Matthew Sturm’s partners on a 2007
snowmachine traverse of the North American
Arctic head toward Daring Lake in Canada’s
Northwest Territories. Photo by Matthew Sturm
Sue Mitchell

The monetary impact of changes in snowfall due to climate change is likely in the trillions of dollars.

Professor Matthew Sturm, with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute, reported in a recent paper for the American Geophysical Union that the costs of snowfall changes are “measured in trillions, not billions, of dollars.” Sturm collaborated on the invited paper with Michael Goldstein of Babson College and Charles Parr of the UAF Geophysical Institute.

A Jay Cable selfie while riding between Koyuk
and Elim. Photo by Jay Cable
LJ Evans

Jay Cable pedaled his fat-tire bike into Nome on March 16 to win the 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Invitational in 17 days, 3 hours and 37 minutes.

The Iditarod Trail Invitational is the world's longest winter ultra marathon, according to the ITI webpages. Competitors can cover the course on foot, skis or bike, for distances of 130, 350 or 1,000 miles. The 1,000-mile course follows the historic Iditarod Trail from Knik over the Alaska Range to McGrath and to Nome in late February every year one week before the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Remember to put The Geological Society of America's Annual Meeting on your calendar of events.

Annual Meeting 2017
Abstract Deadline - 1 August 2017
Early Registration Deadline - 18 August 2017
Meeting Dates 22-25 September 2017 in Seattle, Washington

Annual Meeting 2018
Field Trip submission deadline 1 December 2017
Sessions and Short Courses deadline 1 February 2018
Abstract Deadline 14 August 2018
Meeting Dates 4-7 November 2018 Indianapolis, Indiana

Ready to support your Gee Wiz Heart Team and burn off some bake sale calories!?

Join us for our GI Tract 5K Fun Walk/Run to be held on campus Sunday, April 30, at 2 p.m. The first 100 registrants will receive a commemorative t-shirt, designed by the GI's very own Hannah Foss!

The race will start and end in front of the Elvey Building. This event is open to the public and participants can register online until the day of the run. Invite your coworkers, friends and colleagues, and jump into getting into shape for summer!

All proceeds will benefit the GI's Gee Wiz Heart Walk Team as they raise money for the American Heart Association. Unable to participate? Donations can be made directly to the team through the official fundraising page.

Get on your track shoes, plan to burn some calories and have fun!

If you have any questions, contact Suzy Nicolai at srnicolai@alaska.edu.

GIGSA March for Science participants.
Photo courtesy of Alex Iezzi.

More than 1,100 people in Fairbanks participated in the March for Science, including representatives and friends of the GI's own Graduate Student Association. The March for Science championed robustly funded and publicly communicated science that serves the common good.

Summer 2017 Alaska Industry Internship program opportunities include an internship with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and the Environmental Protection Agency. To apply, see details on the Alaska Space Grant website: http://spacegrant.alaska.edu/content/alaska-industry-summer-internship. Application Deadline: April 30

The intern will receive training on how to update and modernize GIS data for impaired and priority waters in preparation for catchment analysis.

Undergraduate and graduate students who attend an Alaskan Institution of higher education and are majoring in science, technology, engineering, math, education or other majors that lend support to NASA's mission are encouraged to apply. Students must be US citizens.

The internship is to take place in Juneau, Anchorage or Fairbanks.

You're invited to participate in the Week of the Arctic!

GI folks: Please remember to register if you plan to attend any of the Week of the Arctic events.

The Arctic is largely unrepresented in international education. The goal of this forum is to present the Arctic as a destination for student mobility, showcase opportunities for education and research, and encourage engagement of students.

From Larry Hinzman, UAF vice chancellor for research:

We are pleased to welcome the Arctic Council back to Fairbanks for its ministerial meeting on May 11. The meeting marks the conclusion of the U.S. chairmanship, and those attending will celebrate the accomplishments of the past two years and observe the transition to Finland's chairmanship.

We've been working with the Alaska Arctic Council Host Committee and other community partners to help organize a Week of the Arctic to coincide with the ministerial meeting.

Some of the highlights include the International Arctic Assembly, the Arctic Council Showcase and the Arctic Highlights Forum, as well as the Arctic Mayors' Roundtable.

Presentations, workshops, community talks and facilitated policy discussions will highlight the work of the Arctic Council and others.

Please consider attending events and sharing this information. This is a great way to showcase UAF's involvement in the Arctic Council during the chairmanship.

You'll find a full schedule of events on the website: http://akarctichost.org/.

Thank you for all you do to bring public awareness to the issues in the Arctic and to UAF.

Fairbanks events: May 8-11
Members of Alaska’s science, policy and business community will come together to celebrate the successes of the U.S. chairmanship and toast the future of the Finnish chairmanship.

Every spring as the clock changes to daylight saving time, university staff are asked to update their directory information in the UA Enterprise Directory, or EDIR. This ensures not only that people can reach university staff but also that enrollment in email lists and other location-based services works as intended. This is important not only for UAF in general, but especially for Geophysical Institute faculty, staff and grad students so that several GI information tools, like the GI Directory at http://www.gi.alaska.edu/directory, have the correct information.

Please review and update your info in EDIR!

To update your information, got to https://edir.alaska.edu/ and follow the steps below.

  • Click the log-in link in brackets in the upper right corner and log in using your UA credentials.
  • Once logged in, you have the option to update personal information.
  • Use the form to add or change contact information, titles and other directory components.
  • Don’t forget to log out when finished.
  • Thank you for doing your part to keep our directory information accurate.

    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.

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

    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

        Apr 21, 1925

        In 1925, Darwin's theory of evolution was reputed to be taught in Dayton, Tennessee, by teacher John Scopes, who used the high school textbook Civic Biology by George Hunter. For this, Scopes, 24, was prosecuted under the Butler Act, a state law enacted the previous month, March 21, 1925. It prohibited the teaching of evolution in public schools. The trial, which began July 10,1925 was used as a platform to challenge the legality of the statute. Scopes was supported by the American Civil Liberties Union. At its end, on July 21, 1925, Scopes was convicted and fined $100. On appeal, the state supreme court upheld the constitutionality of the 1925 law but acquitted Scopes on the technicality that he had been fined excessively. The law was not repealed until May 17, 1967.