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UAF in the news: week of Sept. 7, 2009

Submitted by Marmian Grimes
Phone: 907-474-7902


Read about UAF faculty and staff members, institutes, students and alumni in media reports throughout the state, nation and world in this week's edition of "UAF in the news."

Permafrost rap: Music and climate change for village kids
Alaska Dispatch
Professor Kenji Yoshikawa travelled 3,500 miles by snowmachine. He traveled to Shaktoolik (poplation 223), Koyuk (population 299), Holy Cross (population 204), and a hundred other villages scattered across Alaska. Make no mistake about it: 3,500 miles on a snowmachine is no picnic. Read more ...

Unique problems of boys unrecognized, untreated: Study
OTTAWA--Boys and girls both have their issues, but boys are the ones getting no support, a new study suggests. Read more ...

Weak economy helps fill Alaska college classrooms
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
FAIRBANKS--All it took was a wet summer for Chris Nield to decide he needed a new career. Read more ...

Glory Hole plans downtown garden
Juneau Empire
The Glory Hole is preparing for growth next spring - edible growth, that is. The downtown homeless shelter and soup kitchen is planning to create a terraced community garden behind its building on South Franklin Street along with the first public rooftop garden in Juneau. Read more ...

Virus infects arboretum's Tlingit potato crop
Juneau Empire
They're OK to eat, but a large crop of heirloom Tlingit potatoes grown this year in Juneau will not be distributed for seed because the tubers have a virus. Read more ...

Global warming threatens Alaska's waters with acidification
Erosion threatens to topple coastal Alaska villages. Melting ice threatens polar bears. Now, a marine scientist says the state's marine waters are turning acidic from absorbing greenhouse gases faster than tropical waters, potentially endangering Alaska's $4.6 billion fishing industry. Read more ...

Drilling for permafrost on Mount Kilimanjaro
Alaska Dispatch
The words permafrost and equator don't seem to go together, but ground that has remained frozen for at least two summers survives in high, cold refuges scattered near the globe's midsection. A team of Alaskans is headed to Africa to try and find it. Read more ...

Scientists seek new emphases in Arctic climate change research
E!Science News
Much of circumpolar Arctic research focuses on the physical, direct changes resulting from climate warming such as sea ice retreat and temperature increases. Read more ...

HUD awards $1.5 million to UAF campuses
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $1.5 million to the Kuskokwim and Bristol Bay campuses of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Read more ...