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UAF in the news: week of July 14, 2008

Submitted by Marmian Grimes
Phone: 907-474-7902


Glacier history lesson
Anchorage Daily News
For the first time in decades, federal officials allowed drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge this summer. Read more ...

Ice samples from ANWR glacier give scientists look at Arctic climate change
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
Matt Nolan didn't come to the Alaska Ice Art Museum to see the ice sculptures. Read more ...

Scientists at Arctic research station take pulse of the warming Earth
Sacramento Bee
TOOLIK FIELD STATION, Alaska--Beyond the Arctic Circle, teams of scientists measure widening slumps as ice melts beneath the tundra. They scuff through tussocks blackened by unexpected fires, and search for fish in drought-depleted streams. Read more ...

Upward Bound students spend the summer learning about culture and careers
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
Only two days worth of food exists on store shelves across Alaska, Canada's border is closed off in an attempt to control a world-wide influenza outbreak, and there are no passenger flights out of the state. Read more ...

Alaska volcano erupts; island residents evacuated
ANCHORAGE, Alaska, July 12 (Reuters) - A volcano in Alaska's Aleutian chain erupted on Saturday, sending a cloud of ash 35,000 feet (10.7 kilometres) into the air and prompting the evacuation of the 10 people who live on the eastern side of the island, officials said. Read more ...

Scientists look at possible link between diabetes, latitude
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
FAIRBANKS--Diabetes seems to afflict more northerners than those living near the equator, making some researchers think exposure to sunlight plays a role in the disease. Read more ...

A Different Perfect
"A baby is programmed to be loved by a mother. One baby, one mother. That's why babies fail to thrive in institutions. You and your baby start a song, and only the two of you have that song," says U.S.-born Chaya Ben Baruch, 52, who lives with her family in the northern Israeli city of Tzfat (Safed). Read more ...

Council debates tree, weed issues
Peninsula Clarion
At the same time Soldotna officials were considering a law to prevent some natural vegetation from being clear cut, they were being urged to get rid of some other plants growing within city limits. Read more ...

Fairbanks borough, UAF eye free bus rides
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
FAIRBANKS--University students, professors, employees and teachers could start riding the bus for free this fall. Read more ...

The greatest story of man and permafrost
"ĻIn 1973, Elden Johnson was a young engineer working on one of the most ambitious and uncertain projects in the world-an 800-mile steel pipeline that carried warm oil over frozen ground. Thirty-five years later, Johnson looked back at what he called "the greatest story ever told of man's interaction with permafrost." Read more ...

Blow whistle on Canada thistle
Anchorage Daily News
Almost any ground disturbed by man is prime real estate for Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense) -- as long as temperatures hover between cool and downright bone-chilling. Read more ...

Energy center, borough study amount of Fairbanks greenhouse gas emissions
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
FAIRBANKS--The University of Alaska Fairbanks is crunching numbers to study how much greenhouse gas we emit. Read more ...

Garden Faire set for Georgeson Botanical Garden
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
FAIRBANKS - The Georgeson Botanical Garden Society is inviting the public to its second Garden Faire on Saturday, which the organization hopes becomes an annual showcase for the University of Alaska Fairbanks landmark. Read more ...