News Archive

December 14, 2017
In the scientific world of high-tech research and data modeling, it’s easy for a scientist to get caught up in the details of science. However, University of Alaska Fairbanks research assistant professor Andrew Mahoney is on a team dedicated to taking a step back and thinking about science through a broader lens. The project, Ikaaġvik Sikukun, will co-produce scientific research on the Chukchi...
December 14, 2017
The American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting is the perfect place to showcase new scientific ideas and research. And as science becomes more interdisciplinary, so does the meeting. Peter Webley, associate research profesor at the UAF Geophysical Institute, on Dec. 12 presented his work in a new AGU series that blends science with art. The presentation combined wildfire imagery with originally...
December 14, 2017
One of five diesel engines at the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program facility in Gakona, Alaska, provided power to Copper Valley Electric Association residential customers for 24 hours in late November. In accordance with air quality regulations, HAARP provided 10 percent of its annual power generation for residential use, totaling more than 33,000...
December 14, 2017
Permafrost is a critical feature in high latitudes. As the planet warms, so does permafrost. Its thawing has significant consequences — greenhouse gases are released into the atmosphere, sinkholes form in the ground and infrastructure is damaged. Vladimir Romanovsky, a University of Alaska Fairbanks geophysics professor, presented his findings on permafrost warming in Alaska at the American...
December 7, 2017
Snow falling silently on Alaska’s mountains will in a few months transform into a medium for migrating salmon, and so much more.   “That snowflake that falls on the mountain now is water that flows in streams and rivers late in summer,” said Gabe Wolken, a glaciologist who works both for the state and the University of Alaska.   Wolken and his colleagues recently added a snow-depth...
November 30, 2017
“Professor Fuller Drops Dead in Garden.”   So reads the headline in the Farthest-North Collegian newspaper of June 1, 1935. In the story, an unnamed writer described how the the wife of the only physics professor at the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines screamed when she found Veryl Fuller face down in his garden. He was 39.   Fuller left behind his Fairbanks-born wife...
November 22, 2017
A satellite team that included Eric Stevens, a satellite data liaison at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, received one of NASA’s most prestigious awards on Oct. 25. Stevens helped during launch of the GOES-R satellite in November 2016. The GOES-R team received the 2017 Group Achievement Award at NASA’s Washington, D.C., headquarters. The GOES-R, since renamed GOES-16, is the most advanced...
November 22, 2017
On Halloween 2017, Alaskan Steve Ebbert, 56, retired from his job as an invasive species biologist. His longtime mission of removing arctic foxes and other human-introduced species from the Aleutian Islands has left him with a legacy few of us will match.   “There are hundreds of thousands more birds flying around on the planet because of that work. That’s a pretty cool accomplishment,”...
November 16, 2017
Animals the size of Labrador retrievers are changing the face of Alaska, creating new ponds visible from space.   “These guys leave a mark,” UAF ecologist Ken Tape said of North America’s largest rodents, beavers. He has observed the recent work of beavers north of Arctic Circle using satellite images. He and a group of arctic researchers have found the creatures have somehow colonized the...
September 17, 2017
MOUTH OF THE DELTA RIVER — On a morning with biting air in the single digits Fahrenheit, this river smells like sulfur and is splashy and loud. Bald eagles and ravens swoop in the updraft of a nearby rock bluff in what looks like play.   In early November, a time when shadows lengthen and deep cold hardens the landscape, chum salmon have returned to spawn in the lower Delta River. In spots...