News Briefs

Theatre on the Rocks presents “Fat Pig”
Come experience a story about the true nature of beauty, love and our inability to change what we despise about ourselves August 21-September 3 in the Jerry Harper Studio Theatre in the Fine Arts Building. “Fat Pig” is directed by Christina Ashby and stars Jaron Carlson, Jessica Pervier, Kate Williams and Eric Holzschuh. Theatre of the rocks is the UAA student theatre club.

Performances:

Pay-what-you-can preview on Thursday, August 21 at 8 p.m.

August 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 and September 3

Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m.

Sunday performances begin at 3 p.m.

Tickets: $7 at the door

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Participants wanted for Team UAA in Sept. 13 Heart
Chancellor Fran Ulmer invites members of the UAA community to join TEAM UAA in the 2008 Heart Walk sponsored by the American Heart Association. The 3-mile, downtown Anchorage walk is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Sept. 13.

UAA is looking to fill a team of at least 50 people to take part in this year’s Heart Walk. Your participation will not only help to save a life, but it will give you an opportunity to share the UAA team spirit and pride!

To join TEAM UAA in the 2008 Heart Walk, please visit this Web site http://heartwalk.kintera.org/faf/teams/groupTeamList.asp?ievent=258372&lis=1

&kntae258372=49EADF05BE0A499BBB8C6FE2AA39F2B7&tlteams=2811932 and click “Join Team.”

Climate change studies at the edge of the Greenland Ice Sheet
Greenland This summer, UAA master’s degree student Sean Cahoon and UAA undergraduate student Brett Frazer (National Science Foundation Undergraduate Research Fellow) are leading a summer-long research project adjacent to the melting Greenland Ice Sheet where they are studying climate change.

Western Greenland, a region undergoing rapid ice sheet melting, supports a large herd of migratory caribou and muskoxen that are essential in the area for subsistence hunting. A key mission of the project is to understand how climate warming and the presence of herbivores affect a host of plant and soil processes in one of the most rapidly changing regions of the Arctic.

The project is a new National Science Foundation (NSF)-International Polar Year (IPY) collaborative study between UAA Professor Jeffery Welker and Dr. P. Sullivan and Professors E. Post and D. Eissenstat from Pennsylvania State University (PSU). The team is using an experiment established by PSU in 2003, and this is one of the very few studies addressing how herbivore grazing intensity may control the response of tundra to climate warming.

Is that a parking citation?
Parking Services would like to remind anyone parking on campus that parking enforcement begins the first day of classes on Monday, August 25.

Don’t forget to activate your parking permit if you received it in the mail! And don’t forget to place it on your windshield.

Neil deGrasse Tyson kicked off Meet and Greet

World-renowed astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson presented his keynote address at the Freshman Convocation during the Student Meet and Greet on Saturday, August 23.

Neil deGrasse Tyson is the director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. He has written seven popular books, including Death by Black Hole, which was a New York Times bestseller. He also stars in the PBS series Nova Science Now. Time Magazine listed him as one of the top 100 men and women whose talent and moral example is transforming the world.

He was introduced by Travis Rector, a professor in UAA’s Physics and Astronomy Department.