Patrick Druckenmiller of the UA Museum of the North holds the fossilized jaw of a tapir discovered near Homer by a 5-year-old last year. Photo by Ned Rozell.
Ned Rozell

Thanks to her six-year-old grandson, Janet Klein of Homer recently hosted a few interesting house guests.

Five experts on ancient creatures slept in Klein’s Homer house last month as they searched local cliffs for another chunk of a mammal that lived in Alaska millions of years ago. Her guests were Patrick Druckenmiller of the UA Museum of the North, Grant Zazula and Susan Hewitson of the Yukon government, paleontologist Analia Forasiepi of Argentina, and Ross MacPhee, curator of mammology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

Along with Klein, a Homer resident and naturalist, the scientists were looking for a rock that might fit into the petrified jawbone of a tapir Klein’s grandson Kai found about a year ago on a beach near Homer.

In the office of David Fee, volcanologist and infrasound scientist. Photo by Josh Hartman
Josh Hartman

“A lot of people kind of thought I was crazy because I did my PhD in Hawaii and then I immediately took a job in Fairbanks. Especially people in Hawaii had a difficult time imagining what that move would be like.”

Why did you decide to move to Fairbanks?

“I got a job offer. I’d been offered a job in Fairbanks before, maybe like six years before, that I seriously considered taking. I’m glad that I didn’t take it though because I don’t think it was the right time for me to be here. I think I needed to do some more things and have some different experiences in life. Before that I actually applied to grad school here and considered coming as well so it’s kind of like third time’s the charm. I guess I was destined to come to Fairbanks.”

First annual GI, CEM and INE hog roast/potluck/wiffleball extravaganza!

Noon - 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26 at the Ester Community Park, 3566 Old Nenana Hwy.

Bring your own beverage and a dish to share; hog provided.

"All GI, CEM and INE students, staff and faculty — and their families — and frankly, anyone associated with other units who is interested, are invited to join us at Ester Community Park that day," said GI Director Bob McCoy.

We'll be playing some wiffleball, but one is not required to play in order to show up and enjoy the picnic. If you want to play, please consider signing up for a team on the Google spreadsheet so that we have some idea about how many teams we might have.

CEM/INE will be roasting a hog and serving that up, but of course there will be other food items as well. If you do plan to come, please bring a dish to share. A food sign-up list is included on the Google sheet, in the hopes that it will promote a diversity of potluck offerings. There will also be a grill available, in case folks want to bring their own items to grill. A map to the Ester Community Park is downloadable below.

"Essentially, this is a loosely-organized, low-key opportunity to get together and enjoy each other's company. We'd love to see you there," McCoy said. "Feel free to invite folks as you see fit. For those coming back from the HAARP open house, we apologize for the layering of events but hope you're able to drop in to say hello."

For more info contact Diane Wallace at

UAF's West Ridge in autumn.
Photo by JR Ancheta

All new and returning GI graduate students are invited 3 - 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28 in the Elvey Globe Room.

Learn about GI and UAF resources you can use. This event will provide a quick overview of the departments that can assist graduate students working or completing research at the GI. Need information about your paycheck? Need to order something but don't know where to start? Need to print a poster? Want to know about services available to you on other parts of campus? This overview will be useful to both new and continuing students.

Brought to you by the GI Graduate Student Association and the GI Director's Office.

Refreshments will be provided!

For more information contact Lillian Anderson-Misel at or 907-474-5677

The UAF Nanook Recreation department is offering firearms safety courses Sept. 11 and 27. These courses meet the UAF firearms policy requirements and includes separate classes for pistols and long guns. Guns and ammunition are not provided with the course; staff may use personal weapons they might take in the field or check out department weapons if available. Please contact instructor Craig Lewis ahead of time at or 455-2811 with questions about firearm suitability.

Outdoor Adventures is handling the course logistics, but the instructor is a UAF Community & Technical College police academy instructor. There is a classroom portion (no ammunition in the classroom) and a live-fire training at the range. Details are available at:

The $135 class fee is due at sign-up. Please have a credit card or JV number available. Staff can buy ammunition with UAF funds if their supervisor and ProCard Administrator approve. An Ammo Permission Waiver form is needed (download below), please plan ahead. All UAF-purchased ammunition needs to be used up during class.

Space is limited to six students. If demand warrants, we have a second instructor who may be available, thus allowing another six participants. These courses are limited to UAF faculty, staff and students.

Looking for a writing job? The GI Public Relations office is now hiring a public relations assistant (temporary employee and student assistant positions available!)

Skills needed:
• Writing
• Journalism
• Photography & Video
• Adobe Suite
Science background preferred but not required

Job duties include:
• Write press releases
• Help with event coordination
• Contribute to university publications
• Create promotional materials
• Design & distribute advertising
• Be part of exciting science!

Both positions are listed in UA Jobs:
Student Assistant:
Temporary Employee:

Download a flier about the position below.

Dale Pomraning walks past a track-outfitted truck at Antarctica’s Windless Bight.

GI Machine Shop machinist Dale Pomraning and the research of Martin Truffer and Jay Helmericks, as well as Greg Shipman and the GI Machine Shop, were featured in an article in the summer 2018 UAF Aurora magazine. The magazine is available online at A few paper copies are available in the GI Public Relations Office in 608 Elvey.

Subscribe at to receive your own copy of Aurora magazine or to receive email notification when the next issue is published online. Mailed copies of this issue can also be requested at that website.

The HAARP array near Gakona,
Alaska, with the Wrangell
Mountains as a backdrop.
Photo courtesy HAARP

Visit the High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program at an open house 9 a.m. – 3 p.m Saturday, Aug. 25, in Gakona, Alaska. Join tours of the facility, attend science talks and participate in activities. This is a family-friendly, free event with food available for purchase.

Don't want to drive? A round-trip shuttle is available from Fairbanks and Delta Junction. Round trip from UAF to HAARP: $50; from Delta: $30. Purchase tickets at Seating is limited; purchase no later than Aug. 21.

Download a flier below, and more information is available at or, or at or 907-474-1100.

Javier Fochesatto has been appointed editor of the JTECH-AMS journal. This journal is one of the most prestigious in the field of experimental atmospheric and ocean science.

Nicole Mölders has been invited to edit a special issue of Climate on "Impacts of atmospheric chemistry on local weather and local climate." Mölders is the founding editor-in-chief of Climate and stayed on the editorial board after serving two terms as editor-in-chief.

Part-time mapping work available for UAF students. This project uses web technology to make elevation maps. You can work from home; online training is provided. The work can get tedious so 5-10 hours/week is ideal. Hourly pay = $20 for undergrads and $25 for grads. Contact Dr. Hal Needham: if you are interested in pursuing this opportunity.

Bear safety training flyer.

Tim Craig, former BLM wildlife biologist, will provide a lecture about the essentials of bear safety. This is a perfect introduction or a refresher for anyone heading into Alaska's backcountry this summer. The Aug. 23 bear safety seminar also includes bear spray training and will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23 in 401 Gruening.

Register at or by calling 474-6027.

In fall 2018 Santosh Panda will be teaching GEOS 422–Geoscience Applications of Remote Sensing.

Course overview:
This course introduces the techniques and applications of remote sensing. It has equal emphasis on the physics, digital image processing, and applications of remote sensing. Methods taught are applicable to a wide range of fields, such as natural resources management, biosciences and engineering.

Course information:
CRN 74903 GEOS 422: Geoscience Applications of Remote Sensing, 3 credits, MW: 1 - 2 pm, W: 2:15 - 5:15 pm.

To enroll in this course visit UAOnline. Contact Santosh Panda via email at or phone – 907-474-7539.

Download a flier below which describes the course.

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

  • Visit 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

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.

Rooms for rent for the 2018-19 academic school year

Rooms for rent for the 2018-19 academic school year

Partially furnished single rooms in suite-style apartments

(2 short blocks from campus. Near Sam’s Sourdough Cafe)

$585.00 per month per person

See pictures at

• Apartments in newer 4-plex (1,000 sq. ft.) designed for upperclass and graduate students
• Individual leases
• Single bedrooms
• Rent includes heat, water, hi-speed wireless internet and garbage collection
• Partially furnished kitchen and living room. Will furnish bedroom (bed, dresser, desk) if desired
• Share living room, kitchen, and semi-private bathroom — set up for four people trying to get ready for class
• Secured entrance to building & apartments; individually keyed deadbolt lock on each bedroom door
• Coin-operated washers and dryers on site
• Free parking
• Walk to campus and save $$

• Easy walking distance from campus (two short blocks)
• Close to Campus Corner, College Coffee House, College Town Pizzeria, Sourdough Sam’s, and Gulliver’s Books
• Two blocks from city bus route

Our convenient location puts you exactly where you want to be—close to campus.

This is the place for students who take their education seriously


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Science Event of the Week

Aug 13, 1642

In 1642, Christiaan Huygens discovered the Martian south polar cap.