A brood of ruddy ducks in Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge in summer 2018. Photo by Michelle Lake, USFWS.
Ned Rozell

Every spring, millions of ducks touch down on Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge, a spread of muskeg and dark water the size of Maryland. These days, more ruddy ducks seem to be among them. Recent sightings of this handsome, rust-colored bird — the males with a teal-blue beak — suggest ruddy ducks are moving farther northward.

Since the 1960s, biologists for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have flown into the heart of the broad wetland in middle Alaska to count the ducks that have flown north to nest. Songbirds and ducks to which biologists have attached leg bands have shown up in 45 other states and 12 other countries over the years.

Wade Albright was named deputy director of the Alaska Satellite Facility in March 2019. UAF photo by Fritz Freudenberger.
Fritz Freudenberger

Wade Albright said his job was like “drinking water out of a fire hose” at one point.

He was working as a technician at the Alaska Satellite Facility, part of the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Geophysical Institute, and was challenged every day. He had been at ASF for several years, but the learning curve is steep at an organization that processes complex scientific data.

Almost two decades later, this March, he was named deputy director. Now he helps lead one of UAF’s largest units, which produces satellite data for national and international clients to study complex topics such as climate change.

Join the GI and other UAF units for an open house showcasing UAF Arctic research. Walk between numerous facilities to learn about current projects and meet scientists in climate science, geoscience, natural resources, social science and engineering. The event will be interactive, so children are welcome. The open house is 4-7 p.m. May 30.

Tasty treats will be available from Blue Flame Street Side food truck.

Facilities include the Alaska Earthquake Center, Alaska Satellite Facility, Alaska Sea Grant, Large Animal Research Station, College of Fisheries & Ocean Sciences, College of Liberal Arts, College of Natural Science & Mathematics, eCampus, Geophysical Institute, Institute of Northern Engineering, International Arctic Research Center, US National Weather Service Alaska, Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization, University of Alaska Fairbanks’ One Health Program, School of Natural Resources and Extension, Alaska Center for UAS Integration, and University of Alaska Press.

For more information, contact Kelly Eagan at (907) 474-7787 or kmeagan@alaska.edu

OIT Learning Spaces will be updating Audio/Visual technology in the Elvey Auditorium. As part of this project, the following will be completed:

∙Updating Video and presentation to HD1085 signal
∙Replacing Projector Screen
∙Replacing video camera (the new camera will be controllable from the touch panel)
∙New podium and brand new Audio/Video switching equipment
∙New computer
∙New microphone system with rechargeable microphones
∙Web Conferencing equipment installation

In support of this project, the Elvey Auditorium will be closed to scheduling from June 17 to July 22 (approximately).

Thank you for your patience as this work is completed.

The Alaska State Legislature passed a memorial citation honoring former UAF employee Merritt Randolph Helfferich. Helfferich was a 61-year resident of Alaska with a long service to the University of Alaska and the Geophysical Institute, where he was associate director. He passed away May 2, 2019.

In his 30-year career at UAF, he helped establish Poker Flat Research Range and negotiated with NASA to create the International Arctic Research Center. The signposts he helped create, indicating directions and distances, are a campus landmark and still stand in front of the Geophysical Institute.

A lifelong explorer, the Helfferich Glacier was named in his honor and he was a fellow of the Explorers Club. Among many adventures, he and his partner made the first hot air balloon flight from Barrow, Alaska, and he worked as an ice technician for two months on the SS Manhattan, on the first commercial transit of the Northwest Passage.

A memorial for Helfferich will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. June 21, 2019 at Raven Hall, Raven Landing, in Fairbanks.

Looking for an innovative place to have small group meetings?

Try Mather Library's C-Space!

The Mather Library offers wireless sharing of information of up to 4 devices (laptop, phone, or tablet) in a small-group setting in the library. A perfect place to collaborate on a project or share information with faculty, staff, or students.

Mather Library's C-Space is a perfect place to collaborate, create, connect, communicate.

Please stop by to see the C-Space for a demonstration on how easy it is to use. The C-Space is available for reservations as well as impromptu conversations.

Design Services has expanded its GoPro rental program to include several new cameras!

Design Services needs your fieldwork photos!
UAF uses your photos/videos to promote your excellent work in science & research through printed publications and online media. If you don't have a personal camera, or wish to bring one of our waterproof/tough cameras to the field, Design Services has the camera you need!

An Olympus TG-5 tough/waterproof point-and-shoot camera is now being offered. It features a 4x optical zoom, 4k video, and is GPS-capable.
A GoPro Hero 5 Black camera is also now being offered. Capable of 4k resolution video, high-speed (120fps) HD resolution video, 12mp still images, with a built-in touchscreen display.

Please contact Design Services (uaf-designservices@alaska.edu or call 474-7146) for availability and other borrowing information.

This year the Spring Chapman Chair Symposium will be held at UAF May 28-31.
The topic is: Nonlinear Data Analysis Meets Machine Learning: Techniques and Applications

Guest Lecturers will be:
Dr. Ulrich Partlitz from the Biomedical Physics Group at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization
Dr. Claudia Lainscsek from the Institute for Neural Computation at UC San Diego
Dr. Nishant Malik from the School of Mathematical Sciences at the Rochester Institute of Technology

UAF Hosts are:
Dr. Juergen Kurths, Chapman chair
Dr. David Newman, Professor of Physics
Dr. Renate Wackerbauer, Professor of Physics

More information will be forthcoming.

The Belmont Forum is pleased to announce the launch of a second Collaborative Research Action focused on Arctic region. The title of this international funding opportunity is Resilience in a Rapidly Changing Arctic. The call aims at bringing together researchers and other expertise across the globe to develop proposals from integrated teams of scientists and stakeholders to address key areas of arctic resilience understanding and action. This collaboration of academic and non-academic knowledge systems constitutes a transdisciplinary approach that will advance not only understanding of the fundamentals of arctic resilience but also spur action, inform decision-making, and translate into solutions for resilience.

Proposing consortia shall address at least two of seven interconnected elements of resilience as described in the Arctic Resilience Report of the Arctic Council: natural, social, financial, cultural and human capitals; infrastructure; and knowledge. Given the complexity and scope of the challenges, research consortia must be truly transdisciplinary, thus including researchers from: a) social sciences/humanities/economy and b) natural sciences/technology, as well as c) societal partners (i.e. citizens, civil society organizations), using a co-design, co-development and co-implementation approach.

Funders from 10 countries have committed resources for this call: Canada, Denmark, France, Japan, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and USA. The call aims to support medium-sized research projects with 3 to 4 years duration, with a recommended budget of up to 1.5 M€ each.

Resilience in a Rapidly Changing Arctic encourages international cooperation by requiring that projects are eligible for award by at least three of the funders supporting the call. Partners that are not eligible for funding through this call can participate in the research project at their own expense. Please ensure that your project theme is compliant with funding specifications by contacting the listed Organizational Contact Points in the relevant organizational annex documents for this call.

Proposing consortia seeking partners to meet the transdisciplinary or transnational requirements are encouraged to utilize existing Arctic and other networks to build their project teams, such as the Future Earth Open Network (https://network.futureearth.org/home), the International Arctic Science Council, IASC (https://iasc.info) or the International Arctic Social Sciences Association, IASSA (https://iassa.org) among others.

Deadline for proposals is on 14 June 2019.
Applications shall be submitted via the Belmont Forum application portal https://bfgo.org.

Details of the call and the application process are provided via the application portal https://bfgo.org and the Belmont Forum web site: http://www.belmontforum.org. There are also training modules available for proposers on the Belmont Forum YouTube channel. Before starting to prepare proposals, applicants are advised to contact their funding organisation(s) as listed in the annex documents for the call.

Thanks to the generous support of Vice Chancellor Hinzman and the Research Professionals Group, we are again taking a big stride towards creating a culture of safety among UAF researchers.

Nanook Recreation has coordinated a great set of Field Safety courses, all of which are free to UAF researchers. Simply call the Outdoor Adventure office at 474-6027 to sign up.

A full list of the courses can also be found at https://uaf.edu/recreation/fieldsafety/.

Priority is given to UAF Researchers, but we will open some of the courses to other staff and students two weeks prior to course start dates. Researchers, please sign up in advance. Others, please wait until 2 weeks prior.

If you sign up, please show up. Having people no-show to a free course displaces other students.

Please forward this information to your new graduate assistants or faculty.

We are happy to offer these classes and value your feedback. If you need something slightly different, just let us know.

Contact Mark Oldmixon at mtoldmixon@alaska.edu or 474-6709 for more information.

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.

UAF has updated to Banner 9. This has made it more difficult for staff in the GI Human Resources office to locate employees without ID numbers. When sending HR any requests regarding yourself or your employees, please include your University/Student ID number. We really appreciate your assistance with this.

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 Logos

Official UAF Logos

For assistance with GI and UAF logos, contact Design Services at x7146.

Pillows for sale

Pillows for sale

The following items are for sale:

∙ 4 couch pillows = $20

Please contact Doreen Hayward for any questions or interest.

Doreen Hayward (dehayward@alaska.edu or 474-1910)
The following items are for sale: ∙ 4 couch pillows = $20 Please contact Doreen Hayward for any questions or interest. Doreen Hayward (dehayward@alaska.edu or 474-1910)
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Science Event of the Week

May 24, 1930

In 1930, Pluto was announced to be the name chosen for the newly-discovered ninth planet (previously known as Planet X) by Roger Lowell Putnam, trustee of Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff, Arizona, (and nephew of the late Percival Lowell who had established the observatory and initiated the search there for the ninth planet). Pluto was located on 13 Mar 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh at that institution. Putnam was quoted on the front page of the New York Times, saying, “We felt in making our choice of a name for Planet X, that the line of Roman gods for whom the other planets are named should not be broken, and we believe that Dr. Lowell, whose researches led directly to its discovery, would have felt the same way.” Pluto in mythology was the ruler of the underworld, regions of darkness. “P.L.” is also Lowell's monogram.