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2008 News Archive

Castellini, Kelley named AAAS Fellows

22 December 2008
SFOS—Three University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers are among 486 nationwide to be named fellows of the href="http://www.aaas.org">American Association for the Advancement of Science.

MAP and Cooperative Extension teach business 101 to Kodiak Hispanic women

16 December 2008
ASG—Alaska Sea Grant has joined with several local organizations and the Alaska Cooperative Extension Service to organize a Spanish-language workshop aimed at helping Hispanic women launch businesses.

Record number of Alaska high school teams set to compete in state's run-up to National Ocean Sciences Bowl

12 December 2008
SFOS—If the numbers hold up, this small coastal community will host the largest number of Alaska high school teams in the event's history when the annual Alaska Region National Ocean Sciences Bowl takes place in February.

SFOS receives $3 million for marine sustainability program

11 December 2008
SFOS—Thanks to a five-year, $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation, the University of Alaska Fairbanks will soon offer an interdisciplinary graduate program in marine ecosystem sustainability.

Alaska Sea Grant seeks college students for national marine policy fellowship

10 December 2008
ASG—Applications for the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship are currently being accepted for the 2010 fellowship. The deadline for applying is February 20, 2009.

Alaska Sea Grant seeks preliminary research proposals that help coastal communities

10 December 2008
ASG—The Alaska Sea Grant College Program is looking for creative research proposals that will help the state address the impacts of environmental change on coastal communities and increase the value of its coastal and ocean resources. The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. Monday, January 26, 2009.

Juneau faculty, staff, students move into Lena Point Fisheries Facility

19 November 2008
SFOS—The members of the Juneau Center of the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences' Fisheries Division have moved into the brand new, 30,000 square foot Lena Point Fisheries Facility.

Princess Tours senior Alaska executive joins the Alaska Sea Grant Advisory Committee

17 November 2008
ASG—Princess Tours Vice President of Community and Public Affairs Bruce Bustamante has joined the UAF Alaska Sea Grant College Program Advisory Committee.

Alaska Sea Grant releases results of statewide fuel survey

17 November 2008
ASG—When Alaska diesel fuel prices surged passed $5 a gallon this past summer, commercial fishermen fished less, skipped openings, fished closer to home, and in some cases quit fishing before the season ended, all in an effort to save money on fuel. Learn more about Alaska Sea Grant's survey on the impact of high fuel prices on commercial fishermen.

Volunteers sought for salmon taste tests

11 October 2008
KSMSC—More than 200 volunteers who like to eat fish are needed for canned salmon taste tests Oct. 13-17 at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Wood Center. Participants will be asked to rate the salmon’s appearance, taste and texture on tests conducted by the UAF Fishery Industrial Technology Center in Kodiak with the assistance of UAF Cooperative Extension Service.

First Friday exhibit connects art and arctic science

1 October 2008
SFOS—This Friday a local art gallery will feature paintings inspired by the arctic research and photographs of University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists.

UAF is "head of the pack" for producing fisheries scientists, according to APRN story

30 September 2008
SFOS—On Monday evening's Alaska News Nightly radio program, Emily Schwing, a reporter from KBBI in Homer, reported on the shortage of fisheries and marine scientists in Alaska.

Guest lecturer to offer "Climate Change 101"

26 September 2008
SFOS—Atmospheric scientist and climate change expert Michael Schlesinger will visit Fairbanks and present a free public lecture next week.

Rural students, oceanographers team up for science

24 September 2008
SFOS—Schoolchildren from a village on the west coast of Alaska are helping University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists learn where young salmon go when they enter the ocean.

Visiting scientist to discuss threat of ocean acidification

18 September 2008
SFOS—One of the world's preeminent experts on ocean acidification will visit Fairbanks next week and hold a public lecture on the effects of rising carbon dioxide levels in the ocean.

Fishermen, have you found ways to save fuel? Tell the Marine Advisory Program

18 September 2008
MAP—The Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program has joined with the United Fishermen of Alaska to launch an online survey of how high fuel costs have affected fishermen across the state.

New UAF magazine features cover story on SFOS divers

17 September 2008
SFOS—The new UAF magazine, the Aurora, features a cover story on the SFOS divers who discovered new species during their work in the Aleutian Islands in the summers of 2006 and 2007. Read the story here.

NSF award creates Alaska Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence

8 September 2008
MAP—A consortium of state marine research organizations will use a $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to foster awareness of ocean issues amid a changing Alaska climate.

The Business of Fish offers fishermen a chance to hone skills without leaving home

3 September 2008
MAP—Helping Alaska's mom-and-pop commercial fishermen become more savvy about their business is the aim of a new course, The Business of Fish, being offered by the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks

Marine Advisory Program offers boaters tips to conserve fuel, save money

20 June 2008
MAP—The Marine Advisory Program has prepared a list of steps that can help lessen the impact of high fuel cost for Alaska boaters.

UA regents approve new bachelor of arts, minor in fisheries

20 June 2008
SFOS—The University of Alaska Board of Regents this week approved a new bachelor of arts in fisheries and a minor in fisheries. The degree and minor will be offered at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

SFOS students named Dean John A. Knauss Fellows

20 June 2008
ASG—Three University of Alaska Fairbanks graduate students have been named Dean John A. Knauss Fellows. The fellows will spend a year in Washington, D.C., learning how the federal government makes national marine environmental policy.

SFOS seeks new Dillingham marine advisory agent

19 June 2008
SFOS—The University of Alaska Fairbanks will soon begin a search for a Marine Advisory Program agent for its Dillingham office. MAP is the statewide community extension arm of the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences.

West Valley student earns fisheries mentorship, scholarship

11 June 2008
SFOS—While many high school students enjoy their long summer vacation, West Valley sophomore Shamariah Hale will be hard at work. Selected as a Hutton Junior Fisheries Scholar, Hale will spend the next two months gaining hands-on experience as a young fisheries scientist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Alexander honored with classroom dedication

1 June 2008
SFOS—In 1965, Vera Alexander became the first woman to receive a doctorate at the University of Alaska. Four decades later, after serving as a professor of marine science, a director and as a dean, Alexander has been honored with the dedication of a new smart classroom at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Coastal Marine Institute receives conservation award from U.S. government

22 May 2008
SFOS—A research institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has received an award from the U.S. Department of the Interior for outstanding conservation through collaboration. The award is called the Cooperative Conservation Award and was presented last month in Washington, D.C.

Alaska Sea Grant announces 2008–2010 projects

21 May 2008
ASG—Improving fisheries management models, increasing the size of farm-raised oysters, and learning how to raise red and blue king crab in large-scale hatcheries are among the $1.5 million in new projects, activities, and administration of the Alaska Sea Grant College Program over the next two years, the program announced today.

Alaska Sea Grant director announces retirement

21 May 2008
ASG—Alaska Sea Grant Director Brian Allee announced his retirement from the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (SFOS), effective May 30, 2008.

SFOS faculty gain promotion/tenure

15 May 2008
SFOS—SFOS faculty members Nicola Hillgruber, Murat Balaban, Alexandra de Oliveira, Alan Springer, and Trent Sutton were recently promoted or received tenure, effective beginning July 1, 2008.

NOSB finals a resounding success

12 May 2008
SFOS—Top-notch high school students from around the nation gathered in Seward at the end of April for the finals of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl. It was the first time in the eleven-year history of the NOSB competition that the finals were held in Alaska. The students enjoyed a long weekend of adventure and tough competition.

Red king crabs hatch millions of larvae in Seward hatchery

29 April 2008
ASG—Red king crabs hatch in second year of an Alaska Sea Grant research initiative aimed at learning how to raise crabs in hatcheries.

John Kelley earns Usibelli service award

29 April 2008
SFOS—UAF announced today that SFOS faculty member John Kelley earned this year's Emil Usibelli Distinguished Public Service Award.

National high school marine science competition coming to Alaska

21 April 2008
SFOS—Later this week, up to 125 marine science experts will converge in Seward to share their knowledge of the world's oceans.

Follow SFOS scientists on a research cruise in the Bering Sea

16 April 2008
SFOS—Several SFOS faculty and students are currently in the Bering Sea, on board the USCG icebreaker Healy as part of the Bering Sea Integrated Ecosystem Research Program/Bering Ecosystem Study. The cruise began March 29 and will continue until May 6.

Research center awards $500,000 to marine, fisheries scientists

8 April 2008
SFOS—The Pollock Conservation Cooperative Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has funded more than $500,000 for the study of Alaska’s marine ecosystems.

On thin ice: Marine mammals challenged by climate change

18 February 2008
SFOS—Changes in the sea ice at the north and south poles have an immediate effect on the animals that live there. On Tuesday, Feb. 19, Mike Castellini will describe how disappearing sea ice affects the breeding, hunting, resting and social systems of polar bears, seals, penguins and more in his lecture, "On Thin Ice: Marine Mammals Challenged by Climate Change." The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in the Westmark Gold Room and all ages are welcome to attend the free event.

Young marine scientists win scholarships and more at Tsunami Bowl

15 February 2008
SFOS—Phil Moser may not know where he wants to go to college yet, but he knows what he is going to study. "Anything related to the ocean," says Moser, with a winning smile.

New director 'spreading the word' about Fish Tech Center

14 February 2008
SFOS—When Murat Balaban took over as director of the Fishery Industrial Technology Center in Kodiak last month, he immediately went to work publicizing the important work being done at the research center.

SFOS Knauss Fellow Seanbob Kelly goes to Washington

14 February 2008
ASG—SFOS graduate student Seanbob Kelly is working in Washington, D.C., as the 2008 Alaska Sea Grant Knauss Fellow. Seanbob is sharing his experiences and adventures through his new blog. Learn more about the exciting opportunities available to UAF graduate students as a Knauss Fellow, and read his blog at: Seanbob's blog or visit Alaska Sea Grant

High school ocean sciences bowl attracts record number of "sea geeks"

8 February 2008
SFOS—Every year, a rigorous high school marine science competition in Seward draws dozens of high school students from across Alaska to answer hundreds of questions about the ocean. This year, with fifteen teams and 70 competitors, the Tsunami Bowl will set a new record.

Fisheries students sweep four of six awards at Alaska Marine Science Symposium

28 January 2008
Fisheries—At last week's Alaska Marine Science Symposium in Anchorage, more than 600 state, national and international scientists gathered to share their knowledge of marine issues in Alaska waters. There were nearly 100 presentations given at the Symposium, with sixteen given by students.

Dialogue sought on North Aleutian Basin oil and gas development

24 January 2008
ASG—The North Aleutians Basin Energy-Fisheries Workshop, scheduled for March 18–19 at the Anchorage Marriot Downtown Hotel, is aimed at continuing a dialogue that began last October, when key stakeholders outlined their positions on development and organized the agenda for the March 2008 meeting.

SFOS helps Alaskans regroup in battle against marine debris

24 January 2008
ASG—The Marine Debris in Alaska Workshop will take place February 14–15 at the Egan Convention Center in Anchorage

Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program and UAF Northwest Campus host IPY speaker series in Nome

9 January 2008
ASG—As part of International Polar Year (IPY) 2007–2009, the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program and University of Alaska Fairbanks, Northwest campus, have launched a speaker series in Nome, Alaska.