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2013 News Archive

Sikuliaq to winter in Great Lakes, test hybrid underwater vehicle

16 December 2013
SIKULIAQ—Research Vessel Sikuliaq will spend its first winter in the Great Lakes before making its long journey to its home port in Seward, Alaska. Construction of the 261-foot, ice-capable vessel has progressed slower than anticipated and the ship is slated to arrive in Alaska during the spring of 2015.

Seth Danielson participated in Nome ocean currents workshop

16 December 2013
IMS—Seth Danielson, a physical oceanographer and assistant research professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, traveled to Nome, Alaska, to participate in a Nov. 25-26, 2013 workshop on ocean currents in the Bering Strait region.

Andrew McDonnell completes chief scientist training cruise

20 November 2013
IMS—Andrew McDonnell, a chemical oceanographer and assistant professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, participated in the 2013 UNOLS Chief Scientist Training Workshop Oct. 19 - 28 in Narragansett, RI.

Vera Alexander honored internationally with Wooster Award

11 November 2013
SFOS—The North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) named former SFOS Dean and Professor Emeritus Vera Alexander as the recipient of the 13th annual Wooster Award Oct. 14 at the annual PICES meeting in Nanaimo, BC, Canada. The award is given annually to an individual who has made significant scientific contributions to North Pacific marine science.

UAF Scientists discuss Arctic research with commissioners

4 November 2013
SFOS—Several School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences researchers participated in the school's display at a campus event for the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission Oct. 22.

Brenda Konar brings kelp forest to Pearl Creek Elementary

18 October 2013
IMS—SFOS Professor Brenda Konar recently led Pearl Creek Elementary students in a kelp dissection with the assistance of graduate students Sarah Traiger and Lauren Bell.

Sunny Rice and Zac Hoyt discuss Southeast Alaska sea otter research project in radio interview

15 October 2013
SFOS—Sunny Rice, SFOS associate professor and Marine Advisory Program agent, and Zac Hoyt, a doctoral student in fisheries, were recently interviewed on the radio about their sea otter research.

Lara Horstmann-Dehn among research team receiving grant to study Pacific walruses

9 October 2013
IMS—A team led by University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists has been awarded a $1.7 million National Science Foundation grant to study long-term and ongoing population trends in the Pacific walrus.

Princess/Holland America gift will support SFOS activities

25 September 2013
SFOS—Several activities of the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences will benefit from a portion of the $1 million gift from Princess Cruise Lines Ltd. and Holland America Line Inc. to the University of Alaska Foundation for research and education critical to the health of the sea, tourism and hospitality industry training and student scholarships.

Gay Sheffield brings free large ship tracking to Nome

23 August 2013
ASG—Real-time information about ship movements near Nome is now available to the public online and free of charge. The Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, University of Alaska Fairbanks Northwest Campus and University of the Aegean in Greece recently collaborated to install an Automatic Identification System (AIS) receiving station in Nome.

Juneau hatchery funds new endowment for student research

9 August 2013
Fisheries—Douglas Island Pink and Chum, Inc. (DIPAC), which operates the Macaulay Hatchery, recently gave the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences $175,000 to support an endowment for graduate students at the SFOS Lena Point facility in Juneau. The fellowship will honor and memorialize DIPAC founder Ladd Macaulay, who was passionate about using the resources of DIPAC to support research.

Former professor Raymond Highsmith passes away

5 August 2013
IMS—Raymond C. Highsmith, marine scientist and former University of Alaska Fairbanks professor, died on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at his home in Oxford, Miss. He was 72. The cause was cancer.

"Every halibut counts" project aims to improve release techniques for sport-caught halibut

24 July 2013
ASG—A new collaborative project in Alaska aims to increase the survival rate of Pacific halibut caught and released in Southeast and Southcentral Alaska sport fisheries.Every halibut counts project leaders will use local knowledge and scientific expertise to develop best practices for careful handling and release of sport-caught halibut. Printed materials, video and training, and a website with information on recommended halibut release methods will be available in spring 2014.

Stephen Jewett receives scientific diving leadership award

24 July 2013
IMS—UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences research professor Stephen Jewett has been honored by the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) with the 2013 Conrad Limbaugh Memorial Award for Scientific Diving Leadership.

Ellen Chenoweth receives NSF award: this week at SFOS 6/14/13

19 June 2013
Fisheries—SFOS Fisheries student Ellen Chenoweth's entry in the 2013 IGERT Video and Poster Competition was selected as one of the 25 winning submissions.

Gabrielle Hazelton receives UA "Staff Make Students Count" award: this week at SFOS 6/7/13

7 June 2013

New Alaska Sea Grant leadership announced

6 June 2013

Maymester wraps up: this week at SFOS 5/24/13

30 May 2013
Fisheries—Ten students attended the Field Methods in Marine Ecology and Fisheries (FISH 414) class taught during "Maymester" this year. Ginny Eckert taught the 2-week long class at the Lena Point building in Juneau.

Sen. Murkowski visits Kodiak Center: this week at SFOS 5/31/13

30 May 2013
KSMSC—The UAF Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center hosted a visit from Sen. Lisa Murkowski Tuesday, May 28.

Graduation and Commencement 2013 : this week at SFOS 5/17/13

23 May 2013
SFOS—UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences awarded 34 degrees at the UAF 2013 Commencement exercises, including 10 baccalaureate degrees, 17 master's degrees, and seven Ph.D. degrees. Two retiring faculty, Charles Crapo and Zygmunt Kowalik were awarded emeriti status at the May 12 event.

Remembering Professor Emeritus John Goering

21 May 2013
IMS—Professor Emeritus John Goering passed away May 4, 2013 in Fairbanks. Goering was one of the two original faculty members hired in 1962 by the newly formed Institute of Marine Science at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Polar Sea Ice Field Course: this week at SFOS 5/10/13

10 May 2013
IMS—Seven instructors and 22 students from four continents are in Barrow this week for the UAF Polar Sea Ice Field Course.

School of squid: this week at SFOS 5/3/13

7 May 2013
IMS—SFOS scientist Ann Knowlton taught 5th graders about life as a cephalopod and then led them through a squid dissection Thursday, May 2.

SFOS graduate students awarded research grants

2 May 2013
SFOS—Five SFOS graduate students were awarded grant funding in the annual Global Change Student Grant Competition.

Juneau-Douglas students tour Sikuliaq: this week at SFOS 4/26/13

26 April 2013

Fisheries Undergraduate Internship Symposium: this week at SFOS 4/19/13

24 April 2013

Annual advisory council meeting: this week at SFOS 4/12/13

12 April 2013
SFOS—The Advisory Council for the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences of the University of Alaska Fairbanks is meeting Friday and Saturday in Fairbanks.

Biological oceanographer Collins joins SFOS faculty

11 April 2013
IMS—Biological oceanographer R. Eric Collins arrived at UAF for his first day with of work as an SFOS faculty member on Monday.

Institute of Food Technologists recognizes Oliveira's expertise

10 April 2013
KSMSC—Associate Professor Alex Oliveira has successfully earned the designation of Certified Food Scientist from the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), an international organization that advocates for a safe and abundant food supply for the world.

Registration opens for summer classes: this week at SFOS 4/5/2013

9 April 2013
SFOS—Registration for 2013 summer classes opened April 1 and SFOS is offering several courses around the state.

Seafood Scientist Chuck Crapo Retiring: this week at SFOS 3/29/13

29 March 2013
KSMSC—Professor Chuck Crapo is retiring April 1 from the University of Alaska Fairbanks after 30 years of service, teaching, and research in the field of seafood science.

New space purchased in Seward: this week at SFOS 3/22/13

25 March 2013
SMC—SFOS staff in Seward will be moving into the Orca Building this summer, the property recently purchased by UAF as part of shore-side support preparations for R/V Sikuliaq.

Five Rasmuson Fellowship recipients announced for 2013

22 March 2013
SFOS—The Rasmuson Fisheries Research Center board members selected five fellowship recipients for the 2013-2014 academic year at at their March 20 meeting.

Diving class in Kasitsna Bay: this week at SFOS 3/15/13

19 March 2013
GPMSL—SFOS students go way beyond just "hands on" learning over spring break in a scientific diving class at Kasitsna Bay.

SFOS scientists test under ice research tools in Beaufort Sea

14 March 2013
GPMSL—A research team from the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences spent four days camped on the ice near Barrow testing several ways of collecting data about the fishes and habitat below them.

This Week at SFOS 3/08/2013

12 March 2013
SFOS—University of Alaska Regent Michael Powers visited School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences labs and offices in Fairbanks on Friday, March 8.

This Week at SFOS 3/01/2013

1 March 2013
Fisheries—On Monday, the Alaska Chief of Staff and team from the US Army and Navy Northern Command were here to talk to University about its research and information handling capabilities. VCR Mark Myers chaired the meeting ....

This Week at SFOS 2/22/2013

22 February 2013
Fisheries—Peter Westley signed a contract letter Feb. 18 to join the Fisheries faculty of the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. He will be located in Fairbanks and officially starts on July 1, 2014.

This Week at SFOS 2/15/2013

18 February 2013

SFOS Scientists Honored at Alaska SeaLife Center Gala

18 February 2013
IMS—The Alaska SeaLife Center honored four School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences scientists Saturday night at the annual Alaska Ocean Leadership Awards and Alaska Marine Gala. The Marine Research Award was given to Katrin Iken, Brenda Konar, Russ Hopcroft and Bodil Bluhm for their contributions to the decade-long Census of Marine Life research project.

Professor Emeritus Robert Theodore Cooney Passes Away

16 February 2013
IMS—Robert Theodore "Ted" Cooney, UAF professor emeritus, died of a heart attack Wednesday, Feb. 13 in Choteau, Montana. Cooney was a biological oceanographer with the Institute of Marine Science and School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences.

Juneau-Douglas HS narrowly wins Alaska Tsunami Bowl

12 February 2013
SMC—uneau-Douglas High School Team Pogonophoraphobia edged out the Mat-Su Career & Technical High School team Mat-Tsunamis to win the 16th annual Alaska Tsunami Bowl over the weekend. The top two teams were tied when they faced off in the championship round. High school students traveled to Seward from 15 Alaskan communities to compete in the contest of ocean knowledge held Feb. 8 - 10.

Seward Hosts 16th Annual Alaska Tsunami Bowl

8 February 2013
SMC—More than 125 ocean-minded high school students are in Seward, Alaska this weekend to compete in the 16th annual Alaska Tsunami Bowl. Teams from 15 Alaska communities are competing for the opportunity to represent Alaska in the national competition.

This Week at SFOS 2/8/2013

8 February 2013

SFOS graduate students capture AMSS awards

1 February 2013

R/V Sikuliaq featured on Science Nation

1 February 2013

This Week at SFOS 2/1/2013

1 February 2013
Fisheries—An interesting thing happened at the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences this week.

2013 Alaska Marine Science Symposium

22 January 2013