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UAF in the news: week of June 9, 2008

Submitted by Marmian Grimes
Phone: 907-474-7902

06/13/08

More evidence points to Greenland tipping point
The Daily Green
Another study adds weight to the conclusion that Greenland's ice sheet is melting faster than predicted by the United Nations, and that sea level could rise faster than predicted around the world. Read more ...

Plans on track for marine research vessel
Alaska Journal of Commerce
Officials with the University of Alaska School of Fisheries said May 30 that they are proceeding on schedule with incorporating design changes for a $123 million ice breaking research vessel for studies in Alaska. Read more ...

Space consortium, radio club launch balloon research program
Associated Press
Hey kids! Need a nifty science fair project? Neal Brown wants to lift your ideas to new heights. Read more ...

Text treasure hunters hope to save books from extinction
Edmonton Sun
What's a great adventure if it's lost in time? In a digital age, there wouldn't seem to be much room for a book penned in 1870 by a Montreal throat doctor, called "It's Raining Cats and Dogs. No, Really--It's Raining Cats and Dogs!" Read more ...

Taking science to new heights
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
Doing research at the University of Alaska Fairbanks can cost about $120. Read more ...

Graduation, Kotzebue, 2008
Inside Higher Education
Faculty, community members, students and families arrived by snow machine, plane, or dog sled, or walked across frozen seas from surrounding villages. This is graduation in the Arctic at Chukchi campus, the northernmost branch in the University of Alaska System. Today, at commencement, it is a sunny and crisp 33 degrees. Younger residents don T-shirts and shorts. Read more ...

One result: Trees weakened by insects and fires
KTUU
BONANZA CREEK EXPERIMENTAL FOREST, Alaska -- The answer to what's in store for Alaska's trees could be somewhere amid the flora of a two-acre experimental forest. Read more ...

Renewable heat
Capital City Weekly
Spring 2008 at the Cold Climate Housing Research Center (CCHRC) marks a new era in northern building energy use: for the first time, a research-based solar hot water system is making hot water from the sun despite frigid March temperatures in the Interior. Read more ...

Alaska taking shape near Yakutat
Alaska Report
The forces shaping Alaska never sleep, especially near Yakutat. Read more ...

Use a little ingenuity to keep maggots off your roots
Anchorage Daily News
Q. For the last two years my garden looked great until the root maggots took over and everything died. How can I get rid of these pests forever? Read more ...

Nanooks reach new highs for academic achievement
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
Student athletes at the University of Alaska Fairbanks achieved the highest cumulative grade point average ever by the athletic department during the 2007-08 academic year, according to a press release issued Wednesday. Read more ...

Number of twins gives biologists best clue as to how moose in Alaska are doing
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
The Togiak National Wildlife Refuge is heaven if you're a cow moose. In an average year, it's estimated that about seven out of every 10 cow moose that give birth on the 4.7 million-acre refuge in Southwest Alaska have twin calves. In most parts of Alaska, the twinning rate is 20 to 30 percent. Read more ...