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Junior scientists in training PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brianna McNall   

Last Saturday, UAF played host to a crowd that was smaller than usual - literally. School children from around Fairbanks flooded the halls of UAF Reichart Building for an afternoon of science fun.


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First Person: Science is FUN at the UAF Science Potpourri PDF Print E-mail
Written by jane groseclose   

Imagine my surprise, (and joy) when I discovered the university still offered the “Science Potpourri,” an event open to the public, where children of all ages can experience science – in your face, hands-on, and most certainly fun. Kids move from station to station, set up with activities in practically all schools of sciensci-popori-2ce. All the stations are overseen by knowledgeable graduate students and professors of the CNSM department (College of Natural Science and Mathmatics) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Who seem to have as much fun as the kids.

Research funding deadlines are coming PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brianna McNall   

While February is the deadline for most academic scholarships, March and April are important months for science students at UAF. 

Many different private and public grants and scholarships are available for undergraduate and graduate researchers. Unfortunately, they can be a little hard to find. Here are just a few of them for science students.

March 25 is the deadline for nominations for the Brina Kessel Medal for Excellence in Science, and April 1 is the last chance for paleontology and archaeology students to apply for the UA Museum Geist Fund competition which awards up to $4000 in scholarships and fellowships. And April 18 is the last date to apply for the David and Rachel Hopkins Fellowship. Grants and scholarships can be a great plus for students with research project ideas.

Deadlines and links to these and other upcoming competitions can be found on the UAF Weekly Science Calendar.

Rockin' and Rollin' PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brianna McNall   

Shock waves from earthquakes propagate in ways that most of us wouldn't expect. 

The Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology posted an animation that might make things a bit clearer.

Baptized in fire: Volcanic regeneration PDF Print E-mail
Written by Extreme Alaska   

UAF Entomologist Derek Sikes discusses before and after effects of a volcano on local plant and insect life.

Sikes made his comments during an appearance on Fairbanks Focus, a weekly public affairs webcast sponsored by Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation.

Fran's take PDF Print E-mail
Written by Staff Report   

Deepwater drilling advances need to be backed by industry investment in safety technology, says former Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer, discussing her work with the national commission formed to review BP's gulf spill. Ulmer appeared in Fairbanks under the auspices of UAF's Science for Alaska lecture series.


Ulmer gives talk on Gulf of Mexico oil spill PDF Print E-mail
Written by Matt Anderson   


UAA chancellor Fran Ulmer thought her assistant was joking when she told Ulmer the White House was calling.

Ulmer, former mayor of Juneau and Lieutenant Governor of Alaska, was asked by President Obama to serve on the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, or simply, "Deepwater".

Ulmer and others served on the commission for six months and, according to Ulmer, were very successful.

"We finished on time, under budget, and with a unanimous decision," said Ulmer, speaking at the Westmark Hotel as part of the Science for Alaska Lecture Series Tuesday. "That doesn't happen very often."

Ulmer said it wasn't the commission's job to find guilt, but to find out how to prevent another incident like last summer's oil spill, which spilled over 200 million gallons of oil, from happening again. Ulmer and the commission made several recommendations, from restoring the gulf to tightening reguations on all U.S drilling. They also asked the oil and gas industry to hire outside safety inspectors.

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