Joanna Young on a divide overlooking the Canwell Glacier in central
Alaska. Photo courtesy Joanna Young.
Ned Rozell

Joanna Young does not seem to fear change very much. The spunky redhead first came to Fairbanks from Egypt, where her parents were teaching English and running a school. Raised in Toronto, she knew what cold was. But this was January 2010, a colder-than-average month. The temperature bottomed out at minus 41 F as she arrived.

"It was a good climate shock and a good culture shock," said Young, 32, who came to study glaciers for a master's degree.

Now a Ph.D student and lead instructor of a program for getting teen-aged girls on glaciers, Young is setting sail on a new adventure. She is now in Argentina, awaiting passage on a ship that will sail to Antarctica.

Dave Newman, above, and Laura Conner, below

The University of Alaska Fairbanks has announced recipients of the 2016 Emil Usibelli Distinguished Teaching, Research and Service Awards. Two of this year's awardees are affiliated with the Geophysical Institute.

Mary Ehrlander, professor of history and director of the Arctic and northern studies program, received the teaching award; David Newman, professor of physics and a member of the GI's Space Physics and Aeronomy group, received the research award; and Laura Conner, research assistant professor of science education, received the service award. All three will be honored at a reception Monday, Dec. 5.

The research award is the second Usibelli Award for Newman, who won for teaching in 2015. Newman joined the UAF faculty in 1998 after working for five years as a Wigner Fellow and then research scientist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

In the spirit of ending this year on a joyful note, we will be holding an Ugly Sweater Holiday Party on Friday, Dec.16, 11 a.m. – noon in 501 Elvey. This will be a potluck, so please sign up here or in the Director's Office with Kimberly or Robin.

Please join us in your ugliest holiday attire to add a little extra fun to the event. A prize will be awarded to the individual with the “ugliest” sweater.

Wishing you all a happy holiday season!

Geophysical Institute hooded sweatshirts and HAARP-themed t-shirts, as well as challenge coins, are for sale in our online store!

We also have Area 49 pint glasses for sale for $10 in the Public Relations office, 608 Elvey.

GI Hoodies will be available for pick up after December 12, but are available to preorder now.

This is a fundraiser for our next open house at HAARP and the GI Awards Banquet.

NASA is seeking panelists and external reviewers for the ROSES 2016 A.28 Interdisciplinary Research in Earth Science program. The IDS program promotes interdisciplinary research; the results of these investigations improve our capability for both prognostic predictions and retrospective simulations of the Earth system, as well as advance our understanding of the vulnerabilities in human and biogeophysical systems and their relationships to climate extremes, thresholds, and tipping points.

In the ROSES 2016 solicitation, proposers were asked to address at least one of the five specific themes listed in the solicitation:
1. Understanding the Global Sources and Sinks of Methane
2. Ecology at Land/Water Interfaces – Human and Environmental Interfaces
3. Understanding the Linkages Among Fluvial and Solid Earth Hazards
4. Life in a Moving Ocean
5. Partitioning of Carbon Between the Atmosphere and Biosphere

In addition, proposed research investigations had to meet the following criteria: a) offer a fundamental advance to our understanding of the Earth system; b) be based on remote sensing data, especially satellite observations, but including suborbital sensors as appropriate; c) go beyond correlation of data sets and seek to understand the underlying causality of change through determination of the specific physical, chemical, and/or biological processes involved; and d) be truly interdisciplinary in scope by involving traditionally disparate disciplines of the Earth sciences.

A link to the solicitation is provided below.

We invite our US and international colleagues to fill out a short web-based volunteer reviewer form, available at the link below, for subelements 1, 2 and 4 of this solicitation. Women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities are especially encouraged to volunteer. Peer review panels for this solicitation will likely be held in early December 2016 for subelement 2, and early January 2017 for the other subelements.

Peer review is critical to the NASA funding process and serving as a panelist or an external reviewer is an opportunity to gain insights into and contribute towards NASA programs. We would appreciate it if you could forward this request to your colleagues and postdocs. Please note that signing up does not commit one to serve.

Please note the new email address for Design Services: Please add this to your contact list and remove the old address! Our previous address ( will be retired at the end of this calendar year.

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.

Did you know that GI Design Services can provide same day printing for your research posters? While we don’t recommend that you wait till the last minute to print your poster, we’re here to help you when things aren’t going as planned. NOTE: A rush fee applies to same day printing (a full business day).

Please contact us prior if you wish to print with us.

When you contact us, we will need the following information:

1) Your name
2) Your contact information
3) Anticipated poster size
4) Desired media (fabric or paper)
5) Estimated date of arrival

Extended hours prior to AGU:
Thursday, Dec. 8: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wednesday Dec 7: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 9: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

If you anticipate needing our services outside of this extended schedule, call us at x7146 or x7863. We’ll do our best to help you.

All support for email addresses will be terminated effective Dec. 31, 2016.

Until the end of the year, any email sent to addresses will continue to forward to your UA Gmail account and an auto-reply will alert senders that your email address has changed.

Please take the following actions:
(1) Review any subscription services such as AGU, NSF, NASA, or hardware system notifications, etc., that may be registered to your personal or department account and make sure the information reflects your UA Gmail email address.

(2) Login and update your UA EDIR profile at

(3) Login and update your GI Directory profile at Select "User Profile" in the upper right corner to view and edit your information.

Please contact with any questions or concerns.

Application deadline: Feb, 15, 2017

The Marshall Space Flight Center is offering faculty fellowships for qualified STEM faculty at U.S. colleges and universities to conduct research with NASA colleagues during a 10-week residential program in Huntsville, Alabama.

Faculty fellows will receive stipends of $15,000 (associate professor, research faculty), $17,000 (associate professor), or $19,000 (professor).

A relocation allowance of $1,500 will be provided to those fellows who live more than 50 miles from MSFC as well as a $500 travel supplement for one roundtrip.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens who hold full-time teaching or research appointments at accredited U.S. universities or colleges.

During the 10-week program, fellows are required to conduct their research on-site at the Marshall Space Flight Center.

Applications are due to Rachael Damiani at by Feb. 15, 2017. If you have any questions, please call (256) 824-6076.

The announcement and application can be downloaded at

Solicitation: 17-511
Full Proposal Target Date: Feb. 10, 2017, annually thereafter


EarthScope is an Earth science program to explore the 4-dimensional structure of the North American continent. The EarthScope Program provides a framework for broad, integrated studies across the Earth sciences, including research on fault properties and the earthquake process, strain transfer, magmatic and hydrous fluids in the crust and mantle, plate boundary processes, large-scale continental deformation, continental structure and evolution, and composition and structure of the deep Earth. In addition, EarthScope offers a centralized forum for Earth science education at all levels and an excellent opportunity to develop cyberinfrastructure to integrate, distribute, and analyze diverse data sets.

This solicitation primarily encourages submission of proposals that integrate and synthesize major outcomes of EarthScope research and education and outreach efforts with the goal of elucidating and documenting the advances the EarthScope program has made since its inception.

This program also accepts single investigator or collaborative proposals to conduct scientific research and/or education and outreach activities within North America that
1. Make use of capabilities provided through, and/or data and/or models derived from, GAGE (Geodesy Advancing Geosciences and EarthScope), SAGE (Seismological Facilities for the Advancement of Geosciences and EarthScope), and/or SAFOD (San Andreas Fault Observatory at Depth);
2. Further the scientific and educational goals of EarthScope, as described in the 2010 EarthScope Science Plan and/or EarthScope Education and Outreach Implementation Plan; and
3. Do not make use of or require access to the SAFOD Main Hole or SAFOD Pilot Hole.

More information is available at:

Important Information for Proposers
A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (NSF 16-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after Jan. 25, 2016. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 16-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.

The 2017 Global Change Student Research Grant Competition request for proposals is now available at, and in hardcopy from the Graduate School (202 Eielson) or URSA (301 Bunnell).

Graduate students may submit proposals for up to $10,000 for one year, while undergraduates are eligible for up to $7,500. Students should review the RFP carefully before preparing a proposal. Among changes this year, students need to work with their department-level proposal coordinators to prepare their budget.

Deadline to submit proposals: 5 p.m. Alaska Standard Time, Friday, Feb.10, 2017

For more information contact: Barb Hameister at or 474-5818.

Each year at the Annual Geophysical Institute Awards Banquet we recognize select staff members of the Geophysical Institute for their contributions to the Geophysical Institute and the Fairbanks community. We depend on you to put forward nominations for those individuals deserving of recognition.

Nominate a staff member of the Geophysical Institute for their service and recognition at the 2016 Annual Awards Banquet scheduled for Feb. 24, 2017.

Nominations should be submitted through the 2016 Staff Nomination Form here.

We ask that you please provide a short but detailed summary of why you feel this particular individual is deserving of the specified award. To assist the committee in selecting a winner for each award, we will be limiting your nominations to 4000 characters or less (this is about a page). The form will have a space for you to input this summary.

The categories are as follows:

Community Service Award Criteria
This award recognizes a staff member who goes above and beyond to contribute to the wellbeing 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 Award Criteria
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 would not only be a valuable asset to the GI but would make it a point to share their knowledge and expertise to create a better work environment.

Outstanding Student Performance Award Criteria
This award recognizes a student staff member who has gone above and beyond the expectations of those duties written into an everyday student position. Please note, this individual should not be nominated based off of their academic standing. This award is meant to recognize student employees for their professional contributions here at the Geophysical Institute.

If you have questions regarding the nomination process, please contact Kimberly Cummins at

To cut printing and mailing costs, we are moving to electronic delivery of the weekly Alaska Science Forum and Geophysical Institute Quarterly newsletter.

If you wish to receive these publications electronically, send your email address to with the subject line "Alaska Science Forum subscription" or "GI Quarterly subscription."

Thank you for your interest and support!

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Science Event of the Week

Dec 07, 1995

In 1995, the Galileo spacecraft arrived at Jupiter and entered orbit after six years of travel, including a flyby of Venus and two asteroids, Gaspra and Ida. The orbiter also carried an atmospheric probe with scientific instruments, which it released from the main spacecraft in July 1995, five months before reaching Jupiter. Galileo then spent a further eight years examining Jupiter and its moons Io and Europa. In 1994, the Galileo orbiter was present to watch the fragments of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 crash into Jupiter. Its mission was concluded Sept. 21, 2003, by sending the orbiter into Jupiter's atmosphere at a speed of nearly 50 km/sec, destroying it to avoid any chance of it contaminating local moons with bacteria from Earth.