Spotlight Stories

IARC student selected for Arctic leadership program

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 08:42

An IARC doctoral student has been selected to represent the United States in a program to discuss future development in the High North with leaders in academia, business and the public sector. Read More

Eicken named IARC deputy director

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 09:45

Dr. Hajo Eicken has been named Deputy Director of the International Arctic Research Center. Read More

Scientists Speak about Global Impacts of Arctic Change

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 12:18

Eight scientists speak about how warming in the Arctic can have global impacts in a newly released video "Arctic Emergency." Read More

IARC Researcher Immerses Young People in Arctic Science

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:53

Middle school students from the North Slope of Alaska recently spent an exciting intensive science week in Barrow, Alaska, led by an IARC researcher. Read More

IARC Scientist Talks About Arctic Science to Young Readers

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 09:29

IARC glaciologist Alessio Gusmeroli shared his passion about science in a recently featured article “What It’s Like To Be an Arctic Scientist” in Kidsville News. Read More

IARC’s GLOBE Workshop Inspires K-12 Educators

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 10:19

Six K-12 teachers from around the state of Alaska spent six full days this month at IARC to learn scientific approaches in a hands-on workshop. Read More

IARC research to unite on the UAF West Ridge campus

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 11:54

All the research units of the International Arctic Research Center will be united on West Ridge of the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus this summer. Read More

Sixth Graders Learn about Science and Nature on Outdoor Days

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 08:36

Nearly 650 Fairbanks North Star Borough School District sixth graders learned about science and natural resource management concepts during the Fairbanks Outdoor Days on the University of Alaska Fairbanks ski trail system last week. Read More

IARC Director Named Vice President of International Science Committee

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 09:49

International Arctic Research Center director Larry Hinzman was named vice president of the International Arctic Science Committee by its council during the Arctic Science Summit Week 2014 in Helsinki, Finland. Read More

IARC Education Outreach Director Receives the Usibelli Award

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 08:19

IARC research professor and education outreach director Elena Sparrow was honored as the 2014 Emil Usibelli Distinguished Public Service Award recipient on May 6. Read More

IARC Researcher Explains Greenup Mechanism on the Radio

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 09:03

IARC ecohydrologist Jessica Young explained how water moves in trees in a KUAC radio interview. Read More

Girl Scouts Explore Science with Women Scientists

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 11:50

On April 26, 62 girls in grades 4-8 participated in a science event “Experience Science, Expect a Challenge” on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. Read More

IARC Author to be Honored

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 14:15

IARC PhD candidate Chas Jones is among the thirty UAF authors who will be honored at the 2014 Authors Reception. Read More

Japanese High School Students Receive Science Experience

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 15:26

Twenty-five Suwa Seiryo High School in Japan visited the International Arctic Research Center at the beginning of March to learn about Arctic research. Read More

Remapping Alaska

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 15:22

For the first time since the 1980s the State of Alaska has started to successfully tackle creating updated and consistent maps for Alaska. One of the primary engines behind the successful push to remap Alaska has been IARC’s Geographic Information Network of Alaska (GINA). Read More

IARC Director Named US Representative to IASC

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 12:15

IARC Director Larry Hinzman has been named by the US Polar Research Board (PRB) to serve as U.S. Delegate to the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC). Read More

Arctic Art Show on First Friday

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 07:26

On the first Friday in December, IARC held a First Friday Art Show in the lobby and hallway of the Akasofu Building. Read More

A Fun Geography Day at GeoFest

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 12:36

People young and old from the community had fun geography learning activities at GeoFest on November 21st.  IARC’s Education/Outreach Program and Geographic Information Network of Alaska (GINA) participated.  GeoFest concluded Geography Awareness Week, sponsored annually by the Alaska Geographic Alliance and the University of Alaska Geography Program. Read More

GINA’s Energy Resources Map Featured on KUAC

Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:44

IARC’s research unit Geographic Information Network of Alaska (GINA) was featured in a recent KUAC radio interview. GINA has played a key role in creating an integrated energy resources map of the state of Alaska, that State Representative Doug Isaacson says could help with policy decisions in the future. The goal is to compile all of the data on Alaska’s energy resources and infrastructure into one interactive map. One can view, for example, where coal resources lie, or a hydroelectric and hydro, tidal potential. Read More

IARC Researcher Recognized for Excellence in Refereeing

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 08:04

IARC postdoctoral fellow Alessio Gusmeroli received a 2012 Editors’ Citation for Excellence in Refereeing from American Geophysical Union (AGU). The recognition appears in the current issue of Eos, a weekly newsletter of AGU. Read More

Nondalton Girls Have a Blast with Science

Thu, 09/19/2013 - 14:11

IARC’s PhD student Molly Tedesche worked last month as a science instructor on Women of Science Day during a week-long Girl Scouts Camp in the village of Nondalton. This is part of Girl Scouts of Alaska South West region program, where camp counselors are sent out for the summer to conduct camps for girls in the region. Read More

Ceramic Tile Mural Finds its Home in the Akasofu Building

Thu, 09/05/2013 - 13:57

Thanks to the generosity of the Nunobikiyaki pottery artists Taro Kojima and Kazuhiro Kojima, who donated their recent work, the International Arctic Research Center now has a beautiful ceramic tile artwork on its walls just outside of the main conference room. Read More

IARC Researcher Inspires Rural Alaska Middle School Students with Arctic Science

Fri, 08/02/2013 - 12:10

IARC’s post-doctoral fellow Alessio Gusmeroli recently worked with middle school students in Barrow during a week-long summer school conducted at Ilisaġvik College. Read More

IARC Education Outreach Director Receives the UPAA Distinguished Alumni Award

Mon, 07/22/2013 - 11:49

IARC Education Outreach Director Elena Sparrow recently received an award from the University of the Philippines Alumni Association (UPAA) at the 100th year anniversary of the founding of the UPAA (105th year anniversary of the University of the Philippines).  Read More

A Successful GLOBE Seasons and Biomes Professional Development Workshop at IARC

Mon, 07/08/2013 - 13:52

A GLOBE Seasons and Biomes professional development workshop for educators, led by Elena Sparrow and Martha Kopplin of IARC’s Education and Outreach Program, was held in June at IARC.  GLOBE (Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment), a worldwide hands-on environmental science program, working in close partnerships with NASA, NOAA, and NSF, aims to bring students, teachers, and scientists together to collaborate on inquiry-based investigations of the environment and the Earth system that included the human dimension.  The Alaska UAF GLOBE Partnership and the Seasons and Biomes project are housed at IARC. The workshop was co-funded by the Alaska EPSCoR program. Read More

Second Graders Get a Glimpse of Climate Research

Tue, 05/28/2013 - 12:28

Second graders from Tri Valley School in Healy, Alaska, visited IARC in May to learn first-hand what it is like to be an Arctic research scientist.  A group of scientists from IARC shared their expertise with video and photo presentations, and demonstrations with field equipment.  They engaged students in discussions and with hands-on simulations of their fieldwork.  Read More

IARC Scientist Engages Local Adults with Climate Change Activity

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 12:22

IARC Education and Outreach Director Elena Sparrow recently worked with Fairbanksans, including an Athabaskan elder and the director of a native educator association, at the Association of Interior Native Educators (AINE) at the beginning of May. Dr. Sparrow’s work was part of IARC’s outreach activity to raise awareness of climate change through interactive educational approaches. Read More

IARC Chief Scientist Receives the Research Lifetime Achievement Award

Fri, 05/03/2013 - 15:33

IARC Chief Scientist John Walsh received the 2013 Research Lifetime Achievement Award at UAF’s 6th Annual Research Day on April 30th. The award, given by the Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, recognizes individuals for their “sustainable lifetime contribution” to research and the University of Alaska. Read More

IARC Scientist Engages Elementary School Children in Science

Tue, 04/23/2013 - 09:45

Every year Joy Elementary School in Fairbanks celebrates Earth Week by hosting visits from local science professionals, who share their knowledge about the environment and the world around them. Read More

IARC Scientists as Judges at the 2013 Interior Alaska Science Fair

Thu, 04/11/2013 - 14:09

The annual Interior Alaska Science Fair for students from kindergarten through 8th grade was held at the Pioneer Park Civic Center in Fairbanks at the end of March. IARC faculty Georgina Gibson, Jenny Hutchings, and Jessie Cable, and IARC Education Outreach coordinator and botanist Martha Kopplin served as judges on a panel of women scientists tasked with determining the most outstanding projects being presented by female students.

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IARC Chief Scientist Gives an Invited Talk in Washington DC

Fri, 03/08/2013 - 14:13

IARC Chief Scientist John Walsh was invited to Washington, DC to speak as part of the Fourteenth Annual Roger Revelle Commemorative Lecture Series, held at the Smithsonian Institution on March 20. In the talk entitled “Melting Ice: What is happening to Arctic sea ice and what does it mean for us?” Walsh explored the impacts of recent decreases in Arctic summer sea ice and the ways in which these decreases may already be affecting the larger climate system through a variety of physical, dynamical, and ecological processes.

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IARC-GINA Satellite Imagery Helps the National Weather Service Forecast Sea Ice

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 16:47

Satellite data captured on the roof of IARC by the Geographic Information Network of Alaska (GINA) is used by the National Weather Service's (NWS) Alaska Sea Ice Program to map and forecast sea ice extent in Alaska's waters. The NWS puts out twice-weekly sea ice forecasts and their outreach blogs often feature maps made from GINA produced satellite imagery. Read More

IARC, SNAP, GINA Bring Geography Awareness to Students at GeoFest

Fri, 12/07/2012 - 14:34

IARC's Education/Outreach Program, Scenarios Network for Alaska and Arctic Planning (SNAP), and Geographic Information Network of Alaska (GINA) participated in this year's GeoFest, concluding Geography Awareness Week at UAF's Wood Center in mid November. The event, which was highlighted in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, "brings a family-friendly, fun focus to the study of the Earth and its people." Read More

IARC Researcher and Methane Impact Given Spotlight in National Geographic Magazine

Wed, 11/28/2012 - 16:25

IARC researcher Katey Walter Anthony is featured in an article, "Good Gas, Bad Gas," in the December 2012 issue of National Geographic Magazine. The article elucidates the environmental impact of leaking methane, a potent greenhouse gas. "Burn natural gas and it warms your house. But let it leak, from fracked wells or the melting Arctic, and it warms the whole planet." Read More

IARC Education Outreach Director Receives Alumni Awards from University of the Philippines Los Baños

Mon, 10/22/2012 - 13:58

IARC Education Outreach Director Elena Sparrow recently received two alumni awards from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) on the 94th UPLB Loyalty Day celebrations. Recognition is given to deserving alumni of UPLB for achievements in their respective fields and in the case of Dr. Sparrow, for also transcending her disciplinary field of expertise and making significant contributions to address contemporary issues. Read More

Scientists, Teachers, and Students Trek up Mt. Kilimanjaro on GLOBE Xpedition

Tue, 09/25/2012 - 14:37

IARC researcher Bob Bolton and IARC affiliate Kenji Yoshikawa from UAF’s Institute of Northern Engineering are part of a trek, "To The Roof of Africa," up Mt. Kilimanjaro to collect data on ground temperatures and mentor students and teachers joining them on the climb to learn about the environment. This is the fourth annual expedition to the summit of Kilimanjaro with GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) teachers, students, and scientists, who then connect with classrooms around the world via daily emails during the trek and two live webinars from the mountain. Read More

Big Success with two 2012 IARC Summer Schools

Wed, 08/22/2012 - 16:17

A two-week summer school session, entitled “Climate System Modeling: Downscaling techniques and practical applications,” was held July 16-27. This summer school marked its 10-year anniversary since the beginning of the program back in 2003. Sponsored by Alaska Climate Science Center (UAF/Dept. of Interior) with IARC’s Vladimir Alexeev and John Walsh together with Scott Rupp (SNAP/AK CSC) and Steve Gray (AK CSC) as coordinators, this workshop immersed graduate students and young scientists in the opportunities and challenges of climate modeling through lectures, technical sessions, mini projects, and informal discussions with specialists in climate science and decision makers.

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Legislative Citation Presented to Dr. Syun-Ichi Akasofu for Hannes Alfvén Medal

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 15:55

Representative Bob Miller presented a legislative citation to Syun-Ichi Akasofu for the Hannes Alfvén Medal, which he received at the 2011 European Geosciences Union. Officials of the EGU awarded Akasofu the medal for "his outstanding achievements in Solar-Terrestrial Physics, establishing the substorm as a fundamental concept of magnetospheric physics." Miller was joined by Senator Joe Thomas, UA administration, faculty, staff, and students. Read More

GLOBE Seasons and Biomes Professional Development Workshop Held at IARC

Thu, 07/26/2012 - 15:43

Elena Sparrow and Martha Kopplin from IARC’s Education Outreach Department held a GLOBE Seasons and Biomes professional development workshop for educators during July 9-13 at IARC. An inquiry- and project-based initiative that monitors seasons, specifically their interannual variability, Seasons and Biomes aims to increase K-12 students’ understanding of the Earth system. Teachers from urban and rural Alaska, as well as the Lower 48, spent five busy days learning and practicing GLOBE protocols in the Atmosphere, Plant Phenology, and Soils GLOBE investigations. Read More

Troy L. Péwé Award at Tenth International Conference on Permafrost

Thu, 07/12/2012 - 13:58

IARC researcher Anna Liljedahl received the Troy L. Péwé Award for her presentation, "Ice-wedge polygon type controls low-gradient watershed-scale hydrology," at the Tenth International Conference on Permafrost in Salekhard, Russia. The Troy L. Péwé Award was established to acknowledge the excellent presentation of a young scientist in permafrost research. The International Conference on Permafrost, "the premier venue for all research related to permafrost," is held every four years. Read More

Best Student Paper at Western Snow Conference

Thu, 06/07/2012 - 11:30

IARC graduate student Katrina Bennett won the Best Student Paper award for her paper, "Snowmelt drivers in Interior Alaskan Watersheds," at the 80th annual meeting of the Western Snow Conference. The conference, which seeks to "provide a forum for individuals and organizations to share scientific, management, and socio-political information on snow and runoff," was held during May 21-24 in Anchorage, Alaska. Read More

IARC Presentations at UAF Research Day

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 13:48

Join IARC at this year's UAF Campus Research Day, April 24 from 10am to 2pm at Wood Center. Research Day "is an annual event showcasing student (undergraduate and graduate) researchers from across all disciplines at UAF. It features student poster sessions, tours and open houses at labs and studios (celebrating faculty research and student research opportunities), an undergraduate speaker symposium and a keynote address celebrating Alaskan research." Read More

Visit IARC at Morrill Act Anniversary Celebration

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 15:25

The University of Alaska Fairbanks, the Cooperative Extension Service and the School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences celebrated the 150th anniversary of the 1862 Morrill Act, also known as the Land-Grant College Act. This event was held on Saturday April 21 in the Wood Center Ballroom. Read More

UAV Surveys Sea Ice to Help Fuel Tanker in Nome

Thu, 01/19/2012 - 14:20

IARC researcher Jessica Cherry recently visited Nome, Alaska to survey sea ice between a Russian fuel tanker, the Renda (led by a US Coast Guard icebreaker Healy, which cleared a path for the tanker), and the harbor it needed to reach. It was critical that the tanker reached the harbor quickly, as the town expected to run out of heating fuel by spring after enduring record breaking low temperatures. Read More

North by 2020 Book Launch

Fri, 12/09/2011 - 18:09

Join the official book launch for North by 2020: Perspectives on Alaska's Changing Social-Ecological Systems (UA Press, 2011). The event will be held on Wednesday, December 14 at 7:00 PM at UAF's Geophysical Institute Globe Room (215 Elvey Building). North by 2020 was edited by Amy Lauren Lovecraft, associate professor of political science at UAF and Hajo Eicken, IARC researcher and professor of geophysics at UAF. Read More

American Geophysical Union 2011 Fall Meeting, IARC Posters and Talks

Fri, 11/18/2011 - 12:36

Researchers from the International Arctic Research Center are presenting over 15 posters and talks at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2011, December 5-9. The following is a complete schedule of IARC presentations.

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Cessnasonde: Probing the atmosphere to better predict air quality in Fairbanks, Alaska

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 16:27

Watch Dr. Jessica Cherry and others demonstrate methods to collect air quality data in interior Alaska, explain how temperature inversions work, and show what climate models predict about temperature inversions in the future. Read More

Aurora Borealis Over IARC

Tue, 09/13/2011 - 14:18

Watch the aurora borealis dance across the sky above the Akasofu and Elvey buildings on UAF's West Ridge. The time-lapse footage was taken on September 12, 2011 and put together by IARC Post-Doctoral Fellow Taro Nakai.   Read More

Visit IARC at the UAF Student Job & Research Fair

Tue, 09/06/2011 - 17:07

IARC will be present at the UAF Student Job & Research Fair, Sept. 7-8, 11am - 2pm at Wood Center. The purpose of this fair "is to increase the awareness of undergraduate research, scholarly activities, and student jobs at UAF; to provide opportunities for networking between undergraduate and graduate students and UAF representatives (faculty, staff, researchers) related to the students' field of study or areas of interest." Read More

IARC Research Featured in National Geographic

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 14:11

The article "On Thin Ice" in the July 2011 issue of National Geographic Magazine uses a figure provided by IARC researcher Dr. Xiangdong Zhang (See p. 73). The figure illustrates winter maximum and summer minimum Arctic sea ice extents juxtaposed with the area of the Arctic inhabited by polar bears. Read More

Akasofu Building Summer Tours

Wed, 05/25/2011 - 13:38

Walk through the International Arctic Research Center. IARC is an international center for scientific research on the Arctic System and global climate change. View the Tanana Valley and the Alaska Range from the fifth-floor conference room. Try a hands-on demonstration of Google Earth on a TouchTable. Read More

NBC Learn Video on Permafrost and Methane Impacts

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 11:28

NBC Learn, in partnership with the National Science Foundation, explores the impact that climate change is having on our planet. In this video, IARC's Dr. Katey Walter Anthony and IARC affiliate Dr. Vladimir Romanovsky are interviewed about permafrost, methane, and their impacts on the environment. Viewers are given an explosive demonstration. Read More

EGU Hannes Alfvén Medal Awarded to Dr. Syun-Ichi Akasofu

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 14:43

The Hannes Alfvén Medal is awarded to Syun-Ichi Akasofu for his outstanding achievements in Solar-Terrestrial Physics, establishing the substorm as a fundamental concept of magnetospheric physics. Read More

Service at 2011 Alaska Tsunami Ocean Sciences Bowl

Fri, 02/11/2011 - 16:00

Dr. Georgina Gibson recently served as a Science Judge at the 2011 Alaska Tsunami Ocean Sciences Bowl, "a regional competition for Alaska high schools on topics related to the study of the oceans." Read More

American Geophysical Union 2010 Fall Meeting, IARC Posters and Talks

Wed, 12/15/2010 - 18:09

Researchers from the International Arctic Research Center are presenting over 25 posters and talks at this year's American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, December 13-17. The following is a complete schedule of IARC presentations. Read More

IARC Researchers Featured in UAF Aurora Magazine

Mon, 11/08/2010 - 13:00

Dr. Natalia Shakhova and Dr. Igor Semiletov are featured in the Fall 2010 issue of UAF's Aurora web magazine. Included is a video interview in which Dr. Shakhova recounts the discovery of destabilizing frozen methane stores in the Arctic Ocean seabed, and why the discovery is important. Read More

Understanding, Managing and Communicating Risks in Environmental Research

Wed, 10/20/2010 - 00:00

The Director of the Center for Environmental Decisions at Columbia University, Prof. Elke Weber, is visiting the University of Alaska as a guest of the North by 2020 Forum and IARC this week to meet with students and faculty, and will give presentations on Thursday, Oct. 21 (Fairbanks) and Friday, Oct. 22 (Anchorage) accessible also via the web and videoconference. Read More

EGU Louis Agassiz Medal Awarded to Hajo Eicken

Mon, 04/26/2010 - 00:00

The Louis Agassiz Medal is awarded to Hajo Eicken for his outstanding contribution to the study of the physical and biological properties of sea ice through a combination of novel experimental techniques and theory. The Louis Agassiz Medal is awarded to Hajo Eicken for his outstanding contribution to the study of the physical and biological properties of sea ice through a combination of novel experimental techniques and theory. Read More

Climate Change at the Poles: A Research Immersion Experience at Bellingshausen, Antarctica

Mon, 03/22/2010 - 00:00

An international workshop on Antarctica and global climate change was held in January 2010 and was a unique experience for graduate students. Read More

IARC Student Named Young Engineer of the Year

Mon, 02/22/2010 - 01:00

IARC graduate student Oceana Francis was named Young Engineer of the Year by the Alaska Society of Professional Engineers. Oceana serves as VP for the Fairbanks Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers and is also involved with the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, and the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program. She is actively involved in bringing science and engineering together. At IARC, she is working with David Atkinson. Read More

Scientists, Villagers Share Climate Change Stories

Thu, 02/18/2010 - 01:00

The Stakeholders and Climate Change meeting brought together UAF scientists and people who live close to the land to discuss perceptions of changes in climate, weather, and seasonality and the effects the changes are having on the landscape and on subsistence resources and practices. Read More

Mt. Kilimanjaro Expedition and GLOBE Project

Thu, 09/10/2009 - 13:18

Elena Sparrow and Martha Kopplin worked with teacher Mike O'Toole from Kentucky, who accompanied South African students on a trek up Mt. Kilimanjaro. Read More

AGU Fall Meeting

Fri, 08/28/2009 - 14:40

Researchers from IARC have a strong presence at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) again this year. The AGU Fall Meeting is one of the largest scientific annual conferences held worldwide.   Read More

Usibelli Award

Tue, 05/05/2009 - 00:00

  Dr. John Walsh is a recipient of the Emil Usibelli Distinguished Teaching, Research and Public Service Award, one of the university's most prestigious awards. Read More

Environmental Studies in the Boreal Forest Zone: IPY Institute

Thu, 12/06/2007 - 01:00

The Summer IPY Institute provided a unique opportunity for participants to learn about the climate and environment of Northern Eurasia from leading scientists and educators in a wide spectrum of polar and Earth-system science disciplines including meteorology, biology, chemistry, and Earth-system modeling. Read More

IARC Researchers Convene Sessions At Upcoming Meetings

Mon, 09/17/2007 - 00:00

Many researchers at IARC are organizing several sessions at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and Ocean Sciences Meeting this season. The AGU and Ocean Sciences Meeting are among the largest scientific annual conferences held worldwide. Read More

IARC Summer School during the NABOS 2005 Expedition onboard the Russian Icebreaker "Kapitan Dranitsyn"

Sat, 10/15/2005 - 00:00

The NABOS expedition was conducted in parallel with the IARC Summer School in 2005. International participation was a key element in this expedition with participants joining together from ten countries. Read More