William Dall at the beginning of his first Alaska exploration in 1885. National Geographic archives.
Ned Rozell

One year before Alaska became part of America, 21-year old William Dall ascended the Yukon River on a sled, pulled by dogs. The man who left his name all over the state was in 1866 one of the first scientists to document the mysterious peninsula jutting toward Russia. He is probably the most thorough researcher to ever ponder this place.

On his first, three-year trip, Dall gathered more than 4,000 specimens from the hills and valleys of Alaska, from sea shells to great gray owls to a human skull. He sent them back by steamship to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., where he later processed them all.

Dall wrote his own summaries of Native people and their dialects, made weather and climate observations, and catalogued all the fish, birds, mammals and plants he saw. His “Alaska and its Resources” was published in 1870.

In the EarthScope National Office with Beth Grassi, science writer and public information officer for EarthScope. Photo by Josh Hartman.
Josh Hartman

“I’m a member of the UAF Fencing club, that’s one of my favorite hobbies, especially in the winter. … It’s something I always wanted to do as a kid. ... It’s a neat sport because you don’t need to be the biggest or the strongest to win. You have to be fast and good at strategy, which I like because I’m not that burly of a person. … I also like that in the fencing classes here there are kids from high school through adults of all ages. We don’t have a lot of sports that are just open to any age. … I’ve been fencing for about 17 years. I didn’t start until after college and I wish I had started earlier because there are a lot of things that are less intimidating when it’s not somebody coming at you with a sword — job interviews and other things don’t seem to make me as nervous now that I have that sport in my life.”

At the request of our Business Office, an administrative change has been made to the process for invoicing poster prints. While services and prices will not change, we are now required to obtain a signature or email authorization from the budget authority for the fund/org to which the charges are being directed. We are establishing a DocuSign account to support electronic signatures, and can also accept email authorizations. Your printing service will not be delayed while we obtain the necessary authorization. However, we will ask customers to provide the name of the individual we should contact. Alternatively, you may also download the invoice (attached in this announcement, must click on announcement to view the file) and bring it to us with your poster, already signed by the budget authority. Thank you for your patience while we implement this new process.

The GI Wireless network will be retired on June 30, 2018.

There are three wireless options on UAF campus: eduroam, UAlaska, UAGuest.

Eduroam is the recommended wireless network for faculty, staff, and student computers, research systems, and mobile devices. For instructions on how to configure eduroam please visit https://www.alaska.edu/oit/services/campus-wireless-network/eduroam/.

OIT staff are available to assist with eduroam, UAlaska, or UAGuest wireless access in Elvey 511, Butrovich 105, or Bunnell 231. RCS staff are available to assist with Linux and research system wireless configurations in Elvey 508.

If you are planning a conference or meeting on campus, full speed wireless access for guests may be coordinated through OIT. Please contact helpdesk@alaska.edu with your request at least 2 business days in advance.

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, is offering summer internships for students interested in working on NASA missions or space-related research opportunities. A stipend and housing will be provided for the 10-week program. Eligible students include undergraduate rising sophomores through doctoral students as of fall 2018. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Application Deadline: March 30, 2018
Contact: aplnasaintern-web@jhuapl.edu

The NASA Office of Education Fellowship Activity funds candidates for graduate research at their respective campuses during the academic year under the guidance of their faculty adviser and a NASA researcher. To be eligible, candidates must be U.S. or naturalized citizens who hold a bachelor's degree in a STEM field earned before Aug. 31, 2018. Candidates must enroll in a master's or doctoral degree program no later than Sept. 1, 2018, and intend to pursue a research-based master’s or Ph.D. program in a NASA-relevant field.

Audience: First-year Master’s or Doctoral Students
Proposal Deadline: March 20, 2018, by 5:59 p.m. EDT
Contact: elizabeth.a.cartier@nasa.gov

The X-Hab Academic Innovation Challenge encourages university-level students to develop innovative design solutions for deep-space human exploration systems. The winners of the challenge will receive $15,000 to $50,000 to design and produce studies or functional products that will increase knowledge and foster risk reduction for space exploration capabilities. Awardees will follow a tailored systems-engineering process with projects being completed in the May 2019 timeframe. https://spacegrant.org/xhab/

Proposal Deadline: April 27, 2018
Contact: xhab@spacegrant.org

GIGSA will be hosting the annual booksale along with the Mather Library 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wednesday March 28 in the Elvey Globe Room. All proceeds go to the GIGSA Graduate Student Travel Grant Fund and the GI Mather Library.

There will be plenty of geoscience, physics, biology, chemistry, math, climate change/atmospheric chemistry, non-fiction, foreign language and fiction books, and more!

Please drop off book donations in the Globe Room March 28 around 9 – 10 a.m. If you can’t make it the day of the sale but still want to donate books, please contact the Mather Library (uaf-gi-library@alaska.edu).

A flier about the sale is available below. Please download, print and post copies!

A UAF undergraduate student was selected to participate in the NASA Student Airborne Research Program, an eight-week-long student summer camp that focuses on giving senior undergraduate students experiences in related scientific fields. Kiersten Johnson is a senior majoring in chemistry, and was one of 28 students selected to participate. There were 10 students who applied to each student selected, making the 2018 NASA SARP selection highly competitive. Johnson is a student working with Jingqiu Mao in Atmospheric Science.

Johnson will spend the eight-week program in Southern California, where she will gain hands-on experience within either atmospheric science, oceanography, or land surface observations. The students will also be able to work on projects aboard NASA’s airborne research plane, the DC-8.

Students who are interested in applying for next year’s program can find more information at the NASA SARP website.

Beginning 9 p.m. Sunday night March 11, Facilities Services will begin clearing hardpack from all campus parking lots. Lots will be posted and towing will be enforced. Our goal, however, is to not have to tow any vehicles, and we hope with your help we can achieve this goal.

As of now, the West Arctic Health lot (across from Elvey Bldg.) is scheduled for snow removal Sunday, March 18 at 11:30 p.m. and the IARC/GI/WRRB lot is scheduled for snow removal Monday, March 19 at 9:30 p.m. The full snow removal schedule is available here: http://facilities.alaska.edu/uaf/fsweb/snow.cfm

  • If you're leaving campus for spring break, please park your vehicle in the Taku or Nenana lots.
  • Departments can also park vehicles in Taku or Nenana lots for the week if needed.
  • Academic lots will be posted 24 hours prior to cleaning.
  • Residence Hall lots will be posted 48 hours before cleaning.

For more information contact Facilities Services at 907-474-7617.

In summer 2017, the first ship to traverse the Arctic Northern Sea Route without assistance from ice-breaking vessels completed its journey. That transformational moment drives home both the opportunity and the imperative for the United States, a nation with an important Arctic presence, to ready itself for the new Arctic.

Navigating the New Arctic, one of the National Science Foundation's 10 Big Ideas, embodies NSF's far-sighted response to this profound challenge. NSF recognizes that broad engagement between existing programs throughout the Foundation will be needed to meet this challenge. NSF will build on its leadership in supporting Arctic science and observations to advance understanding of and predict the rapid and complex environmental and social changes in the Arctic region and to provide the tools and knowledge that will enable resilience for a globally-significant part of our world.

NSF issued a "Dear Colleague" letter on February 22 inviting proposals in FY 2018 that will advance NNA research through convergent approaches to emerging scientific, engineering, societal, and education challenges, and builds upon the NNA awards resulting from the FY 2017 DCL on Growing Convergence Research at NSF.

This is not a special competition or a new program; proposals in response to this DCL must meet the requirements and deadlines of the program to which they are submitted. Organizations submitting proposals to programs and funding vehicles without deadlines are encouraged to submit proposals by May 1, 2018, to be considered for FY 2018 funding.

More information is available online here, or download a pdf about the initiative below.

Field Safety Training Schedule

The Department of Recreation, Adventure and Wellness is offering a variety of field safety classes in March.

Sign-ups are open, first-come-first-serve. The easiest sign up method is online via the MyDraw portal at https://mydraw.uaf.edu/.

If classes fill quickly, DRAW will audit to make sure attendees are taking the classes for professional reasons (compared to personal interest). If a class is not filling, we will make it available to the broader UAF community.

These courses are designed for the UAF personnel going into the field — they have priority for enrollment. UAF community members planning to do field work this year are encouraged to participate in order to make the field experience safer for everyone. These classes are great options for new hires, new field assistants, staff new to Alaska and experienced researchers. While many may have the skill sets, we can all learn from each other in these courses. Our goal is to make field camps as safe and effective as they can be, but also to provide an enjoyable training experience.

Thanks to Vice Chancellor Larry Hinzman for his support in this professional development opportunity.

The Alaska Summer Research Academy at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is accepting applications through April 15 for its middle and high school programs.

The academy will be held each day from July 23 – Aug. 3, 2018. Students accepted into the summer program will spend two weeks with a small group and two instructors exploring a topic in science, engineering, math or technology. The program is offered through the UAF College of Natural Science and Mathematics.

The middle school program is for students who will be in grades six to eight in fall 2018. The high school program is for students who will be in grades nine to 12 in fall 2018. Financial aid may be available for qualified students.

For the application and more information, visit www.uaf.edu/asra/.

Contacts: Christa Mulder, ASRA director, 907-474-7703, cpmulder@alaska.edu; Lynnette Dunn, ASRA administrative assistant, 907-474-7221, lddunn@alaska.edu

The 2018 Interior Alaska Science Fair is recruiting judges for this community event. The “District Science Fair” represents a select group of projects from all local school science fairs in the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District.

Judges play an essential role. Please participate and support these young potential scientists in our community. Judges are needed from all fields of science who understand the scientific method and who enjoy working with children ages 6 – 14 years.

Judging will take place at Pioneer Park Civic Center on Thursday, March 22, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., with morning (8:45 a.m. – noon) and afternoon (11:45a.m. – 3 p.m.) shifts available. As always, we provide food and beverages to keep our judges well-fueled.

Please contact volunteer judge recruiter Sarah Keller and indicate which shift — morning or afternoon (or both!) — works for you. Keller will send more details as the date gets closer.

"This is a great way to recall your own early days in science. These children are inspiring! Join me along with others in Fairbanks to encourage scientific discovery in our young people," Keller said.

Contact: Sarah W. Keller, Volunteer Judge Recruiter, Interior Alaska Science FairF, 907swkeller@gmail.com or 907-378-2699

The West Ridge Training Series is returning! Sessions in the series will take place on Tuesdays through May.

Where: Globe Room, 215 Elvey
When: Second Tuesday of the month, 1 – 2 p.m.

  • March 13: Violent Intruder Training, presented by UAF Police Chief Steve Goetz
  • April 10: Green Dot Training, presented by Amy Cross, Nanook Diversity and Action Center. More information about Green Dot training is available at https://greendot.alaska.edu/
  • May 8: Google Apps, presented by Josh Watts, UA OIT. Overview of Google Apps, and then question time...come prepared!

Questions or suggestions for future topics? Contact Valerie Rickards at x6742 or vsrickards@alaska.edu. A link to a pdf of the full schedule is below.

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 UAF-SciCal@alaska.edu. 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 http://www.cgc.uaf.edu/calendar.html by clicking on the link at the bottom right or by typing UAF-SciCal@alaska.edu 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 http://www.cgc.uaf.edu/calendar.html 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 UAF-SciCal@alaska.edu.

The University of Alaska Coastal Marine Institute is a partnership of the University of Alaska, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, and the State of Alaska. The CMI provides a pathway for BOEM to fund research supporting the management, exploration, and development of energy resources on Alaska’s outer continental shelf.

Application Deadline: 5 p.m., March 20, 2018

In 2018, CMI will award up to two graduate student research awards of $25,000 to qualified students for research work that is technically meritorious and relevant to the BOEM mission. Projects should address one or more of the CMI Framework Areas defined in the attached flier. Eligible students must be enrolled and in good academic standing through academic year 2018-2019. Students are limited to one CMI research award per degree.

Awards are intended to fund a specific, well-defined component or augmentation of a student’s larger research effort or an established project. Student Research Awards can be spent May 1, 2018 through July 31, 2019, and are restricted to a maximum of $25,000, including indirect costs. All award funds must directly benefit the student and may be used for graduate student support, tuition, university fees, and research expenses such as travel, supplies, and laboratory fees. Non-federal cost-share (1:1) is required and can include student advisor and committee member time. Contact CMI with any questions.

CMI Framework Areas
The CMI Framework Areas provide guidance in the development of specific research projects that will provide scientific information to inform stakeholders in areas affected by CMI projects. The most relevant studies will supply information to support the analysis of the potential effects of offshore development, including oil spill risk analysis and mitigation of potential impacts on the biological and human environment. Student research should address one or more of the following:

  • Scientific studies for better understanding of marine, coastal, or human environments affected or potentially affected by offshore oil and gas exploration and extraction or renewable energy development on the OCS;
  • Modeling studies of environmental, social, economic, or cultural processes related to OCS oil and gas or renewable energy activities in order to improve scientific predictive capabilities;
  • Experimental studies for better understanding of environmental processes or the causes and effects of OCS activities;
  • Projects that improve collection of and sharing of data regarding marine or coastal resources or human activities to support prudent management of oil and gas resources; and
  • Synthesis studies of scientific environmental or socioeconomic information relevant to the OCS oil and gas and renewable energy program.

The preferred geographic area of study includes the State and Federal waters offshore of Alaska, particularly in the Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas lease areas in the Beaufort Sea, the Chukchi Sea, and Cook Inlet and Shelikof Strait. However, research efforts outside of the Alaska Region may be proposed if applicable to CMI priorities.

Additional information and details for application are included in the flier linked below.

The UAF Science Communications Club is a network of UAF faculty, staff and students who discuss and encourage science communication. The group meets bi-weekly through the semester, 2 p.m. Thursdays in 010 WRRB, Decision Theater North.

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

Mar 12, 1923

In 1923, the Phonofilm, the first motion picture with a sound-on-film track was demonstrated at a press conference. It was developed (1920) by Dr. Lee De Forest, inventor of the radio tube (1907). Dancers and musicians were shown on the film with music, but without voice dialogue. The sound was imaged in a narrow margin alongside the picture frames on the film. (De Forest's process came several years before the 1928 film, the "Jazz Singer," but that film used the Warner Vitaphone system. The Vitaphone system attempted to synchronize its sound from a record player turntable connected to the film projector.) The de Forest process read a series of light and dark areas on the film itself, using a photocell to convert to audio.