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UAF in the news: week of March 2, 2009

Submitted by Marmian Grimes
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University of Alaska Fairbanks dedicates new supercomputer
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
FAIRBANKS--Researchers Thursday dedicated a powerful new supercomputer at the University of Alaska Fairbanks-based computing center. Read more ...

Cray supercomputer adds big numbers for UAF research programs
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
In reading about the new Cray XT5 supercomputer at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, dubbed Pingo, I learned that it can perform. Read more ...

Opinion: DOT, UAF partner to offer engineers management skills
Alaska Journal of Commerce
Eight years ago Jake Allen was fresh out of college and confident in the technical knowledge he gained while earning his bachelor's degree in civil engineering. Read more ...

Straley poem celebrates the erotic joy of real books
Anchorage Daily News
I've become even more of a pest to friends recently by wagging a copy of John Straley's poetry collection "The Rising and the Rain" (University of Alaska Press, 2008) in front of them and reciting selections that have caught my fancy. One poem, "the erotic life of books," luxuriates in the sensations of perusing real books in a library .Read more ...

Researcher: predation by cod may be slowing king crab recovery
Kodiak Daily Mirror
The 1960s and 1970s was a time of plenty in Kodiak, the heyday of the king crab fishery, and Kodiak had a boomtown bustle. Read more ...

Alaska state senator appointed to key Interior post
Alaska Journal of Commerce
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar praised the White House appointment of Kim Steven Elton as the Director of Alaska Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior. Elton has served as a member of the Alaska State Senate representing his hometown of Juneau since 1998, a position he will resign to take the Interior job. Read more ...

Fairbanks graduate students receive grants
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
FAIRBANKS--A trio of Fairbanks graduate students have been awarded grants to study birds found in Alaska or its coastal waters. Read more ...

Hoosiers test soybean fuel in Alaska
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
Indiana scientists and farmers, along with UAF researchers, are planning to drive from Anchorage to Fairbanks Thursday, testing a new diesel fuel made from soybean oil. Read more ...

Arctic land is greening, says scientist
Earth & Sky
You might picture the Arctic as endlessly white. But Skip Walker, a geobotanist at the University of Alaska, told us that satellite data shows the Arctic is 'greening.' Read more ...

UAF researchers use radio collars to track snowshoe hares
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
FAIRBANKS--Unfolding a metal antenna and plugging it into a small receiver draped around his neck, Knut Kielland climbed on top of the seat of his Ski-Doo Tundra on a snowmachine trail in the Rosie Creek Flats south of Fairbanks on Monday. Read more ...

Fairbanks North Star Borough chief of staff resigns for UAF position
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
FAIRBANKS--Fairbanks North Star Borough chief of staff Bob Shefchik is leaving local government to work for the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Shefchik's position at the university will be executive officer. Read more ...

UA Museum program tells story of Arctic dinosaurs
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
FAIRBANKS--Some 70 million years ago Alaska was a temperate zone, with trees stretching all the way to the northern coast. How do we know? The proof is in the bones, some of which will be on display during Arctic Dinosaurs, a presentation of the University of Alaska Museum of the North Tuesday. Read more ...