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UAF in the news: week of Feb. 16, 2009

Submitted by Marmian Grimes
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Bubbles of warming, beneath the ice
LA Times
Four miles south of the Arctic Circle, the morning sky is streaked with apricot. Frozen rivers split the tundra of the Seward Peninsula, coiling into vast lakes. And on a silent, wind-whipped pond, a lone figure, sweating and panting, shovels snow off the ice. Read more ...

Study: 'Astonishing richness' in polar sea species
Associated Press and hundreds of publications worldwide
BANGKOK, Thailand (AP)--The polar oceans are not biological deserts after all. A marine census released Monday documented 7,500 species in the Antarctic and 5,500 in the Arctic, including several hundred that researchers believe could be new to science. Read more ...

Researchers study hibernating bears for clues to osteoporosis
Anchorage Daily News
Bears have the right idea. Don't fight the cold; just shut 'er down for six months and emerge when it's warmer. Why didn't we think of that? Read more ...

Someone is watching
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
The rumblings from Mount Redoubt during the past few months should remind Alaskans of the utility offered by one of those enterprises for which former Sen. Ted Stevens provided much-maligned earmarks across the years: the Alaska Volcano Observatory. Read more ...

Grace Berg Schaible honored with UAF excellence award
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
FAIRBANKS--The University of Alaska bestowed an alumna and longtime supporter of the school with a rarely given honor earlier this month. Read more ...

Research links climate and tourism
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
FAIRBANKS--The study of and theories about climate seem to pique the interest of just about everyone from scientists and politicians to documentary-watchers and industrialists. Read more ...

UAF professor gets National Geographic honor
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
FAIRBANKS--Katey Walter, a professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, has been named one of National Geographic's Emerging Explorers for 2009. She is one of a group of 10 this year honored with this award. Read more ...

Big Oil meets small fishing town
Alaska Dispatch
Imagine a village on the ocean, well north of the Arctic Circle. For years, townspeople have scraped out a living by fishing for cod and herding reindeer. Read more ...

AMHS launches system's analysis, public website
(JUNEAU, Alaska) - The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) today announced that it has begun a system's analysis and is making the project publically available online. The draft Phase I report, released today, is the first of three phases. Read more ...

Four rockets launched from Poker Flat Research Range
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
FAIRBANKS, Alaska--Four NASA rockets were launched from Poker Flat Research Range early Wednesday morning. Read more ...

Princess Tours gives $100,000 to UAF Marine program
Seward Phoenix Log
Princess Cruises and Tours has donated $100,000 to the University of Alaska Fairbanks for the support of the Marine Advisory Program. Read more ...