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UAF in the news: week of Aug. 3, 2009

Submitted by Marmian Grimes
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Students gain career experience, academic credit at summer research academy
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
FAIRBANKS--Tomorrow's doctors, scientists and world-class researchers might be the same eager young minds who spent the past two weeks under the direction of the Alaska Summer Research Academy. Read more ...

University of Alaska Fairbanks Tanana Valley Campus auto tech program earns certification
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
FAIRBANKS--The University of Alaska Fairbanks Tanana Valley Campus automotive technology program has earned national certification. Read more ...

Fairbanks 4-H exchange program blends cultures
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
FAIRBANKS--Yuka Inoue, 16, calmly held a newly-banded Hammond's Flycatcher in the palm of her hand for a few seconds Wednesday morning before it flew off into a birch grove near the Alaska Bird Observatory's bird banding station in Creamer's Refuge. Read more ...

UAF quartet joins Fort Wainwright soldiers in Iraq
Anchorage Daily News
Kortnie Westfall couldn't believe what she had just heard. Summoned to a meeting in April with the president of the University of Alaska, she thought she was in trouble for something in the campus paper, the Sun Star. She was the paper's editor and this was the first time Mark Hamilton had called her and the photo editor to his office. Read more ...

Alaska energy center director lives off the grid
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
FAIRBANKS--When Gwen Holdmann reached Fairbanks with three sled dogs in 1994, the graduate student had little else.
She called home a small cabin in the woods, but really, she said, it was an abandoned place off the utility grid. Read more ...

Permanent fund could be used for sustainability
Kodiak Daily Mirror
Rich Seifert spoke at Kodiak College Friday night with an idea that many Alaskans may consider radical: The state should use Alaska Permanent Fund money to "provide a marvelous opportunity to finance Alaska as a sustainable example for the world." Read more ...

Alaska public broadcasters consider consolidation
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
FAIRBANKS--Local public broadcasters are looking for public input as they consider consolidating with stations in Juneau and Anchorage. Read more ...

Home canning seafood: crab and geoducks
Capital City Weekly
Consumers are turning to canning for food storage. Retail sales for Ball food preserving products used for canning have increased 28 percent year-to-date since 2007 (www.freshpreserving.com). Read more ...

CES offers workshops on food product marketing
Capital City Weekly
The Cooperative Extension Service will offer advice and two workshops in Juneau on food product development and display to help individuals get ready for the upcoming second annual Juneau Farmer's Market and Local Foods Festival. Read more ...

Got a good name?
The Seward Phoenix Log
The Alaska Region Research Vessel, the 254-foot world-renowned ocean research vessel slated for completion in 2014, is missing something: A name. Read more ...

Wasps' buzz rebounds this summer across Interior Alaska
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
FAIRBANKS--Thank the warm, dry summer for the increase in the number of wasps bumbling about the gardens and neighborhoods of Fairbanks. Read more ...

Researchers to study rebirth of an island after volcanic eruption
When Alaska's Kasatochi Volcano erupted on Aug. 7, 2008, it virtually sterilized Kasatochi Island, covering the small Aleutian island with a layer of ash and other volcanic material several meters thick. The eruption also provided a rare research opportunity: the chance to see how an ecosystem develops from the very first species to colonize the island. Read more ...