March 13, 2008


The faculty and staff newsletter of the University of Alaska Fairbanks


Scientists from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, China, Finland, Norway and Switzerland are convening at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow this week to share results from an interdisciplinary project investigating the consequences of climate change on the land, people, and ecosystem services of the Yamal region of northwest Siberia. UAF scientists participating in the conference include Alaska Geobotany Center research associate Martha Raynolds, IAB/IPY post-doctoral fellow József Geml, atmospheric scientist Uma Bhatt and permafrost scientist Vladimir Romanovsky from the UAF Geophysical Institute. For more information on the Nenets and the Greening of the Arctic project visit

Fishermen, community leaders, Alaska Natives, scientists, government officials, environmental groups, and representatives from energy companies will meet in Anchorage Mar. 18-19 to discuss what’s needed to safely develop oil and gas in the North Aleutian Basin, a sprawling region that includes part of the salmon-rich Bristol Bay. If developed, North Aleutian Basin oil and gas could be worth $3 to $6 billion per year for the next 25 to 40 years, according to the U.S. Minerals Management Service. The Alaska Sea Grant College Program, a marine research, information and advisory program headquartered at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, is coordinating the meetings.

For Your Information

Patrick Druckenmiller, UA Museum of the North, was among the team of researchers who excavated the fossil of a 150-million-year-old pliosaur that may be the largest Jurassic marine reptile ever found. The fossil was unearthed in the remote Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. Druckenmiller will join the team in August for another research expedition.

Catherine Grieve is the new scheduling coordinator for nonacademic events at Wood Center. Grieve takes over from Becky Phillips, who is now at the Bookstore. To schedule an event at Wood Center contact Grieve at 6023 or

James Bicigo, CLA, created a composition for brass ensemble titled "Polar Synthesis." The composition includes five movements, each on a northern theme, and is based on Bicigo's previous composition "Polar Fanfare," which premiered at the IPY kick-off celebration last year. In celebration of this composition, part of the original "Polar Fanfare" is available for download as a ring tone at

Richard Carr, CLA, presented "What's Past is Prologue: Historical Fiction as Springboard into Australian Literary Study" at the annual American Association of Australian Literary Study Conference held Feb. 28 - March 1 in Austin, Texas.

Maya Salganek, CLA, is looking for actors and readers aged 18 - 24 to participate in a staged reading of The Day that Cries Forever, a story about the Alaska village of Chenega that was destroyed in the 1964 tsunami and earthquake. For more information or to volunteer call Maya at 5950.

Summer Sessions is seeking the donation of two companion coupons for Alaska Airlines to assist with bringing up the cast for the Chicago improvisational group Second City. Anyone donating a coupon would receive four complimentary tickets to the July 12 performance. For more information call Mary at 7021.

The 15th annual Science Potpourri, CNSM's open house, will be held April 12 from noon - 5 p.m. If you would like to participate contact Marlys Schneider at 6287 or

Alaska Sea Grant has a new marine life poster featuring art by Alaskan artist Ray Troll. The poster and a new field guide to sharks, skates and ratfish of Alaska are available. For more information visit

The UAF Bookstore rents caps, gowns, tassels and hoods to faculty and staff for commencement. Orders must be placed by March 18. For more information contact Nori at 6859 or Stephanie at 6963.


The UAF History Department and the Northern Studies Program are hosting the 98th annual conference of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study March 14 - 15 at the Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge. Registration is $50 per day for local participants. For more information contact Carol Gold at 6509 or

The Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival presents the ACS Winter Edition Singing Workshops with Byron McGilvary March 17 - 21. Two classes will be offered each evening and are open to anyone aged 15 and older. Registration is $100 or $25 per class. For more information contact Maurine Canarsky at 456-4156 or visit

ARSC provides free training for new and current users of high-performance computing resources, including Introduction to Gaussian March 18, Introduction to Python March 21 - 22 and Using Subversion March 28. For more information call 8600 or visit

The Office of Information Technology is hosting training opportunities throughout the semester, including Query Builder Writer March 18 and Roxen UAF March 26. For more information or to register visit

The Department of English Research Colloquium presents a talk, "Truth or Consequences: Individuality, Reference, and the Fiction/Nonfiction Distinction," by Eric Heyne, CLA, March 20 at 1 p.m. in 405 Gruening.

Janice Rowell, AFES and SNRAS, presents a graduate seminar, "Qiviut - A Northern Fiber Industry," March 20 at 3:40 p.m. in 183 Arctic Health Research. For more information call 7188.

Theatre UAF and the UAF Music Department present Working March 20 - 21 at 8:15 p.m. and March 22 at 4 and 8:15 p.m in the Salisbury Theatre. Admission is $15, $12 UAF staff and faculty, military and seniors, and $7 for UAF students. For more information call 7751.

UAF Major Mania, hosted by the UAF Division of General Studies and the Academic Advising Center, takes place March 21 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the Wood Center Carol Brown Ballroom. Find out more about the many different majors offered at UAF. For more information call 6396 or visit

The UWA Spring Recycle Sale takes place March 22 from noon - 2 p.m. in the Wood Center Carol Brown Ballroom. The sale is open to all. Sellers keep 80 percent of sales with 20 percent going to UWA scholarships. For more information contact Elizabeth at 6360 or pick up registration sheets, instructions and tags at the Women's Center in 112 Eielson, the Wood Center information desk, IARC library or the TVC Center information booth.

The UA Museum of the North presents the Saturday Family Program Advanced Rocket Science March 22 and 29. For ages 7 - 12 with an adult; prior rocket-launching experience is required. Admission is $30 for each child/adult pair. For more information or to register call 5360.

The UAF Leadership Program invites students to participate in a Saturday of Service March 22 and a Friday of Service March 28. For more information call 1170.

The IPY lecture series presents "Mutiny, Murder and Cannibalism: The Tragic Tale of A.W. Greely" by Terrence Cole, CLA, March 25 at 7 p.m. in the Westmark Gold Room. For more information call 6264 or visit

Career Expo takes place March 26 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. in Wood Center. Come to meet employers and get information on internships. For more information call 7596 or visit

Morgan Brown, GI and CNSM, presents the seminar "Impact of Local External Forcing on Regional Weather Conditions" March 26 at 1:30 p.m. in 401 Akasofu. For more information call 7910.

Peter Bechtel, SFOS, presents a graduate seminar, "What are the Roles for Alaska Byproducts from Wild Fish in Organic Agriculture?," March 27 at 3:40 p.m. in 183 Arctic Health Research. For more information call 7188.

The 32nd annual Business Leader of the Year Award Banquet, presented by SOM and the Associated Students of Business, takes place March 27 at 6 p.m. at the Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge. Jyotsna "Jo" Heckman, president of Denali State Bank, is this year's award winner. Tickets are $50, $40 for students and $480 for a table of 10. For more information call 1560.

The Sustainable Campus Open House, sponsored by SNRAS and Facilities Services, takes place March 27 from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Wood Center multilevel lounge. For more information contact Susan Todd at 6930.

The UA Museum of the North's special exhibit, "Ainu Ramati - the Art and Craft of Northern Japan," runs through March 30. For more information call 7505 or visit

Grants and Awards

The University Fire Department received a $360,000 grant from the Division of Homeland Security to purchase a mobile training unit. The unit will simulate firefighting situations and will be used by the department, the Fire Science Program and other fire departments throughout Interior Alaska. UAF is providing $40,000 in matching funds to complete the purchase.

Michael Krauss, professor emeritus, is the lead for a team working to document endangered indigenous and historical languages in and near Alaska. The project received a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

Don Kramer, MAP, received the 2008 Macy Award from the Institute of Food Technologists, Minnesota Section. The award includes a $2,500 honorarium.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation gave the Alaska Rural Behavioral Health Training Academy in CLA $437,750 as a three-year grant to fund the Jobs to Careers: Promoting Work-Based Learning for Quality Care program. The program creates a four-stage career path for behavioral health counselors in rural Alaska.

The Healthy Living Through A Healthy Lifestyle program, part of UAF's Center for Alaska Native Health Research, received a $401,000 grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institutes and the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

The following UAF faculty were awarded professional development travel grants from the Office of Faculty Development for fall 2007 and spring and summer 2008: John Bailey, ARSC; Cheng-fu Chen, Yongtao Dong, Jenny Liu and Jing Zhang, CEM; Stephen Brown, Julie Cascio, Candi Dierenfield, Michele Hébert, Derylee Hecimovich, Marianne Kerr, Marla Lowder, Heidi Rader and Kari Vandelden, CES; Sine Anahita, Melanie Arthur, Karen Callahan, Chris Coffman, Marilee Coles-Ritchie, Josef Glowa, Mary Goodwin, David Henry, Joe Irish, Elizabeth Izaki, Pia Kohler, Kathe Managan, Morris Palter, Maya Salganek, Kerrie Shannon, Sabine Siekmann, Lynne Snifka, Eduardo Wilner, CLA; Lenny Kamerling, CLA and UA Museum of the North; Marina Castillo, Andrei Ghenciu, Orion Lawlor, Margaret Short, CNSM; Walkie Charles, Dana Greci, Patricia Harding, Marjorie Illingworth, Rick Knecht, Jane Weber, CRCD; Regine Hock, GI; Erich Follmann, IAB; Robin Henry, Ron Illingworth, Sarah Love, Sandra Wildfeuer, IAC; Katrin Iken and Jeremy Mathis, IMS; Anne Armstrong, Susan Renes, Melissa Rickey, Roy Roehl, Tony Strange, SOE; Sherri Wall and Mingming Zhou, SOM; Debbie Moses, Bob Parr, Roger Weggel, TVC.


March 17, 2008: Applications for student ambassadors for the 2008 - 2009 academic year are due. For more information contact the Office of Admissions at 7500 or visit

March 17, 2008: Applications for the ARSC 2008 Undergraduate Research Challenge Summer Intern Program are due. For program information and online application, visit

March 21, 2008: Submissions for the People’s Endowment are due by 5 p.m. For more information visit

March 31, 2008: Applications for the Denali Commission's 2008 Summer Internship Program are due. The program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students interested in health, transportation and community planning. Internships are based in Anchorage. For more information visit

March 31, 2008: Applications for the University Women's Association 2008 - 2009 scholarships are due. For more information visit the Women's Center in 112 Eielson or

April 2, 2008: Honorary degree recipient nominations for Commencement 2009 are due to the UAF provost's office. For guidelines and more information visit

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