The entrance and antennas of the upper-atmosphere research station near Gakona owned by the University of Alaska. UAF photos by Todd Paris.
Ned Rozell

People travel north from all over for a chance to see the aurora. Soon, Chris Fallen will make his own.

Sometime around the darkness of the September 19 new moon, the space physicist will travel to an antenna field off the Copper River. There, he will pulse transmitters on and off to create radio-induced aurora, also known as airglow. The UAF researcher will use the HAARP facility to attempt to do from below what the sun does from above to create a display of aurora.

“Energetic electrons ionize and excite gases in the upper atmosphere,” he said. “They release photons when they de-excite again. Here, we’re doing the process from below with HF radio waves.”

From left, Greg Shipman and Dale Pomraning of UAF’s Geophysical Institute cut a 20,000-year old mammoth tusk with a band saw. Photo by Pam Groves.
Ned Rozell

In his job as a university machinist, Dale Pomraning has built and fixed earthquake detectors and aurora rockets. But recently he worked on his first object that was once part of a living creature. He and others sliced a six-foot, 100-pound wooly mammoth tusk lengthwise, sort of like a salmon filet.

Seven people spent six hours wrestling the tusk into place for the precision cut.

“We’ve got a great big corkscrew we’re trying to run though the bandsaw,” Pomraning said. “It was an extremely awkward job.”

Three scientists enlisted Pomraning and his supervisor Greg Shipman of UAF’s Geophysical Institute machine shop for the job. Dan Mann, Pam Groves and Mat Wooller wanted the tusk split down the middle in order to tell, among other things, how far this northern mammoth roamed.

Want to hear more? Attend next week’s Program Overview Session!
When: Thursday, September 21, from 2-3pm
Where: UAF, Duckering 342

To participate remotely, simply use THIS link to join at the presentation start (pre-registration is NOT required).
Call-in details will be provided upon joining!

EARN A REBATE ON YOUR FY19 HEATH CARE CONTRIBUTIONS
Employees and spouses/FIPs* (Financially Interdependent Partners) enrolled in the UA Choice health plan are eligible to earn a rebate of up to $600 on their FY19 health care contribution. Just complete the steps below between May 1, 2017, and April 30, 2018!

CHECK YOUR STATUS
Go to www.alaska.edu/benefits/wellness. Once logged-in, go to Healthyroads > Incentives tab to review your Plan Summary and see where you fall.

GET STARTED TODAY!
Employees: Go to www.alaska.edu/benefits/wellness and log in using your UA username and password.
Spouses/FIPs: Go to www.healthyroads.com and log in using your Healthyroads username and password.

QUESTIONS?
Contact UA’s onsite Healthyroads® Wellness Manager, Sara Rodewald, at 907.450.8203 or sararo@ashn.com. You can also contact Healthyroads customer service at service@ashn.com or 877.330.2746, Monday through Friday, from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Alaska).

Please note that new physical addresses have been assigned to all campus buildings. The new address for the GI is 2156 Koyukuk Drive, Fairbanks, Alaska 99775. Please update your email signature lines, online profiles, and other relevant communications accordingly. If you regularly make online purchases, remember to update the shipping address saved in your profile on any vendor sites. If you have existing stationery or publications, you may elect to use your existing supply before reprinting.

If you are not physically located in the GI building, you can find the physical address for your building at: www.uaf.edu/fs/resource-information/new-addresses/.

Vice Chancellor for Research Larry Hinzman invites UAF faculty, staff and students to participate in listening sessions covering the Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization, Office of Research Integrity, Animal Care Program (ARC, ORI and IACUC) and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.

These sessions are designed to welcome our faculty, staff and students into an environment where they may openly voice comments, suggestions and any concerns they have regarding the units housed under the VCR Office. Each unit will have its own listening session. Unit employees and directors will be present during the session to promote clear communication. Participants may come and go as they wish.

Vice Chancellor Hinzman is also available for private discussions; appointments can be made by contacting his assistant, Cassie Pinkel, at cjpinkel@alaska.edu. Anonymous comments can be sent to https://research.uaf.edu/about/send-feedback/.

Location: Elvey Globe Room (for all sessions)
Sept. 26, 1-2:30 p.m. Office of Research Integrity
Sept. 27, 1-2:30 p.m. Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
Sept. 28, 3:30-5 p.m. Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization
Oct. 2, 3:30-5 p.m. Animal Care Program

Dr. Kathie Olsen, ScienceWorks (http://www.scienceworksdc.com/dr-olsen/)

Dr. Kelvin Chu, The Implementation Group (http://www.tigdc.com/pages/chu-tig.htm)

Elvey Globe Room
Thursday, September 21, 2017

The purpose of these presentations and discussions is to provide faculty, staff and students with insight into how to be successful in securing funding from NSF.

9:00-9:15 Introductions

9:15-10:00 Overview of NSF: research priorities, funding opportunities, and strategies for success

10:00-10:30 Questions and discussion

10:30-10:45 Coffee break

10:45-11:30 NSF large funding initiatives: Center grants, limited solicitation calls, etc - preparing teams to compete for large grants

11:30-Noon Questions and discussion

AGU Chapman Conference: Particle Dynamics in the Earth's Radiation Belts
Cascais, Portugal

The high-quality data from NASA's Van Allen Probes, coupled with the recent advances in radiation belt theory and modeling, has ushered in a new era, perhaps even a "golden era," in radiation belt research.

This international conference will bring together researchers from around the world, to discuss, debate, and further our understanding of this important region of geospace. Specifically, the following aspects of radiation belt particle dynamics will be addressed:
Particle acceleration and transport
Particle loss
The role of nonlinear processes
New radiation belt modeling capabilities and the quantification of model uncertainties
Laboratory plasma experiments, as they relate to particle dynamics in the Earth's radiation belts
View the conference website for more details.
Submit an abstract here.
Abstract submission deadline: 11 October, 11:59 p.m. ET

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 the team at GINA, it is comforting to know that he remains connected to 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. Additionally, Dayne Broderson will serve as interim Deputy Director of GINA. 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. GINA's Satellite liaisons Carl Dierking and Eric Stevens continue to serve the High Latitude Proving Ground (HLPG) 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, Dayne, or Eric, or email support@gina.alaska.edu.

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.

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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