Chum salmon returning in November to spawn in the Delta River where it meets the Tanana River, about 10 miles north of the town of Delta Junction. Photo by Ned Rozell.
Ned Rozell

MOUTH OF THE DELTA RIVER — On a morning with biting air in the single digits Fahrenheit, this river smells like sulfur and is splashy and loud. Bald eagles and ravens swoop in the updraft of a nearby rock bluff in what looks like play.

In early November, a time when shadows lengthen and deep cold hardens the landscape, chum salmon have returned to spawn in the lower Delta River. In spots, the water is so shallow that dorsal fins wiggle in the frigid air. Some fish get frostbite on really cold days.

Now is the peak of one of Alaska’s last great animal migrations of the year. Thousands of “fall run” chum salmon are hanging a right from the Tanana River into a few crystal channels of the Delta River.

Rose Bright, assistant HR coordinator, surrounded by plants on a snowy day.
Josh Hartman

“The best advice I’ve ever received was from my mother. She used to say, ‘Panic will kill you when nothing else wants to.’ My mom had all kinds of anxiety disorders: she was afraid of small spaces; she was afraid of large spaces; she was afraid of water; she was afraid of heights. You name it and she had an anxiety attached to it. Even with all that, she managed to raise me as a single parent, secure in my lifestyle and my way of looking at the world and relatively well adjusted. My thought is, if she was able to do that, then I have to be worthy of it.”

Rose Bright, assistant HR coordinator, surrounded by plants on a snowy day.

Design Services offers extended hours for AGU poster printing:

Monday through Wednesday, December 4-6, open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Attention GI Artists and Photographers!

Tohru Saito is organizing a First Friday event in IARC on December first.

Tohru would like to know if anyone is interested in displaying some of your recent drawing, painting, best photos, cool computer graphics, satellite and drone photos, or even music. Nice research related photos and a blurb about what you do is also a good display. He is thinking of 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM for the open house, you do not need to be there if it's inconvenient. Tohru can provide the poster boards, tables and some help with printing labels for your display. If you have a hands-on science display program or project, that would be good too.

University of Alaska Press will be present and Ned Rozell will have a table with his books.

The event is will be on December first, but they plan to have the display up for a week.

Family members, IARC affiliates, former employees, visitors, friends etc are also welcome.

If you have any comments or questions, contact

UAF is allowed to submit three proposals in a two year period to the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust: Scientific Research Instrumentation Program. The program provides opportunities to acquire major instrumentation that supports the research and research training goals and that may be used by other researchers regionally or nationally.

For more information go to

Only one proposal can be submitted at this time, and there will be an internal competition through a White Paper process, which has been done several times in the past. The instructions are attached in a PDF at the end of this post.

Winners are selected each year are recognized at the annual GI Awards Banquet.

You can nominate someone here.

Categories are:

Staff Community Service
This award recognizes a staff member who goes above and beyond to contribute to the well being of the community around them. Their generous efforts are recognized for the work they do for the GI community, the greater Fairbanks area, and/or across the state.

Outstanding Staff Performance
This award recognizes a staff member who has made a substantial contribution to the GI mission by going above and beyond their job duties and/or having provided exceptional contributions to the unit while acting as a positive role model to their peers. This individual would not only be a valuable asset to the GI but would make it a point to share their knowledge and expertise to create a better work environment.

Outstanding Student Performance
This award recognizes a student staff member who has gone above and beyond the expectations of those duties written into an everyday student position. Please note, this individual should not be nominated based off of their academic standing. This award is meant to recognize student employees for their professional contributions here at the Geophysical Institute.

Nominate someone today!

John Miller passed away of natural causes on November 6 at his home in Fairbanks.

John worked at the GI from 1971-1993. During his employment at the GI, he researched aerospace applications of remote-sensing technology and how to assess geophysical hazards in the Arctic and Subarctic. John operated the first NASA satellite tracking station in Fairbanks, called Minitrack, at Ballaine Lake. He also served as head of technical services at the GI.

The obituary for John Miller has been published in the Fairbanks Daily News Miner:

His memorial service will be held at Denali Bible Chapel, 1201 Lathrop St., Fairbanks, AK 99701 at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to Denali Bible Chapel.

NASA's Science Mission Directorate announces the call for graduate fellowship proposals to the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship program for the 2018-2019 academic year. This call for fellowship proposals solicits applications from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing Master of Science or Doctoral degrees in Earth and space sciences, or related disciplines. The purpose of NESSF is to ensure continued training of a highly qualified workforce in disciplines needed to achieve NASA’s scientific goals. Awards resulting from this competitive selection will be made in the form of training grants to the respective universities.

The deadline for new applications is Feb. 1, 2018, and the deadline for RENEWAL applications is March 15, 2018.

The NESSF call for proposals and submission instructions are located at the NESSF 18 solicitation index page at – click on Solicitations, then click on Open Solicitations, then select the NESSF 18 announcement. Also refer to Program Specific Questions and Frequently Asked Questions listed under Other Documents on the NSPIRES page for this solicitation.

All proposals must be submitted in electronic format only through the NASA NSPIRES system. The faculty advisor has an active role in the submission of the fellowship proposal. To use the NSPIRES system, the faculty advisor, the student and the university must all register. Extended instructions on how to submit an electronic proposal package are posted on the NESSF 18 solicitation index page listed above. You can register in NSPIRES at

For further information, contact the NESSF Program Administrators listed below:

For Earth Science: Program Administrator for NESSF Research – Claire Macaulay at 202-358-0151 or by email at
For Space Science (Heliophysics, Planetary Science, and Astrophysics): Program Administrator for NESSF Research – Marian Norris at 202-358-4452 or by email at

Interested in joining the new Science Communication Club? We are a network of faculty, staff and students that meets regularly to discuss and encourage science communication. Science communication is important to engage the public in science and what we are doing at UAF. We discuss various science communication efforts, including science writing, talks, documentaries, podcasts and outreach events. We support each other, from offering advice to sharing opportunities.

Please email Margaret Cysewski at to learn more and join our online collaboration space.

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Science Event of the Week

Nov 09, 1998

In 1998, the discovery of the 1,000th pulsar in our galaxy was announced in a press release by the Jodrell Bank Observatory, University of Manchester, using the 64-meter Parkes Radio Telescope in New South Wales, Australia. A “multibeam” receiver was installed on the telescope in early 1997. This allowed the astronomers from England, Australia, United States, and Italy to find pulsars much more quickly than before. On average, they found a new pulsar in every hour of observing. By this date, the researchers had found more than 200 pulsars and they expected to find another 600 more before the survey ended. The “multibeam” receiver used consists of 13 hexagonally arranged receivers that allow simultaneous observations.