News Releases

February 26, 2013
Fairbanks, Alaska—Despite the stark contrasts in terrain that surround middle schools throughout the state, the schools have one thing in common – access to an active, exciting cryosphere. The world of ice and snow is the arena in which 20 middle school teachers from across the state will explore in a three-day professional development workshop involving expertise from the University of Alaska...
January 2, 2013
 By Ned Rozell From my notebook, here’s more northern news presented at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, a five-day gathering of more than 20,000 scientists held in early December 2012 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco: Bowhead whales counted from a sea-ice perch north of Barrow are “doing beautifully,” according to Craig George with the North Slope Borough...
January 2, 2013
 Organizers announce that the Girls on Ice 2013 Expeditions are now accepting applications. The 2013 program includes two expeditions. The original North Cascades expedition on Mount Baker in Washington State will be held July 21 through Aug. 1, 2013, and an Alaska-based expedition will take place June 21 through July 2, 2013.  Girls on Ice is a unique, free,...
December 14, 2012
 Mark your calendars for Science for Alaska 2013! Our 21st year of the popular lecture series will experience some changes. Lectures will take place in Schaible Auditorium on the UAF campus and occur on Saturdays throughout January. We're hoping the smaller space and the coffee to follow each of the lectures will lead to a more intimate exchange between our line-up of lecturers and the...
December 10, 2012
By Ned Rozell Northern sea ice is at its lowest extent since we’ve been able to see it from satellites. Greenland experienced its warmest summer in 170 years. Eight of 10 permafrost-monitoring sites in northern Alaska recorded their highest temperatures; the other two tied record highs. 2012 was a year of “astounding” change for much of the planet north of the Arctic Circle, said four...
December 6, 2012
  For more than 20 years, the Geophysical Institute has hosted the Science For Alaska Lecture Series in locations across the state, sharing cutting-edge research in local communities. The 2013 lecture series will undergo important changes from previous years: all lectures will be hosted on campus at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and will span over four Saturdays in January. ...
November 29, 2012
 By Ned Rozell A few people contacted me after a column I wrote on time zones a while back. Flip Todd of Anchorage called to say Yakutat clocks displayed a different time than those anywhere else in Alaska prior to 1983. Back then, before Alaska went to the current two-time-zone system, Yakutat followed Yukon time, one hour removed from both Juneau and Anchorage. Flip also corrected my...
November 27, 2012
 By Ned RozellHigh-school dropout Austin Post’s career began in the 1950s, when colleagues made up the title “Senior Meteorologist” to include him in a funding proposal. Post later recalled with humor that he misspelled both of those words on his application. Despite objections from the secretary that processed his paperwork, Post then embarked on a decades-long adventure of capturing...
November 8, 2012
 By Ned Rozell Last week, Carl Benson accepted a lifetime achievement award from the place he has worked since Dwight Eisenhower was president. As the 85-year-old snow and ice scientist and professor emeritus at the University of Alaska Fairbanks’s Geophysical Institute rose to applause from his friends and coworkers, memories rushed back to me. One was the frigid January day he...
November 5, 2012
 On November 2, 2012, Professor Emeritus Carl Benson was the first recipient of the new Roger Smith Lifetime Achievement Award. Benson’s sustained commitment to the Geophysical Institute and research success are a model worth emulation. Benson’s award was presented by longtime friend and colleague Professor Emeritus Glenn Shaw at the Annual Banquet held at the Westmark Gold Room. Shaw’s...