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On any given week, Leif Albertson might present programs on canning fish, improving indoor air quality or eradicating bed bugs. It’s all part of his job as the sole Cooperative Extension Service agent in Bethel. He is a health, home and family development agent, but he responds to diverse community requests and needs for educational programming in Southwest Alaska.

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I said goodbye to my final hiking partner today outside a van on the side of a gravel highway. For the remaining 40 miles in my summer hike along the path of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, it will be just Cora and me.

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The Alaska Earthquake Center will once again offer an online course in fall 2017 to help educators teach about earthquake science. The 15-week, two-credit professional development course will provide teachers with the knowledge, tools and resources to teach earthquake topics to a wide range of students, from K-12 and beyond.

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When planning began more than a decade ago for a new access road to the University of Alaska Fairbanks, it was clear that the high-profile job had a decent chance of turning into a fiasco. Their experiment in road design has turned into a lasting success story, with some of its elements borrowed in projects throughout the Interior.

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There was a lot of silence as the two friends floated 110 miles south on a remote river in northeastern Alaska in July. But the silence wasn’t between them — it was all around them. “It was phenomenal,” Stan Havlick said of his trip with Mike Fallon on the Sheenjek River. The two floated the river to honor a 1956 expedition that involved some well-known UAF alumni and faculty who were advocating for what became the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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August, here so soon. And we just passed trans-Alaska oil pipeline milepost 100, which means that distance remains on our summer hike from Valdez to Prudhoe Bay. My dog Cora and I started walking on April 30, which means we’re in our fifth month of sleeping outside.

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NASA lidar on Elvey Building provides cloud data

A rapidly blinking green light beam has been flickering skyward through a foot-square quartz window in the north corner of the roof of the Geophysical Institute’s building since October 2016. It’s on all the time, quietly collecting data. The device is giving scientists around the world useful, detailed information about the height, structure and content of clouds and aerosol layers over Fairbanks.

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A UAF graduate student has received a prestigious fellowship in Washington, D.C., starting next year. Maggie Chan is studying for her Ph.D. at UAF in the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. She is expected to graduate in December. Two months later, Chan will begin a Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, sponsored by Alaska Sea Grant.

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A University of Alaska Fairbanks program that brings rural high school students on geological field trips across the state and nation is looking for students from Interior Alaska. GeoFORCE Alaska received a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to expand its recruiting from the North Slope and Northwest Arctic boroughs to include rural schools in Interior Alaska, primarily those off the road system.

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