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A new exhibit at the University of Alaska Museum of the North explores the connection between research collections and the museum science they support. “Expedition Alaska: Archaeology and Mammalogy” contains dozens of objects from decades of field work by museum researchers and their students.

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On a June day 105 years ago, in a green valley where the Aleutians merge with the mainland, the world fell apart. During an eruption that lasted three days in 1912, a vibrant landscape became the gray badlands known as the Valley of 10,000 Smokes.

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Neil Davis has died at 84, in his Fairbanks home. The scientist/author/doer was a graduate student and later director at UAF’s Geophysical Institute. In the dynamic early days of the place where people study everything from the center of the Earth to the center of the sun, Davis was there.

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The Western Alaska Interdisciplinary Science Conference has been held every spring since 2008, rotating among the Western Alaska hub communities of Dillingham, Nome, Bethel, Kotzebue and Unalaska. Subject matter at the conferences is organized around local research concerns, not disciplines, which makes for an impressive variety of subject matter.

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It’s not easy being a chief scientist at sea. That’s why 22 early career marine scientists signed up for the Chief Scientist Training Cruise program aboard a research vessel heading from Hawaii to California Dec. 2 to Dec. 17.

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