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UAF in the news: week of July 20, 2009

Submitted by Marmian Grimes
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New Zealand curator to head University of Alaska Museum of the North
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
FAIRBANKS--A New Zealand museum director has been named to oversee the University of Alaska Museum of the North.
Carol Diebel will begin her new duties at the museum in early October, according to University of Alaska Fairbanks Provost Susan Henrichs in a news release. Read more ...

Scientists at Toolik Field Station investigate a warming Arctic
TOOLIK FIELD STATION, ALASKA--Once it seemed the Alaskan tundra would never burn. But in 2007, a fire ignited by lightning and fed by dried-out tundra grass raged for two months, claiming an area the size of Cape Cod. Read more ...

First Amendment protects even 'scandalous, malicious' papers
Kennebec Journal/Morning Sentinel
By all accounts, Jay Near was a nasty guy -- anti-Catholic, anti-Semitic, anti-black, anti-labor and personally unpleasant. Not the sort of fellow you'd invite to dinner. Read more ...

Alaska men's running team earns GNAC academic honors
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
The Alaska Nanooks had the highest grade point average among the nine Great Northwest Athletic Conference schools competing in men's cross-country running during the 2008 season. Read more ...

Fairbanks pair tackles Alaska Mountain Wilderness Classic race for first time
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
Filling out the rookie application for the Alaska Mountain Wilderness Classic definitely made Forrest Karr and Steve Taylor realize what they were getting themselves into. Read more ...

Are Alaska's glaciers growing?
Alaska Report
Recently, several people have contacted an editor at the daily newspaper in Fairbanks about Alaska glaciers. The editor reports that a few people claim that almost all of Alaska's glaciers are getting bigger. Read more ...

Researchers drop 'drifters' into Prince William Sound
Alaska Journal of Commerce
Fishermen beware: Two strange-looking fish are swimming around in parts of Prince William Sound. They are man-made fish, actually. Scientists with the Cordova-based Prince William Sound Science Center, along with researchers from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., and California Polytechnic State University are working with two controlled underwater vehicles as part of a two-week project to gather field data on conditions in the Sound. Read more ...