John Wright stands next to his 1979 panoramic photo of the Porcupine
caribou herd in the University of Alaska Museum of the North.
Photo by Ned Rozell.
Ned Rozell

There are no photographs of bison spilling by the thousands across the Great Plains. By the time cameras came along, most of the bison were gone. John Wright of Fairbanks believes he has an Alaska version of what that photo might have been.

His image, 12 slide frames stitched together to show the Brooks Range rising from northern tundra, is papered on a wall of the University of Alaska Museum of the North.

It takes 10 steps to walk past the panorama, a vinyl print mounted at eye level just across the hall from Otto, a preserved brown bear that stands six feet tall.

Josh Hartman

“I’ve been writing fiction for ten years. I’ve written plays that were produced even though they were short, one-act plays. … When someone asks “What hobbies do you have?”, I never consider writing to be a hobby. It’s as big a passion for me as coming in [to the machine shop] and working. … I started writing basically about growing up in my hometown of Baltimore and how rough and tumble it was … People are my inspiration. And most of my short stories are mostly dialogue because I love the interaction between people.”

In the office of Greg Shipman, manager of the Geophysical Institute’s machine shop.

NCEAS is seeking applications for the 2018 Data Science Fellows program. Our next six-month session will begin in early July. Data Science Fellows will be in residence at NCEAS and will work closely with data and informatics teams to solve data, analysis, and software issues relating to environmental science. Fellows will document and archive important ecological, physical, and social science data from research projects focused on environmental issues in Alaska and the Arctic. This practicum-style program gives fellows the opportunity to gain practical knowledge and skills needed to manage national-scale data repositories. Fellowships are paid.

Required Qualifications: Experience in data management and/or analysis, familiarity with metadata, experience with a scientific computing language.

Desirable Qualifications: Doctoral or master's degree, interest in ecological or environmental science, experience building structured metadata, proficiency in a scientific computing language (R, MATLAB, Python), experience or comfort with training others.

To apply for the session beginning in July:

Please attach the following in an email to by February 1, 2018 for full consideration, and by March 1, 2018 at the latest:

A one to two page statement explaining your interest in being a fellow, your experience and qualifications, and your specific topics of interest in data science
A resume or CV outlining your experience
Name, email, and phone contact information for two non-peer references
Click here to learn more!

The Lean Launch Workshop is designed to teach participants how to take university research and other great ideas from concept to commercialization.

It is based on the Lean Startup methodology for developing products and companies, and will be led by Steve Weinstein, who teaches a similar course at the University of California Berkeley and Stanford.

Through this workshop, participants will:
• Learn what it really takes to develop a viable product or be part of a startup company
• Team up with multidisciplinary talent from across the UA system
• Leave knowing the next steps you need to take on your road to success
• Take giant leaps forward with your innovation or technology
• Get connected with the right people and resources

Who: All interested members from the UA community, including faculty, staff, and students. The course is limited to 25 participants with priority enrollment offered to individuals who are actively working on commercializing an idea.

When and where: March 12 – 14, UAF campus

Visit to learn more and APPLY NOW!

Registration closes February 9th.

Contact UAF’s Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization with questions: or 474-2605.

This course is sponsored through the Office of Naval Research and co-hosted by BMNT.

The National Ocean Sciences Bowl competition in Seward is looking for volunteers to help judge the competition. The competition organizers are critically short in the following positions. Please consider volunteering. If you've already signed up, that is wonderful … THANK YOU!

Please forward this information to your colleages who might be willing to help out.

The 2018 Tsunami Bowl will take place Friday – Sunday, Feb. 9 – 11, 2018. The 2018 competition will be the biggest Tsunami Bowl ever hosted in Seward, which means we have quite a few more volunteer judging slots to fill.

  • two moderators
  • seven rules judges
  • four science judges
  • seven Team Challenge Question judges (i.e. reviewing written answers)

Multiple judging slots need to be filled. When considering if you are available to participate as a judge this year, please keep in mind that you will be needed for both days:

- Saturday, Feb. 10: ~8:30am -5:30pm
- Sunday, Feb. 11: ~8:30am - 2pm

As a thank you for volunteering your time and expertise, there will be multiple free meals offered during your volunteer commitment.

If you would like to volunteer as a judge for the 2018 Tsunami Bowl, please fill out the Survey Monkey form below to help the organizer make the best placement of your knowledge:

Contact Jennifer Elhard, Seward Marine Center administrative and facility banager, at, to request more information and job descriptions for each of the volunteer positions available.

ComSciCon 2018 Flyer

To all graduate students in STEM and related fields:

Applications are now open for ComSciCon 2018, the sixth annual Communicating Science workshop, to be held at Emerson College in Boston, Mass., June 14-16, 2018. Graduate students at U.S. and Canadian institutions in all fields of science, technology, engineering, health, mathematics and related fields are encouraged to apply. The application will close on Thursday, March 1.

Acceptance to the workshop is competitive; attendance is free and travel support and lodging will be provided to accepted applicants.

Participants will build the communication skills that scientists and other technical professionals need to express complex ideas to the general public, experts in other fields, and their peers. In additional to panel discussions (on topics such as Creative Storytelling, Science Journalism, Diversity/Inclusivity, and a Case Study on Scicomm in Medicine), ample time is allotted for networking with science communication experts and developing science outreach collaborations with fellow graduate students.

You can follow the link below to submit an application or learn more about our workshop programs and participants, and we would appreciate it if you would forward this notice to any other interested graduate students you are affiliated with. You can also follow us on Twitter (@comscicon) and use #comscicon18. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at

Learn more here!

There will be a forum about Administrative Services Monday, Jan. 29 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. in Elvey Auditorium to discuss issues pertinent to UAF's research employees – faculty, staff and students.

The agenda will include:

• What's new in administrative services:

  • OGCA – Strategic Pathways process review
  • OFA – Travel policy/system changes
  • Facilities DDC – Launch of planning process for new UAF seven-year capital plan and summer 2018 construction
  • EHSRM – New field training opportunities
  • HR – process streamlining
  • Procurement – Strategic Pathways strategic consolidated purchasing

• Soliciting input from research unit colleagues regarding what is working well, what is not working well.
• Discussion about how Administrative Services can best support research units to make progress on the UA Board/President Johnsen's aggressive research growth goals.

Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services and Executive Officer Kari Burrell will be there to talk with members of the research units about your concerns and ideas. Please consider attending this informative event.

The GI has received a request from the Make-A-Wish Foundation on behalf of a 16-year-old from Pennsylvania who is extremely interested in the aurora.

The young man and his family are coming to Fairbanks in early March. The Make-A-Wish Foundation asked if someone from the GI who is knowledgeable about the aurora could provide a special presentation for him and his family about the science behind the aurora in the Elvey Building during regular business hours some time Monday – Wednesday, March 5 – 7.

If you would like to help make this young man's wish come true, please contact Doreen Hayward in the GI Outreach Office at or 474-1910.

Request for Proposals:
Advancing UAF's World-Class Arctic Research Now and in the Future


  • Grow our world-class research by remaining the world’s leader in Arctic research
  • Grow our world-class research by increasing research spending

UAF Vice Chancellors Henrichs, Peter and Hinzman requests proposals to grow our world class research and retain our status as the leader of Arctic research by increasing research spending and publications.

Please see attachment below for details.

Faculty interested in this RFP please respond to Vice Chancellor Larry Hinzman directly at, with a cc to Cassie Pinkel at

Deadline: 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16

When: Friday, Jan. 26, 10:30 a.m. – noon
Where: 501 Akasofu

The UAF Science Communication Club ( is hosting a storytelling workshop led by Rob Prince, creator of Dark Winter Nights ( Please join us if you're interested in sharing your story of overcoming challenges, motivations in becoming a scientist, or crazy field experiences.

Even if you feel like you don't have a story, storytelling techniques can improve your next conference presentation or journal article. This workshop is open to UAF faculty, staff, and students.

Please email Margaret Cysewski at to RSVP for the workshop.

WRTSS flier

The West Ridge Training Series is returning. Ssession in the series will take place on Tuesdays thorugh May.

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

Next Session:
Feb. 13: Financial Wellness, presented by Scott Keyes, CRPC, Keyes and Associates, Inc. How to manage competing priorities, set goals and save for retirement.

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

During the Poker Flat launching season Jan. 15 - 22, 2018, an SMS messaging service is available for anyone interested in listening to range communications or viewing a live web stream of the launches. Subscribers will receive notification when the countdown begins along with a link to listen to range launch communications. Subscribers also will be notified when the count drops below T-10 minutes, which is when the live web stream will commence.

To subscribe to the messaging service text PFRRLAUNCHES to 33222.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks, a Land, Sea, and Space Grant institution and the world’s leading arctic research university, invites applications for post-doctoral positions.

The Centennial Postdoctoral Initiative seeks to attract outstanding, early career scientists, scholars, or artists who will engage in research or creative expression relevant to Alaska, the circumpolar north, or other UAF research priorities.

These positions are funded through funds provided by President Johnsen as part of his his research initiative. Please find the posting here:

GI Director Bob McCoy encourages all faculty to solicit applications for these postdoctoral positions.

NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship
Application deadline is Jan. 19, 2018, for fellowships that begin in August 2018.
This program's mission is to provide on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students and to provide project assistance to state coastal zone management agencies and other key NOAA partners. The fellowship positions start in August 2018 and are available at the California Coastal Commission, the coastal programs in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, and Washington; the Coastal States Organization in Washington, DC; the National Association of Counties in Washington, DC; and the National States Geographic Information Council, which will be hosted in Anchorage, Alaska. Eligibility requirements, descriptions of the projects, and guidance on how to apply can be found at the Coastal Management Fellowship website:

NMFS – National Sea Grant Fellowships
Application deadline is Jan. 26, 2018, for fellowships that begin in August 2018.
This fellowship is for PhD students interested in careers related to (1) marine ecosystem and population dynamics, with a focus on modeling and managing systems of living marine resources, or (2) economics of the conservation and management of living marine resources. Recipients work with a mentor from NOAA Fisheries. For more information on these fellowships, visit the NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowships web page:

Alaska Sea Grant State Policy Fellowship
Application deadline is Feb. 21, 2018, for fellowships that begin in July 2018
The state fellowship program provides a professional opportunity for soon-to-graduate or recently finished graduate students interested in the science and policy needed to keep our marine resources healthy. The state fellowship program provides an opportunity to acquire on-the-job experience in planning and implementation of marine resource policies and programs in Alaska. The program matches highly motivated graduate students and recent graduates with hosts in Alaska-based state or federal agencies for a 12-month paid fellowship. For more about this fellowship visit the Alaska Sea Grant State Fellowship web page:

John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship
Application deadline is Feb. 23, 2018, for fellowships that begin in February 2019.
This unique fellowship is well suited for graduate students with an interest in national policy decisions affecting coastal and ocean resources. The fellowship involves spending a year in the Washington, D.C., area in an executive or legislative position. Recipients work on substantive national policy issues related to aquatic resources. For more information visit the Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy
fellowship webpage:

The 2018 Alaska Surveying & Mapping Conference (ASMC) will take place Feb. 12 - 16, 2018 at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Anchorage.

Conference organizers are offering travel and recognition awards for students. Interested students can apply for these scholarships at:

UAF students who availed this scholarship and attended the conference in the past found the conference very useful, especially for networking with professionals and potential employers. Traditionally, geoscience students with a remote sensing and GIS background have participated in the conference. However, students in disciplines such as biology, fisheries, environmental science, engineering, emergency management, etc. who are interested in using any sort of geospatial data will find this conference very useful.

Sitka Sound Science Center is Accepting Applications for the 2018/2019 Scientist in Residency Fellowship Awards for Polar and Subarctic Scientists of All Disciplines
Nov. 30, 2017: The Sitka Sound Science Center is accepting applications for the fourth round of a fellowship program funded by the National Science Foundation to attract pre-eminent polar and subarctic scientists to Sitka. The program offers several one-month fellowships for polar and subarctic scientists each year. Expenses for travel, lodging, per diem and a small honorarium will be provided to each fellow. The scientists will be given lab and office space and provided with administrative support.

The Polar Scientist in Residency Fellowship brings scientists annually to Sitka for one-month sabbaticals. The fellowship is limited to US citizens and is intended for mid-career scientists (not graduate students). The short sabbatical will allow scientists undisturbed time that can be used in a variety of ways: data analysis, manuscript preparation, experimentation, collaboration or simply thoughtful process.

The PSIRF Fellows will spend a week of their residency in outreach and education activities to share their work in the schools and at other forums like public library programs, lunch meetings with students, and science cafes. They will present a lecture to the general community through the Natural History Seminar series put on by the Science Center and supported by the Sitka Charitable Trust and the University of Alaska Southeast. Fellows will also be provided guidance on best practices for communicating science to a public audience in rural Alaska. The purpose of these outreach activities is to help improve science literacy, provide opportunities for scientists to explain their research to the public and to give students insight into the many career paths available in science

The five-year NSF award is from the Office of Polar Programs. UAS Associate Professor Jan Straley is the principal investigator for the project and Alexandra Ravelo is the director of the program.

A copy of the application and further information is available at the SSSC website:

Deadline for application is Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018

For more information contact Alexandra Ravelo at 907-747-8878 extension 9 or

Winners are selected each year are recognized at the annual GI Awards Banquet.

You can nominate someone here. Nominations should be received by Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in order to be considered for this years' awards.


Staff Community Service
This award recognizes a staff member who goes above and beyond to contribute to the well-being 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
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 is not only a valuable asset to the GI but makes it a point to share their knowledge and expertise to create a better work environment.

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

Nominate someone today!

Interested in joining the new Science Communication Club? We are a network of faculty, staff and students that meets regularly to discuss and encourage science communication. 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 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.

Room available for spring semester

Room available for spring semester

Room available for a woman for spring semester
Partially furnished single rooms in suite-style apartments
(2 blocks from campus, near Sam’s Sourdough Cafe)

$585.00 per month per person

See photos at

• Apartments in newer 4-plex (1,000 sq. ft.) designed for upperclassmen and graduate students
• Individual leases
• Single bedrooms
• Rent includes heat, water, high-speed wireless internet and garbage collection
• Partially furnished kitchen and living room, will furnish bedroom (bed, dresser, desk) if desired
• Share living room, kitchen and semi-private bathroom — set up for four people trying to get ready for class
• Secured entrance to building and apartments; individually keyed deadbolt lock on each bedroom door
• Coin-operated washers and dryers on site
• Free parking
• Walk to campus and save $$

• Easy walking distance from campus (two short blocks)
• Close to Campus Corner, College Coffee House, College Town Pizzeria, Sourdough Sam’s, and Gulliver’s Books
• Two blocks from city bus route

Our convenient location puts you exactly where you want to be — close to campus.
This is the place for students who take their education seriously.

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Science Event of the Week

Jan 16, 2006

In 2006, the Stardust capsule successfully returned to Earth, carrying dust from a comet, which could shed light on the origins of our planetary system. It ended its six-year mission by entering the atmosphere at 28,860 mph - faster than any other man-made object before. Its speed was reduced to 14.8 feet per second as it parachuted back to the United States, and was retrieved by NASA scientists. It was the first successful collection of cometary and interstellar material, and the first rock samples taken from space since the Apollo missions. A prior attempt by the same team to retrieve solar wind particles, the Genesis return probe, ended 16 months earlier without properly opening its parachute and had been badly damaged by hitting the ground at 193 mph.