News Releases

June 15, 2012
 Geophysical Institute Aurora Forecaster Chuck Deehr has issued an Auroral Alert for June 16-17, 2012. A solar event occurred on June 14 that will lead to increased auroral activity that may be visible in southern Canada and the northern United States. Unfortunately, the nights are too bright to see the aurora in northern Canada, Alaska, Russia and Scandinavia right now. The auroral...
May 2, 2012
 Physics Journal Club will be held this Friday, May 4, 2012, at 3:45 p.m. in the Globe Room of the Elvey Building. Title: Snow Effects in Antarctic Infrasound Speaker: David Withoff, Wilson Infrasound Observatory, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Geophysical Institute Abstract:The University of Alaska Fairbanks infrasound array in Antarctica provides a unique opportunity to...
April 27, 2012
 Physics Journal Club will be held today, Friday, April 27 at 3:45 p.m. in the Globe Room of the Elvey Building. Title: Entropy and Nonadiabatic Heating in The Magnetic Reconnection Speaker: Xuanye Ma, Physics Department and Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks Abstract:Magnetic reconnection is often suggested as an important process in space plasma systems....
April 11, 2012
 Physics Journal Club will be held this Friday, April 13, 2012, at 3:45 PM in the Globe Room of the Elvey Building. Title: Magnetoplasma Rocket Exhaust Plume Measurements and Applications for Spaceflight Speaker: Benjamin Longmier, Principal Research Scientist, Ad Astra Rocket Company and Adjunct Faculty, University of Houston Abstract:High power density electric propulsion...
March 29, 2012
 By Ned Rozell More than a century ago, Roald Amundsen and his crew were the first to sail through the Northwest Passage, along the way leaving footprints in Eagle, Nome, and Sitka. Pioneering that storied route was a dream of Amundsen’s since his boyhood in Norway, but he also performed enduring science on the three-year voyage of the Gjøa. Amundsen, from Norway, was 30-years-old...
March 20, 2012
How the Amerasia Basin was created, the utility of infrasound and debris lobes on the move in northern Alaska -- all of these topics are covered in the latest edition of the Geophysical Institute Quarterly Report. You can access a pdf of Volume 24, Number 4 online here or retrieve hard copies from the Outreach Office in Elvey 611. Find out what your colleagues are up to!
March 20, 2012
Materials and video associated with the celebration of life held at the Geophysical Institute for Dr. Davis Sentman on January 27, 2012 is now available online. Click here to visit the online repository. Adobe Flash Player is needed to view the video.   DVD copies of the Sentman memorial are available upon request. If you're interested in a DVD copy, email info@gi.alaska.edu.
March 13, 2012
 Professor Emeritus of Physics and Geophysical Institute Aurora Forecaster Charles Deehr issued an Auroral Alert on March 13, 2012. The notice came after a significant solar event occurred the same day. According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the sun erupted with an M7.9-class flare that peaked at 1:41 p.m. EDT. The flare was from the same active region that has...
February 20, 2012
 Rocket launches from Poker Flat Research Range   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 20, 2012   CONTACT: Geophysical Institute science writer Ned Rozell, 907-474-7468, nrozell@gi.alaska.edu   Fairbanks, Alaska—On Saturday, Feb. 18 at 8:41 p.m. Alaska time, scientists launched a NASA sounding rocket from Poker Flat Research Range into a brilliant aurora display. The rocket mission,...
February 16, 2012
 Sprite pioneer elected AGU Fellow for 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 16, 2012 CONTACT: Amy Hartley, GI information officer, 907-474-5823, amy.hartley@gi.alaska.edu Fairbanks, Alaska— University of Alaska Fairbanks professor emeritus Davis “Dave” Sentman has been elected to the 2012 class of fellows for the American Geophysical Union. Sentman was selected for the honor in...