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One Health seminars are Monday afternoons

Seminars on Monday afternoons in October will review topics ranging from diabetes in Alaska Natives to a mouse model of obsessive-compulsive disorder.

The Biomedical and One Health Seminars all will begin at 3 p.m. in the Murie Building auditorium. Topics and dates are below.

Oct. 10 — Sheri Coker and Sasha White, graduate students with the Biomedical Learning and Student Training program, will discuss omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and type 2 diabetes in Alaska Natives.

Oct. 17 — Arleigh Reynolds, associate dean of the Department of Veterinary Medicine, will talk about sled dogs as a sentinel for health and well being in rural Alaska.

Oct. 24 — Marit and Halvor Hoveid, professors of pedagogy at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, will discuss collaborations between cultures.

Oct. 31 — Abel Bult-Ito, professor of neurobiology and anatomy, will describe development of a noninduced mouse model of obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Download a flier for the talks here.


URSA accepting applications for spring project funding

The office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity is accepting applications from undergraduate students in any discipline and any year of study for spring semester funding.

Students may apply for up to $2,500 for research or creative projects. Funds may support a student stipend, tuition, travel and supplies. The application is on the URSA website, and the deadline to apply is Nov. 20, 2016.

For more information, please visit the URSA website at, stop by Bunnell 301 or call 907-450-8772.

Seminar will explain research permits on state land

Property specialists will hold a seminar Oct. 19 on using state land for research in Alaska.

Kimberley Maher, with the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, and Dian Siegfreid, with the University of Alaska Facilities and Land Management office, will present the session and take questions from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Murie Building auditorium on the Fairbanks campus.

Their presentation is titled “Conducting research on state land: Securing proper authorizations so your research site doesn’t inadvertently become a gravel pit.”

The seminar is designed for all researchers — from principal investigators to graduate students — and will address:

  • types of state land in Alaska.
  • generally allowed uses on state land.
  • Alaska Mapper, DNR’s online mapping program and geodatabase.
  • when an authorization is need to conduct research on state land.
  • how to successfully apply through UA and DNR.

About 25 percent of land in Alaska is state-owned. Much of this approximately 90 million acres, which includes land under navigable and public waters, is managed as general state land for multiple uses. Those uses can include academic research projects. Obtaining a permit for work on state land is often faster than on federal.

Fundraiser will help Hunter Elementary students

Students Offering Leadership Development and Circle K will hold a fundraiser Oct. 12-14 to buy winter gear for Hunter Elementary School students. The UAF student organizations will sell baked goods and drinks outside the Wood Center stairwell.

Funds will help purchase gloves and boots for Hunter students at a discount provided by The Prospector store.

The Hunter attendance area has one of the highest poverty rates in the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, with about 70 percent of students on the free and reduced lunch program. The school opened a pantry to help students with supplies, but it is close to empty.




Energy center sponsors ‘Tomorrow’ documentary at Blue Loon

The Alaska Center for Energy and Power will present the documentary film “Tomorrow” at the Blue Loon at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, to help celebrate National Energy Action Month.


The entry fee is $5 cash at the door. The Blue Loon is located at 2999 Parks Highway.

Focusing more on solutions than problems, “Tomorrow” (or “Demain” in French) provides a comprehensive look at paths activists, organizers and everyday citizens are taking to make the world a better place.

All over the world, new models and new ways of viewing agriculture, economics, energy, education and town planning are changing our ways of tackling projects, building and living together.

“Tomorrow” offers an alternative to big-nation proposals, revealing how farmers, teachers, researchers and small -town individuals have found their own methods of overcome food shortages, global warming and economic hardship.

Following the screening, a panel of local community members will lead a conversation on the steps we can take individually and as a community to work together for healthier future.

Download a poster for the film here.

Biology institute offers Life Science Hour on Friday afternoons

Immunodominance, microbial ecology, sled dogs and the Beringia region will be featured topics during the Institute of Arctic Biology’s Life Science Hour talks in October.

The public talks are every Friday at 3 p.m. in the Murie Building auditorium. Details follow:

  • Oct. 7 — Dr. Andrea Ferrante, assistant professor of immunology with IAB and the Department of Biology and Wildlife will discuss genetic, structural and thermodynamic determinants of immunodominance.
  • Oct. 14 — Dr. Vincent B. Young, professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan, will appear as a special guest of the Alaska Branch of American Society of Microbiology to describe the microbial ecology of Clostridium difficile infection.
  • Oct. 21 — Kriya Dunlap, assistant professor of biochemistry with the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and IAB, will discuss sled dogs as a model for human health.
  • Oct. 28 — Steffi Ickert-Bond, associate professor of botany and curator of the UA Museum of the North’s herbarium will discuss how systematics meet ecology, paleontology and genomics at the crossroads of Beringia and beyond.

Download a flier for the talks here.

Alternative Spring Break applications due soon

Applications are now open for the annual Alternative Spring Break team trip. This year, the team will travel to San Francisco  to focus on youth development, rebuilding and environmental efforts.

Every spring break, the Leadership, Involvement and Volunteer Experience program at UAF takes a group of students somewhere outside Alaska to volunteer for a community.

Applications are available on Orgsync and are due by Friday, Oct. 7, at 5 p.m. The link to apply is

Green Dot bystander training is Oct. 15

UAF Green Dot will hold a bystander training session for UAF students, staff and faculty on Oct. 15 from noon-4 p.m. in Murie 103/105.

The Green Dot strategy is a national violence-prevention program. At training sessions, people learn to recognize potentially harmful situations and how to safely intervene. Each “green dot” represents a single action to prevent harm.

If you are interested in the training, please register here or go to for more information. The Oct. 15 session is limited to 30 people, so register soon. If you have any questions, please contact UAF Green Dot at