News Releases

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...
November 2, 2012
 By Ned Rozell Imagine planning a dream journey across a landscape you have seen for years, if only in your mind’s eye. You get to choose the means of transportation, the never-before-done route, and your travel companions. These friends are invited because they can remove and replace a snowmachine clutch, they share your excitement at seeing what’s beyond the next river bend, and they...
October 25, 2012
 By Ned Rozell As Alaska’s billion lakes become colder and harder, some of them will sport mysterious, spidery cracks extending from small holes in the ice. This phenomenon inspired a geophysicist to figure out what he calls “lake stars.” “I thought something so pretty and relatively commonly observed should be understandable, so I pursued it,” said Victor Tsai, who wrote perhaps...
October 8, 2012
 "Snow & Ice," the First Friday art show held in the GeoData Center on October 5 drew about 400 people. The show spotlighted the photography of Geophysical Institute faculty, staff and students, work by A and J Photography, paintings by Sarah DeGennaro, satellite imagery and photos by USGS Scientist Austin Post that centered on the theme of snow and ice. Coordinators consider the show a...
October 1, 2012
Geophysical Institute SeminarSeascape as an Organizing Principle for Evaluating Sea-Ice as Habitat in Beringia:Consequences for Conservation and Management G. Carleton RayDepartment of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia  Wednesday October 10, 3:30pmElvey Auditorium The term “seascape” relates the natural history of ice-dependent pinnipeds to their sea-ice...
October 1, 2012
On Being a Federal Government Science & Technology Program Officer and a UAF ProfessorSpeaker:  Dr. Martin Jeffries, Research Professor of Geophysics Date: Tuesday, October 9th, 2012Time:  3:30 p.m.Location: Elvey Globe Room Abstract:Since November 2006 I've lived in Washington, DC, and worked in northern Virginia, first for the National Science Foundation (2006-10) and...
September 21, 2012
 Join us on Friday, October 5 at the GeoData Center in the International Arctic Research Center for “Snow & Ice” – a First Friday Art Show. The event will run from 5 to 7 p.m. on the West Ridge of the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. “Snow & Ice” features ice-inspired photography by USGS Scientist and Photographer Austin Post, Adam Hughes, a local nature photographer, and...