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UAF in the news: Week of Oct. 8, 2007

Submitted by Marmian Grimes
Phone: 907-474-7902

10/12/07

New climbing wall at UAF rocks
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
Making his way up a 30-foot-long vertical crack in the new rock climbing wall in the University of Alaska Fairbanks Student Recreation Center on Wednesday morning, Tim Ciosek was at about the 20-foot mark when he stopped. Read more ...

Alaskan fire damages permafrost
Nature
Ecologists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks are gearing up to assess the effects of the huge wildfire that has so far burned more than 90,000 hectares of tundra and come within a few kilometres of the university's Toolik Field Station. Read more ...

Boneyard bonanza
Anchorage Daily News and Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
FAIRBANKS -- A tunnel carved 30 feet into the frozen ground along the banks of the Colville River helped researchers this summer recover some of the best preserved dinosaur fossils ever found on the North Slope. Some specimens may be from species never before found in Alaska. Read more ...

New curator joins UAF Museum of the North
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
The University of Alaska Museum of the North has a new earth sciences curator. Read more ...

Photographer to discuss human life at both poles
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
A photographer who has captured images of human life at both poles of the Earth will discuss his work Wednesday during a free lecture. Read more ...

Jewelry exhibit to open at UA museum
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
An exhibit opening Saturday at the University of Alaska Museum of North features the work of Denise and Samuel Wallace, a husband and wife artistic team who use fossil ivory, silver, gold and semiprecious stones to create jewelry. Read more ...

UAF Vision Task force suggests raised admission requirements
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
It would be much harder to gain admission into a baccalaureate program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks if a group of local business leaders, students and university officials had their way. Read more ...

Alaska oil and fish dialogue on way
FishUpdate.com
FAIRBANKS, Alaska- The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) and Norway's Bodø University have announced an initiative to open a dialogue between offshore oil and gas interests and fisheries stakeholders in Alaska's North Aleutian Basin Planning Area, a 5.6-million-acre region that encompasses most of the southeastern Bering Sea continental shelf and Bristol Bay. Read more ...

UA creates International Polar Year teaching guide
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
A new guide created for teachers by the University of Alaska is aimed at integrating research being done in conjunction with the International Polar Year into classrooms across the state. Read more ...

Get aggressive with climate change
Anchorage Daily News
The final public hearing for Alaska's climate change commission is Wednesday, and it may well be the last best chance in a long while for Alaskans to tell government their concerns and propose solutions to this threat. Read more ...

Expert studies climate change in Arctic
Associated Press

OTTAWA — Climate change may make Arctic energy resources easier to reach but it could also make them harder to exploit because of changes to sea ice, a U.S. scientist said ahead of an international oil and ice conference in Alaska. Read more ...

Artist puts nature’s raw material into perspective
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
John Manthei held up an oversized cardboard tube so three dozen aspiring woodworkers could get a good look. Read more ...

They came, they sawed, they conquered
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
The brown grass slowly filled with snowflakes and sawdust Saturday morning.
The snow came from nature, the sawdust from two-person teams competing in a cross-cut sawing contest at the Fairbanks Experimental Farm. Read more ...