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UAF in the news: week of July 27, 2009

Submitted by Marmian Grimes
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U. of Alaska journalism students to embed with combat team in Iraq
Chronicle of Higher Education
The journalism department at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks will soon have more reporters in Iraq than many major American newspapers. Read more ...

Leader chosen for sea grant program
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
FAIRBANKS--David Christie has been appointed as the new director of the Alaska Sea Grant College Program, a marine research, education and advisory program based at the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. Read more ...

Thaw point
The Economist
The Arctic tundra is one of the world's most extensive ecosystems, and the frozen soil known as permafrost, which underlies it, can be hundreds of metres deep. But as the world warms up in response to the millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases being poured into the atmosphere each year, so does the permafrost. Read more ...

Alaska seabird can make its own bug repellent
Anchorage Daily News
An Alaska seabird has a citrus smell that may repel mosquitoes and ticks as effectively as store-bought repellents, an Alaska scientist has found. Read more ...

UAF Nanook Hall of Fame names second class
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
FAIRBANKS--Two-thirds of the 2009 class for the Nanook Hall of Fame is intertwined. All six are being enshrined. Read more ...

How we said goodbye to Sarah
Alaska Dispatch
At 1 p.m. at the governor's picnic at Pioneer Park in Fairbanks, about 40 people stood in line to get a hotdog and a bag of potato chips from then-Lt. Governor Sean Parnell. Read more ...

'49 At Last!' is a compelling tale of how Alaska became a state
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
FAIRBANKS--Unless you've been living in a permafrost tunnel somewhere near Fox, you already know that 2009 marks the 50th anniversary of Alaska's statehood. Read more ...

North to Alaska and an adventure of a lifetime
Kennebec Journal
The adventure starts today. My wife and I will get in the car and start driving to Alaska. We'll stop for a week to visit family and friends in Milwaukee, then head northwest to Fairbanks. We expect to arrive on Aug. 16. Read more ...

Blueberry season has arrived in Fairbanks
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
FAIRBANKS -- It's that time of year. You begin to notice your friends have blue hands. You see cars sitting along the side of the road in the middle of nowhere. It's blueberry season, and it is time to take advantage of these good-for-you, great-tasting wild berries. Read more ...

Museum of the North insect curator is a huge beetles fan
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
FAIRBANKS--Derek Sikes, Curator of Insects for the UA Museum of the North, loves beetles.
His love for the creepy crawly six-legged creatures has taken him around the world, from deep into the rain forests of Costa Rica to the golden shores of the West Indies, and down under to Australia. Read more ...

Obama honors NOAA fisheries scientist  
Capital City Weekly
JUNEAU--President Obama has honored NOAA's Dana Hanselman, an Alaskan fisheries scientist, with a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.The award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on outstanding scientists and engineers in the early stages of their careers. Read more ...