News Releases

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...
September 20, 2012
By Ned Rozell  As the northern end of the globe nods away from the sun at fall equinox, the amount of sea ice floating on the northern oceans is now at the lowest amount ever detected by satellites, a period that goes back to 1979. This new sea-ice minimum follows an extremely cold Alaska winter that led to the formation of thick ice off the northern coast. In spring 2012, it looked...
September 14, 2012
 By Ned Rozell This summer, the Girls on Ice program visited an Alaska glacier for the first time. It probably won’t be the last, said organizer Joanna Young. “We talked about how the girls would be inspired, but we didn’t count on how much we would be inspired,” said Young, a graduate student in the College of Natural Science and Mathematics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks....
August 30, 2012
 by Ned Rozell It’s not often that glaciologists help with the recovery of long-lost human remains, but military officials recently enlisted Martin Truffer for that purpose. The University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute professor and graduate student Dave Podrasky came up with useful information on a Southcentral glacier that held plane wreckage and the remains of military...
August 17, 2012
 You have an opportunity to stand in the middle of the ice age. On August 18-19, 2012, the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory will offer public tours and educational activities at their permafrost tunnel located in Fox, Alaska. Activities run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. According to event coordinators, visitors to the site should wear practical...