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UAF in the news: week of Nov. 30, 2009

Submitted by Marmian Grimes
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Kenneth Toovak helped scientists explore Arctic
Tacoma News
Today, my mind goes back 23 years to a Thanksgiving dinner that I shared with Kenneth Toovak, who died last week at the age of 86. Actually, I shared the dinner with a few hundred people, but when I stepped out of the deeply sub-zero air into the Utqiagvik Presbyterian Church of Barrow, it was Toovak who called me over and invited me to sit with him. Read more ...

Baghdad air not good; Arctic Ocean cooling in places
Capital City Weekly
Soldiers in Iraq are breathing bad air, according to an Alaska researcher who for almost two years has monitored air quality in two camps in Baghdad. Read more ...

Time to bask in the warmth of holiday music
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
FAIRBANKS - If there's ever a time to rejoice and bask in the beautiful sounds of holiday music, it's this Sunday when the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra will join the Choir of the North, the University Chorus and the Northland Youth Choir for the annual Design Alaska Holiday Concert for an evening of both sacred and secular holiday music from a variety of local musicians. Read more ...

Former resident receives award for soil science
Former Hillsdale resident David D'Amore has been named the National Field Soil Scientist of the year by the U.S. Forest Service. D'Amore, is a research soil scientist at the Pacific Northwest Research Station in Juneau, Alaska. Read more ...

Gay-rights group asks University of Alaska to update policy
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
FAIRBANKS--For the second time this year, a local student group is asking the University of Alaska to add sexual orientation to its non-discrimination policies. Read more ...

Quiet time on the sun stalls viewing of the aurora
Anchorage Daily News
It's a slow season for aurora watchers, due to an extra-long quiet period on the great aurora generator -- and all-around giver of life -- the sun. Read more ...

Just 100 years apart, the stark images which point to a vanishing world
Daily Mail
These revealing photographs show giant glaciers are melting away as the world slowly warms up. Pictured over the last 106 years, the huge lumps of ice have been slowly melting and creeping back into the mountains. Read more ...