Cora, a Lab/blue heeler mix, is walking the path of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline with Ned Rozell this summer. Photo by Ned Rozell.
Ned Rozell

I suspected my brief dogless period was coming to an end when my wife and daughter were looking at puppies on the Internet.

We had a few months earlier lost Poops, a Labrador retriever mix, to a tumor on a front paw. Though it was strange not to have a creature greeting you with socks in its mouth, I was enjoying the break from responsibility.

But Kristen and Anna found a crop of puppies being given away to a good home. One day we surprised Anna by taking her to the home of John Eichelberger. There was a floor full of wriggling black bodies. Some of them were hovering over the pee pads at the right moment.

Anna chose the smallest dog and identified her by tying blue yarn around her collar. Cora first showed us her big voice as John carried her from her siblings and handed her to Anna in the car.

The 300-pound Griffon Aerospace Outlaw SeaHunter, with a 16-foot wingspan, sports the University of Alaska Fairbanks logo. Photo courtesy of ACUASI.
Sue Mitchell

A University of Alaska Fairbanks team and a Canadian company have flown an unmanned aircraft beyond the line of sight for the first time as part of efforts to bring such aircraft to northern airports.

The beyond-line-of-sight flights took place in the last week of June 2017 at Alma, Quebec, Canada. The UAF Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration and Arctic UAV Inc., a company based in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada, conducted the flights.

Their work was part of a Transport Canada Aircraft Services Directorate effort to safely integrate unmanned aircraft systems into the regular air traffic at northern airports.

Lisa Piechocki, lead coordinator for Human Resources, shares her “work family.”

“The most significant accomplishment in my life? My son, by far. The whole process of getting him into my life — he’s 19 now, he’s going to college — there is nothing else that will ever match that. He’s just finished his first year studying in Texas. He loves it. So that’s it: just my son.”

Javier Fochesatto was awarded the American Meteorological Society Editors’ Award for serving as a reviewer for the Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, “for providing valuable reviews that helped the decision-making process, particularly in controversial situations.” Fochesatto is invited to attend the 98th annual meeting of the AMS in Austin, Texas, this coming January to receive this award in person.

HAARP Open House 2017

HAARP Open House is a FREE family event for all ages!

Saturday, August 19th, 2017
9:00 am - 3:00 pm (last tour of antenna array : 2:15)
HAARP Research Facility, Gakona, Alaska

New this year!
Bus from Fairbanks to HAARP and return: $45.00. Purchase tickets at gi.alaska.edu/tickets. Limited seats available; purchase no later than Aug. 15th.

UAF Geophysical Institute Summer Tours

When: Wednesday, 1:00 pm, June--August

Where: Lobby of the Elvey Building, on West Ridge on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus

What: Free, guided walking tour of the UAF Geophysical Institute, a world-renowned research center for the study of earth sciences and space physics. Areas of research include the Earth's geospace environment; volcanology; snow, ice, and permafrost; remote sensing; tectonics; atmospheric sciences; and seismology. The GI is home to the Alaska Satellite Facility, the Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration, the Poker Flat Research Range, and other major research facilities.

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.

Apartment for rent

Apartment for rent

Apartment for Rent; Two bedroom unfurnished apartment close to UAF.
$850 per month plus electric.
Email Brent Watkins: bjw@usa.net.

Apartment for Rent; Two bedroom unfurnished apartment close to UAF. $850 per month plus electric. Email Brent Watkins: bjw@usa.net .
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Science Event of the Week

Jul 24, 1954

In 1954, the sound of a human voice was, for the first time ever, transmitted beyond the ionosphere and returned to Earth after reflecting off the moon. James H. Trexler, an engineer in the Radio Countermeasures Branch at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), spoke carefully into a microphone at the laboratory's Stump Neck radio antenna facility in Maryland. Two and a half seconds later, his words speeded back to him at Stump Neck, after traveling 500,000 miles via an Earth-Moon circuit. The objective of the Communication Moon Relay project was to add another option for the Navy's secure global communications technologies that could reduce the vulnerability of ionospheric storms cutting off radio transmissions to the U.S. fleet.