July 27, 2009


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Carol Diebel was named director of the UA Museum of the North. Diebel currently is director of natural environment at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. She holds a doctorate in biological oceanography from Massachusetts Institute of Technology-Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Diebel will serve a joint appointment with SFOS as a professor of marine biology and will begin her new duties in early October. Aldona Jonaitis will continue to serve as director on a part-time basis until then .

David Christie was appointed director of Alaska Sea Grant. Christie came to UAF in 2006 and has served as director of the UAF/NOAA West Coast and Polar Regions Undersea Research Center and the Kasitsna Bay Laboratory.

UAF has named a 46-acre research site on campus in honor of long-time USGS geophysicist Jack Townshend. The Jack Townshend College International Geophysical Observatory is a network of eight state-of-the-art facilites that collect geomagnetic, seismic and geophysical data.


For Your Information

The University Fire Department will begin campus inspections prior to the start of the fall semester. Note that no storage or obstructions of any kind can be located in an exit way. The department staff look forward to meeting all the new building captains and working with them to ensure safe and code-compliant facilities on campus.

The Rasmuson Library Alaska and Polar Regions Collections has launched the Pioneer Aviators Project Jukebox, its latest multimedia website.

Gary Holton, CLA, was appointed director of the Alaska Native Language Archive.

Gwen Holdmann was named director of the Alaska Center for Energy and Power. Holdmann has served as organizational director since January 2008.

The University Fire Department’s 2009 Summer Recruit Academy graduated 18 new recruit firefighters July 11. The student firefighters tested for their State Firefighter I certification. They join the rest of the student firefighters as students attending UAF.

Alaska Sea Grant has launched CoastWise Alaska, a radio news and information service that offers four-minute stories as a public service free to radio stations, schools and others.

The 2010 Alaska Coastal Calendar, published by Alaska Sea Grant, is now available. The calendar costs $14.99.

Cooperative Extension Service  published Cooking Around the Campfire with Kids, by Roxie Rodgers Dinstel and Marsha Munsell, both CES. The new booklet has tips for making cooking fires and kid-friendly recipes.

The Alaska Summer Research Academy 2009 began July 20 with 146 students participating, its largest class ever.


Facilities Services is coordinating construction projects on campus throughout this summer including work on Alumni Drive, repairs to the Patty Center waste lines and roadway, Denali Lane resurfacing, UAF sewer line replacement project on Geist Road, and Butrovich HVAC repairs. For more information on construction projects call 474-7000.



The Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival presents Lunch Bites, free concerts every weekday in the Great Hall from 12:10 – 1:15 p.m. The festival runs through Aug. 2.

The UAF Toast of Alaska Toastmasters Club holds meetings Tuesdays from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in 201 O'Neill. For more information contact Mary Sue Dates at 474-7596 or fbtoast@uaf.edu.

Summer Sessions hosts free movie nights this summer. On Tuesdays, movies from the Alaska Center for Documentary Film are shown:  From the First People and On the Spring Ice, July 28; At The Time of Whaling, Aug. 4; In Our Own Images: Alaska Natives Doll-Makers and Their Creations and Tununerimiut: The People of Tununak, Aug. 11. On Thursdays, the featured movies from Reel History — Documenting Alaska are: Arctic Dance: Mardy Murie, July 30; Being Caribou, Aug. 6; and Call of the Wild, Aug. 13. All movies will be shown in Schaible Auditorium at 7 p.m.

The UA Museum of the North presents Meet the Musher: Julie Estey Wednesday, July 29, from 1 – 4 p.m. For more information call 474-7505.

The Discovering Alaska lecture series, hosted by UAF Summer Sessions, takes place Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in Schaible Auditorium through Aug. 12. The series includes Derek Sikes, UA Museum of the North, discussing recent efforts to document Alaska arthropod fauna, including discoveries in the Aleutians, July 29; Charles Mason, CLA, presents "Ravens, Dinosaurs, and Tourists: A Fairbanks Photographer Looks at Alaska and Beyond," Aug. 5; and Lance Mackey will discuss growing up in a dog mushing world, Aug. 12. Admission is free.

UAF is hosting a forum to discuss current and future campus housing facilities and options to meet student needs on Thursday, July 30, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The forum includes a tour of UAF's existing housing units and open discussion on possible solutions for UAF's housing demands. For more information contact Jenny Barrett at 474-5903 or jbarrett@fs.uaf.edu.

Outdoor Adventures offers trips and rental equipment to students, faculty, staff and alumni. Upcoming trips include Gulkana River rafting Saturday – Tuesday, Aug. 1 – 4; kayak skills workshop Thursday, Aug. 6; Fairbanks to Nenana float Saturday – Sunday, Aug. 8 – 9; and Wrangells backpacking, Thursday – Tuesday, Aug. 13 – 18. For more information call 474-6027.

The UA Museum of the North presents Museum Artist Demonstrations by fiber artist Karin Franzen Monday – Friday, Aug. 3 – 7, and watercolor artist Nikki Kinne Wednesday, Aug. 12. All demonstrations are from 1 – 4 p.m. and are free with museum admission. For more information call 474-7505.

The University Employee Assistance Program provider, ComPsych, is hosting webinars on select Wednesdays throughout the year including: Becoming a Better Listener, Aug. 5, and Kids and Computers: How to Become Cyber Savvy Parents, Aug. 19. Both take place at 11 a.m. For more information call Anne Sakumoto at 786-1432.

Ice Cream Thursdays, presented by Student Activities , include ice cream cones for $1 and live music outside Wood Center from noon – 2 p.m.

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

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


Grants and Awards

The Center for Alaska Native Health Research received a $30,555 grant to hire a Yup’ik-speaking science educator. The money is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and came through a National Institutes of Health grant.

The Alaska Sea Grant publication Marine Habitiat Mapping Technology for Alaska won an APEX 2009 Award of Excellence in the Web and Electronic Publications category.

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