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...
October 16, 2012
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration will host two public meetings to provide further information regarding its draft Environmental Impact Statement for its Sounding Rocket Program conducted at the University of Alaska Fairbanks' Poker Flat Research Range. The purpose of the meetings is to provide an overview of the draft EIS and the process in which it was created and then gather...
October 8, 2012
 Construction of the newest SuperDARN radar recently wrapped in Adak, Alaska. The project was led by scientists at the Geophysical Institute, with participation from Virginia Tech, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab and Dartmouth College.  Postdoctoral Fellow Jeff Spaleta, graduate students Alex Morris and Ramin Jafari and Professor Bill Bristow traveled from UAF to work on the...
August 27, 2012
“Aurora Sensations,” a film created using time-lapse photography of Alaska auroras set to ambient music, will be featured as part of the First Friday event at Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center in downtown Fairbanks on September 7, 2012. The showings will be continuous from 5 to 8 p.m. in the center’s theatre. Admission is free. Poul Jensen, a doctoral candidate in Space...
August 27, 2012
 “Aurora Sensations,” a film created using time-lapse photography of Alaska auroras set to ambient music, will be featured as part of the First Friday event at Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center in downtown Fairbanks on September 7, 2012. The showings will be continuous from 5 to 8 p.m. in the center’s theatre. Admission is free. Poul Jensen, a doctoral candidate in Space...
August 9, 2012
  By GI Assistant Research Professor David Fee Monitoring volcanic eruptions in Alaska is often challenging due to the remoteness of many of the volcanoes in the region, making a local monitoring network difficult to establish and maintain. Cloudy weather also regularly hinders the ability of satellites to detect eruptions. Recent studies have demonstrated how infrasound, or low...
August 6, 2012
 The Geophysical Institute is participating in UAF Day at the 2012 Tanana Valley State Fair! Join us on Tuesday, August 6, from noon to 5 p.m. Watch "Aurora Sensations" by GI graduate student Poul Jensen, catch a show in the Star Lab with Research Professor of Geophysics Robbie Herrick and chat with personnel from the Alaska Satellite Facility and the Alaska Volcano Observatory.  ...
July 27, 2012
 Immerse yourself in a sensational experience and join us for a special viewing of "Aurora Sensations," featuring the photography of Poul Jensen. View aurora time-lapse footage and Alaskan scenery composed with ambient music on Tuesday, July 31 in Butrovich 109A. The event begins at 12:30 p.m. Jensen is a graduate student affiliated with the Space Physics group at the Geophysical...
July 24, 2012
 Geophysical Institute Director Bob McCoy announced the appointment of Richard Collins as a new GI Associate Director. Collins will assist the director with the development of new opportunities for GI, including the burgeoning unmanned aircraft program. This appointment will be quarter time, effective July 2012.  Collins is an associate professor in the GI's Atmospheric Sciences...
July 13, 2012
Geophysical Institute Aurora Forecaster Chuck Deehr has issued an Auroral Alert. The alert was spurred by a significant event located on the Sun facing Earth that took place on July 12.  The effects of the event will begin to reach Earth early on July 14 GMT. Observers in North America should watch for aurora on the nights of the 14th and 15th local time. Depending on the configuration...