News Releases

December 5, 2011
As of Jan. 1, 2012, Chris Petrich will begin work at the Northern Research Institute (Norut) in Narvik, Norway. Petrich will be working on ice-related issues as part of a team of researchers. For a start, he will continue his work on oil-in-ice and other issues of relevance to Norway, including ice loads in hydropower dams.  Petrich has been at the Geophysical Institute since 2006, when...
December 1, 2011
In the month of October faculty, staff and students of the Geophysical Institute collected 628 pounds of non-perishable food items and $700 in monetary donations for the Fairbanks Community Food Bank.  The GI Food Drive began in the fall of 2009 as a service project of the GI Staff Council. Since 2009, employees at the GI have collected more than 2,300 pounds of food and have donated...
November 7, 2011
  GI Seminar: Full-Polarimetric SAR and its applications in Agriculture, Forestry and the Detection of Natural Hazards. Speaker: Dr. Wolfgang-Martin Boerner Date: Thursday, November 10 Time: 2:00 p.m. Place: Elvey Auditorium Dr. Boerner is a Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Wolfgang-...
October 21, 2011
  Don't forget, next week will be full of fun Halloween activities for everyone: Now: Nominations are being accepted for the much-coveted title of “coffin victim” at the annual GI Halloween Party. If you’d like to be ghouled out, put your name in the running – or nominate a peer – by Monday, Oct. 24.  Monday, Oct. 24, 12 - 2 p.m.: Pumpkin Carving Contest - display and...
October 3, 2011
 Pending the arrival of the new Geophysical Institute Director Bob McCoy, Vice Chancellor for Research Mark Myers has delegated authority to GI Associate Director Doug Christensen. Christensen will provide oversight and take any needed actions required of the director position including travel approval, HR and finance issues and documents. Upon McCoy's arrival this month, Christensen's...
September 1, 2011
 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 26, 2011CONTACT: Amy Hartley, GI information officer, 907-474-5823, amy.hartley@gi.alaska.eduFairbanks, Alaska—After a vigorous vetting process, the University of Alaska Fairbanks selected Robert “Bob” McCoy as the Geophysical Institute’s new director. McCoy will be the seventh scientist to the hold the post since the institute was established in Fairbanks in...
August 25, 2011
 For more than a decade Roger Smith has presided over the Geophysical Institute, serving as the chief administrator for all aspects of the facility. With roughly 300 employees, a $30 million budget and active research underway, the job has proven it takes both mental and physical stamina. Despite challenges experienced in the position, the outgoing director feels he’s met the goals he set...
July 19, 2011
 Friends and former colleagues are saddened to learn the news of Helga Wilm’s passing. She was 71-years-old. Wilm provided 40 years of service to the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She assisted four research directors at the university, playing an essential role in leadership as well as the development of major research projects since she began her career at UAF in 1968.  Wilm was...
July 14, 2011
 This year marks the first Golden Days parade that will feature large-scale, unified University of Alaska Fairbanks participation. Though many university-affiliated groups have a long tradition of walking, riding, and dancing the approximate 2.7-mile-long parade route independently, all units will join forces from here on out.  The UAF group entry is expected to be large and...
March 3, 2011
FAIRBANKS, Alaska—To honor the memory of long-time employee and supporter of the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, family of the late Daniel Carey Crevensten have asked that interested individuals make a donation in Crevensten’s name to the Geophysical Institute Associates Endowment Fund—a fund Crevensten himself helped establish.After retiring as a...