News Releases

February 16, 2012
 By Ned Rozell VENETIE — The cozy log structure smells of coffee, gasoline, and spruce logs burning in a stove made from a 55-gallon drum. Inside the building that serves as the Village Council headquarters for Venetie, Josh Bundick explains a new policy that rewards villagers who find spent rocket parts launched from north of Fairbanks.  The Venetie men and women in the cabin...
February 15, 2012
Rocket to be launched from Poker Flat Research Range For Immediate ReleaseFeb. 14, 2012CONTACT: Geophysical Institute Science Writer Ned Rozell at 907-474-7468 or nrozell@gi.alaska.eduFAIRBANKS, Alaska—Scientists are now at Poker Flat Research Range north of Fairbanks waiting for acceptable conditions for the launch of a National Aeronautics and Space Administration...
February 2, 2012
 By Ned Rozell Alaska scientist Davis “Dave” Sentman died in December 2011. The man who named “sprites,” colorful discharges that burst upward from thunderclouds, was 66 years old. Sentman, a professor emeritus at the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Geophysical Institute, retired from the university in spring 2011. This gave him more time to follow a remarkable sense of curiosity...
January 27, 2012
Space Physicists at the Geophysical Institute have been tracking the multiple solar events over the last two weeks. As a result of three solar events occurring on Jan. 18 and 19, Aurora Forecaster and Professor Emeritus Charles Deehr issued an Aurora Alert and predicted displays in the range of 4 or 5 on a scale of 9.  Another two solar events occurred on Jan. 23, prompting Deehr to...
January 18, 2012
 The first Physics Journal Club talk of this semester will be held this Friday, Jan. 20, at 3:45 PM in the Globe Room of the Elvey Building. Title: Cyberinfrastructure: Data Sharing - Now and in the Future Speaker: Karen Remick (IARC Data Center) Abstract: This short talk contrasts the current way of sharing data with the NSF’s vision of future scientific research through...
January 10, 2012
Glenn Shaw, Professor Emeritus of Physics and a fixture at the Geophysical Institute since 1971, has just written a memoir, Fingerprints on the Moon: My Life in Physics. It is available from the man himself, at Gulliver's Books, or through Amazon. Glenn will be signing copies of Fingerprints on the Moon: My Life in Physics at Gulliver's Books in Fairbanks on Saturday, Jan. 14, from 2-4 p.m....
December 20, 2011
   Dr. Davis Daniel Sentman, 66, earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Iowa’s Department of Physics & Astronomy in 1971, 1973, and 1976, respectively. As part of his degrees, Sentman worked on the NASA/Ames Research Center spacecraft Pioneer 10 and Pioneer 11 program and studied under James Van Allen. After leaving Iowa, Sentman joined the...
December 7, 2011
 The Geophysical Institute has a strong presence at the American Geophysical Union's Fall Meeting in San Francisco. Joining forces with the Alaska Satellite Facility, the International Arctic Research Center, the Institute of Northern Engineering, the Water and Environmental Resources Center and the Institute of Marine Science, the GI is part of a combined booth in the Exhibitors Hall. The...
November 30, 2011
 A BBC Nature report released today features two professors from the Geophysical Institute's Space Physics and Aeronomy group -- Mark Conde and Dirk Lummerzheim. Both scientists are quoted in the story that relays how sounding rockets allow researchers to better understand the aurora and dynamics of the upper atmosphere. Access "The greatest light show on Earth" here. 
November 21, 2011
Professor David Newman of the Geophysical Institute's Space Physics and Aeronomy Research Group and the University of Alaska's Physics Department has been elected a Fellow by the American Physical Society. The APS has recognized Newman's "seminal contributions in a broad range of nonlinear problems relating to plasma turbulence, transport in fusion plasmas, and complex nonlinear systems." ...