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UAF in the news: week of April 21, 2008

Submitted by Marmian Grimes
Phone: 907-474-7902

04/25/08

Rogers named UAF's interim chancellor
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
Longtime Fairbanks resident and businessman Brian Rogers was named interim chancellor of the University of Alaska Fairbanks today, according to a news release from the university. Read more ...

University of Alaska Museum of the North's mammal collection is still growing
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
Jars of Cambodian bats, the tusk of a narwhal and the pelt of an Amur tiger are just three of the multitude of mammal specimens at the University of Alaska Museum of the North. Read more ...

Ethnobotany studies to blossom at Nunivak
The Tundra Drums
A new summer college offering in ethnobotany begins this summer in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Read more ...

Bad desert air and a glacier that licks a river
Alaska Report
Cathy Cahill got a package in the mail last week from a desert on the other side of the world. She didn't know what was inside, but she hoped it was air samples from Baghdad. When she opened the package, she didn't believe her eyes. "I've never seen that much dust (on a slide used for air sampling)," she said. 'There's so much that it's flaking off. Read more ...

A large order of fry
Juneau Empire
In a small, cold room next to Auke Creek, two women are two-thirds of the way through clipping the fins of 50,000 inch-long pink salmon fry. These humpies in the current batch aren't wriggling; they've been bathed in an anesthetic. After their surgeries, they'll be released into the wild next week to swim free. Read more ...

Jeff Adams helps notch win in war on greenhouse gases
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
Jeff Adams may have logged more miles by bicycle last summer than he had during the past five summers combined. Read more ...

Global warming hot topic at Polar Palooza
Daily Utah Chronicle
In 1975, George Divoky traveled to Cooper Island in the Arctic to start a study that would focus on seabirds. Read more ...

UA Regents expand program options for students
SITNews
"šKetchikan, Alaska - University of Alaska students have seven new programs to choose from, following a meeting of the Board of Regents Thursday and Friday in Ketchikan. Read more ...

Preconceptions exacerbate problems for the homeless
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
In the United States, homeless people have long been the target of negative attitudes and even disdain and contempt from social critics. Read more ...

UAF hosting event focused on women's pay
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
When it comes to equal pay, Alaska women have it better than their Lower 48 counterparts, but just barely. On average, Alaska women make 83 percent of what Alaska men make, compared to the national percentage of 78 percent, according to the University of Alaska Fairbanks Women's Center. Read more ...

Phillips named new Doyon president, CEO
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
The Interior Alaska Native corporation Doyon announced late Monday that it has hired Norm Phillips as president and CEO. Read more ...

Grant to fund rural obesity program
KTUU
Alaska (AP) - A $1 million federal grant is being used by the University of Alaska's Interior Aleutians campus to address obesity in rural Alaska. Read more ...

Scientists study Arctic haze for clues to rapid melting
Associated Press
Visitors to Alaska often marvel at the crisp, clear air. But the truth is, the skies above the Arctic Circle work like a giant lint trap during late winter and early spring, catching all sorts of pollutants swirling around the globe. Read more ...

Twenty years of the Alaska Volcano Observatory
Alaska Report
Twenty summers ago, earthquakes rocked the town of King Cove on the Alaska Peninsula. Some people were so worried that the nearby volcano, Mt. Dutton, was going to erupt that they caught flights out of town. Others called in the cavalry members of the fledgling Alaska Volcano Observatory. Read more ...

Placer mining workshop to be held
Fort Mill Times
FAIRBANKS, Alaska--A man who started his own mining company will be giving a workshop this weekend in Fairbanks on placer mining. Read more ...

Scientists ready to dig into polar air research
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
The aircraft and scientists have left Fairbanks but the polar atmosphere research continues. For the majority of April, more than 250 scientists from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Department of Energy joined in Fairbanks to gather research on air pollution in the Arctic. Read more ...