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Scholars at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire have joined forces with those at the University of Alaska Fairbanks to lead in a new Fulbright Arctic initiative. The new program was created to provide scholars an environment to research and study arctic issues. 

University of Alaska Fairbanks

The University of Alaska Foundation announced the winner of this year’s Edith R. Bullock Prize is Dr. Dana Thomas. 

The Edith R. Bullock Prize was established by its namesake who served the University of Alaska for 30 years as a member of the UA Board of Regents and the foundation’s Board of Trustees.  The title includes a cash award and is the single largest award presented by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees each year.

Canadian Geographic

Researchers studying wood frogs have discovered the little vertebrates are able to survive incredibly cold temperatures.  

Alaska’s interior is home to wood frogs.  These amphibians create a hibernaculum, or a shelter occupied during the winter.  These shelters can sometimes remain at temperatures below freezing for more than six months with minimum temperatures of minus four degrees. 

Katey Walter Anthony

A new study released by the University of Alaska Fairbanks shows arctic thermokarst lakes maintain climate change by storing greenhouse gases. 

The study published in the scientific journal Nature suggests arctic thermokarst lakes are “net climate coolers.” Thermokarst lakes are thawing bodies of water with ice-rich permafrost.  These bodies of water are formed when permafrost is melted and creates dips in the surface that then are filled with melted water. 

Denali National Park and Preserve

The Journal of Animal Ecology released a publication this week stating the gender and size of a breeding wolf can have a huge effect on a determining whether a pack will continue. 

Biologists at the Denali National Park and Preserve noticed that wolf sightings would drop after the death of a breeding female.   Wildlife Biologist with the Denali National Park and Preserve and graduate student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Bridget Borg says the long term project she works on monitors the wolf population in Denali Park.

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration is teaming up with other environmental organizations to use new tools to study melting glaciers in Alaska’s Prince William Sound.  KDLG’s Thea Card has more.

NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, the University of Alaska and the Alaska Ocean Observing System are working together to look at ocean acidification in Alaska’s waters.  Ocean acidification is the process of ocean water becoming more acidic as a result of absorbing almost one third of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere. 

Researchers are leading citizen-scientists projects that will document the seasonal life events of plants in Alaska.  The researchers are looking for participants to help track climate change and flower patterns. 

A graduate student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences is the newest addition to the National Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship in Washington, DC. 

The Knauss Fellowship was established in 1979 and is available to graduate-level students interested in how the nation’s marine resources are managed and how policies are made.  The Fellows receive a year’s stipend while working with either marine resource agencies of the executive branch or in congressional committees that set marine policies. 

The University of Alaska Board of Regents has created a new school within the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The School of Natural Resources and Extension merges the Cooperative Extension Service and the UAF School of Natural Resources.

Bristol Bay Campus Explores Underwater with ROV

Aug 5, 2013

Test dives continue for the Bristol Bay campus’s new underwater remotely operated vehicle.  The small ROV recently dropped to its lowest depth of 20 feet in Lake Aleknagik. KDLG’s Ben Matheson was on the water and filed this story:

A small handful of researchers with the University of Alaska recently published a study that tries to shed some light on why some Alaskan’s can’t get enough locally caught seafood to make themselves “Food Secure”. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

UAF Honors State Senator Johnny Ellis

May 3, 2013

The Minority Leader in the Alaska State Senate was honored last month by the UAF College of Engineering and Mines. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story.

A well-known researcher with the University of Alaska Fairbanks has retired after 30-year. Chuck Crapo came to the University in 1983 after working in the seafood processing industry.

Mike Mason

The new addition to the campus of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Bristol Bay Campus in Dillingham was officially unveiled to the public on Thursday during an open house. KDLG's Mike Mason looked around and filed this report.

An effort is underway in the Alaska Legislature to find money to finish construction of the engineering buildings on the 2 largest campus's in the University of Alaska system.