A snowmachiner in Thompson Pass measures snow depth with an avalanche probe. Photo by Gabe Wolken.
Ned Rozell

Snow falling silently on Alaska’s mountains will in a few months transform into a medium for migrating salmon, and so much more.

“That snowflake that falls on the mountain now is water that flows in streams and rivers late in summer,” said Gabe Wolken, a glaciologist who works both for the state and the University of Alaska.

Wolken and his colleagues recently added a snow-depth button to a smartphone app that allows anyone to add information about favorite winter landscapes and help scientists in the process.

The free app, Mountain Hub, now allows skiers, snowmachiners, mountaineers and others to enter a snow-depth measurement that helps researchers calibrate models of snowmelt and ground truth measurements from aircraft and satellites.

R2D2 visited the UAF booth at AGU in 2016.
Fritz Freudenberger

The American Geophysical Union’s fall conference is the place to be for many of the nation’s geoscientists. As usual, GI researchers have a lot of data to share.

With nearly 24,000 attendees and over 20,000 presentations, AGU is the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world. This year, the meeting takes place on the banks of the Mississippi.

Scientists from around the globe are gathering at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in Louisiana to share their most ground-breaking ideas while collaborating and celebrating science through the week of Dec. 11 - 15.

A poster session at AGU 2017.

Social media and other postings about GI and UAF presentations and activities at AGU 2017 are collected at https://storify.com/uafairbanks/agu17. Contact Fritz Freudenberger at ffreudenberger@alaska.edu for more details.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks, a Land, Sea, and Space Grant institution and the world’s leading arctic research university, invites applications for post-doctoral positions.

The Centennial Postdoctoral Initiative seeks to attract outstanding, early career scientists, scholars, or artists who will engage in research or creative expression relevant to Alaska, the circumpolar north, or other UAF research priorities.

These positions are funded through funds provided by President Johnsen as part of his his research initiative. Please find the posting here:


GI Director Bob McCoy encourages all faculty to solicit applications for these postdoctoral positions.

NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship
Application deadline is Jan. 19, 2018, for fellowships that begin in August 2018.
This program's mission is to provide on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students and to provide project assistance to state coastal zone management agencies and other key NOAA partners. The fellowship positions start in August 2018 and are available at the California Coastal Commission, the coastal programs in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, and Washington; the Coastal States Organization in Washington, DC; the National Association of Counties in Washington, DC; and the National States Geographic Information Council, which will be hosted in Anchorage, Alaska. Eligibility requirements, descriptions of the projects, and guidance on how to apply can be found at the Coastal Management Fellowship website: https://coast.noaa.gov/fellowship/.

NMFS – National Sea Grant Fellowships
Application deadline is Jan. 26, 2018, for fellowships that begin in August 2018.
This fellowship is for PhD students interested in careers related to (1) marine ecosystem and population dynamics, with a focus on modeling and managing systems of living marine resources, or (2) economics of the conservation and management of living marine resources. Recipients work with a mentor from NOAA Fisheries. For more information on these fellowships, visit the NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowships web page: https://seagrant.uaf.edu/research/nmfs-sg-fellowship/index.php.

Alaska Sea Grant State Policy Fellowship
Application deadline is Feb. 21, 2018, for fellowships that begin in July 2018
The state fellowship program provides a professional opportunity for soon-to-graduate or recently finished graduate students interested in the science and policy needed to keep our marine resources healthy. The state fellowship program provides an opportunity to acquire on-the-job experience in planning and implementation of marine resource policies and programs in Alaska. The program matches highly motivated graduate students and recent graduates with hosts in Alaska-based state or federal agencies for a 12-month paid fellowship. For more about this fellowship visit the Alaska Sea Grant State Fellowship web page: https://seagrant.uaf.edu/research/state-fellowship/index.php.

John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship
Application deadline is Feb. 23, 2018, for fellowships that begin in February 2019.
This unique fellowship is well suited for graduate students with an interest in national policy decisions affecting coastal and ocean resources. The fellowship involves spending a year in the Washington, D.C., area in an executive or legislative position. Recipients work on substantive national policy issues related to aquatic resources. For more information visit the Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy
fellowship webpage: https://seagrant.uaf.edu/research/knauss/knauss-application.html.

Science and Technology
National Science Foundation Agency

Dear Colleague Letter: ENG/CMMI Call for NSF Big Ideas Proposals
Funding Opportunity Number: NSF 18-029
Application Submission Window: 1/10/2018 – 1/24/2018
On April 3, 2017, NSF initiated a growing convergence research at NSF to catalyze new research directions and advance scientific discovery and innovation across the 10 Big Ideas for Future NSF Investments. The Division of Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) invites organizations to submit proposals relevant to the following four Big Ideas, as they intersect with core CMMI topics defined in CMMI program descriptions: 1) Work at the Human-Technology Frontier: Shaping the Future; 2) Navigating the New Arctic; 3) Harnessing the Data Revolution for 21st Century Science and Engineering; and 4) Understanding the Rules of Life: Predicting Phenotype.
Link: NSF 18-029

National Science Foundation
Critical Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Systems and Processes

Funding Opportunity Number: NSF 18-523
Application Due Date: 3/7/2018
Estimated Maximum Total Value: $13,400,000
Maximum Value Per Award: Type Smaller-scale Projects: $750,000; Type 2 Larger-scale Projects: $750,001 to $2,000,000
Estimated Contract Duration: Type 1 Awards: 2-3 years; Type 2 Awards: 3-4 years
Expected Number of Awards: 8-18
The goals of the CRISP 2.0 solicitation are twofold: 1) to significantly enhance the understanding, design and operation of interdependent critical infrastructure systems and processes in support of continued flow of essential goods and services despite disruptions and failures from natural, technological or human-induced causes; and 2) to provide opportunities to innovate in the new science of integrative system design in ICIs with emphasis on the essential role of humans in the system.
Link: 18-523

National Science Foundation
Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions

Funding Opportunity Number: 18-524
Application Due Date: 3/6/2018
Estimated Maximum Total Value: $30,000,000
Range of Maximum Total Values Per Award: Track 1: Building Capacity: $500,000 - $1,500,000 open to all institutions; Track 2: HSIs New to NSF: $250,000 and one Resource Hub project up to $3,000,000
Estimated Contract Duration: Track 1: Building Capacity: 5 years; Track 2: HSIs New to NSF: 3 years
Expected Number of Awards: Unspecified
The Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI Program) seeks to enhance the quality of undergraduate STEM education at HSIs and to increase retention and graduation rates of undergraduate students pursuing degrees in STEM fields at HSIs. The HSI Program seeks to build capacity at HSIs that typically do not receive high levels of NSF grant funding.
Link: 18-524

National Science Foundation
Re-entry to Active Research Program

Funding Opportunity Number: 18-525
Application Due Date: No deadline date
Estimated Maximum Total Value: $1,200,000
Maximum Annual Value Per Award: $100,000
Estimated Contract Duration: 3 years
Expected Number of Awards: 4
The primary objective of the RARE program is to re-engage highly meritorious individuals who have experienced a decrease in active research productivity after a hiatus, and catalyze their promotion or advancement on the academic tenure-track. By providing re-entry points to active academic research, the RARE program will reinvest in the nation's most highly trained scientists and engineers, while broadening participation and increasing diversity of experience.
Link: 18-525

Department of Energy - Office of Science/Office of Science
FY 2018 Research and Development for Next Generation Nuclear Physics Accelerator Facilities

Funding Opportunity Number: DE-FOA-0001848
Application Due Date: 1/19/2018
Estimated Maximum Total Value: $14,000,000
Maximum Total Value Per Award: $2,000,000
Estimated Contract Duration: 2 years
Expected Number of Awards: 10
Interest in receiving applications for Research and Development (R&D) efforts directed at accelerator R&D for next generation NP accelerator facilities. A companion Program Announcement to DOE National Laboratories (LAB 18-1848) will be posted on the SC Grants and Contracts web site at: http://www.science.energy.gov/grants.
Link: DE-FOA-0001848

National Aeronautics and Space Administration/Stennis Space Center
Dual Use Technology Development Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) 2018

Funding Opportunity Number: 80SSC017Z0001
Application Due Date: 9/30/2018
Estimated Maximum Total Value: Unspecified
Estimated Contract Duration: 12 months
Expected Number of Awards: Unspecified
This CAN supports identification and implementation of cost-sharing partnerships to develop technology to meet a specific NASA need at SSC. Scope: This notice seeks responses from potential partners interested in entering into a Cooperative Agreement with NASA for the joint development of technologies to meet SSC needs. These technology development projects are managed by the Chief of the Advanced Technology & Technology Transfer branch at the John C. Stennis Space Center, Stennis Space Center, MS.
Link: 80SSC017Z0001

Department of Commerce
Climate and Societal Interactions

Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-OAR-CPO-2018-2005445
Application Due Date: 3/16/2018
Estimated Maximum Total Value: RISA Award: : RISA: $2,000,000; COCA/RISA Pilot: $800,000; IRAP: $350,000
Maximum Annual Value Per Award: Unspecified
Estimated Contract Duration: RISA: 4 years; COCA/RISA Pilot: 2 years; IRAPs: 2 years
Expected Number of Awards: Multiple
The objectives are: 1. Support innovative, applicable, and transferable approaches for decision making, especially for risk characterization in the context of a variable and changing climate; 2. Establish a network of regionally scoped, long-term efforts to inform climate risk management and decision making; and 3. Promote transfer of climate knowledge, tools, products, and services within NOAA, across the federal government, nationally, and internationally. Objectives are pursued through four interdisciplinary research programs: Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessment (RISA) Program; International Research and Applications Project (IRAP); Sectoral Applications Research Program (SARP); and Coastal and Ocean Climate Applications program (COCA).
Link: NOAA-OAR-CPO-2018-2005445

Law and Justice
Department of Justice/Office on Violence Against Women
OVW FY 2018 Legal Assistance for Victims Grant Program Solicitation

Funding Opportunity Number: OVW-2018-13828
Letter of Registration: 1/11/2018
Application Due Date: 2/1/2018
Estimated Maximum Total Value: $35,000,000
Range of Total Values Per Award: $600,000 - $800,000
Estimated Contract Duration: 36 months
Expected Number of Awards: 60
The program is intended to increase the availability of civil and criminal legal assistance needed to effectively aid adult and youth victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking who are seeking relief in legal matters relating to or arising out of that abuse or violence, at minimum or no cost to the victims. The objective of the LAV Grant Program is to develop innovative, collaborative projects that provide quality representation to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.
Link: OVW-2018-13828

U.S. Agency for International Development/South Africa USAID-Pretoria
Advancing the South African HIV Response for Key Populations

Funding Opportunity Number: 72067418RFA00003
Application Due Date: 2/5/2018
Range of Estimated Maximum Total Values: MSM: $14,000,000 - $15,500,000; SW: $14,000,000 - $15,500,000; TG: $2,000,000 - $4,000,000$
Estimated Contract Duration: 5 years
Expected Number of Awards: 3
The purpose of this activity is to reduce HIV incidence and mitigate the impact of HIV in South Africa through the advancement of HIV prevention, care, and treatment services and interventions for key populations, namely sex workers (SW), men who have sex with men (MSM), and transgender (TG) individuals.
Link: 72067418RFA00003

U.S. Agency for International Development
Long-term Assistance and SErvices for Research (LASER)

Funding Opportunity Number: 7200AA18RFA00004
Application Due Date: 1/24/2018
Estimated Maximum Total Value: $70,000,000
Maximum Annual Value Per Award: $14,000,000
Estimated Contract Duration: 5 years
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Seeking to leverage and support international university networks, inclusive of universities from both the United States and lower-middle income countries (LMIC), to improve development research opportunities, evidence generation, and uptake by development actors and policy makers. As part of the Cooperative Agreement, USAID will support a recipient to identify new research questions, fund research activities, translate research results into development impact, and build capacity of local higher education institutions and researchers.
Link: 7200AA18RFA00004

Department of State/U.S. Mission to Japan
U.S. Embassy Tokyo PAS Annual Program Statement

Funding Opportunity Number: PAS-TOKYO-FY18-01
Application Deadline: 8/1/2018
Estimated Maximum Total Value: $200,000
Maximum Total Value Per Award: $100,000
Estimated Contract Duration: 24 months
Expected Number of Awards: 5
The U.S. Embassy Tokyo Public Affairs Section is pleased to announce its Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program. The Annual Program Statement outlines funding priorities, the strategic themes, and the procedures for submitting requests for funding.
Link: PAS-TOKYO-FY18-01

Department of State/U.S. Mission to Sri Lanka
U.S. Dept. of State U.S. Embassy Colombo Public Affairs Section Grants Program for Maldives

Funding Opportunity Number: PAS-COL-FY18-02
Application Due Date: 2/16/2018
Estimated Maximum Total Value: Unspecified
Average Total Value Per Award: $24,000
Estimated Contract Duration: 12 months
Expected Number of Awards: Unspecified
Grants are intended for local representatives of civil society including non-governmental organizations, cultural institutions, universities, schools, and individuals. To receive funding, grants must support one of the following goals: 1) Promote tolerance, by funding proposals that combat hate and build community cohesion; engage at-risk youth; promote digital literacy; and engage communities on respect for diversity. 2) Improve respect for human rights, through programs which strengthen democratic values; enhance awareness and protection of human rights principles; and encourage gender equality. 3) Improve respect for and application of freedom of expression, through programs that promote a free and open media; strengthen understanding of social media; empower journalists through training.
Link: PAS-COL-FY18-02

Education, Community, and Arts
National Endowment for the Arts
NEA Art Works I, FY2019

Funding Opportunity Number: 2018NEA01AW1
Application Due Date: 2/15/2018
Estimated Maximum Total Value: Unspecified
Average Total Value Per Award: $25,000
Estimated Contract Duration: 2 years
Expected Number of Awards: Unspecified
An organization may submit only one application through one of the following FY 2019 categories: Art Works or Challenge America. If an organization applies to the Challenge America category, it may not submit another application to the Art Works category. The Arts Endowment's support of a project may start on or after January 1, 2019. Art Works Program Description To support artistically excellent projects that celebrate our creativity and cultural heritage, invite mutual respect for differing beliefs and values, and enrich humanity. A minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount is required.
Link: 2018NEA01AW1

National Endowment for the Humanities
Public Scholar Program

Funding Opportunity Number: 20180207-FZ
Application Due Date: 2/7/2018
Estimated Maximum Total Value: Unspecified
Maximum Value Per Award: $50,400
Estimated Contract Duration: 12 months
Average Number of Awards: 25
The Program supports well-researched books in the humanities intended to reach a broad readership. Books supported by this program must be grounded in humanities research and scholarship, making appropriate use of primary and/or secondary sources. They must also be written in a readily accessible style, addressing significant humanities themes in a way that will appeal to a large audience of general readers. The program is open to both individuals affiliated with scholarly institutions and to independent scholars, researchers, and writers. Projects may be at any stage of development.
Link: 20180207-FZ

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Protected Forward Communications (PFC)

Solicitation Number: HR001118S0009
Response Date: February 14, 2018
DARPA is soliciting innovative proposals for the design, development, and testing of a system that will enable small unit tactical operations to persist in electronic warfare (EW) conditions by developing an integrated communication system protecting local, airborne, and reachback communications from exploitation and denial. The Protected Forward Communications (PFC) program will demonstrate maturity of technical elements and produce a qualified system design that reduces the risk of system integration through a structured system engineering approach. The result of PFC is a qualified design with experiential support ready for full development and user trial (DUT) activity.

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency/Defense Sciences Office (DSO)
Gamma Request for Information (RFI)

Solicitation Number: DARPA-SN-18-13
Response Date: Jan 12, 2018
DARPA is requesting information on proposed and current research and techniques supporting the production of monoenergetic or quasi-monoenergetic photons in the range of 3 to 15 MeV with very high intensity.

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Hallmark Tools and Capabilities 2 (Hallmark-TC2)

Solicitation Number: HR001118S0008
Response Date: February 21, 2018
The objective of the Tools and Capabilities 2 portion of the Hallmark program is to develop and validate additional technologies for enabling the full spectrum of military space enterprise command and control capabilities

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Ocean of Things Proposers Day

Solicitation Number: DARPA-SN-18-14
DARPA will host a Proposers Day in support of an upcoming DARPA BAA HR001118S0013, Ocean of
Things, on Thursday, January 4 2018. The purpose of this meeting is to provide information on the Ocean of Things program, promote additional discussion on this topic, address questions from potential proposers, and provide an opportunity for potential proposers to share their capabilities and ideas for teaming arrangements. Participants must register for the Ocean of Things Proposers
Day through the registration website by December 27, 2017 . The BAA is expected to be released prior to the Proposers Day.

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency/Microsystems Technology Office (MTO)
Computing Hardware for Lifelong Learning Request for Information (RFI)

Solicitation Number: DARPA-SN-18-08
Responses due: December 22, 2017
DARPA seeks information on identifying pathways and obstacles to the effective implementation of lifelong machine learning. This Request for Information (RFI) specifically requests feedback on assessing the state of the art in hardware for lifelong machine learning and determining next steps. DARPA is inviting interested parties with capabilities, methodologies, and approaches related to computing hardware for lifelong learning to provide white papers defining a position on an issue of importance to this research direction. Responses to this RFI will be used to identify participants for a workshop. Participation in this RFI and the Computing Hardware for Lifelong Learning workshop are on a voluntary basis and entities will not be funded or reimbursed for response preparation or workshop participation.

National Science Foundation Agency
Dear Colleague Letter: Division Human Resource Development (HRD) Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) Employment Opportunity
Funding Opportunity Number: NSF 18-030
Application Due Date: Unspecified
NSF announces a nationwide search for a rotator program director who will work with HRD programs. Formal consideration of applications will begin mid-December. HRD serves as a focal point for NSF's agency-wide commitment to enhancing the quality and excellence of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and research through broadening participation of historically underrepresented groups - minorities, women, and persons with disabilities. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in a STEM discipline or STEM education supported by NSF, plus, after award of the Ph.D., six or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position.
Link: NSF 18-030

The 2018 Alaska Surveying & Mapping Conference (ASMC) will take place Feb. 12 - 16, 2018 at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Anchorage.

Conference organizers are offering travel and recognition awards for students. Interested students can apply for these scholarships at: aksmc.org/scholarships.

UAF students who availed this scholarship and attended the conference in the past found the conference very useful, especially for networking with professionals and potential employers. Traditionally, geoscience students with a remote sensing and GIS background have participated in the conference. However, students in disciplines such as biology, fisheries, environmental science, engineering, emergency management, etc. who are interested in using any sort of geospatial data will find this conference very useful.

Sitka Sound Science Center is Accepting Applications for the 2018/2019 Scientist in Residency Fellowship Awards for Polar and Subarctic Scientists of All Disciplines
Nov. 30, 2017: The Sitka Sound Science Center is accepting applications for the fourth round of a fellowship program funded by the National Science Foundation to attract pre-eminent polar and subarctic scientists to Sitka. The program offers several one-month fellowships for polar and subarctic scientists each year. Expenses for travel, lodging, per diem and a small honorarium will be provided to each fellow. The scientists will be given lab and office space and provided with administrative support.

The Polar Scientist in Residency Fellowship brings scientists annually to Sitka for one-month sabbaticals. The fellowship is limited to US citizens and is intended for mid-career scientists (not graduate students). The short sabbatical will allow scientists undisturbed time that can be used in a variety of ways: data analysis, manuscript preparation, experimentation, collaboration or simply thoughtful process.

The PSIRF Fellows will spend a week of their residency in outreach and education activities to share their work in the schools and at other forums like public library programs, lunch meetings with students, and science cafes. They will present a lecture to the general community through the Natural History Seminar series put on by the Science Center and supported by the Sitka Charitable Trust and the University of Alaska Southeast. Fellows will also be provided guidance on best practices for communicating science to a public audience in rural Alaska. The purpose of these outreach activities is to help improve science literacy, provide opportunities for scientists to explain their research to the public and to give students insight into the many career paths available in science

The five-year NSF award is from the Office of Polar Programs. UAS Associate Professor Jan Straley is the principal investigator for the project and Alexandra Ravelo is the director of the program.

A copy of the application and further information is available at the SSSC website: http://www.sitkascience.org/applications-2018-19/

Deadline for application is Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018

For more information contact Alexandra Ravelo at 907-747-8878 extension 9 or aravelo@sitkascience.org.

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 http://murdocktrust.org/grant-opportunities/research-universities/

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. Nominations should be received by Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in order to be considered for this years' awards.


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 is not only a valuable asset to the GI but makes 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 the duties written into an everyday student position. Please note, this individual should not be nominated based on their academic standing. This award is meant to recognize student employees for their professional contributions here at the Geophysical Institute.

Nominate someone today!

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 Monday, Feb. 1, 2018, and the deadline for RENEWAL applications is thursday, March 15, 2018.

The NESSF call for proposals and submission instructions are located at the NESSF 18 solicitation index page at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ – 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 http://nspires.nasaprs.com/.

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 claire.i.macaulay@nasa.gov.
For Space Science (Heliophysics, Planetary Science, and Astrophysics): Program Administrator for NESSF Research – Marian Norris at 202-358-4452 or by email at mnorris@nasa.gov.

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 mhcysewski@alaska.edu to learn more and join our online collaboration space.

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

Dec 11, 1998

In 1998, the Mars Climate Orbiter was successfully launched on a Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Station in Florida. However, the probe disappeared on Sept. 23, 1999, apparently destroyed because scientists had failed to convert English measures to metric values. The orbiter's instruments would have monitored the Martian atmosphere and image the planet's surface on a daily basis for one Martian year (1.8 Earth years) with observations of the appearance and movement of atmospheric dust and water vapor, as well as characterizing seasonal changes on the surface. Images of the surface features could have provided important clues to the planet's early climate history and possible subsurface liquid water reserves.