The new satellite dish on top of Elvey settles into place
on Saturday, March 18. Photo courtesy Sacha Layos.

The landmark antenna on the Elvey Building was successfully replaced with a new 9-meter dish late Saturday afternoon. The work took about a half-day longer than predicted due to cold temperatures. There will be several days of work between the roof and the ground while crews complete the installation.

Koyukuk Drive will remain closed through the afternoon of Tuesday, March 21.

Pedestrians in the area should follow the posted signs along the Arctic Health Research Building when traveling from the Murie Building to the Akasofu Building.

A raven in Fairbanks. photo by Ned Rozell.
Ned Rozell

People who study animal behavior think they may have found out why wolves hunt in packs — because ravens are such good scavengers.

Scientists who watched wolves on Isle Royale in Lake Superior came up with the raven-wolf pack theory after puzzling over a question: Why do wolves hunt in large groups when a single wolf can take down a moose?

To find a possible answer, John Vucetich and Rolf Peterson of Michigan Tech and Thomas Waite of Ohio State University examined 27 years of wolf observations on Isle Royale in northern Michigan. Isle Royale, 45 miles long and up to nine miles wide, sits in the northwest lobe of Lake Superior. A national park, the island supports a population of a few dozen wolves and hundreds of moose. Peterson studied the wolves for more than 30 years, and the researchers used observations from Peterson and his coworkers in the present study.

Mark your calendars!

It's a cupcake competition on Monday, March 27, from 10 a.m. – noon in the Globe Room!

Bakers, make your most awesome cupcake to put in the competition, and everyone else, come and try some fantastic sweet treats!

The money from this fundraiser will go to the Gee Wiz Heart Walk team which is currently in 2nd place for UAF in fundraising.

If you have questions about the cupcake event or wish to bake and want to tell someone about it, contact Erin Christian, eachristian@alaska.edu.

Have you signed up yet for the Gee Wiz Team? You can do so here:
http://www2.heart.org/site/TR?fr_id=2173&pg=team&team_id=177347

Thank you for supporting the Gee Wiz Heart Walk team!

The Nenana Ice Classic is a fun way to anticipate spring by guessing the time of river breakup at Nenana, Alaska. Last year’s prize money was $300,000. We didn’t win because we were four minutes off! The year before we missed by only one minute!

You can do your own thing or you can join the 2017 GIce pool which hopes to guess 250 or more different minutes, increasing everybody’s chances of winning.

Bring $5 or multiples thereof, e.g. $10, $15, $20, etc., to Flora Grabowska in the Keith B. Mather Library by March 31 to join the pool.

http://www.nenanaakiceclassic.com/ice.htm

Applications for the BRIGHT Girls summer academy are now open!

BRIGHT Girls offers two-week, FREE, day-only science academies in Fairbanks (July 10 – 21) and Juneau (July 24 – Aug. 4) for high school girls. Participants explore the biology and habitat of salmon (in Fairbanks) or harbor seals (in Juneau). Expect to go boating, take pictures, use science tools and technology, take measurements in the field and the lab, and explore the outdoors with new friends.

Visit brightgirlsak.orglearn more and submit an application (due April 1).

For more information, contact Laura Oxtoby at leoxtoby@alaska.edu, 907-474-5396

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.

    Alaska NSF EPSCoR, Alaska INBRE and the Alaska BLaST program are sponsoring Visualize This!, a visualization competition open to researchers across the UA system.

    Entries will be accepted in two categories:

    Print - photos, illustrations, posters and graphics
    Video - videos and interactive visualizations

    First, second and third place in each category will receive $1,000, $500 and $250, respectively, and 10 entrants will receive $50 honorable mentions. Entries will be displayed at UAF Research Day on April 25 and at a First Friday event in Decision Theater North on May 5.

    Visualizations must relate to a current University of Alaska research topic. Entries can come from individuals or teams, and must include participation by a UA scientist.

    The deadline is March 31, 2017. Contest rules are at http://www.alaska.edu/files/epscor/pdfs/Visualize-This-rules.pdf and enter to register here.

    The UAF Alaska Summer Research Academy will accept applications from Feb. 1 – April 15 for its 2017 middle and high school programs.

    The academy will be held each day from July 10 – 21. Students accepted into the program will spend two weeks with a small group and two instructors exploring a topic in science, engineering, math or technology. The program is offered through the UAF College of Natural Science and Mathematics.

    The middle school program is for students who will be in grades six to eight in fall 2017. The high school program is for students who will be in grades nine to 12 in fall 2017. Financial aid may be available for qualified students.

    There are five middle school modules:

    • Getting to Know Your Birds at the Sky Islands of Interior Alaska
    • Investigating Patterns of Life
    • Mapping Permafrost Adventures
    • Meet the Mammals
    • The Air Up There — Investigating Air Pollution and Carbon Dioxide in the Atmosphere

    There are eight high school modules:

    • Biomedicine
    • Disease Detectives
    • DIY Data Devices: Sensor Building for Environmental Science
    • Environmental Chemistry of the Arctic
    • Reconstructing Evolution: The Mathematics of DNA
    • Time Sleuths — Archaeology in Interior Alaska
    • Veterinary Medicine
    • Web Development

    The Time Sleuths module includes a six-day expedition.

    For the application and more information, visit www.uaf.edu/asra.

    CONTACTS: Christa Mulder, ASRA director, at 474-7703 or via email at cpmulder@alaska.edu. Lynnette Dunn, ASRA administrative assistant, at 474-7221 or via email at lddunn@alaska.edu

    Cartel_TITCVM_2017.pdf

    For undergraduate students (M.Sc. & Ph.D. students are also welcome)

    Pre-registration deadline: Feb. 15
    Registration deadline: March 3

    The program offers 50 hours of teaching, all in English (classroom + lab + field activities), on volcano seismology, microgravimetry, ground deformation, fluid geochemistry, thermal imaging and additional volcano monitoring techniques.

    Earn 2 ECTS credits from the University of La Laguna (ULL)

    More information: www.involcan.org
    Download the flyer here.

    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.

    Temporary housing needed

    Temporary housing needed

    I’ll have a postdoc visiting the GI between mid-Sept to mid-December, and we are looking for housing for him and his girlfriend. Please let me know if have any good leads on a rental for the ~3 month period.

    Thanks, David (dfee1@alaska.edu).

    I’ll have a postdoc visiting the GI between mid-Sept to mid-December, and we are looking for housing for him and his girlfriend. Please let me know if have any good leads on a rental for the ~3 month period. Thanks, David ( dfee1@alaska.edu ).
    Now Renting for the Summer 2017 and 2017-18 Academic School Year

    Now Renting for the Summer 2017 and 2017-18 Academic School Year

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