April 19, 2010


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UAF will award three honorary degrees at its 88th commencement ceremony Sunday, May 16. Tom Albanese, UAF alumnus and CEO of Rio Tinto, will give the keynote address and receive an honorary doctor of science degree. Yup'ik elder Kangrilnguq Paul John will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree and arctic scientist Jerry Brown will receive an honorary doctor of science degree.

The UA Board of Regents met at the Bristol Bay Campus in Dillingham April 15 – 16. Minutes from the meeting will be posted online.

The Alaska Sea Grant Program will undergo a scheduled four-year review May 18 – 19. A federal site review team will review the program's management and organization, stakeholder engagement, and collaborative network/NOAA activities. People wanting to provide comments to the review team on these aspects of the program are invited to send an e-mail to the National Sea Grant College Program at oar.sg.feedback@noaa.gov by Tuesday, May 11.

The Center for Distance Education will be open extended hours during CDE finals week, which is earlier than finals week on campus. CDE will be open 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Tuesday – Thursday, May 4 – 6. Testing space is on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Alaska Sea Grant Bookstore has a new book available, Field Guide to Common Marine Fishes and Invertebrates of Alaska by Susan Byerdorfer and Leslie Watson, for $35. The book contains color photographs and descriptions of more than 400 marine species.

The UAF Student Health and Counseling Center will provide full medical and counseling services to students during the summer. Services will be available Monday – Thursday, May 17 – Aug. 13, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Students taking six credits or more will pay $66 for access to all medical, counseling and administrative services. A summer bridge fee, also $66, is available for students taking less than six credits or not taking classes, providing the same medical/counseling access. Students enrolled in the upcoming fall semester for six or more credits and who were eligible for health center services during spring semester are eligible. For more information contact the center at 474-7043.

Registration for Staff Appreciation Day is now open. Staff Council's next meeting is Wednesday, April 21 from 8 – 11 a.m. in the Wood Center Carol Brown ballroom.



The UAF Art Department presents the exhibit "Fabulaskana" by Lacie Stiewing April 19 – 30 in the UAF Art Gallery, with opening night Thursday, April 22, from 5 – 7 p.m. For more information call 474-7530.

WIN for Alaska is hosting Know Your Numbers Biometric Screenings in April. The next screening sessions take place Monday, April 19, from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in 203-G Akasofu Building, Wednesday, April 21, from 1 – 5 p.m. in 109-C Butrovich, and Thursday, April 22, from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Mather Library, room 202 Akasofu Building.

The Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy will host a statewide webinar Tuesday, April 20, at 10 a.m. The webinar will focus on rapid changes in the arctic marine environment and how they affect marine mammals and traditional ways of life among arctic people. Brendan Kelly, IARC, will be available to answer questions. Register online or call 474-7812.

The University Employee Assistance Program provider, ComPsych, hosts webinars on select Wednesdays throughout the year, including Personal Finance 101 April 21 at noon and Developing your Creative Side May 5 at 11 a.m. Webinars are 45 minutes long. For more information call Anne Sakumoto at 786-1432.

The Alaska EPSCoR dessert discussions seminar series presents "Now what?: A Panel Discussion on Career Choices after Grad School" Wednesday, April 21, from 1 – 2 p.m. in 212B Butrovich Building. The panel discussion will be videoconferenced from Anchorage. The event is free and snacks will be provided. For more information contact Pips Veazey at 474-5989 or adveazey@alaska.edu, or Tom Moran at 474-5581 or thomasmmoran@gmail.com.

SpringFest takes place Thursday – Saturday, April 22 – 24. Activities include the Kick Off barbecue, Tokyo Police Club concert (admission charged), mud volleyball, and the Field Day Carnival and barbecue. No classes are scheduled on Friday, April 23. More information and an events schedule are posted online.

The UAF Staff Council presents a brown bag lunch discussion "Staff Health Care and Open Enrollment" (PDF) with Mike Humphrey, director of benefits, Thursday, April 22, from noon – 1 p.m. in Wood Center Conference Rooms E and F. A teleconference option is available, check the PDF for more details. For more information contact Nichole Kloepfer at 474-7056 or fystaff@uaf.edu.

Music at One, free recitals by UAF music students, take place throughout the semester on Thursdays from 1 – 2 p.m. in Davis Concert Hall. The next recital will be April 22. For more information call 474-7555.

The Northern Lights String Orchestra and the UAF Cello Choir will present a concert Thursday, April 22, at 8 p.m. in Davis Concert Hall. Admission is free. For more information call 474-7555.

Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, along with the UAS Office of Continuing Education and Integrated Marine Systems/Wescold, are hosting workshops for commercial fishermen about modern, onboard refrigeration systems. Workshops are scheduled in Ketchikan Thursday, April 22, or Friday, April 23, and in Sitka Thursday, May 6, or Friday, May 7. The cost for each workshop is $125 and registration (PDF) is required. For more information contact the UAS Office of Continuing Education at 907-747-7762 or 1-800-478-6653 ext. 7762.

The UAF Faculty Senate Committee on the Status of Women presents the "Planning Strategically for Promotion and Tenure" workshop Friday, April 23, from 10 a.m. – noon in 109 Butrovich. All United Academics and UAFT faculty are welcome to attend.

All Things Sustainable: UA Sustainability Forum takes place Friday, April 23, from 6 – 8 p.m. in Schaible Auditorium. Keynote speakers include Tomosso Boggia, Center for American Progress; Evon Peter, Arctic Village; Robert Holden, Dining Services; and Kevin Maier, UAS. A question and answer period will follow speaker presentations. This is an official event of UAF SpringFest, it is free and open to all and will be catered by Dining Services.

Theatre UAF presents Vinegar Tom, by Caryl Churchill and directed by Stephan Golux. Shows are Friday – Saturday, April 23 – 24 and April 30 – May 1, at 8:15 p.m., Sunday, April 25 and May 2, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $14, $12 for seniors, military and UAF employees, and $7 for students with ID. The College of Liberal Arts Center for the Arts is hosting a public panel discussion on Collaboration in the Arts with the production team and cast members following the April 25 performance. For more information call 474-7751.

The Earth Day Fair, hosted by the Sustainable Campus Task Force, takes place Saturday, April 24, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on the Lola Tilly Commons upper deck. There will be activities for all ages, informational booths, live music and free food. For more information e-mail sctfuaf@gmail.com.

The School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences presents a UAF Campus Invasive Plant Management Plan public meeting Wednesday, April 28, at 6 p.m. in 102 U Park Building. For more information call 474-7298 or e-mail meheidemann@alaska.edu.

The UAF Women's Studies Program presents a panel discussion "Gender and Health Care" with Melanie Arthur, Sociology, Anne-Marie Poole, Women's Studies, and Jean Richey, Communication, Thursday, April 29, from 7 – 9 p.m. in Schaible Auditorium.

Rural Student Services is hosting a celebration of honorary Ph.D. recipient Paul John and 40 years of student support and success Saturday, May 15, from 4 – 6 p.m. in the RSS Gathering Room in the Brooks Building. RSS will provide hamburgers and hot dogs and asks attendees to bring a salad, side dish or dessert to share. For those who can't attend, the presentation will be presented via audio conference at 1-800-893-8850, PIN 2400163.

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Grants and Awards

Rebecca Hewitt, a biology and wildlife graduate student, received a 2010 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. The $30,000, 12-month fellowship will support Hewitt's research on the potential effects of climate change on landscape and community processes such as fire.

The School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences awarded six Rasmuson Fisheries Research Center fellowships for the 2010 – 2011 academic year. Students whose fellowships were renewed are: Christine Gleason, M.S. oceanography candidate; Elena Fernandez, M.S. oceanography candidate; and Laurinda Marcello, M.S. fisheries candidate. Students who received a new fellowship were: Greg Albrecht, M.S. marine biology candidate; Julie Nielsen, Ph.D. fisheries candidate; and Michael Garvin, Ph.D. fisheries candidate. Each fellow receives a stipend and paid tuition for the school year.

Campus Research Day, a day of events celebrating research at UAF, was held April 9. The day included open house events in labs across campus and student poster competitions. Poster contest winners won cash prizes ranging from $250 to $2,500. In the symposium category, first place was awarded to Jeff Bue for “Arsenic Absorption in Vegetables”; second place to Levi Wegner for “Comparing Cold Hardiness of Balsam Poplar from Northern and Southern Latitudes;” and third place, a tie between Josh Holbrook for “Multitouch at UAF: Designing and Assembling a Large-scale Multitouch Screen” and Melissa Rhodes-Reese for “Effects of Habitat and Diet on the Coloration of Hatchery-reared Juvenile Red King Crab." In the undergraduate poster session, first place went to Shaina Bhojwani for “Tissue Distribution of Mercury in Alaska Sculpin Species;” second place to Sam Herreid for “Quantifying Supraglacial Debris in the Western Chugach Mountains, Alaska;” and third place to Shaun Milke for “Design and Construction of an Electric Snowmobile.” In the graduate poster session, first place went to Jessica Beecher for “Cold Tolerance in Arabidopsis kamchatica;” second place to Sara Carroll for “Declawed - Foraging Records from Stable Isotope Signatures Within Ice-seal Claws;” and third place to Anna Liljedahl for “Present and Future Water Balance of an Arctic Coastal Plain Wetland: Wetter or Drier Future Soils?” For more information contact Jenn Wagaman at 474-5082 or jewagaman@alaska.edu.


Dion Knelsen, senior Nanook hockey center, was named to the Lowe's Senior Class Award All-Senior All-American First Team. Knelsen will graduate in May with a degree in business administration.



May 5: Applications for the UA Museum of the North 2010 Artisan Expo and Sale are due. Artists working in all media and living in Alaska or the circumpolar North are welcome to apply.

May 7
: Nominations (PDF) for UAF Staff Council vice president are due.

June 4
: Abstract submissions for the 26th Lowell Wakefield Fisheries Symposium, Ecosystems 2010: Global Progress on Ecosystems-based Fisheries Management, are due.

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