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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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An international exhibit of artwork called “Beauty to the Core” will meet its inspiration in Antarctica this January. University of Alaska Fairbanks glaciologist Erin Pettit and her team of researchers created the exhibit to raise awareness of scientific studies at WAIS Divide, a research site of the National Science Foundation.

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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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Martin Harrild, a University of Alaska Fairbanks master’s degree student in geophysics, understands the importance of early-detection systems for remote volcanoes. He also knows that not everyone has a large budget to install state-of-the-art cameras and seismic equipment.

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