March 15, 2010


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Dirk Tordoff , Alaska Film Archives, Rasmuson Library, was selected as the recipient of the 2010 Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence. Tordoff, a UAF alumnus, will receive a $20,000 prize with the award.

The SMART Academy is a new, free UAF summer day camp for students entering seventh, eighth or ninth grade in fall 2010, offered by Summer Sessions and Lifelong Learning and Athletics and Campus Recreation. The camp will host 54 students on weekdays, June 1 – 25, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Priority will be given to low-income students or those with a C average. Each participant will receive an all-expenses-paid scholarship to the camp, a borough bus pass, T-shirt, academic supplies, and lunch as well as morning and afternoon snacks. For more information call 474-7021.


For Your Information

Eric Heyne, College of Liberal Arts, will serve as visiting professor of English for the AHA International study abroad program in Athens, Greece for the fall 2010 semester. Heyne will teach Creative Writing About Place, and Greece in Contemporary Fiction. Students interested in participating in this study abroad opportunity should contact the Office of International Programs at 474-5327.

Horace Drury, 94, died Feb. 25. Drury served as director of the Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, formerly called the University of Alaska Institute of Agricultural Sciences, from 1967 – 1975. His family has designated the Georgeson Botanical Garden as the recipient for memorial donations.

The UA Museum of the North store's spring sale continues through Saturday, March 20, with 30 percent off Alaska Native bone masks and grass baskets, 30 – 75 percent off select clearance items and 10 percent off all other store merchandise. For more information call 474-1595.

UAF lists all students receiving degrees or certificates in the commencement program. If you do not want your name listed, you must notify the Graduation Office in writing by April 15.

The UAF Women's Center is celebrating Women's History Month with events throughout March. Check out the center's blog for more information.

Graduation cap and gown pre-orders are now being accepted by the UAF Bookstore. Orders are due by March 17.



The Academic Advising Center is hosting a series of skill workshops including Managing Stress and Test Anxiety, Tuesday, March 16 and Putting Your Degree to Work Tuesday, March 23. Most workshops take place at 1:05 p.m. in 409 Gruening. For more information contact the Advising Center at 474-6396 or

The UAF Toast of Alaska Toastmasters Club holds meetings Tuesdays from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in 201 O'Neill. The next meeting is March 16. For more information contact

The University Employee Assistance Program provider, ComPsych, hosts webinars on select Wednesdays throughout the year, including Emergency Preparedness for Home and Family March 17 and Accountability in the Workplace April 7. Both take place at 11 a.m. Webinars are 45 minutes long. For more information call Anne Sakumoto at 786-1432.

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 March 18. Admission is free. For more information call 474-7555.

The UA Museum of the North presents, "Survivor Kasatochi: Insects After the Eruption," by museum entomology curator Derek Sikes, Thursday, March 18, at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Sikes will discuss his work on Kasatochi Island in the Aleutians, both before and after an August 2008 volcanic eruption essentially sterilized the island.

UAF Staff Council will meet Friday, March 19, at 8:45 a.m. in the Wood Center Carol Brown Ballroom. The council's monthly newsletter is available online.

The 34th Business Leader of the Year banquet, hosted by the School of Management, takes place Friday, March 19, from 6 – 10 p.m. at the Princess Riverside Lodge, with no-host cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $75, $50 for UAF students. Bernie Karl was named Business Leader of the Year. For more information call 474-7042 or e-mail

The UAF Student Drama Association presents Winter Shorts, student-directed and -produced one-act plays, featuring Back to Normal; Love and Peace, Mary Jo; Poetica Theatre; and Ground Squirrel Improv. Show times are Friday and Saturday, March 19 – 20 and March 26 – 27, at 8:15 p.m., and Sunday, March 28, at 2 p.m., in the Salisbury Theatre. Admission is $8 or $6 with a UAF ID.

Students from John Hopkins' voice studio, College of Liberal Arts, present a recital Friday, March 19, at 8 p.m. in Davis Concert Hall. Admissions is free. For more information call 474-7555.

The Skiathon, a 20km classic ski race and tour, takes place Saturday, March 20, on the UAF ski trails. Registration is $15 by March 19 or $40 after March 19. Register at the Wood Center, Beaver Sports or Raven Cross Country. For more information contact Stan Justice at

Career Expo 2010, hosted by Career Services, takes place Wednesday, March 24, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in Wood Center. Employers will be on campus to recruit for internships, jobs and summer employment. For more information call 474-7596 or e-mail

The Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program is hosting the Western Alaska Interdisciplinary Science Conference and Forum Wednesday – Saturday, March 24 – 27, in Unalaska.

The UAF Sustainable Campus Task Force presents the Bioneers Film Fest Thursday – Friday, March 25 – 26, at 7 p.m. in Schaible Auditorium. The film fest showcases speakers from the 2009 Bioneers conference and is a fundraiser for the Earth Day fair in April. Admission is $2.

Discover UAF: Inside Out, hosted by the Office of Admissions, takes place Friday, March 26. Inside Out is an open house for high school juniors and seniors designed to showcase the university. Registration is required, but the event is free.

The fifth annual Major Mania, presented by the Division of General Studies and the Academic Advising Center, takes place Friday, March 26 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Wood Center. For more information call 474-6396 or e-mail

The UA Museum of the North is hosting a Family Science Day, Looking for Life Across the Universe, Saturday, March 27, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 and must be purchased in advance.

Foreign Languages and Philosophy and Humanities will show The Legend of White Snake, a film of a traditional Chinese opera, Sunday, March 28, at 1:15 p.m. at the Noel Wien Library Auditorium. Admission is free. For more information contact Rosalind Kan at 474-0928 or Walter Benesch at 479-2386.

The UAF Student Job Fair takes place Wednesday, March 31, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Wood Center. UAF departments will be hiring for summer and fall job openings. For more information call 474-7596.

The Northern Leadership Center, along with the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce, presents a two-day workshop Fierce Conversations by Jerry Covey Tuesday – Wednesday, April 6 – 7, at the Westmark Hotel. Registration is $199 per person before March 31, and $225 after March 31. For more information contact Sheri Layral at 474-5942 or

UAF's Math in a Cultural Context program will host an April First Friday event with displays of books and materials, a chance to meet Yup'ik collaborators and an exhibit featuring the artwork of Putt Clark. The Math in a Cultural Context modules incorporate math into cultural activities such as berry picking, sewing parkas and star navigation. The First Friday event takes place April 2 from 3 – 8 p.m. at the Bowers Building, 2175 S. University Ave., Suite 101. For more information call 474-6996.

The 16th annual Beat Beethoven 5K race, sponsored by the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra, starts at the Patty Center Saturday, April 10, at 11 a.m. For more information call 474-5733.

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

Izetta Chambers, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, will receive nearly $25,000 from the National Sea Grant Law Center for a project titled Education and Outreach Activities in Southwest Alaska in Response to National Environmental Policy Act and North Pacific Fishery Management Council Processes.

Nathan Heeringa and Kirsten Woodard, both natural resources management majors, were named the Lawrence Tingook Davis Memorial Scholarship winners for essays they wrote. Each will receive $1,000 for their winning essays.

Linda Evans is the 2010 TRiO Achiever Award recipient. Evans, principal of Effie Kokrine Charter School, is a former Upward Bound participant.

Howard Luke, Native elder, is the 2010 TRiO Champion Award recipient. Luke was recognized for his support for the mission of the TRiO programs at UAF, which include Upward Bound.

Alaska Sea Grant has announced funding for six research projects for 2010 – 2012: Parsimony in Integrated Age-Structured Assessment Models: Modeling of Time-Dependent Parameters and Uncertainty in a Changing Environment by Terrance Quinn, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences; Low Intensity, Low Cost Management of Salmon Fisheries by Milo Adkison, SFOS; Identifying Red and Blue King Crab Stocks for Sustainable Harvest and Sustainable Coastal Alaska Communities by David Tallmon, SFOS; Increased Variance as a Leading Indicator of Reorganization in Alaska Marine Ecosystems: An Empirical Test by Michael Litzow, Farallon Institute, and Franz Mueter, SFOS; Ecological, Economic, and Social Changes as a Result of Sea Otter Recolonization in Southern Southeast Alaska, Ginny Eckert, SFOS, and Sunny Rice, SFOS and Marine Advisory Program; and The Seasonal and Interannual Patterns of Larvaceans and Pteropods in the Coastal Gulf of Alaska, and Their Relationship to Pink Salmon Survival by Russell Hopcroft, SFOS.


Nanook hockey player Andy Taranto was named to the 2009 – 2010 Central Collegiate Hockey Association's All-Rookie team. Nik Yaremchuk received honorable mention. Taranto was the only unanimous choice named. He was named CCM CCHA Rookie of the Week three times and Rookie of the Month twice during the 2009 – 2010 season.

Senior Nanook hockey player Dion Knelsen was named the 2009 – 2010 Nanook hockey scholar-athlete of the year. Knelsen is one of 12 players nominated for the CCHA Scholar-Athlete of the Year award to be announced at the 2010 CCHA Awards Thursday, March 18.

Nanook men's basketball players Emmanuel Jenkins and Nashorn Maynard received honorable mention to the All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference team for the 2009 – 2010 season.

Nanook swimmers  Felina Rosadiuk and Mariya Pavlovskaya represented Alaska at the 2010 NCAA Swimming Championships March 10 – 13. Rosadiuk placed 32nd in the 50-yard freestyle, 33rd in the 100-yard freestyle and 34th in the 200-yard freestyle. Pavlovskaya placed 23rd in the 100-yard backstroke, 11th in the 200-yard backstroke, 11th in the 200-yard individual medley and 9th in the 400-yard individual medley. Pavlovskaya earned Honorable Mention All-American honors in the 200-yard backstroke, the 200-yard individual medley and the 400-yard individual medley.

Nanook hockey faced off with Northern Michigan in the CCHA quarter finals March 12 – 14. The Nanooks lost with scores of 4-3 and 5-1.

Nanook rifle took second place in the 2010 NCAA National Championship.

Nanook men's and women's skiing finished 15th overall and 11th among the Nordic teams at the 2010 NCAA National Championship.



March 19: Nominations for the 2010 Staff Make Students Count award are due.

March 19: Nominations for several UAF awards administered through the UAF Staff Council, including the Chancellor's Staff Recognition Award, the Chancellor's Supervisory Recognition Award and the Outstanding Staff Council Achievement Award, are due .

March 22: Registration for departments to advertise at the UAF Student Job Fair are due. For more information contact Career Services at 474-7596.

March 25: Nominations for the Brina Kessel Medal for Excellence in Science are due. For more information contact Hild Peters at 474-7941 or

March 26: Applications for the Art Buswell Service Award are due.

March 31: Nominations (PDF) for the Chancellor's Diversity Award (PDF) are due. For more information contact Ginny Tschanz at or Abel Bult-Ito at

April 2
: Nominations for honorary degrees for Commencement 2011 are due.

April 2: Applications for graduation with leadership honors are due.

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.

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

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