Fritz Freudenberger

March is the 50th anniversary of the first rocket launch from Poker Flat Research Range. Come commemorate half a century of research with us at our open house.

For this special event we will have a tour of our upper range facilities including LIDAR, Telemetry and the Davis Science Operations Center, which are not part of our summer walking tour.
In addition, we will be offering science talks and demonstrations.

You will not want to miss this rare opportunity!

This event is free and family friendly.

Gates open on March 9 at 7:30 p.m. The event starts at 8:00 p.m. and goes until midnight in hopes that the aurora will join us.

If you don’t want to drive, there will be two round-trip shuttles departing from the Geophysical Institute. Shuttles are free but, as space is limited, reservations are recommended.

With Panorama Mountain in the background, from left, Lynn Kaluzienski, Elizabeth Berg, Cole Richards and Carl Tape take a break from stomping out a 1-kilometer snowshoe line across the Denali Fault near Cantwell. Photo by Ned Rozell.
Ned Rozell

PANORAMA MOUNTAIN — “For some reason, when I come to this terrain, I know something’s been pulverized.”

Cole Richards says this while watching three companions kick their steps Chilkoot-Pass style into an abrupt hill. The slope rises from the pancake floodplain of the Nenana River just behind him. The landscape here seems a bit confused.

Richards, a graduate student in seismology at UAF’s Geophysical Institute, is standing in snowshoes on the Denali Fault, atop a foot of compacted snow. The Denali Fault is a weak spot in Earth’s crust that has maintained a frown across the middle of Alaska with its continual jerky movement. One of the most obvious strike-slip faults in the world (where land on one side of the fault creeps in the opposite direction of land on the other), the Denali Fault unzipped more than 200 miles of tundra and ice during a giant 7.9 earthquake in 2002.

Drafts of the Planet Walk signs for Yukon Drive are currently displayed on the walls of 501B Elvey. Please stop by and make edits and additions. We want the information on each sign to be accurate and interesting, and we hope to give students and tourists a list of questions that they can answer by walking and reading signs on the one-mile UAF Planet Walk. We are looking for questions like: which planets have auroras, which planet has the most moons, which planets have rings, which planet rotates the fastest, which planet would float if placed in a large tub of water, etc. Use post-it notes please to make additions. The deadline for edits is this Friday, February 22.

Lew Shapiro, right, was presented with the 2019 Roger Smith Award. GI Director Emeritus Roger Smith is on the left, and GI Director Bob McCoy in the middle. Photo by Sean Tevebaugh.

After another year of hard work and successful research, the GI celebrated its staff, faculty and students on Friday, Feb. 15 during the Annual Awards Ceremony. The 2019 awards recognized the efforts of our colleagues during 2018. Best faculty and best student papers were selected from those in print during the year throughout the seven research groups at the GI.

Congratulations to the award winners and nominees and a big thank you to everyone for your contributions to the GI community!

Award descriptions and winners can also be found on the GI Awards Ceremony website. and the full 2018 publication list can be found here.

Awardees are as follows.

Roger Smith Lifetime Award:
Lew Shapiro
TK Moore Award:
Michael West
Outstanding Staff Performance Award:
Vicki Daniels
Outstanding Student Performance Award:
Emilie Sinkler
Community Service Award:
Jami Warrick

Faculty Best Paper:
Nicole Mölders: Mölders, N., and Kramm, G. (2018) “Climatology of Air Quality in Arctic Cities—Inventory and Assessment.” Open Journal of Air Pollution (7),

Best Student Paper (joint winners):
Jacob Rosenthal: J. Rosenthal, P. Betka, E. Nadin, R. Gillis, and J. Benowitz. (2017) “Vein Formation during Progressive Paleogene Faulting and Folding Within the Lower Cook Inlet Basin, Alaska.” Geosphere,

Christine F. Waigl: Christine F. Waigl, Martin Stuefer, Anupma Prakash, and Charles Ichoku. (2017) “Detecting High and Low-intensity Fires in Alaska Using VIIRS I-band Data: An Improved Operational Approach for High Latitudes.” Remote Sensing of Environment,

Nominees were:

Community Service Award: Jami Warrick and Steve Lanese
Outstanding Staff Performance Award: Katie Best, Lisa Piechocki and Vicki Daniels
Outstanding Student Performance: Emilie Sinkler, Jacob McKenna, Louis Bastille, Margaret Rudolf and Nicholas Hasson

NASA DEVELOP National Program is a ten-week paid research opportunity, open to current students and recent college graduates as well as transitioning career professionals. NASA DEVELOP projects focus on helping local and international communities address their environmental concerns while utilizing NASA's Earth observing fleet of satellites. NASA DEVELOP operates at twelve locations across the country at NASA Centers and other regional locations. This is a great opportunity for participants who are interested in practical applications of remote sensing and GIS, specifically in the field of Earth Science. Participants will work with NASA scientists, partner organizations, and science advisors to learn about the use of NASA Earth science data for use in water resources, disaster management, ecological forecasting, and other applications to address environmental community concerns.

Responsibilities will include: literature review, data processing and analysis, and producing deliverables, such as a technical report, presentation, and video. Previous GIS or remote sensing knowledge, while beneficial, is not required for acceptance. This is a multi-disciplinary opportunity for all those interested in Earth science and we encourage those in the social sciences, general science, engineering, computer science, etc. to apply.

Applicants must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to work in a fast-paced, highly collaborative environment. Days of the week are flexible, but applicants should be able to commit to 20 – 29 hours per week during the term. The position is paid on an hourly basis that is determined by education level.

Details about this opportunity and how to apply can be found online at The spring position application window will be open online from January 22nd through March 1st, with the term starting June 3rd and lasting through August 9th. There are also summer and fall opportunities available.

Please feel free to contact Austin Stone ( with any questions.

Counseling Services are Available
Volunteers Needed
Students, staff, faculty, and community members are welcome to volunteer!


Graduate level counseling students are looking for volunteers who would like to receive free counseling.
Sessions will last 50 minutes and occur one time per week.
Sessions will be held 2/18/2019 to 4/25/2019.

For more information, please contact: Valerie Gifford, Ph.D. (, (907) 474-1999.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Financial Aid Department is looking for volunteers to participate in career panels at local elementary schools, as part of the Kids2College Program. Each event will be one hour long and have three volunteers speaking about their career for 10-15 minutes each.

The students will be learning about college and careers as part of the Kids2College Program. The purpose of the program is to get kids excited about education and to start preparing for training, college and careers early. Chapters 5 and 6 of the program are focused on careers and this career panel is the highlight. These students will be attending a field trip on April 12th to experience a day in the life of a college student at UAF.

Career Panel
Speakers should be prepared to tell the students about a typical day in your field. Answer questions such as: What do you do all day? What is the hardest part of your job? What is your favorite part of your job? What training or classes did you need to prepare you? Why did you decide to be in your field? Students will also have a few minutes to ask questions for each speaker. Teachers will help monitor to make sure students are asking appropriate questions, but if you feel uncomfortable answering a question, that is OK. (Example- a question any police office gets asked is “Have you ever killed anyone?”) Plan to talk for about 10 minutes each, and the kids will have some questions for you. Props are welcome.

Volunteers are needed for these following dates and locations:

Hunter Elementary February 21 from 2pm-3pm
Pearl Creek Elementary March 5th from 2pm-3pm
Wood River Elementary March 18th from 10:30am-12pm (This one is longer and could use four volunteers)
Arctic Light Elementary (Must have ability to access Fort Wainwright)
March 25th from 9am-10am
Salcha Elementary School March 27th 1:35pm-2:35pm
Nenana City School March 29th TBD
Ladd Elementary April 3rd 2pm-3pm

If you are interested in participating or have any questions, feel free to contact Jessica Speed (

The 2019 Interior Alaska Science Fair is coming up and judges are needed! The District Science Fair represents a select group of projects from all local school science fairs in the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District.

Judging will be at Pioneer Park Civic Center Thursday, March 28, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., with morning (8:45 a.m. – noon) and afternoon (11:45 a.m. – 3 p.m.) shifts available. As always, food and beverages are provided to keep the judges well-fueled.

Judges play an essential role. Please participate for a few hours 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. Sometimes the enthusiasm of young scientists is the perfect antidote to challenging events at work!

Contact Sarah Keller to indicate which shift, morning or afternoon (or both) works for you. More details will be available as the date gets closer.

This is a great way to recall your own early days in science - these children are inspiring! Join others in Fairbanks to encourage scientific discovery in our young people.

To volunteer contact Sarah W. Keller, Volunteer Judge Recruiter, Interior Alaska Science Fair at or 378-2699.

Our new puzzle depicts some of my favorite things: books and a cat; the puzzle is entitled "Library Cat." It should be 1,000 pieces of challenging fun!

Please come to Mather Library to work on our new puzzle!

Beginning Monday, Jan. 28, Design Services' hours will be 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and
closed for lunch daily from noon to 1 p.m..

Questions?, or our front desk at 907-474-7146.

Thanks to the generous support of Vice Chancellor Hinzman and the Research Professionals Group, we are again taking a big stride towards creating a culture of safety among UAF researchers.

Nanook Recreation has coordinated a great set of Field Safety courses for Spring 2019, all of which are free to UAF researchers. Simply call the Outdoor Adventure office at 474-6027 to sign up.

A full list of the courses can also be found at

Priority given to UAF Researchers, but we will open some of the courses to other staff and students two weeks prior to course start dates. Researchers, please sign up in advance. Others, please wait until 2 weeks prior.

If you sign up, please show up. Having people no-show to a free course displaces another students.

Please forward this information to your new graduate assistants or faculty.

We are happy to offer these classes and value your feedback. If you need something slightly different, just let us know.

Contact Mark Oldmixon at or 474-6709 for more information.

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

UAF has updated to Banner 9. This has made it more difficult for staff in the GI Human Relations office to locate employees without ID numbers. When sending HR any requests regarding yourself or your employees, please include your University/Student ID number. We really appreciate your assistance with this.

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.

Hats for Sale

Hats for Sale

Three hats for sale, see description for details.

Hat #1: Red fox fur hat - $100
This is a beautiful and warm hat made from combination of red fox fur and white musquash fur. Fur is high quality and shiny.

Hat #2: Women's hat - $25
This hat is made from soft suede with faux silver mink trim. Very soft, comfortable, with adjustable fit.

Hat #3: Women's felt hat - $25
This hat is soft and warm, with adjustable fit and a white faux fur trim.

Please contact Elena Suleimani ( if you are interested in any of these hats.
Hat #1: Red fox fur hat - $100 This is a beautiful and warm hat made from combination of red fox fur and white musquash fur. Fur is high quality and shiny. Hat #2: Women's hat - $25 This hat is made from soft suede with faux silver mink trim. Very soft, comfortable, with adjustable fit. Hat #3:... Please contact Elena Suleimani ( if you are interested in any of these hats.
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If you have something you would like to sell or are looking for, you can advertise in the weekly newsletter for free! We can run your advertisement as long as you would like us to. Just scroll to the bottom of the newsletter and click on "submit an item for the newsletter" or email Sue Mitchell with the details.

If you have something you would like to sell or are looking for, you can advertise in the weekly newsletter for free! We can run your advertisement as long as you would like us to. Just scroll to the bottom of the newsletter and click on "submit an item for the newsletter" or email Sue Mitchell...

Science Event of the Week

Feb 18, 1977

In 1977, the first space shuttle orbiter prototype, the Enterprise, was flight tested for two hours in “inert captive mode,” attached to the top of a 747 jumbo jet. The flight was the first of five captive flights in the nine-month-long Approach and Landing Test testing program (Feb-Nov 1977) at the Dryden Flight Research Facility. The Enterprise had its first free flight test on 12 Aug 1977, when the orbiter was released from the carrier 747 in flight, and demonstrated that the shuttle could fly in the atmosphere and land like an airplane, except without power-gliding flight. The orbiter was originally to be known as Constitution (to honour the U.S. Constitution's Bicentennial). However, a write-in campaign by fans of the TV show Star Trek convinced the White House to name the vehicle Enterprise. Read more about the Enterprise Shuttle here.