News Releases

August 23, 2011
 Come meet representatives from Johnson Space Center, Jet Propulsion Lab, and Ames Research Center. Explore possible collaborations in research and education. Make yourself more competitive in proposing to Alaska Space Grant and Alaska NASA EPSCoR Research Initiation Solicitations. This is the ideal venue to make connections and sell your research ideas. Come find out how your...
August 23, 2011
   The summit crater of Cleveland Volcano is pictured. Cleveland is currently at the volcano alert level of "Watch" as it has exhibited signs of unrest. It is currently classified as aviation color code “Orange” because its increased signs of activity pose potential for an eruption in an uncertain timeframe. Seismic activity is monitored in real time at 30 volcanoes in Alaska...
August 15, 2011
 The Geophysical Institute’s Alaska Satellite Facility will celebrate 20 years since the first downlink of images from an earth-observing synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite by hosting an Open House. The public is invited to tour facilities used for the acquisition, storage, processing and distribution of data acquired from polar-orbiting satellites, and to learn why satellite-borne...
July 21, 2011
The University of Alaska, Fairbanks Department of Geology and Geophysics has named Professor Anupma Prakash and Associate Professor Sarah Fowell co-chairs. Outside of the academic department, Fowell is also affiliated with the Alaska Quaternary Center. Prakash is affiliated with the Geophysical Institute’s Remote Sensing Group and the Alaska Satellite Facility. 
July 7, 2011
 In June 2011, Geophysical Institute Professor Anupma Prakash was notified that a chapter she helped pen for the Earth Exploration Toolbook was selected for inclusion in the Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network, also known as CLEAN. The chapter, titled “Whither Arctic Sea Ice?,” provides teachers and students the opportunity to measure the extent of sea ice in the Arctic using...
February 17, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEStudents at the University of Alaska Fairbanks are collaborating with students from Toyama Prefectural University and Tokai University in Japan to prepare a rocket scheduled to launch from Poker Flat Research Range on March 4th.The rocket will travel over 50 miles into the atmosphere and will be powered by an enhanced Orion rocket motor supplied by NASA’s Wallops Flight...
February 17, 2011
Open House to celebrate co-location of Alaska Satellite Facility User Services Office, Map Office and GeoData CenterFor Immediate ReleaseOne of the best-kept secrets on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus is located in Room 204 of the Akasofu Building. There, the Alaska Satellite Facility’s User Services office, Map Office, and GeoData Center have merged to occupy one space.The offices will...
February 17, 2011
The Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) has appointed UAF alumna Nettie La Belle-Hamer as director of the Alaska Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Facility. La Belle-Hamer earned her Ph.D. and Master of Science degrees in space physics at UAF in 1994 and 1988, respectively.The Alaska SAR Facility (ASF), housed in the Geophysical Institute, is one of eight...
February 15, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEScientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute will be teaming with those at ten other institutions to take part in the Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) mission over the next six years. The mission, recently funded by NASA as part of the Small Explorer program, will study clouds at the edge of space to resolve why they form and...
February 14, 2011
For Immediate Release New information about the Martian terrain suggests the Red Planet's surface once had water. High levels of hematite, a mineral associated with liquid water on Earth, were discovered on Mars last year. This important find suggests the possibility of ancient lakebeds or seas on the planet's surface and increases the odds that Mars once harbored life.Professor Buck...