Eric Troyer hikes with Ned Rozell along the path of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Photo by Ned Rozell.
Ned Rozell

FRANKLIN BLUFFS — 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 Highway, it will be just Cora and me.

Sue Mitchell and Bob McCoy greet attendees at the front entrance.

The annual HAARP Open House had a great turnout with over 220 attendees showing up to tour the station and antenna array, listen to lectures and have some free barbeque. Thanks to everyone who attended. We had a great time showing off this wonderful facility. Thanks also to all the staff and students from UAF who helped out!

The open house took place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program facility in Gakona, Alaska — about 250 miles from Fairbanks along the Richardson Highway.

Humans of the GI — Jeremy Weaver

“It’s fun to get out and play sports, especially in this town where you get like four months to do everything if it’s a summer sport. … Me and my roommate play tennis and so we go out on nice days and … I go golfing with my dad on the weekends, so that’s something I look forward to.”

Jeremy Weaver at the GI’s annual barbeque. He is a business administration student who works the front desk for the Director’s Office and the Alaska Satellite Facility Office.

The UAF Power Plant staff has scheduled some preliminary work to resolve some of the issues caused by the sinking asphalt in parking lots 9E and 9S, behind WRRB, Elvey, and Akasofu.

This will require excavation along the trail line on the west side of the lot (see photo for details). Once excavation is complete, piping will be installed and covered, and work will commence on the endpoints (transformer and sectionalizer).

The work will start Aug. 23 and will take approximately one week to complete. During this time, the trail section will be inaccessible. Please exercise caution while in the area.

For questions, please contact Carl Olson at 474-5600.

Jeff Benowitz will be presenting "Investigating the lost volcanic arc: Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Alaska" in McCarthy, Alaska on Sunday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. at Porphyry Place.

He will discuss the rock dating techniques used and the age of the Wrangell Volcanic Arc, the tectonic setting, and where volcanic activity was centered with time within Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. He will also talk about the positive attributes of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, like glaciers, rivers, and bears add difficulties when investigating the landscape development history of the region. He will also provide some insights on the timing of fault motion on the Totschunda and Denali Faults, the two major strike-slip faults transecting the Wrangell Volcanic arc. He will also tell some tall tales of bears, giant trout, and the folks that call the Wrangells home.

The Wrangell Mountains Center is a private nonprofit institute whose mission is connecting people with wildlands through art, science, and education in the Wrangell Mountains.
www.wrangells.org ~ (907) 554-4464 ~ info@wrangells.org

Do you use explosive materials to conduct your research? Kathe Rich has arranged for an introductory explosives training session at Poker Flat, scheduled for September 21 and 22. Class capacity is 20 and is being offered first to GI researchers. If the class doesn't fill up, the invitation will be extended to other research units on campus.

The first day will be an overview covering such topics as safety, transport, handling, etc., and is general in nature. The second day will be specific to those that handle rocket motors and will be of very limited interest to most people that use explosives. Class capacity for the second day is limited to 5.

If you are interested in either day of the class, please contact Kathe Rich at 474-2103 or ksrich@alaska.edu to secure your spot.

After serving as GINA’s Director for many years, Tom Heinrichs has recently taken a position with NOAA/NESDIS just outside of Fairbanks at the Gilmore Creek command and data acquisition facility. While Tom’s advancement was bittersweet for us at GINA, it is comforting to know that he remains on the broad team of those working to bring near real-time satellite imagery to operational users in Alaska.

Effective this week, Lisa Wirth, a long-time GINA specialist with expertise in remote sensing, GIS, and data management, has taken the leadership role as Interim Director. Lisa’s tenure as Interim Director is expected to last six months, with a permanent replacement for Tom to be selected by the end of that time. Lisa can be reached by email at lmwirth@alaska.edu Please feel free to share this information freely.

GINA’s work with direct broadcast satellite data and its participation in the satellite proving ground will continue without interruption, and Carl Dierking and Eric Stevens will also remain in their positions as liaisons between GINA, the broader proving ground community, and the users of near real-time satellite imagery in forecast operations in Alaska. If you have any questions concerning this transition at GINA, please contact Lisa or Eric.

GI-ASG graduate student alumni Vinay K. Kayetha and his advisor Richard Collins received a JARS best paper award for interdisciplinary applications for their paper entitled “Optically thin midlevel ice clouds derived from Cloud Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations,” which was published in the Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, Vol. 10(4), 046007 (October 24, 2016), Congratulate them when you see them.

Grace Berg Schaible Memorial

Grace Berg Schaible was a strong supporter of the Geophysical Institute and the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

A memorial will be held on campus August 28th to honor her memory and her legacy from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program and the National Science Foundation (NSF) continue to invite applications for research grants. These grants are open to scholars in social and natural science fields as they relate to the Arctic and people living in Arctic regions. Applications are open to scholars of all levels, including early career researchers, however completion of a doctoral degree is required.

The selected visiting scholars will be expected to conduct Arctic-related research in Iceland. Projects must be well defined and must be completed within the grant period. Grant length may range from three to 12 months, with scholars expected to be in Iceland for the entire length of their proposed grant period. Grants should begin no earlier than August 2018 and must be completed by mid-August 2019.

In addition to being an academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation. To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars will be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary research or teaching activities‎.

All social sciences are eligible, including but not limited to anthropology, archaeology, economics, environmental humanities, geography, gender studies, governance, linguistics, political science, psychology, public/global health, science and technology studies, sociology, traditional knowledge and related subjects, or other appropriate fields.

Eligible natural science fields include glaciology, geology, sustainability science, and other applicable fields.

Scholars may engage in limited teaching activities if they would like, as long as the main focus is on the research project.

Extended application deadline: 12 September 2017

For the full call for applications, award requirements, and to apply, go to:
Fulbright-NSF Arctic Research Grant Webpage

For questions, contact program staff at:
Email: EuropeEurasia@iie.org
Phone: 202-686-6247

Late Registration Starts on the Monday 14th

Register soon before prices go up; reserve your spot at the only Alaska focused UAS conference!

Join us at the Wedgewood Resort in Fairbanks, Alaska

The Alaska UAS Interest Group Meeting is the premier event for unmanned aircraft systems in Alaska, the Arctic, and beyond. Join us to learn about cutting-edge research and technology, hear about the latest trends in the UAS industry, and enhance your UAS business.

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Or visit our website: UASAlaska.org

UAF Geophysical Institute Summer Tours

When: Wednesday, 1:00 pm, June--August

Where: Lobby of the Elvey Building, on West Ridge on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus

What: Free, guided walking tour of the UAF Geophysical Institute, a world-renowned research center for the study of earth sciences and space physics. Areas of research include the Earth's geospace environment; volcanology; snow, ice, and permafrost; remote sensing; tectonics; atmospheric sciences; and seismology. The GI is home to the Alaska Satellite Facility, the Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration, the Poker Flat Research Range, and other major research facilities.

Remember to put the Geological Society of America's annual meeting on your calendar of events.

Annual Meeting 2017
Abstract Deadline: Aug. 1
Early Registration Deadline: Aug. 18
Meeting Dates: Sept. 22-25 in Seattle, Washington

Annual Meeting 2018
Field Trip Submission Deadline: Dec. 1, 2017
Sessions and Short Courses Deadline: Feb. 1, 2018
Abstract Deadline: Aug. 14
Meeting Dates: Nov. 4-7, Indianapolis, Indiana

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.

Condo for sale

Condo for sale

Affordable, cozy and well-kept top floor condominium unit located in a desirable neighborhood in Fairbanks that would be perfect for faculty or a graduate school student! The unit faces south, with a full-length (covered!) deck that looks out onto the Hamilton Acres Park. It has a designated parking space, open floor plan, laundry facilities on-site, and an additional storage closet. The bedroom is a fantastic size, comfortably accommodating a king-size bed, with a walk in closet that easily holds all the Alaskan gear! In 2016 the building the unit is in had a new high-efficiency boiler installed as well as a new roof. Very convenient location for shopping, bus lines, and Ft. Wainwright access. Enjoy a winter of convenience staying warm and connected to high-speed internet! Excellent opportunity for a first time home buyer or investor or someone who travels frequently and would like to have a home base.

Here is the listing for the condo, including pictures.

Affordable, cozy and well-kept top floor condominium unit located in a desirable neighborhood in Fairbanks that would be perfect for faculty or a graduate school student! The unit faces south, with a full-length (covered!) deck that looks out onto the Hamilton Acres Park. It has a designated...
Looking for roommate

Looking for roommate

Looking for a roommate to share a fairly new 2 bedroom, 1 bath house. Less than 10 minutes drive from UAF and on bike trail if you prefer to bike. House has washer/dryer. dishwasher, Toyo stove and tanked water. Your share of rent is $625, which includes heat. Water and electricity not included, but typically cost $80/person/month. I keep to myself and am reasonably neat, but not excessively so. I do not currently have internet, but would not be opposed to splitting the bill if my new roommate wanted to get it.
Available September 1st. Will need to sign a rental agreement and get approval from the landlord before moving in.
If interested, contact Joanna at 907-347-7947.

Looking for a roommate to share a fairly new 2 bedroom, 1 bath house. Less than 10 minutes drive from UAF and on bike trail if you prefer to bike. House has washer/dryer. dishwasher, Toyo stove and tanked water. Your share of rent is $625, which includes heat. Water and electricity not included,...
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Science Event of the Week

Aug 16, 1989

In 1989, the U.S. space probe Voyager 2 fired its thrusters to bring it closer to Neptune's mysterious moon Triton. This later photograph (left) shows a false-color image of Triton, taken two days before closest approach. At 2,700 km diameter, Triton is Neptune's largest satellite. The smallest features resolvable in this image are about 47 km across. The image is a composite of three images taken through ultraviolet, green, and violet filters.