Friday, May 29, 2015
Friday, May 22, 2015
|The Fairbanks stompgrass band, Rock Bottom Stompers, leads off the Music in the Garden series at Georgeson.|
The free Thursday night concert series in Georgeson Botanical Garden kicks off June 4 with “soulful stompable tunes” by the Rock Bottom Stompers.
UAF Summer Sessions and Lifelong Learning hosts the Music in the Garden series and the garden provides the venue. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. every Thursday night (except July 2) through Aug. 13 with a variety of music, ranging from string bands and jazz to bagpipes and the blues.
Here’s the full schedule:
June 4: Rock Bottom Stompers
June 11: Leighton and the Loners
June 18: Marc Brown and the Blues Crew
June 25: Headbolt Heaters
July 16: Dry Cabin String Band
July 23: Concert Black
July 30: Fairbanks Red Hackle Pipe Band
Aug. 6: Cold Steel Drums
Aug. 13: Emily Anderson
Monday, May 18, 2015
|Fourth-grade student Peyton Ferguson sorts birch seeds in an Anne Wien Elementary School classroom.|
Research Assistant Professor Jan Dawe has been working with eight classrooms this spring to resolve an ongoing question: How are local birch trees responding to climate change? She said some students just wanted to know what was behind “all those brown things on the ground.”
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
|Dean Stephen Sparrow gives Ph.D. recipient Watcharee Ruairuen a hug at the UAF graduation Sunday. UAF photo by Todd Paris|
At Sunday’s UAF Commencement, students of the School of Natural Resources and Extension received eight bachelor’s degrees, six master’s degrees and one doctorate.
|SNRE graduates gather at Sunday's graduation.|
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
|Milan Shipka Dave Valentine|
The School of Natural Resources and Extension has promoted two professors. Dave Valentine has been named director of academic programs, and Milan Shipka will become director of research and the Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station.
The half-time administrative appointments are effective July 1, 2015. The university created the positions following the announced departure of Interim Dean and Director Stephen Sparrow, who will retire June 30. Both positions will report to Fred Schlutt, the vice provost for outreach and Extension.
Valentine will direct and evaluate the school’s academic programs, and Shipka will oversee the faculty research programs and work with faculty to develop a long-term strategy for research. Both professors will continue to teach and conduct research, and Shipka will work with Extension.
Sparrow is pleased that Dave and Milan have agreed to their new roles. “Based on their wide work experience inside and outside the school, they are highly qualified for these positions,” he said.
Valentine, a forestry soils professor, has taught at university since 1996. He earned a doctorate from Duke University in 1990. Shipka, a professor of animal science and Extension livestock specialist, has been with the university since 1999 and earned a doctorate from Utah State University in 1996.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
|Alison and Tom Short sort potatoes.|
|The potatoes begin to thrive in the the poly tunnels.|
The capacity of a potato to survive light nighttime frosting can mean a lot in Alaska where it is not uncommon for frost-susceptible varieties to be killed in mid August. If Alaska Frostless grows in other potato regions as it does in Alaska, it would add measurably to the world food supply. West Pakistan has just recently requested and received 50 of Alaska Frostless. —Agroborealis, October 1970
|Frost-nipped Alaska Frostless survives the cold, even if it doesn't like it.|
|Washed potatoes drying.|