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An image of the Kenai Peninsula on June 15, 2015, acquired from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer aboard the Aqua satellite. The red box in this cropped image is a wildfire.

Larger than West Virginia, the Kenai Peninsula has the best of Alaska: coastal rainforests, two icefields, majestic deepwater fiords and a sapphire river home to the largest king salmon ever caught. It also has some of the best-documented changes of any geographic feature in Alaska, enough that a biologist now sees the peninsula evolving into a human-driven system.

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  Eight inventors from the University of Alaska Fairbanks community won awards in the 2016 Invent Alaska Competition held by the UAF Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization. Vice Chancellor for Research Larry Hinzman announced the winners at a ceremony May 6. The competition was open to UAF students and employees. The winners were honored for … Continue reading 2016 Invent Alaska Competition winners announced

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Alaska Sea Grant chooses three new state fellows

Three new Alaska Sea Grant state fellows will gain a year of professional experience in marine policy beginning this summer. This year’s fellows — Sarah Apsens, Jane Sullivan and Jennifer Marsh — are all graduate students in the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences.

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Much of the Arctic is lower than it was before

When botanist Janet Jorgenson first visited a patch of tundra east of Kaktovik in 1988, it was flat, dry and thick with 29 species of lichens and mosses. Now, Tapkaurak is wet, gullied and fragrant with sedges and grasses. And, like other parts of Alaska’s North Slope, it is a few feet farther from the clouds.

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For over ten years, Beth Brummond has been filling balloons for the annual UAF commencement ceremony balloon drop.

An air compressor has been running every day this week at Beth and Glenn Brummond’s Fairbanks home, and their huge garage is half-filled with blue and gold balloons. It can only mean one thing — the University of Alaska Fairbanks commencement ceremony is coming soon. The event will begin at 1:20 p.m. Sunday, May 8, at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks.

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