Sam Herreid bikes his way from the Richardson Highway to Canwell
Glacier in the eastern Alaska Range. Photo by Ned Rozell.
Ned Rozell

CANWELL GLACIER — This summer, Sam Herreid has slept for 12 nights on these rocks that ride slowly downhill on a mass of ice. For a few days at a time during the last six summers, the 28-year-old has lived on this ephemeral landscape in the eastern Alaska Range. From his regal perch, he is learning how rock cover affects glacier melt.

Sometimes, the Ph.D graduate student at Northumbria University in England pauses to look around. He sees white ice streams infused with bands of rocks. From above, the rocks look like chocolate swirls in vanilla ice cream. He thinks about how perfect this glacier is for someone studying how rocks either insulate like a blanket or transfer heat like black plastic.

Within this ice-filled trench created by the ratcheting of the Denali Fault are differing thicknesses of rock spilled on the glacier recently and long ago.

Pingo Peat and the permafrost team. Photo courtesy Hot Times in Cold Places.
Lea Gardine

On a sunny Saturday, more than 450 people came out to the Morris Thompson Center to attend a public event focused on permafrost.

This event was created by a University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute project called Hot Times in Cold Places: Permafrost During Climate Change, spearheaded by Matthew Sturm, Jessica Garron and Margaret Cysewski.

Visitors were greeted by Pingo Peat, the life-sized inflatable mammoth before entering a portable planetarium equipped with a virtual version on the permafrost tunnel in Fox, Alaska.

The virtual permafrost tunnel included old bones and the characteristic smell associated with the tunnel.

Experts were on hand to answer questions and visitors were able to touch ice age bones and probe 30,000-year old ice using microscopes and real science tools.

Save The Date!
Monday, Sept. 26, 2016
The whole country is celebrating you!

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed that National Research Administrator Day will be observed annually on Sept. 25.*
In recognition of this auspicious occasion the Office of Grants and Contracts Administration is hosting an ice cream social in your honor, on the afternoon of National Research Administrators Day.

Location: West Ridge Research Building (WRRB 08)
Date: Monday, Sept. 26, 2016
Time: 2 pm – 4 pm

*Since Sept. 25 falls on a Sunday this year, it will be observed on Monday, Sept. 26.

Please contact uaf-ogca@alaska.edu with questions.

BP will be back on campus this fall recruiting for Geologist Intern, Geophysicist Intern and Geophysicist Full-Time positions in both Anchorage and Houston.  
 
Interested students can apply online at www.bp.com/uscampus
· Click on “Apply now” in the lower left.  Use the degree matcher tool to bring up the appropriate internship/full time opportunities. 
· Students graduating in or before May 2017 are eligible for full-time; Students graduating after May 2017 are eligible for internships. 
· Students can only apply for one role. It is not possible to apply for both intern AND full time and adjust graduation date based on whether an internship is offered—an estimated graduation date is required, and this determines which roles a student is eligible for.
· The degree matcher brings up several other science roles, but we are only looking for geologists and geophysicists from UAF so students should choose those roles, NOT petrophysicist or others that might be listed. 
· There are minimum GPA requirements: first-year graduate students will use their final undergrad GPA; second-year or later graduate students will use their graduate program GPA.   
· The deadline for applying is Sept. 26, 2016.
 
Some applicants will be selected for on-campus interviews, and some of those students may be selected for a site visit in Anchorage
· On-campus interviews will be Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. BP will contact students to arrange an interview time.
· The site visit will be Oct. 16-17 in Anchorage. Selected students will be contacted and travel will be provided by BP.
 
BP will be on-campus on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, to answer questions and offer resume help.  
· 12-1 p.m.:  Rebecca Emerson & Josh Miller will host pizza lunch and an informal information session in the Spencer Library; Reichard Room 306.
· 1-3 p.m.:  BP will host a resume workshop.  Students should bring their resumes and will receive feedback from BP staff.  Location TBD.
· 5-8 p.m.:  BP will be at the fall engineering career in the Wood Center Ballroom.  Rebecca & Josh will not be there but other recruiting contacts will be and it’s a good opportunity to stop by and meet them.
 
Students can contact Rebecca Emerson or Josh Miller for more information:
 
Rebecca (Bailey) Emerson
Geologist
BP Exploration Alaska
907-590-0648 (cell)
 
Joshua K. Miller
Geologist
BP Exploration Alaska
P: 907-564-4523
C: 706-206-0826

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 being planned for February/March 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 kdcummins@alaska.edu.

Hello Faculty and Staff! As the fall 2016 semester swings into motion, don't forget to think ahead about the upcoming GI email changes! After December, those who have been using GI email addresses will transition from someone@gi.alaska.edu to someone@alaska.edu, so be sure to prepare for that change and order new business cards soon.

You can do that in Design Services in room 208 or online at gi.alaska.edu/design-services/business-cards. We look forward to seeing you!

All support for user@gi.alaska.edu email addresses will be terminated effective Dec. 31, 2016.

Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to transition all email communication to your UA provided @alaska.edu account.

Anyone using a GI address for a group or role is encouraged to request a departmental email or a Google group from OIT as a replacement. Submit requests via the links on the OIT website: http://www.alaska.edu/oit/servicecatalog/#id=176

Questions? Contact uaf-rcs@alaska.edu or call x8602.

GIGSA is making an announcement to call for speakers for Fall 2016 Lunch Seminar Series again!

A new GIGSA seminar series for Fall 2016 is coming up soon! We are looking for speakers starting from September to November in 2016!

Our goals for this seminar are 1) to inform a broad audience of faculty, staff and students of current research within the GI, 2) to promote interdisciplinary work across research groups and 3) to encourage collaboration among scientists within the GI. In pursuit of these goals, we are looking for speakers to share new and/or evolving research happening at the GI that involves some degree of interdisciplinary or collaborative work. As this seminar is focused on collaborative research we would like to encourage and have particular interest in having a pair of collaborating researchers give a seminar as co-speakers. This could be a great demonstration of how two different people, possibly from two different disciplines, are working together to solve a problem.

GIGSA Lunch Seminar Series Fall 2016: September, October or November - Still available now, could be you!

Please let Shanshan Li know if you are interested in presenting your work. Alternatively, if there is someone in your group (or another) whose research and/or collaboration the whole GI would benefit from hearing about, please encourage them to contact Shanshan. Lastly, feel free to contact Shanshan if you have questions or would like more details about the seminar.

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 UAF-GI-PUBLIC-INFO@alaska.edu with the subject line "Alaska Science Forum subscription" or "GI Quarterly subscription."

Thank you for your interest and support!

Fairbanks Alpine Ski Club seeks volunteer coaches

Fairbanks Alpine Ski Club seeks volunteer coaches

Fairbanks Alpine Ski Club seeks volunteer coaches. We are a small club that train at Ski Land, Birch Hill, and Moose Mountain. Coaches will work under the direction of a head alpine coach. We seek coaches with technical coaching skills. We will pay for lift tickets, background check, and USSA membership. Coaches would volunteer on Saturdays 11:30-3:30, December-April (weather permitting). Please email info@fairbanksalpine.org or call Dawn Montano at 460-1569 for more information.

Fairbanks Alpine Ski Club seeks volunteer coaches. We are a small club that train at Ski Land, Birch Hill, and Moose Mountain. Coaches will work under the direction of a head alpine coach. We seek coaches with technical coaching skills. We will pay for lift tickets, background check, and USSA...
Kayak rack for sale
Lean-against-wall (no mounting required) kayak rack. Holds two kayaks and paddles. Free to good home, you have to pick it up. Email rrherrick@alaska.edu .
Roommate wanted

Roommate wanted

Retired GI staff looking for roommate to share Chena Ridge house. Above the ice fog and inversion layer so 10-20 degrees warmer than town. 4wd or a very capable 2wd vehicle (or bicycle) required after a snowfall. Heat, electric and DSL included in rent. Water is hauled, we'll negotiate the details on that. Washer, dryer, propane stove/oven, dishwasher, big fridge, big kitchen table. Outside sauna. 10 minutes to GI parking lot. Rent negotiable ... I'm not looking for more than it would cost you to rent a dry cabin. I plan to spend most of the winter Outside so would ask you to take care of the two cats. Pets on approval of said cats. Cat-proof fenced yard. You get the master bedroom. paul@cgfr.com or text/call 347-6310 until midnight.

Retired GI staff looking for roommate to share Chena Ridge house. Above the ice fog and inversion layer so 10-20 degrees warmer than town. 4wd or a very capable 2wd vehicle (or bicycle) required after a snowfall. Heat, electric and DSL included in rent. Water is hauled, we'll negotiate the details...
Bedroom for rent

Bedroom for rent

Bedroom for rent in modest Chena Ridge home. 12-min drive to campus. Private bathroom, use of kitchen, washer/dryer. $700, all utilities included. Contact Lisa Drew, lisadrewlisadrew@yahoo.com.

Bedroom for rent in modest Chena Ridge home. 12-min drive to campus. Private bathroom, use of kitchen, washer/dryer. $700, all utilities included. Contact Lisa Drew, lisadrewlisadrew@yahoo.com .
Do you have something you want to advertise?

Do you have something you want to advertise?

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 Lea 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 Lea with the...

Science Event of the Week

Sep 19, 1991

September 19, 1991, Ötzi, the Iceman, a Stone Age wanderer and the most ancient human being ever found, was discovered in the Similaun glacier in the Ötzal Alps on the Italian-Austrian border. His frozen body was found along with artifacts of his vanished way of life. An examination of his gut contents showed the man took his last meal not long before setting out on a hike from which he was never to return. The meal was a simple affair, consisting of a bit of unleavened bread made of einkorn wheat, one of the few domesticated grains used in the Iceman's part of the world at the time, some other plant, possibly an herb or other green, and meat. An Austrian reporter named him Ötzi.