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Last month, villagers in Savoonga landed a bowhead whale. Before 2017, in every January people can remember, sea ice surrounded St. Lawrence Island, locking it in for the winter. Boat-launching and whale-taking were not possible.

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A University of Alaska Fairbanks assistant professor will study tiny animals and particles across the world’s oceans after receiving an award from the National Science Foundation. Andrew McDonnell, with the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, will also educate Alaskans about ocean sciences and what it means to be an oceanographer.

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The University of Alaska Fairbanks Society of Physics Students has made a habit of exceeding expectations. So when club leaders asked famed physicist Lawrence Krauss to make a low-budget trip to speak in Fairbanks, perhaps it shouldn’t have been a surprise that he quickly snatched up the offer.

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The University of Alaska Museum of the North has planned a new series of presentations for the spring semester. The Museum Discovery Series features a different curator each month unveiling new discoveries based on research in the museum’s collections. The presentations will be held in the Museum Auditorium on Thursdays at 12 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

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The University of Alaska Fairbanks has announced the students named to the deans’ and chancellor’s lists for the fall 2016 semester. The lists recognize students’ outstanding academic achievements.

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Director hired for Matanuska Experiment Farm

Susanna Pearlstein has been hired as the new director for the Matanuska Experiment Farm and Extension center near Palmer. Pearlstein, a postdoctoral researcher based at the Environmental Protection Agency in Corvallis, Oregon, will start her new job April 3.

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