Alaska Earthquake Information Center

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Alaska can experience more than 100 earthquakes in a day.

The Alaska Earthquake Information Center (AEIC) was established by Alaska statute in 1986. AEICs mandate is to collect, analyze, and archive seismic event data for the state of Alaska, providing information and assistance to the public as well as state and local agencies.

Find out about Recent Earthquakes, Earthquake Preparedness, and more!

Summer tours at the Geophysical Institute include AEIC. For information about tour days and times, contact the Geophysical Institute Information Office: 474-7558 or email info@gi.alaska.edu.

You can also find AEIC at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Science Potpourri and the Tanana Valley Fair.

AIEC partners with the National Weather Service Tsunami Ready program and the National Park Service.

Contact:

For general information, call 474-7320 or email webmaster@giseis.alaska.edu or visit AEIC.


Alaska Sea Grant

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Supporting wise use and conservation of Alaska's seas and coasts through research, education, and extension.

Alaska Sea Grant is a university based program that is part of a national network of Sea Grant programs in all coastal and Great Lakes states. Alaska Sea Grant develops and supports research, education, and outreach programs and partnerships to help sustain economic development, traditional cultural uses, and conservation of Alaska’s marine, estuarine, and coastal watershed resources.

For more information, visit the Web site or contact Sea Grant at (907) 474-7086; Email: fygrant@uaf.edu

Also see the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program -- a statewide outreach and technical assistance program helping Alaskans wisely use, conserve, and enjoy Alaska's marine and coastal resources.

The Marine Advisory Program works to:

  • Broaden the opportunities of coastal residents through involvement in activities that diversify the community economic base such as marine recreation and tourism, shellfish mariculture, and direct marketing of seafood;
  • Enhance the value of the commercial fishing, shellfish mariculture, and seafood industries in Alaska through training and technical assistance; and
  • Contribute to the information base of Alaskans who are making decisions affecting the conservation of our marine resources, or who are dependent on them for traditional, cultural, recreational, or nutritional sustenance.

Alaska Space Grant Program

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Devin Hahne, an Alaska Spacegrant student, works on the SRP5 payload. A UAF Photo by Todd Paris.

The Alaska Space Grant Program (ASGP) sponsors a broad range of programs to enhance teaching, research, and educational outreach within aerospace related disciplines throughout Alaska. ASGP strives to instill in the general public awareness, appreciation, and understanding of the nation’s aerospace programs.

ASGP provides programs, resources, and funding for K-12 teachers, college students, and community members. ASGP provides Alaska’s K-12 teaches with resources such as the Alaska Teachers Resource Manual, Space Educators Directory, curriculum activities, and opportunities for training and funding. College graduate and undergraduate students can access fellowship and research opportunities such as the Student Rocket Project and Space Grant Internships. ASGP also provides outreach information to Alaska community members through participation in and sponsorship of special events and activities.

For more information on programs and resources provided by Alaska Space Grant please visit the web site at www.uaf.edu/asgp/ or contact Becky Lees at 907-474-6833.

Also see:

Alaska Student Rocket Project


Cold Climate Housing Research Center

"Promoting and advancing the development of healthy, durable, and sustainable shelter for Alaskans and other circumpolar people."

The Cold Climate Housing Research Center (CCHRC) is an industry-based, nonprofit corporation created to facilitate the development, use, and testing of energy-efficient, durable, healthy, and cost-effective building technologies for people living in circumpolar regions around the globe.

Located in Fairbanks, Alaska, the Research Center was conceived and developed by members of the Alaska State Home Builders Association and represents more than 1,200 building industry firms and groups. Ninety percent of CCHRC's charter members are general contractors from across the state. The Alaska professional building community is highly regarded as a national leader in energy-efficient housing design and construction, boasting the largest per capita builders' association in the nation.

On September 23, 2006, the CCHRC Research and Testing Facility opened, on land leased from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The building contains research facilities and allows staff to work closely with students, faculty, and researchers at the university.

Alaska offers an excellent testing ground for cold-climate technologies and products. The geography provides the full range of climatic conditions a researcher would encounter across the northern United States — from the windy, cool, wet weather in Southeast Alaska to the very cold, snowy conditions across Alaska’s northern tier. In addition, Alaska's cold season lasts for six months or longer, allowing ample time for researchers to conduct experiments and evaluate housing performance.

Also, be sure to check out the CCHRC blog, Sustainable North!  Here you will find the latest information on sustainability in Interior Alaska. Also featured are our weekly Energy Focus articles printed in the Fairbanks Daily Newsminer.

Cooperative Extension Service

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service (CES) is the state's gateway to its university system. CES serves some 60,000 Alaskans annually, providing a link between Alaska's diverse people and communities by interpreting and extending relevant university, research-based knowledge in an understandable adn usable form to the public.

UAF's Extension is part of the largest informal education system in the world, connecting Extension programs at land-grant colleges and universities in every U.S. territory and state. Extension offers hundreds of publications, written and produced by university specialists, which contain practical
information of interest to Alaska residents. Many publications are free and available online. Major program areas include: agriculture and horticulture; health, home and family development; natural resources and community development; 4-H and youth development.

Find information about:

View the Publications Catalog, the DVD and Video Catalog and more!


Georgeson Botanical Gardens

The Georgeson Botanical Garden (GBG) is a nationally recognized botanical garden and member of a national network of educational and research institutions dedicated to plant culture and conservation. Located on the UAF campus on West Tanana Drive, GBG is designed to allow the public to learn about plant culture in the far north.

The Georgeson Botanical Garden offers guided tours of their facilities every Friday at 2:00 p.m. from June - August. Participants are lead through the garden where scientists are currently testing over 300 cultivars of annual flowering plants and thousands of perennials. In addition to touring the grounds, participants will learn about the unique environment, soils and growing techniques of the Interior. In addition, visitors may stop by the garden for self-guided tours from May 31 - September 2, daily from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. For more information, 907-474-1944.


Large Animal Research Station

Dedicated to understanding the biology of Arctic ungulates.

Locals refer to us by our acronym LARS or as the “muskox farm” but our official title is the Robert G. White Large Animal Research Station. LARS is managed by the Institute of Arctic Biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks to provide a unique facility for research and education that focuses on ungulates from the subarctic and arctic.

If you are a teacher, we invite you to look at our curricular materials and to schedule a visit for your class during the academic year.

Visitors of all ages can safely observe some of our animals on a summer tour and talk to one our guides about the biology of life in the north.

Researchers and instructors can contact us to plan experiments and classes in our barns, pens, pastures and natural areas for biology, ecology, physiology and behavior.

Students can contact us about jobs and research experiences in one of our projects.


Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) draws on the experience and talents of older people (50+) in the Fairbanks area and offers new opportunities for continued learning. Members are invited from all backgrounds; a college degree or education is not a prerequisite for membership. Members share the common bonds of intellectual curiosity and the experience of their generation. They are self-motivated learners eager to share opinions, knowledge and expertise with humor and mutual respect.

To learn more, visit the OLLI website or contact the OLLI office at 907-474-6607.


University of Alaska Museum of the North

The University of Alaska Museum of the North is a thriving visitor attraction, a vital component of the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the only research and teaching museum in Alaska.

The museum’s research collections – 1.4 million artifacts and specimens – represent millions of years of biological diversity and thousands of years of cultural traditions in the North. The collections are organized into 10 disciplines (archaeology, birds, documentary film, earth sciences, ethnology/history, fine arts, fishes/marine invertebrates, insects, mammals, and plants) and serve as a valuable resource for research on climate change, genetics, contaminants and other issues facing Alaska and the circumpolar North. The museum is also the premier repository for artifacts and specimens collected on public lands in Alaska and a leader in northern natural and cultural history research.

For more information, call 907-474-7505, email museum@uaf.edu or visit the museum's website.


Museum Education

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The University of Alaska Museum of the North offers a wide array of educational activities and resources on Alaska-related topics for adults, families, and students of all ages.

School Groups - The Museum offers exciting programs for School Groups, including Docent Led Tours for elementary students and Tour On Your Own for all age groups.

Community Programs - Our Community Programs allow participants to build rockets, stargaze, investigate fossils, and much more! 

Resources - Other Resources include gallery activities, materials for check out, live webstreaming, and online resources.

Planetarium - A Planetarium is traveling the state!  Museum Education and the Geophysical Institute are bringing space science to rural Alaska.

Northern Journeys - A multimedia tool about Alaska

Volunteer!!

Educational programs are often brought to you by members of the Fairbanks community.  Volunteers teach school children, guide tours, and more.  Follow the links below for more information on specific oppportunities.  If you are interested in being a part of one of our volunteer programs, send us an email (museum.education@uaf.edu).