Events – UAF news and information UAF news and information Tue, 31 May 2016 22:53:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Alaska Satellite Facility celebrates 25 years Tue, 31 May 2016 17:09:12 +0000 <i>UAF photo by Todd Paris.</i><br>The Akasofu and Elvey buildings on UAF's West Ridge are home to the Alaska Satellite Facility and its big blue dish antenna.
UAF photo by Todd Paris.
The Akasofu and Elvey buildings on UAF’s West Ridge are home to the Alaska Satellite Facility and its big blue dish antenna.

The Alaska Satellite Facility will celebrate its 25th anniversary with an open house on Friday, June 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Elvey and Akasofu buildings at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

A short welcome ceremony will launch the festivities at 4 p.m. in the lobby of the Akasofu Building on UAF’s West Ridge.

The event, suitable for all ages, features a First Friday art show highlighting imagery from satellites, including radar images of Earth; activities and exhibits, including coloring books, do-it-yourself satellite-model construction, unmanned aircraft and rocketry; and scientific posters depicting research using radar.

Data and imagery distributed by the Alaska Satellite Facility have been used to track sea ice; study soil moisture; follow the path of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico; analyze earthquake damage and faults in Nepal, Japan, Haiti and elsewhere; map wetlands; look at erupting volcanoes; and much more.

Back in 1991, the iconic big blue antenna dish on the top of the Elvey Building on the UAF campus performed its first downlink of data from a satellite. The satellite, known as ERS-1, was launched by the European Space Agency, and the data was shared with scientists under an agreement with NASA. Ever since then, funded solely by contracts and grants, the Alaska Satellite Facility has supported research in Alaska and around the world. The facility is part of the UAF Geophysical Institute.

Over the past quarter century, the facility has developed three arms: a NASA Distributed Active Archive Center, the ASF Ground Station and the ASF Enterprise. As a NASA DAAC, one of 12 in the nation, the Alaska Satellite Facility archives more than 2.5 petabytes of synthetic aperture radar data and imagery for distribution to scientific users around the world. Scientists use this data to study subjects including ecology, volcanoes, glaciers, earthquakes, sea ice, climate change and more. SAR bounces a signal off the surface of Earth to detect physical properties including surface shape, surface roughness and vegetation cover. Unlike optical sensors, such as those on Landsat satellites, SAR can see through darkness, clouds and rain.

The ASF Ground Station, with three NASA antennas that are Fairbanks landmarks on the university’s West Ridge, supports polar-orbiting, Earth-imaging spacecraft from its prime polar location. In addition to the dish on top of the Elvey Building, the ASF station operates the two 11-meter antennas near the UAF ski trails. The full-service station operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, providing downlink, uplink and coherent tracking services. It is is the only university-based member of the Near Earth Network, a global array supporting missions by NASA and others. The network, managed by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, has more than a dozen ground stations that provide telemetry, commanding, ground-based tracking, data and communications services to a wide range of customers.

ASF Enterprise operates a separate, off-campus, full-service ground station, using university-owned antenna systems to support space agencies, small-satellite operators and data providers. In addition, ASF Enterprise provides SAR training to assist the research and hazard response communities in understanding and applying SAR data to their specific applications.

ADDITIONAL CONTACT: Nettie LaBelle-Hamer, 907-474-6167,

Download the open house flier.

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Music in the Garden concerts begin June 2 Fri, 27 May 2016 19:12:13 +0000 Fairbanks-area bands and musical ensembles will perform Thursday evenings throughout the summer at the Georgeson Botanical Garden at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

The 2016 Music in the Garden series will feature 10 local bands and is sponsored by UAF Summer Sessions and Lifelong Learning, with support from Alaska Coffee Roasting Co., Sound Reinforcement Specialists, Georgeson Botanical Garden, the UAF School of Natural Resources and Extension, and KUAC. Concerts will be at 7 p.m. each Thursday from June 2 to Aug. 11.

Concert-goers are encouraged to bring a blanket and picnic but are asked to please leave pets at home. Parking will be available on West Ridge. A short walking path to the garden, which is located at the Fairbanks Experiment Farm, begins at the overlook. Concerts are free, but the garden will accept donations.

The summer concert schedule includes:

June 2 — Headbolt Heaters

June 9 — Marc Brown and The Blues Crew

June 16 — Dry Cabin String Band

June 23 — Rock Bottom Stompers

June 30 — Emily Anderson

July 14 — Fairbanks Community Jazz Band

July 21 — Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival Celtic Ensemble

July 28 — Fairbanks Red Hackle Pipe Band

Aug. 4 — Cold Steel Drums

Aug. 11 — ET Barnette String Band

For more information, visit or call 907-474-7021.

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Discover Alaska lecture series begins June 1 Thu, 26 May 2016 21:12:42 +0000 University of Alaska Fairbanks Summer Sessions and Lifelong Learning will present the 10th annual Discover Alaska lecture series starting June 1.

Guest lecturers will offer an in-depth look at various aspects of Alaska in the free 10-part series. Lectures begin at 7 p.m. every Wednesday in the Murie Building auditorium at UAF.

National Park Service media specialist DevDharm Khalsa will launch the series on June 1 with the topic, “Connecting youth with Alaska’s national parks through digital storytelling.”

This series is made possible through sponsorship of the UAF School of Natural Resources and Extension, and KUAC.

Other lectures on the summer schedule include:

June 8 — “Sea stars of the Aleutians,” Stephen Jewett
June 15 — “Rural justice in Alaska,” Jeff May
June 22 — “Alaska’s disappearing glaciers: How does it affect us?” Regine Hock
June 29 — “Coloring the universe,” Travis Rector
July 13 — “Understanding Alaska Native dance,” Sean Topkok
July 20 — “Owning the ocean: Salmon, science and a history of borders in the North Pacific,” Ross Coen
July 27 — “Physics of clothing,” Nicole Moelders
Aug. 3 — “Northern landscapes,” Richard Murphy
Aug. 10 — “Owl-la-carte: A recipe for boreal owl nesting success,” David Russell

For more information, visit or call 907-474-7021.

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Healthy Living lecture series begins May 31 Wed, 25 May 2016 21:46:53 +0000 University of Alaska Fairbanks Summer Sessions and Lifelong Learning will present its fourth annual Healthy Living lecture series starting on May 31.

The 11-part lecture series features experts and specialists in various health issues.

Lectures begin at 7 p.m. every Tuesday in the Murie Building auditorium at UAF. Dr. J. Timothy Foote, a specialist in pediatrics, allergy, asthma and immunology, and Susan Henry, a certified pollen counter, will launch the series on May 31 with the topic, “Birch pollen: Nothing to sneeze at.”

The hour-long lectures will be followed by question-and-answer sessions. Other topics this summer will include aging at home, summer sleeping tips and organ donation. The series is supported by Tanana Valley Clinic, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and KUAC.

The summer schedule includes:

May 31 — “Birch pollen: Nothing to sneeze at,” Dr. J. Timothy Foote and Susan Henry

June 7 — “How to sleep soundly in the Land of the Midnight Sun,” Dr. Scott Luper

June 14 — “Aging at home Fairbanks: A village movement,” Barbara Lando

June 21 — “The invisible disability,” Dr. Steven Lewis

June 28 — “Six-pack to a better back,” Valerie Ann Phelps and Peter Burke

July 12 — “Cancer, your immune system, nutrition and immunotherapy,” Hannah Brice Smith

July 19 — “Why you see and why you don’t,” Dr. Katherine Johnson

July 26 — “Aerobics to Zumba: Finding your active groove,” Reina Hasting

Aug. 2 — “Replacement options for missing teeth,” Dr. Jeffery Rogers

Aug. 9 — “Immunizations across the lifespan,” Shelly Foint Anderson and Jenny Davis

Aug. 16 — “Saving and healing lives through organ donation,” Sanya Krenzelok

For more information, visit or call 907-474-7021.

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Legacy Lecture to feature Tremarello Tue, 24 May 2016 18:57:17 +0000 TP-08-2302 - 18
UAF photo by Todd Paris
The 2016 UAF Legacy Lecture will feature an evening with retired UAF registrar Ann Tremarello.

Retired University of Alaska Fairbanks registrar and alumna Ann Tremarello will be honored during the 2016 UAF Legacy Lecture at 7 p.m. June 6 at the Murie Building Auditorium at the Fairbanks campus. The evening will feature a conversation with Tremarello and a documentary film of her life.

Summer Sessions and Lifelong Learning hosts the annual Legacy Lecture the first Monday in June, honoring a UAF alumnus who has made significant contributions to his or her community following graduation. The free event is sponsored in part by the UAF Alumni Association.

Tremarello retired as registrar in 2002 after nearly 50 years with the university. During her tenure, she worked to make things better for students and saw the campus grow from fewer than 400 to nearly 9,000 students.

Past alumni honored have been Grace Schaible, Neil Davis, Joe Usibelli Sr., Willie Hensley, Vera Alexander, Helen Atkinson and Patrick O’Neill. For more information about Summer Sessions programs, courses and events, visit or call 474-7021.

ADDITIONAL CONTACTS: Jeff Richardson, 907-474-6284,

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Georgeson plant sale hosted May 14 Fri, 06 May 2016 18:21:04 +0000 The annual Georgeson Botanical Garden  spring plant sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 14.

Volunteers help out at last year's Georgeson plant sale.
Volunteers help out at last year’s Georgeson plant sale.

The sale will offer annuals and perennials, including shrubs and trees, flowers, vegetables, herbs, and fruiting plants, such as currants and gooseberries.

“We have a little bit of everything,” said garden manager Katie DiCristina. The plants are grown by volunteers in the School of Natural Resources and Extension greenhouse on West Ridge.

The Georgeson Botanical Garden Society will host the sale at the garden, which is located at the Fairbanks Experiment Farm, 117 West Tanana Drive. The society supports summer positions and other projects at the university’s research and demonstration garden.

For more information, contact DiCristina at or 907-474-6921.

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Really Free Market will be May 21 Fri, 06 May 2016 18:13:48 +0000 People brave the cold at the Really Free Market, May 18, 2013 on campus.The annual Really Free Market, an ultimate recycling event, will take place on Saturday, May 21, at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. ]]> People brave the cold at the Really Free Market, May 18, 2013 on campus.
<i>UAF photo by JR Ancheta</i><br>People visit the Really Free Market on the Fairbanks campus during the unusually cold spring of 2013.
UAF photo by JR Ancheta
People visit the Really Free Market on the Fairbanks campus during the unusually cold spring of 2013.

The annual Really Free Market recycling event will take place on Saturday, May 21, at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Items for the market are donated by the Fairbanks community. All items are free for the taking.

The market will be held in the lower dorms parking lot next to the Lola Tilly Commons.

Usable, clean, safe and nonperishable contributions can be dropped off from 8–10 a.m. The market itself opens promptly at 10 a.m. and closes at 11 a.m. There will be no selling, no bartering and no swapping.

After the market closes, unclaimed electronic items will go to Green Star of Interior Alaska. Books will go to the Literacy Council of Alaska. The Fairbanks Resource Agency’s Closet Connections will receive the rest.

For more information, contact UAF Summer Sessions and Lifelong Learning at 907-474-7021 or 866-404-7021.

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Ninos Malek to discuss everyday economics Mon, 02 May 2016 23:52:52 +0000 Ninos Malek
Ninos Malek

Ninos Malek, an economics professor from California, will speak about everyday economics during two presentations on Friday, May 6, in the Murie Building auditorium. He will give presentations at 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and take questions after each.

Malek’s talk is titled “Economics in your Everyday Life.” It is sponsored by the UAF student organization Students Who Enjoy Economic Thinking.

Malek is a professor of economics at De Anza College in Cupertino, California, and a lecturer at San Jose State University in San Jose, California. His previous experience includes teaching government and economics at Valley Christian High School in San Jose and teaching introductory economics at George Mason University. Learn more about Malek at his website.

For more information, contact Sherri Wall, economics instructor in the School of Management and SWEET’s faculty advisor, at 907-474-6526 or

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Workshop addresses turning ideas into businesses Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:47:40 +0000 A small business workshop May 4 in Fairbanks will cover how to take an idea and turn it into a new business venture.

Adam Krynicki, the director of technology and energy for the Small Business Development Center, will discuss how to develop business ideas and examine their practicality. The Ideas to Business workshop will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the small business center, at 3750 Bonita St.

The workshop is hosted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service and the Small Business Development Center. The fee is $25 and online registration is available at For more information, contact Kathryn Dodge at 907-474-6497 or

ADDITIONAL CONTACT: Debbie Carter, 907-474-5406,

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Community classes offered during Extension week Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:37:05 +0000
Darcy Etcheverry demonstrates a propagation technique during a past Extension Week class about houseplants propagation. Looking on is Julie Emslie.
Darcy Etcheverry demonstrates a propagation technique during a past Extension Week class about houseplant propagation. Looking on is Julie Emslie.
The district Cooperative Extension Service office in Fairbanks will host 13 free classes for the community May 9-13 as part of its Spring Extension Week.

Topics include raised-bed gardening, the nutrition in wild foods and weeds, heart-healthy snacks, Zumba fitness, forage-buying considerations, making cheese and How to Pick up Chicks, an introduction to raising poultry for egg laying or for the freezer. Other workshops will cover using the Internet for finding useful livestock information, Mac computer basics and using smartphones.

Classes meet at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. They last one to two hours and are taught by Extension agents, university staff and community experts. Preregistration is required since class space is limited. The schedule, class descriptions and online registration are available at Individuals may also register by calling 907-474-1530.

The Extension office is located at 724 27th Ave., on the southwest side of the Fairbanks Community Food Bank building. Free parking is available in the lot at 27th Avenue and Rickert Street. The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service is part of an educational network supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and land-grant universities.

ADDITIONAL CONTACT: Ronda Boswell, 907-474-1530,


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