movie nights this summer with Reel History -- Documenting Alaska Thursdays at 7 p.m., with The 49th Star July 10, Call of the Wild July 17, The Far North: A Documentary of Rhiny Berg in the Early 1930's July 24 and The Odyssey of Captain Healy July 31; and Summer Sessions Cinema Mondays at 7 p.m., with Monty Python and the Holy Grail July 7, 8 Femmes July 14, Grave of the Fireflies July 21, and 11:14 July 28. All movies will be shown in Schaible Auditorium. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/summer/events/.

Outdoor Adventures is sponsoring summer trips including Gulkana Glacier Hike July 12, Chena River Canoe July 17, Inflatable Whitewater Kayaking and the Angel Rocks Hike and Soak July 19, Rock Climbing at Grapefruit Rocks July 20, Rescue and Rolling Kayak Session July 23, Sea Kayaking – Seward July 25 – 30, Granite Tors Overnight July 26, Glaciology Field Trip Aug. 1 – 3 and John River Rafting Trip Aug. 1 – 7. For more information call 6027, e-mail fywild@uaf.edu or visit www.uaf.edu/outdoor/.

The Historical Photograph Reprint Sale, presented by the Alaska History Store, takes place July 17 – 18 from 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. and July 19 from 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Sadler's Home Furnishings Building, 610 Cushman St. The proceeds will benefit the preservation work of the Alaska and Polar Regions Collections of the Rasmuson Library.

The Beluga Nights Summer Concert series presents the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival Jazz on the Lawn July 17 at 8:10 p.m., Barefoot July 27 at 6 p.m. and Millie and the Mentshn Aug. 3 at 6 p.m. All concerts are held at Beluga Field near the SRC. For more information call 6026 or visit www.uaf.edu/activity/.

The Georgeson Botanical Garden Family Day and Faire takes place July 19 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. There will be activities for parents and children, art and craft vendors, an art and quilt show, and music. Admission is $5 adults, $3 for youth 7 – 17, and children 6 and under are free. For more information call 1944.

The 2008 KUAC Red Green River Regatta takes place July 20. Registration begins at 10 a.m. at the Graehl Park boat launch. The entry fee is $30 after July 13, early bird registration by July 11 is $25. For more information call 1890, e-mail volunteers@kuac.org or visit www.alaskaone.org/08RedGreen.html.

UAF Summer Sessions presents "Carl Jung: A Psychologist for the 21st Century", a lecture by Jean and Thomas Kirsch, practicing Jungian analysts, July 29 at 7 p.m. in the Davis Concert Hall. Admission is free. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/summer/events/.

Ice Cream Thursdays, hosted by Student Activities, take place through Aug. 14 from noon – 2 p.m. outside Wood Center. Each scoop is $1.

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



Grants and Awards
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has pledged $700,000 to UAF over the next five years for the Dissertation Fellowship Program for Alaska Native Scholars and Others Committed to the Advancement of Indigenous Alaskan History and Culture. The program provides financial support to students in the dissertation-writing phase of their doctoral programs. The aim of this gift is to increase the number of Native students earning doctoral degrees.

The Alaska and Polar Regions Department of the Rasmuson Library received a $30,672 grant for the Aeronauts: Pioneering Aviators of Alaska Project, to provide online access to archival resources on Alaska’s aviation history. The project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Alaska State Library. When complete the project will link to the Alaska Digital Archives and will be directly accessed from Project Jukebox at www.uaf.edu/library/jukebox/.

KUAC TV producers Claudia Clark and Deb Lawton and writer/editor Aaron Elterman won an Emmy Award for their production AlaskaOne Image Spots. This is the third year in a row that KUAC staff have won an Emmy Award.

The Alaska Sea Grant publication Clean Boating, by Alan Sorum, Alaska Seas & Coasts vol. 4, won first place in the 2008 Alaska Professional Communicators contest, in the manuals and handbooks category.

JJ Boggs was awarded the 2008 Staff Make Students Count Award by President Hamilton. Boggs has been with the UAF Leadership Program since 2004 and received a plaque, $1,000 and two domestic airline vouchers.

Carolyn Kremers, a UAF lecturer, has been awarded a U.S. Fulbright Scholar grant. Kremers will use the grant to lecture at Buryat State University in Russia about environmental literature, Native American and Alaska Native literature, women’s studies, and creative writing, during the 2008 – 2009 academic year.

The Alaska Native Language Center received Honoring Alaska’s Indigenous Literature Book Awards for three books: Sukdu Neł Nuhtghelnek or I’ll Tell You A Story: Stories I Recall From Growing Up On Iliamna Lake, by Walter Johnson; In Honor of Eyak: The Art of Anna Nelson Harry, edited by Michael Krauss; and Cungauyaraam Qulirai: Annie Blue’s Stories, by Annie Blue. HAIL Awards are presented in Juneau by the Alaska Native Knowledge Network.


Scoreboard
UAF athletic director Forrest Karr has been named chair of the NCAA Men's and Women's Ice Hockey Rules Committee. For more information visit www.alaskananooks.com.

Darryl Smith has been named Alaska Nanooks women's basketball coach. Smith has more than 17 years of college coaching experience. UAF Athletics will hold a press conference for Smith July 21 at the Patty Center's Nanook Lounge. For more information visit www.alaskananooks.com.



Deadlines
Aug. 1, 2008: Nominations for the UAF Alumni Association annual awards are due. For more information or applications call 7081 or visit www.uaf.edu/alumni/awards/index.html.  Award winners will be announced in late August and formally recognized during Reunion 2008 at the annual awards luncheon on Sept. 26 at the Princess Riverside Lodge.



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