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UA Press holds holiday open house and book sale

uap-holiday-open-houseJoin the University of Alaska Press for some holiday cheer at its annual holiday open house and book sale. Visit the office while enjoying refreshments and browsing the newest publications. All publications are 25 percent off.
The open house will be from 2-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at the UA Press offices, 1760 Westwood Way (next to Artisan’s Courtyard on College Road).
The event is open to the public.

Alaska Sea Grant holds open house and book sale

ASG-2016Join Alaska Sea Grant for its annual holiday open house and book sale. Visit the office while enjoying refreshments and browsing the newest publications and Research Vessel Sikuliaq merchandise. All items are 25 percent off.

The open house will be from 2-6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, in Suite 201 of the Elvey Building at 903 Koyukuk Drive on the University of Alaska Fairbanks West Ridge.

The Sea Grant office welcomes all from the Fairbanks community and the university.

Out of town? Use code HOLIDAY16 at Sea Grant’s online bookstore for 25 percent off your order on Dec. 2 only.

While on West Ridge, check out the Large Animal Research Station’s holiday sale in the Murie Building and the Geophysical Institute’s table of merchandise outside the Globe Room in the Elvey Building.

Enter the MacKeith outdoor photography exhibition

2017-Peter-MacKeith-Call-for-EntryFrozen Lenses, the UAF student photography club, is accepting entries for the 2017 Peter MacKeith Memorial Photography Exhibition: Ascension.

The exhibition allows college photographers and adventurers at UAF to share their passion of the outdoors and the wild adventures they discover within it. The juried exhibition is open to all photographers regardless of experience, and all photographic processes are welcome.

Entry is free. The deadline for submittal is Jan. 2.

Artists may submit up to three images. Entries are categorized according to the image’s elevation above sea level, ranging from category one, 446 feet and below, to category four, 20,310 feet and above.

MacKeith was an adventurer at heart. Born in England, MacKeith’s love for mountaineering and glaciology drove him to explore Greenland, Afghanistan, Baffin Bay, South America and, finally, Alaska. Along the way, he earned degrees in electrical engineering and science from Cambridge University and optics and physics from Imperial College. MacKeith was a doctoral student at UAF in the Geophysics Department when he died in a climbing accident in the Alaska Range in 1980 at the age of 30.

MacKeith was an avid photographer and documented many of his adventures. An endowment fund was created in his honor to support amateur photography.

An opening reception and awards ceremony will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, at the Arctic Java. The event will be catered and feature live music by The Vocal Chords.

Seth Adams, a freelance adventure writer and photographer from Fairbanks, will serve as the exhibition’s juror.

Got questions? Visit the club website at or contact one of its officers — Sarah Manriquez, Kathryn Reichert or Miles Leguineche at

Click here to submit your images.


Pancake feed will raise funds on World AIDS Day

pancakes-70460929311The Nanook Diversity and Action Center and UAF Residence Life will host a pancake feed to raise money for the Interior AIDS Association on Dec. 1, World AIDS Day.

Pancakes will be served from 8-10 p.m. at the Hess Recreation Center in the Moore-Bartlett-Skarland dormitory complex.

Donation will be accepted. For more information, contact NDAC at or call 474-6311.

Large Animal Research Station holds holiday sale

The Large Animal Research Station Holiday Sale will take place on Friday, Dec. 2, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Murie Building lobby.

The sale will feature a large assortment of holiday items, including the new LARS custom-designed musk ox plush toy for only $20.

Additional vendors will be on site to offer holiday items. Veterinary medicine students will sell knit goods for pets and canines. Carolyn Chapin and Pauline Thomas will have handcrafted items. The ArtBug Studio will offer fiber arts and clothing.

The Murie Building is on the Red Line shuttle stop. Or park in the UA Museum of the North lot, only a short walk away.


Special election will fill UAF Staff Council vice president position

On Dec. 5, UAF Staff Council will hold a special election to fill the office of vice president for the remainder of the 2016-2017 term.

Nominations may be emailed to by Nov. 30. Nominations will also be accepted in person up to the time of the election at Staff Council Meeting #277, on Dec. 5, 2016.  The meeting will be held in the Wood Center ballroom beginning at 8:45 a.m. The meeting is open to the public.

  • All nominations must be accepted by nominees by the close of nominations on Dec. 5 in order for a nominee’s name to appear on the ballot.
  • Nominees must be able to obtain their supervisor’s approval in order to serve as vice president.
  • All staff represented by UAF Staff Council are eligible to run for this office.
  • Voting shall be limited to Staff Council Representatives or designated proxies.

For more information, contact the UAF Staff Council Office at 474-7056 or

Namaste India contributes to United Way

<i>Photo courtesy of Bill Wright</i><br>Members of the Namaste India student club present a donation to Bill Wright, executive director of the United Way of the Tanana Valley. From left, are Paritosh Dhiman, club treasurer; Jaspreet Kaur Osan, president; Professor Debasmita Misra, advisor; Wright; and Yojana Gurav, vice president.
Photo courtesy of Bill Wright
Members of the Namaste India student club present a donation to Bill Wright, executive director of the United Way of the Tanana Valley. From left, are Paritosh Dhiman, club treasurer; Jaspreet Kaur Osan, president; Professor Debasmita Misra, advisor; Wright; and Yojana Gurav, vice president.

Namaste India, a student organization at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, donated proceeds from its Nov. 5 Diwali celebration to the United Way of the Tanana Valley.

Diwali, a Hindu festival observed throughout India, celebrates light and so often features candles, fireworks and lamps, as well as lots of food.

The donation will support United Way’s community service activities. For more information about United Way, go online to

For more about Namaste India, visit its Facebook page.

URSA announces Mentoring Awards for 2016

UAF photo by Todd Paris
Ruth Osborne, left, and her mentor Jennifer Guerard, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, participate in Research Day 2016.

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity recently gave 11 awards to faculty and graduate students to support undergraduate mentoring.

Below are the mentoring awardees, their UAF affiliations and their project titles:

  • Zeinab Barati, Institute of Arctic Biology, “Workshop on Essentials of Statistics with SPSS”
  • Frank Boldt, Justice Department, “Fairbanks Community Restorative Justice Initiative”
  • Jan Dawe, School of Natural Resources and Extension, “OneTree Alaska: K-20 Boreal Forest Education, Research and Community Engagement”
  • Maryanne Evans, Institute of Arctic Biology, “Climate Change, Biomass Production and the Alaskan Soil Microbiome”
  • Kristin Gagne, Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, “Does Dissolved Organic Matter Redox Potential and Reactivity in Pore Water Vary Between Open and Closed Taliks?”
  • Daisy Huang, Mechanical Engineering Department, “Collegiate Wind Competition”
  • Amy May, Communication and Journalism Department, “Testing the Effectiveness of Virtual Reality (VR) as a Strategy to Reduce Speech Anxiety”
  • Mark Melham, School of Natural Resource and Extension, “Dall Sheep Research in Gates of the Arctic”
  • Joy Morrison, Office of Faculty Development, “Mentoring Workshop”
  • Trent Sutton, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, “Laboratory-based Evaluation of Structures Used for Aging Freshwater Fishes”
  • Mike Whalen, Geosciences Department, “Exploring the Aftermath of the Chicxulub Impact: Ancient Oceanography and Ecology in the Crater”

URSA provides year-round funding for student research and creative work through student project and travel awards, mentoring support awards, and innovative technology and education awards. For more information, please visit the URSA website at

Truman Scholarship Foundation seeks letters from juniors

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation is seeking letters expressing interest in the scholarships it offers to junior-level students who plan careers in government or public service. Letters may be submitted through Jan. 20, 2017.

Truman scholars receive up to $30,000 for graduate or professional school, participate in leadership development activities and have special opportunities for internship and employment with the federal government.

For more information about eligibility and guidelines for UAF application, visit

Letters of interest may be submitted by email between now and 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, to Letters should be no longer than two pages and must describe:

  • Examples of your leadership.
  • Examples of your public service.
  • The graduate course of study you intend to pursue if you receive a Truman Scholarship.

Applicants selected as UAF candidates will be asked to complete a full foundation application packet by Feb. 7, 2017. Submitting your letter of interest early will allow more time for completing the full application.

Download a flier with more details here.