News Releases

March 22, 2013
Erin Pettit’s photos live a double life. By day, they aid a geophysicist with her research on frozen waterfalls. By night, they make appearances in the Fairbanks art scene. They have already debuted in a First Friday gallery showing. Now they are coming to the College Coffeehouse Wednesday, March 27 from 7 - 8 p.m., when Pettit will lead a discussion about her photos. Are they art, science...
March 20, 2013
 By Ned Rozell CHENA HOT SPRINGS — “This is your chance — maybe your only chance in a lifetime — to see vole poop in a tunnel,” said Mike Taras, an expert tracker and wildlife educator for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Seven people kneel and then squint into a blue-white opening in the snow. We see tiny cigars, evidence that a red-backed or meadow vole had indeed paused...
March 19, 2013
 The University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Natural Science and Mathematics will showcase the role of the ocean in the retreat of Arctic Sea Ice this week. Seminars will be held in the Geophysical Institute Globe Room and Elvey Auditorium. On March 19th and 20th, the Sydney Chapman Chair and the International Arctic Research Center will present an Untersteiner Lecture & Discussion...
March 7, 2013
 By Ned Rozell Kenji Yoshikawa will soon sleep on brilliant, blue-white landscape that has never felt the imprint of his boots. Beginning on spring equinox, the permafrost scientist and a partner will attempt to drive snowmachines from Prudhoe Bay to Canada’s Baffin Island.  While traveling a distance equal to Seattle to Tokyo to Seattle over land and sea ice, Yoshikawa will...
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. ...