Frederick Whymper, in a photo taken by San Fransisco photographers Bradley and Rolofson. Copyright expired.
Ned Rozell

About 160 years ago, U.S. Secretary of State William Seward was taking some heat for his significant role in the purchase of Alaska. On the day the Russians received the $7.2 million check, a group of white travelers were at Nulato, getting ready for an upriver trip to Fort Yukon to explore this strange land.

Among them was Frederick Whymper, an adventurous English artist who had signed on to help document a telegraph project across North America. In his book “Travel and Adventure in the Territory of Alaska,” he left behind some insights into what America was getting itself into.

International Summer School in Glaciology students during an excursion
to Kennicott Glacier. The glacier-dammed lake drained a couple days later.
Photo by Regine Hock
Regine Hock

Nearly 30 graduate students from more than 25 universities and a dozen countries as far away as Nepal, India, Peru and New Zealand gathered in the small Alaskan village of McCarthy June 5 – 15 to participate in UAF’s fifth International Summer School in Glaciology.

GI float in the 2017 Golden Days Parade

The 2018 Golden Days Parade is scheduled for Saturday, July 21. The Geophysical Institute will have a float in this year's parade, and we'd love for you to participate! The parade theme is Call Me Gold Fashioned - it's sure to be a lot of fun.

The Cornerstone announcement contains important information about the parade. As an added bonus, participants who sign up in advance will receive a gold t-shirt. Also contained in the announcement are links/information for the following:

We hope to see you there!

The 2018 Golden Days Parade is scheduled for Saturday, July 21. The Geophysical Institute will have a float in this year's parade, and we'd love for you to participate! The parade theme is Call Me Gold Fashioned - it's sure to be a lot of fun.

The Cornerstone announcement contains important information about the parade. As an added bonus, participants who sign up in advance will receive a gold t-shirt. Also contained in the announcement are links/information for the following:

  • Parade guidelines
  • Sign up form
  • UAF liability waiver (required for all participants)
  • Parental consent form for children under the age of 18
  • Parade meeting location/time, parking instructions, and route

We hope to see you there!

NASA is looking for subject matter experts in earth and space science to serve as volunteer reviewers.

NASA's Science Mission Directorate seeks subject matter experts to serve as mail-in and/or panel reviewers of proposals to ROSES and other SMD solicitations. Reviewers are needed on a regular basis as opportunities periodically open. Visit the website to find volunteer review forms and to indicate the topics in which you consider yourself to be a subject matter expert. If your skills match the needs for that review, you may be contacted to discuss scheduling.

For more information contact: max.bernstein@nasa.gov

Call for Proposals: NASA Research Announcement—Space Technology Research Institutes
Audience: Accredited U.S. Universities
Preliminary Proposal Deadline: July 30
Contact: HQ-STMD-STRI@mail.nasa.gov

NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate is seeking to invest, via research institutes, in university-led, multidisciplinary basic research and technology development within particular areas of strong interest to NASA and the aerospace community. Typically, an awarded institute will be funded up to $15M for a five-year period. Accredited U.S. universities are eligible to submit proposals; teaming with other universities is required, and teaming with nonprofit entities and industry is permitted.

Usually behind the camera as a digital media producer at the Geophysical Institute, Sean Tevebaugh steps in front of the camera for a change. Photo by Patty Eagan.

By Patty Eagan

“I've been here for four solstices now and always try to get some sort of video or photo of the midnight sun. I was still super pumped to go run up on the roof at midnight – I kind of lost track of time and stayed up later than I should have. There's always something new in Alaska to explore. Right now it's the midnight sun and the next day maybe it's a cool animal that I didn't grow up around, and it's countless things in the winter because I grew up in Charlotte where we had maybe one snowstorm a year, and it was the best day ever, getting to make snowballs. The winter here – with the aurora, and there's always some new sort of phenomenon.”

Usually behind the camera as a digital media producer at the Geophysical Institute, Sean Tevebaugh steps in front of the camera for a change.

Photo courtesy of Suzanna Bräuer, 2014-2015 grantee to Finland.

There is still time to apply for an exciting 2019-2020 U.S. Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award in arctic affairs! Opportunities are available for teaching and/or research in nearly every discipline, from engineering to political science, anthropology, communications and more!

Iceland: Fulbright-National Science Foundation Arctic Research Grants

Conduct research with any university, research organization or other appropriate partner in Iceland in the social sciences or natural sciences as they relate to the Arctic and the people living there.

Iceland: Fulbright-Ministry of Foreign Affairs Arctic Scholar

Teach or teach and conduct research at the University of Iceland Centre for Arctic Policy in Akureyri. As the grant is funded by the Icelandic Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the scholar will have access to Ministry officials.

Norway: Fulbright Arctic Chair

For scholars with five to ten years of research experience, this award in Norway offers an excellent opportunity to collaborate with any institution in Norway on a teaching and research project. The Chair will research and teach within the areas of polar and arctic sciences.

Canada: Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar Award in Northern Issues

Conduct research at the University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, British Columbia in any area that reflects the strategic priorities of UNBC, with preference for proposals focused on natural resources and environmental studies, community development, rural, northern and environmental health, and first nations and indigenous studies.

Application Guidelines from the Fulbright website provide helpful tips to reference during the process. There are also various webinars coming up, which provide more detailed insight into various parts of the Fulbright U.S. Scholar program. A complete schedule of upcoming and archived presentations can be found here.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and the deadline for complete applications is August 1, 2018. Start an application now!

The GI Wireless network has been retired.

There are three wireless options on the UAF campus: eduroam, UAlaska and UAGuest.

Eduroam is the recommended wireless network for faculty, staff, and student computers, research systems and mobile devices. Instructions on how to configure eduroam are at https://www.alaska.edu/oit/services/campus-wireless-network/eduroam/.

OIT staff who can assist with eduroam, UAlaska, or UAGuest wireless access are located in 511 Elvey, 105 Butrovich or 231 Bunnell. RCS staff available to assist with Linux and research system wireless configurations are located in 508 Elvey.

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) National SBIR Road Tour is coming to Fairbanks Friday, July 20, giving Alaskan small businesses the opportunity to learn firsthand about America’s largest seed fund. SBA leads the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, where the Federal Government awards over $2.5 billion annually to small businesses developing groundbreaking, high-risk technologies while taking no equity.

Agenda Highlights:
• Learn how to access local and state resources available to innovators, researchers, and technology entrepreneurs.
• SBIR Agencies Funding Priorities Overviews

Engaging Panel Sessions:
• Inside the Head of an Evaluator: Common Mistakes
• Grant Opportunities for a Public Purpose
• Staying On Track: Aligning Your Company for Success in the DoD

The contact for the SBIR Road Tour’s event in Fairbanks is Nickole Conley, Director, Center ICE, UAF: nlconley@alaska.edu, (907) 474-5626.

Event details and registration: https://bit.ly/2IpTgG1.

This SBIR Road Tour stop is hosted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks at the UAF Wood Center, 1731 S. Chandalar Dr.

Learn more by visiting http://www.sbirroadtour.com/dates.php#.

Would you like to know when all the cool science events are happening at UAF? When you’re putting on a cool science event would you like help getting that information out?

The UAF Science Calendar posts information on science lectures, seminars, workshops, thesis/dissertation defenses, special events and other UAF science-related activities. Submit calendar items by email to UAF-SciCal@alaska.edu. Please include the name of the event, the sponsoring unit, name and affiliation of the presenter, location, date, start and end times, and a contact person's name, email address and/or phone number. Information can be submitted well in advance of the event as long as any changes to the information are also submitted as they become known.

How to subscribe to the Science Calendar
If you are affiliated with the University of Alaska, you can subscribe to the calendar at http://www.cgc.uaf.edu/calendar.html by clicking on the link at the bottom right or by typing UAF-SciCal@alaska.edu into the “Add a coworker’s calendar” box in your UA Google Apps calendar.

How to add the calendar to your personal gmail calendar:

  • Visit http://www.cgc.uaf.edu/calendar.html to view the UAF Science Calendar
  • At the bottom-right corner of the calendar there is a Google Calendar widget (with a white-on-blue 'plus' sign). Click on the link.
  • Your calendar will pop up in your browser, with a prompt to "Add calendar." Click "Add." The UAF Science Calendar should now appear in the list on the left of your calendar labeled "Other calendars".

If you are logged into two Google accounts at once, for example your UA account and your personal account, the UAF Science Calendar may appear in the wrong one. If so, log out of all Google accounts except for the one that you wish to modify, OR log into it in a different browser, and repeat steps 2 and 3.

If you have questions about the science calendar, email UAF-SciCal@alaska.edu.

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.

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Science Event of the Week

Jul 16, 1969

On July 16, 1969, the crew of Apollo XI — Neil A. Armstrong, Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr. and Michael Collins — blasted off from Cape Kennedy on the first manned mission to the surface of the moon.