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UAF in the news: week of March 3, 2008

Submitted by Marmian Grimes
Phone: 907-474-7902

03/07/08

Distant Native languages bridge Bering Sea
Anchorage Daily News
A remote population of a few hundred indigenous Siberians who live thousands of miles west of Alaska speak a language that appears to be an ancient relative of more than three dozen Native languages in North America, experts say. Read more ...

For speedskater, being gay a non-issue
Outsports
I came out during graduate school at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, graduated two years later, worked the perfect job then decided to pursue my dream of becoming a long track speedskater. Read more ...

Overcoming the odds: UAF honors first-generation, disabled, low-income students for accomplishments
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
The celebration of National TRiO Day at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is a ceremony designed to honor students who are disabled, first-generation university students or are low-income. Read more ...

Beyerle takes aim at Olympics
Lebanon Daily News
Jamie Beyerle has had Olympic dreams for some time now.
Starting today, the chance to realize them will be at hand. Read more ...

Your 'Shorts' look funny: UAF students produce show
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
The University of Alaska Fairbanks' Student Drama Association is taking a long look at relationships and comedy with its Winter Shorts program. Read more ...

Culture, music come together at Festival of Native Arts
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
Ask Raymond Paneak, 67, of Anaktuvuk Pass, when he started dancing, and he quickly replies, "All my life." Read more ...

Haagenson appointed state's new energy czar
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
JUNEAU--Gov. Sarah Palin on Wednesday appointed Steve Haagenson of Fairbanks to serve as statewide energy coordinator. Read more ...

Pioneers of Alaska crown 2008 king and queen
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
With plucky pioneer grit and the mercury hovering around zero degrees, the Pioneers of Alaska held an outdoor coronation at the Ice Park Sunday afternoon. Read more ...

Potatoes take center stage at garden presentation
Peninsula Clarion
Four members of the Central Peninsula Gardening Club will spend today's meeting behind pots of boiling water. When the meeting is over, gardeners will evaluate approximately 100 pounds of potatoes, noting taste, texture and appearance. Read more ...

UAF professor receives 2008 Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence
The Northern Light
Judith Kleinfeld, psychology professor, director of the national Boys Project and co-director of the Northern Studies program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, is this year's recipient of the University of Alaska Foundation's prestigious Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence. Read more ...

Monster Jurassic marine reptile discovered
Science Centric
University of Alaska Museum of the North earth sciences curator Patrick Druckenmiller spent several weeks last summer working with a Norwegian research team to excavate a large pliosaur specimen in the remote Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. Read more ...