In the office of Helena Buurman, seismologist at the GI’s Alaska Earthquake Center. Photo by Josh Hartman.
Josh Hartman

“I like to play hockey. I play with a co-ed group here in Fairbanks pretty frequently and it’s really fun. … I played on the Scotland field hockey team in high school through college. I was the goalie. We played in tournaments all around Europe. Scotland is a small country with not many people, so we would lose against the western European teams like the Netherlands and Germany, but we beat teams like Wales and Lithuania. The most intense games were against England, because we wanted to beat them so badly. They are pretty good too. I think the closest we got while I was playing was a tie.”

In the office of Helena Buurman, seismologist at the GI’s Alaska Earthquake Center.

An image of Denali Matt Nolan made from a “fodar” mapping mission in his Cessna 206. Image courtesy of Matt Nolan.
Ned Rozell

A Fairbanks scientist recently made an intricate new map of Denali while crisscrossing its summit a few times in a single-engine airplane. His top-of-the-continent measurement was within a few feet of a GPS reading done a few years ago, using a system he calls fodar.

Matt Nolan is a former University of Alaska Fairbanks faculty member who is now in the business of precision mapping using his three aircraft equipped with fodar, a term he invented. It means “any photogrammetric process for quantitatively measuring both the color and elevation of Earth’s surface using a small-format digital camera.”

University of Alaska Press BBQ and First Friday Event!

The University of Alaska Press is celebrating summer in Alaska!

Please join us for a summer barbecue on Friday, June 1, 2018 from 4pm – 7pm.

We are located at 1760 Westwood Way (Next to Artisan's Courtyard on College Road) in Fairbanks.

Grab a bite to eat while browsing through our new and backlist titles and meet the members of the Press. Shoppers looking for books on Alaska history, Native cultures, biographies and memoir, poetry, and fiction will find everything they want and more.

All publications are 25% off.

All are welcome!

The University of Alaska Fairbanks will host two public events on Tuesday, May 29, in conjunction with Alaska National Lab Day.

A free self-guided walking tour through 11 UAF research facilities is scheduled from 3-5 p.m. Climate science, geosciences, natural resources, and engineering researchers will talk about their projects and show visitors around their labs. The walking tour includes stops for refreshments along the way. Visit for more information and to download a tour map. You can also check out the Facebook page at

From 6-9 p.m. Alaska researchers and Native leaders will present "TEDx-UniversityOfAlaskaFairbanks.” The talks will focus on energy and other Alaska challenges. The talks are open to people 21 and older, and admission is $75. Visit to purchase tickets.

Interested in sharing your current GI research with a group of science enthusiasts from all over the country for about an hour on the morning of Saturday, June 30, 2018?

This science-minded group, comprised of AAAS and Sigma Xi members and friends travel to Fairbanks about twice a year with Betchart Expeditions. They are very interested in GI programs and research.

Please contact Doreen Hayward in the Education Outreach Office at 474-1910 or email if interested.

Alaska will be home to America's next big ideas!
Join internationally renowned scientists and the nation's energy labs as part of National Lab Day, May 29–31 in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Join the GI as part of the UAF Arctic Research Open House 3 - 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 29.

Walk between these 11 facilities on the UAF campus to learn about current projects and meet scientists in climate science, geosciences, natural resources and engineering. Download details and map here (PDF).

Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station
Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration
Alaska Earthquake Center
Alaska Satellite Facility

Alaska Sea Grant
Alaska Volcano Observatory
College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
Institute of Arctic Biology-Toolik Field Station
Institute of Northern Engineering
International Arctic Research Center
Wilson Alaska Technical Center

An ACUASI Responder unmanned
helicopter sits near a glacier.
Photo courtesy ACUASI

The University of Alaska Fairbanks will join a new federal initiative aimed at shaping the future of drones in America.

The U.S. Department of Transportation selected UAF as one of 10 participants in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program.

The program allows state, local and tribal governments to work with drone operators and manufacturers to speed up the safe entry of unmanned vehicles into the nation’s airspace.

“We are thrilled to have brought a UAS Integration Pilot Program home to Alaska,” said Cathy Cahill, the director of the Alaska Center for UAS Integration in the UAF Geophysical Institute. “The 21 partners associated with our proposal represent the best UAS manufacturers, technology developers, operators and public and private end users from Alaska and the rest of the U.S. The talent associated with this partnership should move the safe operation of UAS in Alaska airspace forward significantly.”

The UAF team proposed several ways to pioneer safe drone use in Alaska — to deliver medical devices to remote areas, help with search and rescue operations, survey fish and wildlife, and monitor pipelines, roads and other infrastructure. The pilot program’s faster approvals and other benefits will allow far more timely drone launches than are currently possible.

The pilot program is expected to help clarify how best to balance local and national interests in unmanned aircraft usage. It also will give federal officials information about the integration of drones into the National Airspace System.

“We are looking forward to helping today’s winners unlock the enormous potential of drone operations, which will create new services and jobs in their local communities,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao.

ON THE WEB: More information on the UAS Integration Pilot Program can be found at

ARCHIVE OF ANNOUNCEMENT VIDEO: DOT streamed the announcementvia Facebook Live on its Facebook page, The video of the announcement is archived there.

Help the UAF team win the NSF 2018 STEM for All Video Showcase! Matthew Sturm and Laura Conner partnered with the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry to create a national traveling museum exhibition inspired by the Permafrost Tunnel. Check out the video about the project and submit a public vote here

An information session for Small Business Innovation Research will take place at UAF July 20. SBIR is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in federal research/research and development with the potential for commercialization.

Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation's R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.

The SBIR Road Tour on July 20 will include morning and afternoon sessions and will take place in the Wood Center; a more complete schedule will be released within the next few weeks. A pdf of a flier about the national tour is linked below.

Contact Nickole Conley at or Rajive Ganguli at for more information.

Alaska NASA EPSCoR Program is currently soliciting pre-proposals for the NASA Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) EPSCoR Research Announcement.

Each funded NASA EPSCoR proposal is expected to establish research activities that will make significant contributions to the strategic research and technology development priorities of one or more of the NASA Mission Directorates and contribute to the overall research infrastructure, science and technology capabilities, higher education and economic development of Alaska.

Proposals may be submitted for a maximum award of $750,000 for a three-year period of performance. There is a 2:1 NASA requested funds to match funds requirement.

Pre-proposals are due to Alaska NASA EPSCoR by July 1, 2018.

Please see the Alaska NASA EPSCoR website ( ) for more information on this solicitation.


Attached below is a NASA Postdoctoral Program announcement for graduate students, scientists and other colleagues. The next application deadline is July 1, 2018.

The stipend and travel allowance for the NASA Postdoctoral Program have increased. See the announcement for more information.

If you have any questions or need additional information about NPP, email

Federal Funding Opportunity
Agency: National Science Foundation
Program: STEM + Computing K-12 Education
Estimated Total Program Funding: $15,000,000
Closing Date for Applications: July 2, 2018

Program Description: An innovative science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computing (STEM+C) workforce and well-educated citizenry are crucial to the Nation’s prosperity, security and competitiveness. Preparation for the future workforce must begin in the earliest grades, from pre K-12, where students need to learn not only the science and mathematics central to these areas, but also how computational thinking is integral to STEM disciplines. Because of the powerful innovation and application of computing in STEM disciplines there is an urgent need for real-world, interdisciplinary, and computational preparation of students from the early grades through high school (pre K-12) that will provide a strong foundation for mid-level technical careers and for continuing education in higher education. The STEM+C program supports research and development proposals related to new approaches to pre K-12 STEM teaching and learning related to Harnessing the Data Revolution, Convergence Research and the Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier. The STEM+C Program focuses on research and development of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches to the integration of computing within STEM teaching and learning for pre K-12 students in both formal and informal settings. The STEM+C program supports research on how students learn to think computationally to solve interdisciplinary problems in science and mathematics. The program supports research and development that builds on evidence-based teacher preparation or professional development activities that enable teachers to provide excellent instruction on the integration of computation and STEM disciplines.

Proposals should describe projects that are grounded in prior evidence and theory, are innovative or potentially transformative, and that will generate and build knowledge about the integration of computing and one or more STEM disciplines at the preK-12 level. A proposal submitted to this program description should describe the integration of computing with one or more STEM disciplines. A proposal may focus on studies on the effects of integrating computational thinking with STEM disciplines or the challenges of implementing these potentially disruptive educational interventions. Proposed projects may develop models, assessments, and technological tools to support teaching and learning in this area as well as conduct research on these models, assessments, and tools. Outcomes of projects should enable the Nation to have a future workforce with knowledge of computational thinking integrated with STEM disciplines, and students prepared and interested in careers in the skilled technical work force or further education and science careers.

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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 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 by clicking on the link at the bottom right or by typing 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 to view the UAF Science Calendar/li>
  • 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

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

May 21, 1916

In 1916, Daylight Saving Time was introduced in Britain as a wartime measure to save fuel. The idea began when a London builder, William Willett, presented a scheme of shifting the clock to better use the hours of daylight in summer. He campaigned and published a brochure on the subject in 1907 (in which his proposal was to adjust the clocks in four weekly adjustments of 10-mins). When Parliament did consider a Daylight Saving Bill, to implement a seasonal one-hour change, it failed for lack of support. However, a little more than a year after his death after his death, the idea was finally adopted during WW I for wartime fuel savings. Now most of the countries in the northern hemisphere use a form of daylight saving time.