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UAF in the news: week of July 7, 2008

Submitted by Marmian Grimes
Phone: 907-474-7902


Inaugural program brings youth volunteers to museum
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
With a fur pelt wrapped around her arm, Gathoni Egger and Marceline Post make their way through the crowded main exhibit hall at the University of Alaska Museum of the North. Read more ...

UAF offers free summer parking
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
FAIRBANKS--Visitors can park for free at two University of Alaska Fairbanks lots, at least for the remainder of the summer. Read more ...

Get ready to be a killer: Set traps for slugs now
Anchorage Daily News
Q. I haven't seen many slugs this year, but all of a sudden I'm getting holes in my hosta. I know they'll be in the lettuce next. Read more ...

Second City comedy troupe looks at lighter side of life
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
FAIRBANKS -- In a world where news runs rampant with reports of economic crisis, wildfires, war, natural disasters, and brutal political battles, not to mention the ever-depressing rising fuel prices--don't look now, but they probably rose again--what can a person do to maintain sanity? Read more ...

Summer serves up unhealthy portions of butter and eggs
Anchorage Daily News
Right about now, this invasive plant stands 4 to 9 inches tall. But in a few weeks it'll spurt up 2 or 3 feet and burst with attractive yellow flowers -- similar to snapdragons -- and beg to be picked and taken home. Resist this temptation. Read more ...

Glacier Bay Park's gravity shifts as ice melts
When it comes to the upward movement of the Earth's crust, the residents of tiny Gustavus, Alaska, are experts. Read more ...

UAF cancels Top of the World basketball tournament due to economic challenges
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
FAIRBANKS -- Sad was a word repeated often Wednesday afternoon in the Nanook Lounge of the University of Alaska Fairbanks' Patty Center, where it was announced that the BP Top of the World Classic men's basketball tournament has been cancelled. Read more ...

Long-horned beetles swarm Fairbanks, bringing painful bites
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
FAIRBANKS--With their long antennae, stout mandibles and dark, black bodies, they resemble Darth Vader, and this summer they seem to be invading Alaska's second-largest city. Read more ...

Summer Festival lets Fairbanksans soak up the arts
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
If you've got an artistic itch, the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival is going to do its best to scratch it this month. Read more ...

UAF historian receives honor
Fort Mill Times
FAIRBANKS, Alaska-- The dedication it takes to master the art of teaching can only come from someone with a heart of gold and a platinum sense of humor. Read more ...

Is there a link between diabetes and latitude?
"¨Diabetes seems to afflict more northerners than those living near the equator, making some researchers think exposure to sunlight plays a role in the disease. Read more ...

Volcano spews lethal acid brew
New Scientist
All the fish and birds were gone, the trees were defoliated and their mosses dead, and the local lakes and rivers were lined with yellow scum. This was the aftermath of a mysterious catastrophe in July 2005, as reported by a lodge-owner near the remote Chiginagak volcano in Alaska. Read more ...

Research team draws 150-meter ice core from McCall Glacier
A 150-meter ice core pulled from the McCall Glacier in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge this summer may offer researchers their first quantitative look at up to two centuries of climate change in the region. Read more ...

'Lunch Bites' offer a taste of everything
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
FAIRBANKS -- Since the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival launched its Lunch Bites series in 1981, it's become a tradition for people interested in sampling a musical buffet. Read more ...