June 29, 2009


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The UA Board of Regents met in Fairbanks June 4 – 5. The board approved a 4.5 percent increase for the FY10 staff salary schedule and a 2 percent increase for the FY10 temporary staff salary schedule. The increase is effective July 5 and will appear in the July 31 payroll. The board also approved several degree programs at UAF including a fast track bachelor of science and master of science in mechanical engineering; a post-baccalaureate certificate for K-12 special education licensure; and a master of education in special education. The board also approved the schematic design and project for the Toolik Field Station dining facility.


For Your Information

Chancellor Rogers announced the extension of the 2009 winter break to include Dec. 21 – 23 in an effort to achieve energy and payroll savings. Employees may use annual leave or leave without pay for those days, or may choose to work even if their department is closed. There will be no forced leave for these days. Employees should coordinate with their supervisors regarding their leave choice. For more information contact UAF HR at 474-7700.

The UA Museum of the North and the Fairbanks North Star Borough Public Libraries have entered a partnership to make the museum more accessible to Fairbanks area families. Borough residents with a current library card can check out a museum pass, good for admission to the museum for two adults and up to four children. The passes are good for two weeks, but must be turned into the museum for admission or returned to the library if not used.

Chancellor Rogers announced that Student and Enrollment Services will temporarily report to Vice Chancellor for University Advancement Jake Poole.

The UA Unmanned Aircraft Program worked with NOAA to survey Bering Sea ice floes for seals. The aircraft were able to function in snow and light icing conditions. Greg Walker and Don Hampton, both Poker Flat Research Range, controlled the unmanned aircraft during the mission in May – June.

The UAF Property Office will be closed July 13 – 22 and will not be accepting or allowing pickup of surplus items. The office is preparing for a public auction July 18 which begins at 10 a.m. For more information call 474-6137.

The UAF Forest Products program is coordinating a new collaborative project called OneTree, which explores art and science through the connection of a single birch tree. For more information contact 388-1772 or ffjcd@uaf.edu.

Cooperative Extension Service now offers Making Jams and Jellies, an online publication that takes you through all the steps to make jam or jelly. CES also offers Drying Foods, a food preservation DVD. Both publications are in the Preserving Alaska’s Bounty series, the DVD cost is $5. For more information call 474-5211.

A. David McGuire, AKCFWRU and IAB, and John Walsh, CGCASR and CIFAR, were key contributors to a new national report, Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States, that details visible effects of climate change in the U.S.

Sebastian Mernild, WERC, was lead researcher on a study published in the journal Hydrological Processes that shows the Greenland ice sheet is melting faster than expected.

Kris Hundertmark, IAB, presented research showing there is one species of moose, not two, at the American Society of Mammalogists meeting held in Fairbanks June 24 – 28.

Todd Brinkman, UAF Ph.D. candidate, and other UAF researchers refined a noninvasive technique to extract DNA from deer droppings. The technique enables wildlife managers to accurately estimate deer and other ungulate populations in areas where visual counting of animals is not feasible.

Mike Earnest has been chosen as the new UAF admissions director. Earnest was Statewide's student services manager for the past two years. He begins his new duties June 29.

Martin Klein, FS, earned the Certified Automotive Fleet Manager designation from the NAFA Fleet Management Association. The designation is the fleet management industry's highest level of certification.

Naomi Horne, development, is moving to a dual-report position with the Rasmuson Library and CLA to seek philanthropic support for both departments. Horne begins her new duties July 1.

Tammy Tragis-McCook has joined SOM as the new director of development and outreach. Tragis-McCook was previously at KUAC.

Mingchu Zhang, AFES, will chair the High Latitude Agriculture department in SNRAS effective July 1. Zhang takes over for Milan Shipka who chaired the department for six years.

Dallas Budden, CRCD Rural Health Program, was awarded an Ed.S. degree from NOVA Southeastern University in the doctoral computing technology in education program. Budden is also working on a Ph.D.

Shiva Hullavarad and Nilma Hullavarad, both OEM, presented a paper on microelectronics and nanotechnology at the 215th Electrochemical Society meeting in San Francisco in May.

UAF Summer Sessions is giving away free posters. Book festival t-shirts, featuring artwork by Jamie Smith, are available for $20. Visit Summer Sessions in 216 Eielson to pick up a poster or t-shirt. For more information contact 474-7021 or summer@uaf.edu.

Students enrolled in nine or more credits who pay fees or set up a payment plan by Sept. 3 will be entered to win an Alaska Airlines ticket, $250 in Bear Bucks or a backpack filled with goodies. UAF student employees are eligible to win, but not UAF employees.

The UAF Business Office is no longer distributing refunds as cash. Refund checks will be mailed to your current mailing address or deposited directly into your account.

Most UAF offices will be closed July 2 – 3 for the July 4th holiday.


Alumni Drive will be restricted to uphill, westbound traffic and the speed limit will be reduced to 10 mph beginning July 10. Traffic will detour to Thompson Drive or Farmers Loop. The restriction is expected to last about a month and is needed to complete the first phase of the Critical Electrical Distribution Renewal project. For more information call 474-7000.



UAF Summer Sessions hosts free movie nights this summer with Summer Sessions Cinema in June on Tuesdays at 7 p.m with 3:10 to Yuma June 30; Alaska Center for Documentary Film: 20 Years of Cultural Filmmaking in July and August on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. with Heart of the Country (Kokoro o Hagukum) July 7 and The Last Kayak: The Story of the Last Nunamiut Kayak on Earth July 14; and Reel History – Documenting Alaska on Thursdays at 7 p.m., with Portrait of a Legend: Talkeetna's Cliff Hudson July 9 and Junk Dreams July 16. All movies will be shown in Schaible Auditorium.

The University Employee Assistance Program provider, ComPsych, is hosting the webinar Developing Emotional Intelligence Wednesday, July 1, at 11 a.m. For more information call Anne Sakumoto at 786-1432.

The Discovering Alaska lecture series, hosted by UAF Summer Sessions, takes place Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in Schaible Auditorium May 27 – Aug. 12. The series includes Peter Webley, GI, discussing volcanic ash clouds — how to detect them, predict their movements and warn of potential hazards; and Dave Payer, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge ecologist, discussing his expertise and experience floating the rivers of the ANWR. There is no lecture July 15 due to the Politics of Food lecture. Admission is free.

AlaskaOne's children's programming schedule is changing as of July 1. Due to budget and personnel cuts, shows will be shown when available from the satellite feed, instead of recorded to play at a later time.

American Masters on AlaskaOne presents Garrison Keillor: The Man on the Radio in the Red Shoes July 1 at 8 p.m.

Outdoor Adventures offers trips and rental equipment to students, faculty, staff and alumni. Upcoming trips include Copper River Rafting July 1 – 7; Rock Climbing at Grapefruit Rocks Saturday, July 4; Glacier Day Hike Sunday, July 5; Angel Rocks Dinner, Friday, July 10; and the Kesugi Ridge Backpack July 17 – 20. For more information call 474-6027.

The UA Museum of the North presents book signings by Debbie Miller and John Luther Adams. Miller will be available Wednesdays, July 8 and 15, and Luther Adams will be available Fridays, July 10 and 17, all from 1 – 4 p.m. All are free with museum admission. For more information call 474-7505.

Admissions presents Discover UAF, a series of Saturday information sessions for prospective students and their parents to learn about UAF, ask questions and take a tour. The next session takes place July 11 from 9 a.m. – noon; it will be hosted by the Tanana Valley Campus and the Admissions Office. For more information or to make a reservation call the Admissions Office at 474-7500.

The UA Museum of the North presents Alaska's Fiddling Poet Ken Waldman Tuesday, July 14, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free with museum admission. For more information call 474-7505.

UAF Summer Sessions and CES present Politics of Food – Personal Responsibility vs. Social Responsibility by Marion Nestle Wednesday, July 15, at 7 p.m. in Schaible Auditorium. More information is available at 474-7021 or summer@uaf.edu.

The Red Green Regatta takes place Sunday, July 26, at 10 a.m. at the Graehl Park boat launch. Early bird registration ends July 17. For more information or to pre-register call 474-1890 or e-mail comments@kuac.org.

The UAF Center for Complex Systems
presents the 2009 Dynamics of Complex Systems Summer School Aug. 2 – 4 in the Reichardt Building. The fee is $50.

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

Priscilla Rice, a 4-H leader with Tanana District at CES, was named the 2009 National 4-H Salute to Excellence Volunteer of the Year. Rice will be recognized at the National 4-H Hall of Fame ceremony in October and will receive $1,000 to donate to the 4-H program of her choice.

Gabrielle Russell, RSS, was chosen as a 2009 Make Students Count Award winner. Russell received her award from UA President Hamilton at the June 5 Board of Regents meeting. This year's award winners received a plaque, $1,000 and two airline vouchers.

The Geophysical Institute honored three staff members with Spring 2009 Employee Recognition awards. Dolores Baker, GI Operations Office, received the Outstanding Staff Performance award. Roberta Greenlee, GI Business Office, received the Outstanding Community Service award. Anna Bulanova, former student employee with the Alaska Earthquake Information Center and the Alaska Volcano Observatory, received the Outstanding Student Performance award.

Scott Huang, geological engineering, along with Huanyang Luo, UAF GE Ph.D. graduate, and Wendy Zhou, former GE faculty, co-authored "GIS-Based Approaches to Earthquake-induced Landslide Hazard Zonation" that won the best paper award at the International Symposium on Rock Mechanics held in Hong Kong in May.

UAF's Upward Bound program received a $775,316 program continuation grant from the U.S. Department of Education to cover the 2009 – 2010 program year.


UAF women's basketball coach Darryl Smith has stepped down. Dave Thompson, Hutchison High School head basketball coach and UAF alumnus, was chosen by Athletics Director Forrest Karr to serve as UAF's interim women's basketball coach.



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