A class of sixth-graders from Fairbanks attended the Denali Science School, a three-day program in Denali National Park and Preserve. Ned Rozell photo.
Ned Rozell

DENALI NATIONAL PARK — When I was 12 years old, I didn’t know permafrost was like frozen lasagna. I didn’t know what permafrost was. I grew up in a small town on the Hudson River in New York.

But here is my 12-year-old daughter and her classmates, gathered amid fragrant tundra plants. She is sitting on the T-end of a pointed steel rod, in order to help shove it in the ground. She stops when she feels a gentle thud a few feet down.

The frozen ground she reached has survived the heat of the summer, probably many summers. She has hit permafrost, a physical reminder of a time long ago during which frigid air pulled heat from the ground, leaving it hard as a rock deep beneath the surface.

2018 Annual Northern Glaciologists Meeting. Photo by Andy Aschwanden.
Martin Truffer

The Geophysical Institute hosted the 2018 annual Northwest Glaciologists meeting Sept. 7 and 8. The meeting, an annual informal gathering of glaciologists from the greater Pacific Northwest, provided an opportunity to highlight current research activities. The emphasis was on presentations from graduate and postdoctoral students. Approximately 50 people attended the meeting, some from as far away as Norway and China.

Halloween 2018 at GI

The Haunting Hour is approaching, get ready!

October activities will include:

  • A Halloween costume contest at the annual potluck, noon – 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31.
  • Old Halloween movies in the fifth floor lounge on Wednesdays, Oct. 17 and 24, from noon – 1 p.m.

For more information, please contact Cassandra in the GI HR Office at 907-474-5880.

New RCS web hosting services and rates will take effect July 1, 2019. RCS rates are published online: https://www.gi.alaska.edu/research-computing-systems/service-rates#web

Websites previously hosted by GI Computer Resource Center will be affected by these changes. RCS will contact individual principal investigators to coordinate further.

The following options are currently available when building a web presence:

  • Google Sites is available at no cost and is ideal for personal research or small project sites. To get started, login to your UA Google Account and select “Sites” from the Option menu.
  • Drupal and WordPress work well for more complex web sites. RCS offers hosting and support for these content management systems.
  • Additional web applications may be supported via an RCS virtual machine. Contact RCS for a consultation to assess requirements, implementation, and fees.

Additional web hosting details are available online: https://www.gi.alaska.edu/research-computing-systems/web-services

GI graduate student William Swanson was featured in the most recent International Global Atmospheric Chemistry issue for his work on the ALPACA project. Swanson was working with faculty member Bill Simpson for this project. Read about Swanson's feature in the IGAC journal here.

The Geophysical Institute will be the "Super Saturday” focus at the Fairbanks Children’s Museum on Saturday, Nov. 17.

Astronomy in the portable planetarium will be showcased at this kid-friendly outreach event.

The Faiirbanks Children's Museum is looking for others who would like to help represent GI research by bringing hands-on learning to young children on Saturday Nov. 17. Please contact Doreen Hayward at dehayward@alaska.edu or call x1910 to confirm participation.

The office of the Vice Chancellor for Research will have funds available during FY19 for UAF faculty, staff and students who are publishing their work in peer-reviewed journals, and in rare cases, book chapters, but who do not have other funding sources available to cover publication fees. Publication awards will not exceed $1,000 for a single article. Funds can be used to cover charges for color figures, page fee for subscription-based journal, or to cover a part of an open-access fee.

In order to be eligibile for this award the first author of the article be a UAF student, staff or faculty member. Priority will be given to articles generated from research that was not grant-funded, and articles with a student as first author. All other funding requests will be approved on a first-come, first-served basis and the VCR’s decision will be final. Articles must be published in high-quality journals with respectable standing in the discipline.

Authors can apply for the publication award after the article is accepted for publication. Authors will be required to disclose all funding information when applying for support. These limited funds are a funding source of last resort and authors are expected to exhaust all alternative funding sources before applying. Once approved, the recipient may submit the invoice to the VCR office for direct payment to the publishing company for charges amounting to no more than $1,000. Authors will be expected to ensure that the financial support for publication is duly acknowledged and a PDF of the final published article is provided to the VCR’s office for record.

In order to apply, please submit your request to Cassie Pinke, assistant to Vice Chancellor of Research Larry Hinzman, at cjpinkel@alaska.edu. Requests should include a short (half-page) justification of your request, name of publishing journal, verification of article acceptance for publication, citation/reference as listed and an invoice for costs.

UAF Will be hosting two blood drives in October. Staff Council will host a blood drive from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 in the Wood Center Ballroom. The second blood drive will be from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19 in Room 501 of the Akasofu Building.

If you would like to register early go to donate.bloodbankofalaska.org or call the Blood Bank at 907-222-5630.

All responsible employees at UAF must update their Title IX training every year between July 1 and Sept. 30. Responsible employees are required to report sex or gender-based incidents within 24 hours of receiving information about an event to the Title IX coordinator at www.uaf.edu/titleix/. The term "responsible employees" refers to all staff and faculty and all Residence Life student employees.

You’ll find the Title IX training (first-time or refresher) at https://myua.pageuppeople.com/learning/. If you have questions about the training, please contact the Department of Equity and Compliance at 907-474-7300 or visit https://uaf.edu/titleix/training-news-events/.

UAF is also required to publish the nondiscrimination statement in all online and print materials.

As you may be aware, students also take Title IX and AlcoholEdu training. These trainings and initiatives are all part of a comprehensive approach to growing a culture of respect, diversity and inclusivity. Please play your part in creating a university where everyone can thrive.

West Ridge Training Series flier.

The calendar has been set for the fall semester. All sessions will take place the second Tuesday of each month, 1 – 2 p.m. in the Globe Room.

Oct. 9: Comprehensive Financial and Distribution Income Planning
Presented by Scott Keyes, CRPC and Bobby Weaver, CFP, Keyes and Associates, Inc. A little planning goes a long ways. A successful retirement begins with an income strategy backed by a personalized financial plan. By understanding and addressing retirement risk factors, you can confidently plan for the next phase of your life.

Nov. 13: Purchasing Guidelines
Presented by Katie Best, GI Business Office. Topics will include requisitions, work orders and account codes. Bring your questions!

Dec. 11: Intro to Video Editing Using Free Software
Presented by Sean Tevebaugh, Videographer, GI Design Services. Topics will include making a timelapse, video presentation and more. Have a need/concern about video making? Bring your questions! The talk will also cover video production software and camera options.

Click the announcement below to view and download a flier listing all of the training sessions.

Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS)
Full Proposal Deadline Date: Sept. 26, 2018
Program Guidelines: NSF 18-545
Humanity depends upon the Earth's physical resources and natural systems for food, energy, and water (FEW). However, both the physical resources and the FEW systems are under increasing stress. It is becoming imperative that we determine how society can best integrate social, ecological, physical and built environments to provide for growing demand for food, energy and water in the short term while also maintaining appropriate ecosystem services for the future. Known stressors in ...
More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505241&WT.mc_id=USNSF_3...

Full Proposal Target Date: Sept. 25, 2018
Program Guidelines: PD 18-7970
The Combinatorics program supports research on discrete structures and includes algebraic, enumerative, existential, extremal, geometric, and probabilistic combinatorics, including graph theory.

Principal Investigators should carefully read the program solicitation "Conferences and Workshops in the Mathematical Sciences" (link below) to obtain important information regarding the substance of proposals for conferences, workshops, ...
More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503570&WT.mc_id=USNSF_3...

Full Proposal Target Date: Sept. 25, 2018
Program Guidelines: PD 18-1268
The program in Foundations supports research in mathematical logic and the foundations of mathematics, including proof theory, recursion theory, model theory, set theory, and infinitary combinatorics.
More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5548&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&...

International Research Experiences for Students (IRES)
Full Proposal Target Date: Sept. 25, 2018
Track - III: New Concepts in International Graduate Experience
Program Guidelines: NSF 18-505
The International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program supports international research and research-related activities for U.S. science and engineering students. The IRES program contributes to development of a diverse, globally-engaged workforce with world-class skills. IRES focuses on active research participation by undergraduate or graduate students in high quality international research, education and professional development experiences ...
More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=12831&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39...

Full Proposal Window: Sept. 25, 2018
Program Guidelines: PD 18-1263
The Probability Program supports research on the theory and applications of probability. Subfields include discrete probability, stochastic processes, limit theory, interacting particle systems, stochastic differential and partial differential equations, and Markov processes. Research in probability which involves applications to other areas of science and engineering is especially encouraged.
More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5555&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&...

Principal Investigators should carefully read the program solicitation
More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5555&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&...

Cooperative Studies Of The Earth's Deep Interior (CSEDI)
Full Proposal Target Date: Sept. 24, 2018
Program Guidelines: NSF 16-572
The Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) invites the submission of proposals for collaborative, interdisciplinary studies of the Earth's interior within the framework of the community-based initiative known as Cooperative Studies of the Earth's Deep Interior (CSEDI). Funding will support basic research on the character and dynamics of the Earth's mantle and core, their influence on the evolution of the Earth as a whole, and on processes operating within the deep interior that affect or are ...
More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=11702&WT.mc_id=USNSF_46...

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 UAF-SciCal@alaska.edu. 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 http://www.cgc.uaf.edu/calendar.html 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-SciCal@alaska.edu.

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

Sep 16, 2007

In 2007, International Ozone Day was celebrated for the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Montreal Protocol. On Dec. 19 , 1994, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed Sept. 16 to be International Day for the Protection of the Ozone Layer, commemorating every year the signing of the Montreal Protocol in 1987 in Montreal, Canada. This landmark event to protect the stratospheric ozone layer is one of the most successful international treaties. By 2007, 191 countries had signed the protocol, under which there was to be a phase out of the production and consumption of ozone depleting chemicals. For 2007, The Drummers and A Kid's Dream videos were made available as Public Service Announcements for TV and new educational materials were prepared.