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UAF in the news: week of Dec. 15, 2008

Submitted by Marmian Grimes
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12/19/08

More than 2T tons of ice melted in Arctic since '03
Associated Press and more than 150 outlets worldwide
WASHINGTON (AP)--More than 2 trillion tons of land ice in Greenland, Antarctica and Alaska have melted since 2003, according to new NASA satellite data that show the latest signs of what scientists say is global warming. Read more ...

Global warming threatens arctic feedback loops
Greentech Media
It's been known for some time that global warming is thinning Arctic sea ice, threatening to increase temperatures across the polar region and melt the on-shore permafrost that serves as a huge frozen store of greenhouse gases. Read more ...

The year of the Alaska volcano: Eruptions keep observatory busy
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
FAIRBANKS--Scientists from Alaska Volcano Observatory and the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks will share details of their research on North Pacific volcanoes, highlighting some of the recent volcanic eruptions in Alaska, at a variety of presentations at the American Geophysical Union's fall meeting in San Francisco this week. Read more ...

Emma Marks Memorial scholarship established, first recipient selected
Capitol City Weekly
A scholarship fund was recently established in the name Emma Marks, the head of one of the last fluent-speaking families of the Tlingit language. Read more ...

Was Rudolph male or female?
Houston Chronicle
LUBBOCK, Texas--There may be a perfectly good reason why Santa doesn't get lost on his annual Christmas globetrot: His fictional flying reindeer just might be females who don't mind stopping for directions. Read more ...

UAF students first to receive Mellon fellowships
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
FAIRBANKS--Theresa John and Jordan Lewis received more than money when they were named the first recipients of the Mellon Dissertation Fellowship ´┐Ż" they also received preparation and opportunity. Read more ...

How cold is cold to a musk ox? Find out at LARS open house
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
FAIRBANKS--It will be "science in action"Ł when the Institute of Arctic Biology Large Animal Research Station (LARS) holds its second annual winter open house Sunday. Read more ...

Storm exposes unknown glacier on Alaska coast
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
"ĘSAN FRANCISCO--Last August, a group of scientists flew to Kaktovik, Alaska, hoping to catch a flight from the small village to study permafrost features off the Jago River. But foggy weather pinned them in the village, and their change in plans led them to a glacier that no one knew about. Read more ...

Award is music to teacher's ear
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
FAIRBANKS--For the past 27 years Nancy Dreydoppel's laugh and guitar skills could be heard in various elementary schools in the district. Read more ...

The bigger the animal, the higher its risks, biologist says
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
Being a large mammal other than a human carries great risk, according to Terrie Williams, who has studied, among other creatures, African lions, mountain lions, and Steller sea lions. Read more ...