For several days in a row last September, Hannah Foss kept seeing the same ad pop up in her Facebook feed. It was an invitation to design the livery — the decorative paint job on the outside of an airplane — for a new Hainan Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
Heidi Rader describes the new Grow & Tell app and website she developed as “essentially Yelp for gardeners.” The free app, which was released today, allows gardeners in the United States see what vegetable varieties grow best in their areas based on what other gardeners say.
With dogs’ breath fogging the 30-below-zero air at their knees, 71 Iditarod mushers steamed their way down the frozen Chena River in Fairbanks on March 6. Upstream, just a few miles behind them, 500 ducks were surviving in a one-mile stretch of open water. You might think the mallards that did not migrate from the sub-Arctic in fall would be skinny and weak, but a UAF graduate student found the Fairbanks ducks have the highest midwinter body mass of just about any mallards in North America.
When the Iditarod’s start moved from Anchorage to Fairbanks this year, the race’s head veterinary technician turned to students in the joint professional veterinary medicine program offered by the the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Colorado State University.
A landmark antenna at the University of Alaska Fairbanks will be removed and replaced by a similar one during spring break week in March 2017. After more than 25 years of service, the pale blue antenna dish on the roof of the Elvey Building will retire. In the 10-meter dish’s place will go a 9-meter antenna that will be colored Nanook blue.
A 20-year effort by University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers to monitor the northern Gulf of Alaska’s animals and environmental markers will soon expand. The National Science Foundation has designated the northern gulf as a Long-Term Ecological Research site and will provide grant money for future science in the area.
Growing up in Panama, at the bottom tip of Central America, Pat Rivera was regularly exposed to nature and different environments. Rivera, who has worked on and off at the University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences since the late 1980s in various research and technical roles, attributes much of her adventurous and animal-loving personality to the positive experiences she had in her outdoorsy, close-knit community as a kid.