2017 award recipients


Sarah Fowell. UAF photo by JR Ancheta.

Dr. Sarah J. Fowell

2017 Emil Usibelli Distinguished Teaching Award

WHEREAS Dr. Sarah J. Fowell has served the University of Alaska Fairbanks with distinction since 1997; and brings creativity and richness to her classroom by skillfully employing active learning in her courses; and expects her students to think critically but does so in a way that encourages collaboration and mutual respect; and

WHEREAS Dr. Fowell, despite the challenging nature of her classes, receives consistently high ratings in student evaluations; and has also received, among several other honors, the College of Natural Science and Mathematics Outstanding Teaching Award and the Rural Student Services Dennis Demmert Appreciation and Recognition Award; and

WHEREAS Dr. Fowell’s leadership includes service as Department Chair of the Department of Geosciences and as Director of the GeoFORCE program, which encourages rural Alaska high school students to pursue college degrees in the STEM fields;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the University of Alaska Fairbanks takes great pride in the achievements and contributions of its faculty, and extends its sincere appreciation and gratitude to Dr. Sarah J. Fowell; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the University, in recognizing the extraordinary excellence in teaching demonstrated by Dr. Sarah J. Fowell, bestows upon her the Emil Usibelli Distinguished Teaching Award on this day of May 1, 2017.


Eugénie Euskirchen. UAF photo by JR Ancheta.

Dr. Eugénie Susanne Euskirchen

2017 Emil Usibelli Distinguished Research Award

WHEREAS Dr. Eugénie Euskirchen has served the University of Alaska Fairbanks with distinction since 2004; and is a highly sought-after collaborator for complex, international studies on how Arctic regions may influence global climate change; and

WHEREAS Dr. Euskirchen’s expertise in modeling effects of changes in climate on Arctic and boreal terrestrial ecosystems, and how these effects on ecosystems may feed back to influence the global climate system, has put the University at the forefront of ecosystem modeling; and her field measurements of eddy covariance have made her an international leader in that area, further enhancing the University’s reputation; and

WHEREAS Dr. Euskirchen has been extremely successful in publishing papers in prestigious journals and in receiving highly competitive grants; and she has mentored graduate students and postdoctoral associates in interdisciplinary climate research;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the University of Alaska Fairbanks takes great pride in the achievements and contributions of its faculty, and extends its sincere appreciation and gratitude to Dr. Eugénie Susanne Euskirchen; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the University, in recognizing the extraordinary excellence in research demonstrated by Dr. Eugénie Susanne Euskirchen, bestows upon her the Emil Usibelli Distinguished Research Award on this day of May 1, 2017.


Erin Pettit. UAF photo by JR Ancheta.

Dr. Erin C. Pettit

2017 Emil Usibelli Distinguished Service Award

WHEREAS Dr. Erin C. Pettit has served the University of Alaska Fairbanks with distinction since 2008; and is an outstanding science researcher with a deep and abiding commitment to equity in the sciences and to mentoring the next generation of researchers; and

WHEREAS Dr. Pettit developed the highly regarded Girls on Ice program, an annual field research experience through which teenage girls learn about glaciers, glaciology and science in general, but perhaps most profoundly, learn about themselves and their potential for future intellectual pursuits; and

WHEREAS Dr. Pettit has made a difference by explaining the climate-related changes in the polar regions to the general public; and her combined talents as an excellent researcher in her own right and as an outreach expert and scientific community leader resulted in her being named a National Geographic Society Emerging Explorer;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the University of Alaska Fairbanks takes great pride in the achievements and contributions of its faculty, and extends its sincere appreciation and gratitude to Dr. Erin C. Pettit; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the University, in recognizing the extraordinary excellence in service demonstrated by Dr. Erin C. Pettit, bestows upon her the Emil Usibelli Distinguished Service Award on this day of May 1, 2017.

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