September 8, 2009


The faculty and staff newsletter of the University of Alaska Fairbanks

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For Your Information

Da-ka-xeen Mehner and Erica Lord, CLA, have artwork on display during the Alaska Native Photographer's Invitational Exhibit at the Alaska Native Arts Foundation gallery in Anchorage. The exhibition runs through Nov. 4.

KUAC AlaskaOne TV will be upgrading its digital signal from Sept. 14 – 25. During this final phase of the digital television transition, AlaskaOne will be off the air for viewers who receive their signal with rabbit ears or a rooftop antenna in Fairbanks, Manley, Delta and Healy. Also, viewers in the Fairbanks and Juneau areas who receive AlaskaOne via DirectTV and DishNetwork will lose their signal. Cable subscribers and viewers in other locations will not be affected. Be sure to re-scan your digital tuner after Sept. 25 to receive the upgraded AlaskaOne signal.

Most bomb threats are received by phone and are taken seriously unless proven to be a hoax. If received by phone get as much information as possible. If received by e-mail, do not delete or forward the e-mail. Print a copy and call police right away. A complete bomb threat check list is available on the UAF on Alert website.

The ARSC Discovery Lab
will offer tours at noon on Thursdays from Sept. 10 – Dec. 17. Reservations must be made one week in advance. Tour maximum is 20 participants, children must be 10 years old or older and accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information or to schedule a tour contact 450-8638 or

The UA Employee Tuition Waiver covers tuition only. Employees are responsible for paying all other fees by the Sept. 11 deadline. For more information contact the UAF Business Office at 474-7348 .

Susan Herman, professor of business administration, died of cancer June 24. A celebration of her life and memory will take place in the Wood Center Carol Brown Ballroom, Friday, Sept. 11 from 4 - 6 p.m.

The postal drop box in Wood Center has been moved outside the building's south entrance to allow for 24 hour access. For more information contact Jeri at 474-1936.

The UAF Weekly Science Calendar has resumed regular publication for the academic year. Send information to by noon on Wednesday the week before your event. For more information call 474-5818. The calendar is sponsored by the Center for Global Change and Arctic System Research as a service to the UAF community.

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.

Employee notice, protection for whistleblowers: Any employee may in good faith report to testify before a public agency concerning: a violation of federal, state or local law; a danger to public health or safety; gross mismanagement; a substantial waste of funds or clear abuse of authority; or a matter under investigation by the state. Employee protections and obligations regarding reports of these matters of public concern are fully stated in Alaska statutes 39.90.100 through 39.90.150, which are available for review at 201 Eielson Building.


Facilities Services will be patching potholes on campus streets beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8. There will be flaggers and traffic control personnel at the sites at all times. Please slow down and drive with caution in these areas.



The UAF Staff Council meets Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 8:45 a.m. in the Wood Center Carol Brown Ballroom. Special guest Sen. Joe Paskvan will discuss strategies to help promote the university with the Legislature. You can listen to the meeting via teleconference by calling 1-800-893-8850, use PIN 8244236. For more information contact 474-7056 or

The Law School Consortium (PDF), hosted by Career Services, takes place Wednesday, Sept. 16, from 11:30 a.m. – 2: 30 p.m. in the Wood Center. For more information contact 474-7596.

Chancellor Rogers presents his vision for UAF at Convocation 2009 Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 1 p.m. in Davis Concert Hall. An ice cream social will follow. For more information call 474-5114.

The Financial Aid Office presents Finan¢ial $ense, a series of workshops held each Thursday at 1 p.m. in 413 Gruening. The workshops are open to all faculty, staff, alumni and students. The first workshop, Budgeting Your Money, takes place Sept. 17. Workshops can also be scheduled for a group or to replace a canceled class. For more information call Ashley Munro at 474-1934.

UAF TechFest '09, sponsored by OIT, takes place Wednesday – Friday, Sept. 23 – 25. Most events will be held in Wood Center. Sessions are free but registration is required. For more information contact

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Grants and Awards

The Kids From Nowhere, a screenplay by George Guthridge, CLA, was one of 10 national finalists for the Story Pro Competition for best screenplay.

The Cable on the Tundra project, a joint effort between INE and GCI, was funded by the National Science Foundation. The project will research deployment of fiber optic cable across the tundra.

The Linguistics Department received $1,703,015 from the U.S. Department of Education for a three year project to support Yup'ik language instruction in a partnership between the UAF and the Lower Kuskokwim and Lower Yukon school districts. The project will be led by Sabine Siekmann.

Gary Holton, CLA, was awarded $397,328 by the National Science Foundation to study the linguistic prehistory of the Alor-Pantar archipelago in eastern Indonesia.

Michael Krauss, professor of linguistics emeritus, received a $211,120 supplemental grant from the National Science Foundation for the continuation of the project IPY:Documenting Alaska and Neighboring Languages.

The Alaska Native Language Archive has been awarded $491,178 by the National Science Foundation for the Alaska Native Language and Oral History Digital Audio Resources project. The two-year project, led by Michael Krauss and Gary Holton, will create a digital audio archive providing access to two collections of recordings documenting Alaska Native languages and oral history.


The Alaska Nanook athletic event scores from last week are: Home games – volleyball vs. Rockhurst, 3-1, vs. Urbana, 3-1, and vs. Hawaii-Hilo, 2-3.



Sept. 25: Faculty and staff submissions for technology fee proposals are due.

Oct. 2: Student submissions for technology fee proposals are due.

Nov. 9: Applications for the Harold T. Caven Professorship are due.

Nov. 16: Proposals for the Angus Gavin Memorial Migratory Bird Research Grant are due.

UAF: America's Arctic University

Cornerstone banner photo by Todd Paris, UAF Marketing and Communications.

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