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The University of Alaska Fairbanks has announced recipients of the 2017 Emil Usibelli Distinguished Teaching, Research and Service Awards. Sarah Fowell, associate professor of geology and director of the GeoFORCE Alaska program, received the teaching award; Eugenie Euskirchen, research associate professor of terrestrial ecology, received the research award; and Erin Pettit, associate professor of geophysics, received the service award. All three will be honored at a reception Monday, May 1.

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A research team led by the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Colorado College has solved a century-old mystery involving a famous red waterfall in Antarctica. New evidence links Blood Falls to a large source of salty water that may have been trapped under Taylor Glacier for more than 1 million years.

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The University of Alaska Fairbanks will present three honorary doctoral degrees and a Meritorious Service Award on May 6, 2017, at its 95th commencement ceremony. Fairbanks architect Charles Bettisworth, ecoscientist M. Torre Jorgenson and public-health advocate Karen Perdue will receive honorary doctorate degrees. Retired U.S. Army Colonel and Usibelli Coal Mine executive Bill Brophy will receive a Meritorious Service Award.

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Skiing to work over a persistent spring snowpack, I looked up to see a large white bird flapping gracefully over the spruce tops. A few gentle honks confirmed it was a tundra swan. After a long winter when all the large birds were black, it was good to see one of the frontrunners of the billions now winging to Alaska.

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The monetary impact of changes in snowfall due to climate change is likely in the trillions of dollars. Professor Matthew Sturm, with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute, reported in a recent paper for the American Geophysical Union that the costs of snowfall changes are “measured in trillions, not billions, of dollars.”

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Siham AlKurdi, who works as a brand manager for a fashion company in Amman, Jordan, is developing a new business, set apart from others by its unique combination of technology and fashion. Now, as she gets ready to move to Dubai to launch her new brand, AlKurdi is brushing up on her business skills. She is finishing her first semester at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, working toward her Associate of Applied Science in Applied Business.

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More than 700 donors believe in an attempt to recreate the ice age in Siberia. The operators of Pleistocene Park have raised more than $100,000 in a crowdfunding effort to bring bison and yaks to eastern Russia. The creators think the animals will help convert tundra to ancient grasslands that will slow global warming.

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