Uma Bhatt showcases her sea-ice work in May at the UAF Arctic
Research Open House. Photo by Josh Hartman
Patty Eagan

Uma Bhatt always knew she wanted to help people. As a kid, she thought she might become a social worker or a doctor.

While growing up in Pittsburgh, she did particularly well in math and science but had an interest in learning Russian as well. Her father thought she should study engineering.

“You have expensive taste. You like nice things,” she remembered him saying. “So at least get the engineering degree so you can support yourself. Then, if you can make a career out of the Russian, fine.”

At the University of Pittsburgh, Bhatt met David Newman in the honors program while studying engineering.

Pink salmon returning in August, 2017, to Port Valdez near the Solomon
Gulch Hatchery, where workers release about 230 million salmon smolts
to the ocean each year. Photo by Ned Rozell.
Ned Rozell

Of the five species of salmon that swim Alaska waters, the pink is by far the most plentiful. Some scientists think the fish is an overabundant predator that outcompetes other salmon and some seabirds.

In the late 1990s, Japanese researchers noticed an intriguing pattern while studying in the Bering Sea just north of the Aleutians. During every odd-numbered year, populations of tiny ocean creatures called copepods were very low. The year after, their numbers were high.

Pink salmon eat copepods. And, the Japanese scientists noted, pink salmon are most abundant in odd calendar years. The Japanese scientists postulated that pinks, which have exploded in numbers since the early 1990s, had gobbled up many of the copepods.

The 2018 team of Girls on Ice Alaska will present their research projects conducted over eight days on the Gulkana Glacier in the Alaska Range 5-6 p.m. Monday, June 25, in the Murie Auditorium.

For more information about the Girls on Ice Alaska program visit

Contact Sarah Clement at with questions.

The 2018 INSIGHT Into Diversity Inspiring Programs in STEM Award nomination process is now open. The deadline to submit your nomination is June 30. If selected as a 2018 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award recipient, you will be notified by July 15.

The award is a measure of a college's programs and initiatives that encourage and support the recruitment and retention of women and underrepresented students into all STEM fields. These include, but are not limited to, science and research fields, technology, engineering, and all math fields. Each recipient will receive an award certificate, a high-res downloadable logo to use in print and online marketing information for your school, and will also be profiled in the September STEM Disciplines issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

The National Science Foundation Division of Earth Sciences awards postdoctoral fellowships to recent recipients of doctoral degrees to conduct an integrated program of independent research and professional development. Fellowship proposals must address scientific questions within the scope of EAR disciplinary programs and must align with the overall theme for the postdoctoral program. The program supports researchers for a period of up to two years with fellowships that can be taken to the institution of their choice (including institutions abroad).

The program is intended to recognize beginning investigators of significant potential, and provide them with research experience, mentorship, and training that will establish them in leadership positions in the earth sciences community. Because the fellowships are offered only to postdoctoral scientists early in their career, doctoral advisors are encouraged to discuss the availability of EAR postdoctoral fellowships with their graduate students early in their doctoral programs. Fellowships are awards to individuals, not institutions, and are administered by the fellows.

For more information about the EAR Postdoctoral Fellowship program, please send a message to or review the FAQs.

Solicitation: NSF 18-565
Due Date: Sept. 19, 2018

In the office of Geophysical Institute
Director Bob McCoy.

This week marks the one year anniversary of Humans of the GI and this is the 50th post in the series. We hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as we have. Thanks for reading and here’s to 50 more!

“Alaska provides incredible inspiration and is a fascinating laboratory. There’s a lot of smart people here studying volcanoes, earthquakes, snow, ice and permafrost, the atmosphere—and the aurora. We’re doing a lot of cool things here in the GI: launching rockets, flying unmanned aircraft, downlinking satellite data—there’s so much going on. This is a terrific job, the best job I’ve ever had, and I really enjoy being surrounded by all these smart people.”

#nanooknation #gihumans #naturallyinspiring #uafgi

Design Services will be closed July 4-6 for the Independence Day holiday. If you require support from this department between now and July 3, please contact us at or at x7146 as soon as possible. We will do our best to meet your needs. If you require poster printing, we will waive the rush fee for same-day poster printing for projects brought in by noon on July 3. All posters needed during the week of July 2-6 must be picked up no later than 4:30 on July 3.

The Hazardous Materials & Waste Management section of UAF's Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management unit has launched a quarterly newsletter to keep the UAF community updated on topics related to hazmat regulations, generation, storage and disposal. The first issue is linked below.

These topics are important to all of us, even those who don't work in a "wet" lab. Equipment, batteries, commonly used cleaners and other materials can also be designated as "hazmat." Contact Richard Deck and Kris Riley at 474-7889 with questions about the newsletter content.

Looking for an opportunity to share your research with science-minded visitors? The Betchart Group will be visiting Fairbanks this month and is interested in GI research.

Two presentations have been requested on Saturday June 30, 2018 at 10 a.m. at Sophie’s Station. The first presentation beginning at 9 a.m. regarding the aurora has been filled.

The second 30-45 minutes presentation is still open, but needs to be filled quickly.

This is a great opportunity to fulfill science education outreach requirements.

If you are willing and available to present to the Betchart Group, please contact Doreen Hayward in the Education Outreach Office at x1910 or email her at

Have any empty Alaskan beer bottles? Donate them to a good cause and help a GI scientist! Claudine Hauri is looking for around 100 empty Alaskan beer bottles to use for collecting water samples for inorganic carbon analysis. If possible, please give them a quick rinse with tap water and leave them in the empty cubicle in IARC suite 203, or let Claudine know where on campus she may pick them up. The bottles are needed by June 28 if possible.

Contact Claudine Hauri at with any questions!

An information session for Small Business Innovation Research will take place at UAF July 20. SBIR is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in federal research/research and development with the potential for commercialization.

Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation's R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.

The SBIR Road Tour on July 20 will include morning and afternoon sessions and will take place in the Wood Center; a more complete schedule will be released within the next few weeks. A pdf of a flier about the national tour is linked below.

Contact Nickole Conley at or Rajive Ganguli at for more information.

Alaska NASA EPSCoR Program is currently soliciting pre-proposals for the NASA Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) EPSCoR Research Announcement.

Each funded NASA EPSCoR proposal is expected to establish research activities that will make significant contributions to the strategic research and technology development priorities of one or more of the NASA Mission Directorates and contribute to the overall research infrastructure, science and technology capabilities, higher education and economic development of Alaska.

Proposals may be submitted for a maximum award of $750,000 for a three-year period of performance. There is a 2:1 NASA requested funds to match funds requirement.

Pre-proposals are due to Alaska NASA EPSCoR by July 1, 2018.

Please see the Alaska NASA EPSCoR website ( ) for more information on this solicitation.


Attached below is a NASA Postdoctoral Program announcement for graduate students, scientists and other colleagues. The next application deadline is July 1, 2018.

The stipend and travel allowance for the NASA Postdoctoral Program have increased. See the announcement for more information.

If you have any questions or need additional information about NPP, email

Federal Funding Opportunity
Agency: National Science Foundation
Program: STEM + Computing K-12 Education
Estimated Total Program Funding: $15,000,000
Closing Date for Applications: July 2, 2018

Program Description: An innovative science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computing (STEM+C) workforce and well-educated citizenry are crucial to the Nation’s prosperity, security and competitiveness. Preparation for the future workforce must begin in the earliest grades, from pre K-12, where students need to learn not only the science and mathematics central to these areas, but also how computational thinking is integral to STEM disciplines. Because of the powerful innovation and application of computing in STEM disciplines there is an urgent need for real-world, interdisciplinary, and computational preparation of students from the early grades through high school (pre K-12) that will provide a strong foundation for mid-level technical careers and for continuing education in higher education. The STEM+C program supports research and development proposals related to new approaches to pre K-12 STEM teaching and learning related to Harnessing the Data Revolution, Convergence Research and the Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier. The STEM+C Program focuses on research and development of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches to the integration of computing within STEM teaching and learning for pre K-12 students in both formal and informal settings. The STEM+C program supports research on how students learn to think computationally to solve interdisciplinary problems in science and mathematics. The program supports research and development that builds on evidence-based teacher preparation or professional development activities that enable teachers to provide excellent instruction on the integration of computation and STEM disciplines.

Proposals should describe projects that are grounded in prior evidence and theory, are innovative or potentially transformative, and that will generate and build knowledge about the integration of computing and one or more STEM disciplines at the preK-12 level. A proposal submitted to this program description should describe the integration of computing with one or more STEM disciplines. A proposal may focus on studies on the effects of integrating computational thinking with STEM disciplines or the challenges of implementing these potentially disruptive educational interventions. Proposed projects may develop models, assessments, and technological tools to support teaching and learning in this area as well as conduct research on these models, assessments, and tools. Outcomes of projects should enable the Nation to have a future workforce with knowledge of computational thinking integrated with STEM disciplines, and students prepared and interested in careers in the skilled technical work force or further education and science careers.

Link to

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 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
If you are affiliated with the University of Alaska, you can subscribe to the calendar at by clicking on the link at the bottom right or by typing into the “Add a coworker’s calendar” box in your UA Google Apps calendar.

How to add the calendar to your personal gmail calendar:

  • Visit 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

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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