A 45-foot NASA sounding rocket set for launch in February, 2017 at Poker Flat Research Range north of Fairbanks. Workers there wrote on the nose cone of the aurora-research rocket a frequent quote from range founder Neil Davis: "'We're in a building situation.' T. Neil Davis, Feb. 1, 1932 - Dec. 10, 2016." NASA photo.
Ned Rozell

When they launch, the four rockets now pointed northward from Poker Flat Research Range will add to the 345 that have arced over northern Alaska during the past 48 years. Recently, Chuck Deehr remembered number one.

Deehr, 80, is a retired space physicist at the Geophysical Institute. He had just earned his doctorate in 1968 when he was among those enlisted to help with the first mission from a rocket-launching pad in Chatanika, a complex that mushroomed from the muskeg in a few months.

Deehr's job in spring 1969 was to live at the Air Force base in Fort Yukon for three weeks. From a small equipment trailer there on the Arctic Circle, he operated cameras and other equipment to record a sort of manmade auro-ra. The red cloud and streaks in the sky visible almost everywhere in Alaska were caused by a release of a chemical called barium from a 50-foot rocket.

Summer nights may be getting warmer in Alaska. Photo by Ned Rozell.
Ned Rozell

By the end of this century, Alaskans may be enjoying tropical evening breezes for about a week each year. That's an increase from the almost zero such nights we currently savor.

But it could happen, according to a graduate student who has tightened the grids of computer models to perhaps offer a more detailed glimpse of Alaska's future.

A tropical night is one with a low temperature of 68 degrees F or warmer. Right now, even the warmest places in Alaska hardly ever experience this. By the year 2100, the average number of tropical nights at some location in Alaska goes to 6.8. That's according to a computer climate model run by Rick Lader. He is a graduate student at the International Arctic Research Center in Fairbanks.

The Committee for the Status of Women will host two discussion sessions on gender bias in hiring, promotion and tenure. Come to either or both sessions!

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 1-2 p.m., Murie 103/105
Wednesday, March 1, 5-6 p.m., The Pub

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My name is Kandace Welch. My daughter goes to Chinook Montesorri Charter School. We are trying to set up a science fair for the first time. We need volunteer judges and I was told that many people from UAF may be able to volunteer for this type of thing. Our science fair is Friday, March 3. Judging would be in the morning from about 8:30 to 11 a.m. I would really appreciate any help you can give me. Thanks so much for your efforts to help us.

Kandace Welch

The UAF Society of Physics Students is hosting a free public lecture by the renowned physicist and science communicator Dr. Lawrence Krauss. He is the author of several best-selling books including “The Physics of Star Trek” and has over 290,000 Twitter followers. His newest book is set to be released at the end of March and is about how humanity has come to understand the universe with an emphasis on the people who got us there. This will be the topic of his Fairbanks lecture.

See the attached flier for more information.

Lecture details:
When: Thursday, March 2nd 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: West Valley High School Performing Arts Center
More Info: www.facebook.com/uafsps
www.cnsm.uaf.edu/krauss - this site will have more information soon.

Crawford Elementary Science Fair seeks judges

Crawford Elementary School is seeking science fair judges from the community who work in a science field in order to expose our students to real scientists and real adults who work in science fields.

The fair is on Thursday, March 2, from 8:30-10:30 a.m. We expect the judging to take about 2 hours at most.

This is an excellent opportunity to engage with young scientists!

If you would like to help please contact Shannon Trizzino, 907-372-3306 x31018, or shannon.trizzino@k12northstar.org.

Do you want to support future generations of scientists? Need a break from your research? Barnette Magnet School’s Science Fair for 2017 is coming up on March 7, 2017 and we are looking for members of our community and local experts to be judges. Judges will review projects from different categories and topics, assess projects and student presentations using a provided rubric and give feedback to students.

Contact Elizabeth Gustafson at elizabethgustafson9@gmail.com to sign up or get more information!

Science fair judges needed

The Homeschool Science Fair will take place Saturday, March 4, at 547 7th Ave., Fairbanks (First Presbyterian Church Hall). Judges are needed for the event. It is a great opportunity to encourage children's interest in science, as they gain first-hand experience in the process of scientific inquiry.

Science fair judging consists of viewing the students' posters, reports and lab notebooks, and interviewing the students to allow them to tell you what they did and what they learned. Judging will take place during the morning and early afternoon. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Your voluntary contribution of time and effort is indispensable to the success of this event, and it is a great opportunity for you to meet some bright and eager young scientists and encourage them in their pursuits.

The day will begin with an orientation and breakfast items at 10:30 a.m., followed by six 30-minute judging sessions starting every half hour from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Please let us know if you are available for the entire time period or would prefer volunteering for the morning (10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.) or afternoon (noon to 2:30 p.m.) session.

Judges will be registered on a first-come, first-served basis; if you are interested in participating, please respond promptly.

Contact Mike Donaldson, Science Fair Judge Coordinator, at judgecoord@sciencefairbanks.org, 479-6860 or visit http://www.sciencefairbanks.org

For all graduate students in STEM and related fields:

Applications are still open for ComSciCon 2017, the fifth annual Communicating Science workshop, to be held in Cambridge, Mass. June 8 – 10. Graduate students at U.S. institutions in all fields of science, technology, engineering, health, mathematics and related fields are encouraged to apply. The application period closes March 1.

Acceptance to the workshop is competitive; attendance is free, and travel support and lodging will be provided to accepted applicants.

Participants will build the communication skills that scientists and other technical professionals need to express complex ideas to the general public, experts in other fields and their peers. In additional to panel discussions (on topics such as media and journalism, science advocacy, and diversity in science communication), ample time is allotted for networking with science communication experts and developing science outreach collaborations with fellow graduate students.

Follow the link below to submit an application or learn more about our workshop programs and participants. You can also follow us on Twitter (@comscicon) and use #comscicon17. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at comscicon17@comscicon.org .


ComSciCon is sponsored by Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Colorado Boulder, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Astronomical Society, American Chemical Society, The Optical Society, IOP Publishing, and the American Institute of Physics.

The 2017 Interior Alaska Science Fair is coming up and I am recruiting judges for this community event. The District Science Fair represents a select group of projects from all local school science fairs in the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District.

Judges play an essential role. I am hoping you’ll participate and support these young potential scientists in our community. We need judges from all fields of science who understand the scientific method and who enjoy working with children ages 6-14 years.

Judging will be held at Pioneer Park Civic Center on Thursday, March 23, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., with morning and afternoon shifts available. As always, we provide food and beverages to keep our judges well-fueled.

Please let me know which shift, morning or afternoon (or both!) works for you. I will send more details as the date gets closer.

This is a great way to recall your own early days in science — these children are inspiring! Join me along with others in Fairbanks to encourage scientific discovery in our young people.

Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.

Contact Sarah W. Keller at 907swkeller@gmail.com or at 907-378-2699 for more information.

Tickets are now on sale for the fifth annual GI Staff, Faculty and Student Awards Banquet.

Date: Friday, Feb. 24
Time: 4-7 p.m.
Where: Ceremony in the Elvey Auditorium followed by a reception in the Mather Library.

There will be live music featuring GINA's Day Night Band, heavy hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, silent auction and door prizes.

Tickets are $15 for staff, faculty and guests ($20 after Feb. 17) and $10 for students ($15 after Feb. 17).

For more information visit http://gi.alaska.edu/awards-banquet, where you will find details about the event and awards, as well as this year's door prize sponsors.

Tickets are available online at http://gi.alaska.edu/tickets, or in the Public Relations office, 608 Elvey (ask for Lea or Elle).

Alaska NSF EPSCoR, Alaska INBRE and the Alaska BLaST program are sponsoring Visualize This!, a visualization competition open to researchers across the UA system.

Entries will be accepted in two categories:

Print - photos, illustrations, posters and graphics
Video - videos and interactive visualizations

First, second and third place in each category will receive $1,000, $500 and $250, respectively, and 10 entrants will receive $50 honorable mentions. Entries will be displayed at UAF Research Day on April 25 and at a First Friday event in Decision Theater North on May 5.

Visualizations must relate to a current University of Alaska research topic. Entries can come from individuals or teams, and must include participation by a UA scientist.

The deadline is March 31, 2017. Contest rules are at http://www.alaska.edu/files/epscor/pdfs/Visualize-This-rules.pdf and enter to register here.

The UAF Alaska Summer Research Academy will accept applications from Feb. 1 – April 15 for its 2017 middle and high school programs.

The academy will be held each day from July 10 – 21. Students accepted into the program will spend two weeks with a small group and two instructors exploring a topic in science, engineering, math or technology. The program is offered through the UAF College of Natural Science and Mathematics.

The middle school program is for students who will be in grades six to eight in fall 2017. The high school program is for students who will be in grades nine to 12 in fall 2017. Financial aid may be available for qualified students.

There are five middle school modules:

  • Getting to Know Your Birds at the Sky Islands of Interior Alaska
  • Investigating Patterns of Life
  • Mapping Permafrost Adventures
  • Meet the Mammals
  • The Air Up There — Investigating Air Pollution and Carbon Dioxide in the Atmosphere

There are eight high school modules:

  • Biomedicine
  • Disease Detectives
  • DIY Data Devices: Sensor Building for Environmental Science
  • Environmental Chemistry of the Arctic
  • Reconstructing Evolution: The Mathematics of DNA
  • Time Sleuths — Archaeology in Interior Alaska
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Web Development

The Time Sleuths module includes a six-day expedition.

For the application and more information, visit www.uaf.edu/asra.

CONTACTS: Christa Mulder, ASRA director, at 474-7703 or via email at cpmulder@alaska.edu. Lynnette Dunn, ASRA administrative assistant, at 474-7221 or via email at lddunn@alaska.edu

Science for Alaska Lecture Series

Free public lecture series, Tuesdays, 7 p.m. at the Raven Landing Center
1222 Cowles Street.

Jan. 31 - The almost forgotten earthquake of the Alaska Gold Rush
Carl Tape, UAF

Feb. 7 - How do we adapt to Alaska's changing environment?
Anupma Prakash, UAF

Feb. 14 - Volcanic gases: Message from a volcano's interior
Taryn Lopez, UAF

Feb. 21 - How changes in permafrost will affect our lives
Vladimir Romanovsky, UAF

Feb. 28 - Exploring the limits of the solar system: NASA's missions to Jupiter and Pluto
Peter Delamere, UAF

March 7 - Glaciers: The biggest losers
Andy Aschwanden, UAF

More information about each lecture can be found at http://www.gi.alaska.edu/media-and-public-relations/2017-lectures

Download the flyer here.


For undergraduate students (M.Sc. & Ph.D. students are also welcome)

Pre-registration deadline: Feb. 15
Registration deadline: March 3

The program offers 50 hours of teaching, all in English (classroom + lab + field activities), on volcano seismology, microgravimetry, ground deformation, fluid geochemistry, thermal imaging and additional volcano monitoring techniques.

Earn 2 ECTS credits from the University of La Laguna (ULL)

More information: www.involcan.org
Download the flyer here.

Geophysical Institute hooded sweatshirts and HAARP-themed t-shirts, as well as challenge coins, are for sale in our online store!

We also have Area 49 pint glasses for sale for $10 in the Public Relations office, 608 Elvey.

This is a fundraiser for our next open house at HAARP and the GI Awards Banquet.

Please make sure you use the correct GI and UAF logos on all your research posters. You can download the logos at these websites:

Official GI Logo

Official UAF Logos

For assistance with GI and UAF logos, contact Design Services at x7146.

Lobben felt boots for sale

Lobben felt boots for sale

A pair of Lobben felt boots, almost like new, for sale. The size is a little bit too small for a US size 13 foot, which is why they are almost like new even though I bought them years ago. I think they would fit a size 12 very comfortably. Make me an offer.

Contact Jeff Freymueller, jfreymueller@alaska.edu or 907-474-7286.

A pair of Lobben felt boots, almost like new, for sale. The size is a little bit too small for a US size 13 foot, which is why they are almost like new even though I bought them years ago. I think they would fit a size 12 very comfortably. Make me an offer. Contact Jeff Freymueller, jfreymueller@...
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Science Event of the Week

Feb 21, 1947

In 1947, Edwin H. Land first demonstrated his Polaroid Land camera, the first to use self-developing film, at a meeting of the Optical Society of America at the Hotel Pennsylvania, New York City. It produced a black and white photograph in 60 seconds, using developer and fixer chemicals sandwiched in pods with the photographic paper and film. After exposure, developing was initiated by turning a knob that squeezed open the pod of chemicals.