2011 News Releases and Features
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Wyman watercolors return to Anaktuvuk Pass (November 28, 2011)
Reproductions of paintings created during a 1950s retreat to the Brooks Range have been donated to the community of Anaktuvuk Pass.
Museum completes Russian blockhouse preservation (October 28, 2011)
An 1841 Russian blockhouse is again sitting tall on the grounds of the University of Alaska Museum of the North.
Noatak prehistoric site contains new artifacts for Alaska (September 7, 2011)
Archaeologist Scott Shirar expected to find boulders adorned with petroglyphs during his expedition to Northwest Alaska’s Noatak National Preserve this summer. When he and members of his team began small-scale excavations at two of the sites, they made a new discovery: four decorated clay disks that appear to be the first of their kind found in Alaska.
Low tide reveals rare reptile fossil find (July 26, 2011)
Sometimes finding a fossil is as easy as a walk on the beach. That’s what happened in May when a member of a geological team working in Southeast Alaska chanced upon a marine reptile fossil during an extremely low tide.
Exhibit examines balance of power and energy in Alaska (May 5, 2011)
Early humans relied only on the power generated by their own bodies: energy in the form of food. Then they discovered fire. Suddenly, our ancestors were able to access the energy stored over decades, not just days or months, and transform it into heat and light. That was the beginning of the balancing act humans play between the need for power and the forms of available energy.
Science fair projects supported by musuem collection (April 12, 2011)
After Marlene Bond watched the movie An Inconvenient Truth, the 13-year-old grew curios about the phenomena of global warming. She learned that scientists in Alaska are measuring melting glaciers, thawing permafrost, and the migration of shrubs north into the tundra, but she wanted to know more.
Former PBS host shares grandfather's Point Hope legacy (March 4, 2011)
A recent donation to the University of Alaska Museum of the North’s ethnology collection chronicles a family’s connection to the village of Point Hope back to the early part of last century. The items come from the personal collection of Steve Thomas, the former host of PBS’ “This Old House.”
Museum Filmmaker debuts new work in New York (February 11, 2011)
Leonard Kamerling wanted to make a film with the composer John Luther Adams, but nothing stuck. Then a musician who had already performed "Strange and Sacred Noise" outdoors wondered what it would be like to return to the scene of the glaciers, rivers and mountains that inspired it.
The world of coffee comes to the museum (January 12, 2011)
More than a thousand years have passed since people started drinking a brew made from the beans of the coffee tree. A new exhibit at the University of Alaska Museum of the North, Coffee: The World in Your Cup, explores the web of stories connected to every cup of coffee we drink.
Museum features beloved photographer's work (January 4, 2011)
When Barry McWayne died in the summer of 2010, just a few years after retiring from his position as fine art curator at the museum, he left behind a treasure trove of photographs. Some of them are now featured in the Rose Berry Alaska Art Gallery.
Tracking Alaska's Jurassic Disonsaurs (January 2011)
This is the story of how museum researchers confirmed the discovery of fossilized dinosaur tracks from the Jurassic Period on the Alaska Peninsula, pushing the record of dinosaurs in Alaska back about 50 million years. Produced by Roger Topp with footage filmed on location by Kevin May, Tracking Alaska’s Jurassic Dinosaurs takes you to the scene of the find.
2010 News Releases
Tracks show dinosaurs roamed Alaska's Jurassic (December 2010)
Until last summer, recent discoveries of dinosaur bones and tracks in Alaska have been restricted to the Cretaceous Period. That changed when a museum team documented fossilized tracks in Southwest Alaska that appear to date from the Jurassic Period.
Exhibit examines changes in arctic landscape (May 13, 2010)
If a picture is worth a thousand words, the University of Alaska Museum of the North’s latest special exhibit speaks volumes about the effects of climate change in Alaska’s Arctic.
Science education supported by 2.8 million NSF grant (April 8, 2010)
A new $2.8 million National Science Foundation grant will help the University of Alaska Fairbanks bring climate change research to Alaska classrooms and prepare graduate students to be better teachers.
Museum expands family pass program to Fort Wainwright (March 31, 2010)
Beginning April 1, soldiers stationed at Fort Wainwright and their families can check out a museum pass from the Fort Wainwright Library.
Museum opens call for entry for 2010 Artisan Expo (March 1, 2010)
Approximately 25 artists from Alaska and the circumpolar North will be invited to sell their work in the museum's lobby and adjoining spaces during the two-day event.
Museum exhibit highlights new acquisitions, donor stories (February 11, 2010)
A new exhibit at the University of Alaska Museum of the North brings together an unlikely assortment of artifacts and specimens, including an Asian elephant, a swan from Denmark, a seventh-grade science fair project and archaeological artifacts from Interior Alaska.
Museum loan puts new spotlight on Alaska's first car (February 8, 2010)
After more than 30 years on display at the University of Alaska Museum of the North, Robert Sheldon’s 1905 runabout is moving down the road to the Antique Auto Museum, where it will be on loan for the next five years.
Community invited to explore museum behind the scenes (February 2, 2010)
The museum’s open house only comes once a year, but it’s well worth the wait for the opportunity to explore the museum behind the scenes.
New partnership to bring climate science to schools, communities (January 22, 2010)
Three of Alaska’s leading informal science education institutions are joining forces for a new program that will tell the story of climate change in Alaska.
2009 News Releases
Researchers to study rebirth of island after volcanic eruption (August 6, 2009)
Carol Diebel named museum director (July 20, 2009)
2006 News Releases and Media Advisories
University of Alaska Museum of the North visitors will have two opportunities to see Alaska's art in the making this summer when Alaska Native artists demonstrate their work.
In March 2001, physicist-turned-photographer Subhankar Banerjee set out on a two-year trek to photograph the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge through all four seasons. This summer, the results of his journey will be displayed at the University of Alaska Museum of the North.
The University of Alaska Museum of the North's annual TOTE Family Fun Fest returns for its eighth year this Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m., with hands-on activities for kids of all ages under the big-top tent at the UAF Patty Center and a scavenger hunt of the exhibit galleries in the expanded museum.
The University of Alaska Museum of the North's current special exhibit, "The Best of Alaska Positive," showcases a selection of photographs from the state's premier juried photographic exhibition, Alaska Positive.
The centerpiece of the museum's expansion and renovation project, the Rose Berry Alaska Art Gallery showcases 2,000 years of Alaskan art.
A new installation gives voice to the cycles of daylight and dakrness, the phases of the moon, seismic activity and the aurora.
After a three-semester hiatus for construction on the University of Alaska Museum of the North's new wing, Saturday Family Programs return to the museum this weekend.
2005 News Releases and Media Advisories
- AFN Elders to Bless Expanded Museum(10/18/05)
- Museum to Celebrate Expansion on Saturday, September 10 (09/09/05)
- Flint Hills commits $150,000 to museum partnership (6/9/05)
- Museum plans to reopen gallery Saturday, May 14 (5/9/05)
- Tlingit artist to demonstrate Raven's Tail weaving (3/8/05)
- Museum gallery renovations scheduled for March, April (2/15/05)
2004 News Releases and Media Advisories