UAF photo by JR AnchetaUniversity of Alaska Fairbanks instructor Dan Darrow leads a distance-education Spanish class.

This semester the University of Alaska Fairbanks added beginner French and Spanish, as well as a Kanji reading and writing course online. Instructors developing online language courses face the same challenges as face-to-face instructors, while also teaching students, who are potentially dispersed around the world, a skill that is dependent on community and communication with others.

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UAF photo by Todd ParisA turkey is prepared for cooking by coating it with newspaper and clay at the University of Alaska Fairbanks ceramics studio.

Download text and photo captions here. Jim Brashear has vivid memories of his first Thanksgiving at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He was living alone in a faculty housing unit and looking for a place to cook a turkey. The ceramics professor figured he’d try something different, inspired by an old Chinese cooking technique. Brashear … Continue reading Kiln-cooked turkeys a Thanksgiving tradition at UAF

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Photo courtesy Near Space Corporation.
The high altitude shuttle system, or HASS. The HASS was dropped from a balloon at 70,000 feet and glided to the ground under the supervision of ACUASI personnel.

Staff at the University of Alaska Fairbanks helped with a successful test of a high-altitude glider to help evaluate how advanced surveillance technologies could be used to track winged vehicles returning from space.

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Barrow community members share the work of hauling out a harvested bowhead.

A new analysis of subsistence data collected in three Arctic communities underscores the importance of social ties and sharing among households. The analysis draws on data collected in 2009 and 2010, as part of research led University of Alaska Fairbanks Professor Gary Kofinas. The Subsistence Sharing Network Project analyzed the flows of subsistence goods and services among households in Kaktovik, Wainwright and Venetie.

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Elise Chenotof the Université de Bourgogne-Franche Comté, left, and Michael Whalen, UAF Geophysical Institute, in the visual core description lab, MARUM, Bremen, Germany, examining rock core from the Chicxulub crater and the "core wall" that displays photographic and CT images of the core. Photo by Kevin Kurtz

Around 65 million years ago a massive asteroid crashed into the Gulf of Mexico. The impact and subsequent effects wiped out about 75 percent of all life on Earth, including most of the dinosaurs. Scientists studying the resulting Chicxulub crater are learning how large asteroid impacts deform rocks in a way that may produce habitats advantageous to early life forms.

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A harbor seal in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

Researchers from the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute and the National Park Service have successfully tested a method to measure how much floating ice exists and how it is changing. Their work may help scientists and policymakers better understand how changing ice conditions affect the harbor seals.

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