October 6, 2008


The faculty and staff newsletter of the University of Alaska Fairbanks fystone@uaf.edu


For Your Information

The UA Museum of the North’s search committee for a new director has chosen three finalists. Meredith Lane, most recently the public and scientific liaison for the Global Biodiversity Information Facility in Copenhagen, Denmark; Frederick Sheldon, director of the Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Sciences; and Shelby Tisdale, director of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the Laboratory of Anthropology in Santa Fe, N.M. have been selected as finalists. Each will visit Fairbanks for interviews and public presentations. Information on the public meetings will be posted on the museum’s website when it becomes available.

Research by Olga Lovick, IPY post-doctoral fellow, was the topic of “Understanding the Effects of Global Change on a Fading Language,” written by Lisa Scerbak and edited by Jenn Wagaman, published in Shared Voices 2008. The paper presents Lovick's work on the effects of climate change on the Athabascan language and lifestyle.

North by 2020: A Forum for Local and Global Perspectives on the North, with executive committee members Hajo Eicken, GI, and Amy Lovecraft and Anita Hartmann, both CLA, was highlighted in Shared Voices 2008.

The UAF Science Education Outreach Network is a searchable database of UAF outreach programs. To add your program visit the website, call 7999 or e-mail scienceoutreach@uaf.edu.

The GI Map Office offers maps and posters for sale including topographic maps of Alaska and Canada, trail maps, nautical charts, National Geographic maps and posters, circumpolar and geologic maps, and a poster of a satellite photo of Fairbanks. Office hours are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., at 204 Akasofu Building. For more information call 6960.

Parking and Transportation Services has launched a website which uses GPS data to track shuttle bus movements in near real-time. There is a slight delay in the data, so be sure to give yourself an extra 30 seconds or so. Tracking monitors will be added to shuttle stations soon.

The UA Museum of the North’s research on arctic dinosaurs will be the highlight of a PBS NOVA broadcast scheduled to air nationwide, Tuesday, Oct. 7. It will be pre-empted in Alaska by the presidential debate and will be shown Tuesday, Dec. 2.

Ray RaLonde, Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Western Regional Aquaculture Center.

Keith Criddle, SFOS, reported to the National Research Council, U.S. Senate Commerce Committee staff, and U.S. House Transportation Committee staff on the growing problem of marine debris.

Denis Wiesenburg, SFOS, made a presentation to the National Science Board during their visit to Fairbanks in September about the status of the Alaska Region Research Vessel project. The NSB oversees the policies of the National Science Foundation.

In case of an emergency on campus, call 911. The call will be directed to the appropriate emergency services provider, including the University Fire Department or the UAF Police Department.

Need information about possible campus closures due to weather or emergency situations? Call 474-7UAF (7823) or visit the newsroom for updates and information.

UAF Parking Services will be closed, Tuesday – Friday, October 7-10, for training and implementation of a new software system. We will re-open on October 13, 2008.

UAF safety and crime statistics are available online or from offices of the UAF Police Department, Student and Enrollment Services and Human Resources.



Career Services is hosting UAF Engineering and Geosciences Career Week Monday – Friday, Oct. 6 – 10. For more information call 7596.

SOM is hosting its first Wiigionals, a student, faculty and staff Wii tournament, Friday, Oct. 10 at 3:30 p.m. in 201 Bunnell Building. There is a $5 entry fee, winner takes half the pot. For more information call 7461 or e-mail fysom@uaf.edu.

Theatre UAF and the Student Drama Association present Winter Shorts. Acting Without Words by Samuel Beckett, directed by Paula Daabach and The Author’s Voice by David Greenberg, directed by Andrew Cassel take place in the Salisbury Theatre Friday – Saturday, Oct. 10 – 11 and 17 – 18 at 8:15 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. Admission is $15, $12 for seniors, military and UAF employees, and $7 for students. For more information call 7751.

UAF’s Alaska Film Archives, part of the Alaska and Polar Regions Collection of the Rasmuson Library, is showing a series of historic film excerpts relating to northern sled dogs and dog mushing, Saturday, Oct. 11 from 3:30 – 5 p.m. at Pioneer Park Civic Center Theater. The films are being shown as part of the 2008 International Sled Dog Symposium. Admission to the films are $5 and to attend the symposium is $35 per day. For more information about the films call 7579.

WIN for Alaska, UA's wellness partner, is bringing a new wellness benefit, Individualized Health Planning, to all UAF employees starting Monday, Oct 13. The program will provide employees with a personal wellness coach at no-out-of-pocket cost. You must register to setup your IHP sessions. For more information about WIN for Alaska contact 866-248-0797 or customerservice@winforalaska.com.

The UA Museum of the North presents "In Defense of Hunting," a free lecture by James Swan, Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. A book signing will follow the lecture. For more information call 7505.

The UA Civic Conversation — Alaska 2058: the Next 50 Years will take place on Alaska Day, Saturday, Oct. 18 from 2 – 5 p.m. in 109 Butrovich. A panel of diverse Alaskans will share their visions and views with a statewide audience of Alaska’s next generation via teleconference from UAA to UAF and UAS.

The Student Recreation Center offers fitness classes, a climbing wall, cardiovascular equipment, three multipurpose courts and more. For more information call 5886.

Check out the UAF Weekly Science Calendar, sponsored by the Center for Global Change and Arctic System Research, for science-related events happening at UAF.

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


The Nanook volleyball team faces off with Central Washington Thursday, Oct. 9 and Western Washington Saturday, Oct. 11. Both games begin at 7 p.m. in the Patty Center gym.

Nanook women’s swimming takes on Lewis and Clark College Friday, Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 11 at noon in the Patty Center Pool.

The Alaska Nanook men’s and women’s basketball Midnight Madness takes place Saturday, Oct. 11 at 10 p.m. in the Patty Center.



Oct. 15, 2008: All application materials for December 2008 graduation are due. For more information call 7523.

Oct. 24, 2008: Nominations for the fall UAF Exceptional Student Employee Award are due. For more information call Career Services at 7596.

Dec. 1, 2008
: Nominations for the Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence are due.

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