Alfred Brooks. Public domain photo by an unknown
U.S. Geological Survey photographer.
Ned Rozell

Alfred Brooks was a geologist who traveled thousands of miles in Alaska and left his name on the state’s northernmost mountain range. Twenty years before his death in 1924, he also left behind a summary of what Alaska was like more than one century ago, when “large areas (were) still practically unexplored.”

In his 1906 government report, “Geography and Geology of Alaska. A Summary of Existing Knowledge” Brooks pointed out misconceptions about Alaska that endure. He wrote in his introduction:

A Chaparral Model 60 infrasound sensor with a pen for scale. Photo by Duncan Marriott.
Sue Mitchell

Jeffrey Rothman, supervisor of the electronics shop at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute, has received a U.S. patent for noise reduction in infrasound detection technology.
Infrasound is the term given to low-frequency sounds that are at a pitch below the range of human hearing. Infrasound travels long distances with very little loss, making it useful in many scientific and military applications. Infrasound sensors are used to monitor volcanic activity, detect tornados, locate avalanches, track elephants and identify clandestine nuclear testing.

Permafrost group community event

The GI permafrost group will be presenting a free community event on Saturday, September 10 at the Morris Thompson Cultural Center in downtown Fairbanks.









HAARP Open House

Public Science lecture

Date: Friday, Aug. 26 2016

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Visitor Center Auditorium. Mile 106.8 Richardson Highway, Cooper Center

Speaker: Dr. Chris Fallen

Presented in partnership with the Wrangell Institute of Science and Environment (WISE)

Title: Radio modification of the ionosphere and who uses the HAARP thing anyway?

Recommended for ages 15 and up.

HAARP Open House

Date: Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016

Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Location: HAARP Research Facility

• BBQ
• Facility Tours
• Mobile Planetarium
• Science Demos and Talks

HAARRP Open House is a FREE family event for all ages

The format of the Institute is a morning gathering (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) on one Saturday each month during the academic year. The meeting time is divided between an invited speaker (past speakers have included, but not limited to, UA Presidents, BOR Regents, Community Leaders, and University Leaders), questions and answers, and a case study. A continental breakfast is served at each session. There will be homework in the form of required reading. Each of the twelve or so participants will receive the set of books courtesy of the Provost.

*2016-17 schedule is as follows:
September 24, 2016
October 22, 2016
November 19, 2016
December 17, 2016
January 14, 2017
February 18, 2017
March 25, 2017
April 15, 2017

*Schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the Provost and the guest speaker's availability.

Who Should Consider Attending?
• Relatively new administrators
• Faculty or staff who are considering administration as a potential career direction
• Faculty or staff who are simply interested in the topic of leadership in an academic setting
• Participants do not have to be located in Fairbanks, our intent is to include some rural participants by audio

We typically receive about 40 applications for the twelve openings, so the quality of your responses can make a difference. If selected as a participant, and you cannot commit your time, you must notify the Office of the Provost immediately so that we can select another individual to participate.

The Office of the Provost will notify you of your acceptance and give you instructions on where and when to pick up your textbooks.

Any questions or comments about this program should be directed to the Office of the Provost at uaf.provost@alaska.edu or by contacting 474-7096 or 474-6634.

How To Apply:

Please submit your application and interest by submitting an application by Aug. 29, 2016.

All support for "user"@gi.alaska.edu email addresses will be terminated effective December 31, 2016.

Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to transition all email communication to your UA provided @alaska.edu account.

Anyone using a GI address for a group or role is encouraged to request a "Departmental Email" or a "Google Group" from OIT as a replacement. Submit requests via the links on the OIT website: http://www.alaska.edu/oit/servicecatalog/#id=176

Questions? Contact uaf-rcs@alaska.edu or call x8602.

The Sitka Sound Science Center, with funding from the National Science Foundation announces registration availability for a three day Science Communication workshop focused on scientists working in the Alaska. The workshop will be held from Oct. 31 - Nov. 2 in Sitka, Alaska.

The goal of the workshop is to provide science communication training on how to present and communicate with a variety of audiences, and also to provide specific communication training on how to effectively connect your research to the interests and needs of small communities in Alaska.

The training is led by a team with extensive communication and research experience working in Alaska. Full travel scholarships are available.

Please note, Sitka WhaleFest immediately follows the workshop. Sitka WhaleFest is an extraordinary example of science communication in Alaska.

For more information on WhaleFest, go to: http://sitkawhalefest.org/.

Application Deadline: Aug. 26 2016.

For more information on the training, including application materials and detailed information on the team, go to: http://www.sitkascience.org/education/science-communication-workshop/.

For questions, please contact: Lisa Busch, lbusch@sitkascience.org, 907-747-8878 Ext.5

GIGSA is making an announcement to call for speakers for Fall 2016 Lunch Seminar Series again!

A new GIGSA seminar series for Fall 2016 is coming up soon! We are looking for speakers starting from September to November in 2016!

Our goals for this seminar are 1) to inform a broad audience of faculty, staff and students of current research within the GI, 2) to promote interdisciplinary work across research groups and 3) to encourage collaboration among scientists within the GI. In pursuit of these goals, we are looking for speakers to share new and/or evolving research happening at the GI that involves some degree of interdisciplinary or collaborative work. As this seminar is focused on collaborative research we would like to encourage and have particular interest in having a pair of collaborating researchers give a seminar as co-speakers. This could be a great demonstration of how two different people, possibly from two different disciplines, are working together to solve a problem.

GIGSA Lunch Seminar Series Fall 2016: September, October or November - Still available now, could be you!

Please let Shanshan Li know if you are interested in presenting your work. Alternatively, if there is someone in your group (or another) whose research and/or collaboration the whole GI would benefit from hearing please encourage them to contact Shanshan. Lastly, feel free to contact Shanshan if you have questions or would like more details about the seminar.

Are you looking for a way to honor a coworker or commemorate a special event? Show your support and appreciation through the Geophysical Institute's Glass Tile Project with the purchase of a personalized tile to honor friends, colleagues or loved ones with a 50-character message.

Engraved decorative glass tiles are available with a donation to the GI Associates' Endowment and will be installed in the hallway connecting the Elvey and Akasofu buildings. The tiles will be available to order through Aug. 31 for $125 each and installed by year's end. Completed forms and payment of cash, check, credit card, or payroll deduction, can be submitted to the GI Director's Office.

All proceeds of the tile sale will benefit the GI Associates' Endowment Fund, which covers such activities as travel expenses for visiting scholars, internal projects, and aid for new graduate students. Your support of the fund will enable the endowment to grow and continue to enrich future Geophysical Institute activities.

If you have any questions about the Glass Tile Project please do not hesitate to ask. Information on charitable giving to the GI can also be found online: www.uaf.edu/giving/gift/giving-form/schools/GI/

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute offers free public tours during the summer.

The public can learn about the Alaska Satellite Facility, the Alaska Earthquake Center and the Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration during weekly tours offered every Wednesday from June 1 – Aug 24. Tours begin at 1 p.m. in the lobby of the Elvey Building.

Poker Flat Research Range take place on Thursdays from June 2 – Aug. 25 at Mile 30 Steese Highway. Tours will begin in the Range Administration Center at 2 p.m. each Thursday.

Comfortable walking shoes and insect repellent are strongly recommended for the Poker Flat tour. Rain gear is also suggested.

For more information, contact Sue Mitchell in the GI Public Relations Office. Please send advance notice if planning to bring a group of eight or more.

To cut printing and mailing costs, we are moving to electronic delivery of the weekly Alaska Science Forum and Geophysical Institute Quarterly newsletter.

If you wish to receive these publications electronically, send your email address to UAF-GI-PUBLIC-INFO@alaska.edu with the subject line "Alaska Science Forum subscription" or "GI Quarterly subscription."

Thank you for your interest and support!

Roommate wanted

Roommate wanted

Retired GI staff looking for roommate to share Chena Ridge house. Above the ice fog and inversion layer so 10-20 degrees warmer than town. 4wd or a very capable 2wd vehicle (or bicycle) required after a snowfall. Heat, electric and DSL included in rent. Water is hauled, we'll negotiate the details on that. Washer, dryer, propane stove/oven, dishwasher, big fridge, big kitchen table. Outside sauna. 10 minutes to GI parking lot. Rent negotiable ... I'm not looking for more than it would cost you to rent a dry cabin. I plan to spend most of the winter Outside so would ask you to take care of the two cats. Pets on approval of said cats. Cat-proof fenced yard. You get the master bedroom. paul@cgfr.com or text/call 347-6310 until midnight.

Retired GI staff looking for roommate to share Chena Ridge house. Above the ice fog and inversion layer so 10-20 degrees warmer than town. 4wd or a very capable 2wd vehicle (or bicycle) required after a snowfall. Heat, electric and DSL included in rent. Water is hauled, we'll negotiate the details...
Kenmore 18 cubic foot refrigerator

Kenmore 18 cubic foot refrigerator

Kenmore 18 cubic foot refrigerator (Model Number 253.74832400) for sale. Works great. White with standard front full door and top freezer (with ice maker but it was not connected / used).

For sale for $50 OBO.

Contact Michelle at mrstoner@alaska.edu.

Kenmore 18 cubic foot refrigerator (Model Number 253.74832400) for sale. Works great. White with standard front full door and top freezer (with ice maker but it was not connected / used). For sale for $50 OBO. Contact Michelle at mrstoner@alaska.edu .
Bedroom for rent

Bedroom for rent

Bedroom for rent in modest Chena Ridge home. 12-min drive to campus. Private bathroom, use of kitchen, washer/dryer. $700, all utilities included. Contact Lisa Drew, lisadrewlisadrew@yahoo.com.

Bedroom for rent in modest Chena Ridge home. 12-min drive to campus. Private bathroom, use of kitchen, washer/dryer. $700, all utilities included. Contact Lisa Drew, lisadrewlisadrew@yahoo.com .
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Science Event of the Week

Aug 22, 1989

August 22, 1989, the first complete ring around Neptune was discovered in photographs transmitted by Voyager 2 to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the U.S. Dusty debris was seen to form a tenuous but complete ring about 17,000 miles above Neptune's clouds. The material in the ring appeared be distributed uniformly through the dark circle, though whether fine or large particles was undetermined. The ring lies just outside the orbit of one of the planet's small moons, designated then as 1989 N3, also newly discovered by Voyager 2. Only arcs - fragments of rings around Neptune, had previously viewed from Earth-based observations, which were also shown as arcs in photographs taken by Voyager 2 eleven days earlier.