{News Briefs}

Alaska Volcano mapped digitally

The University of Alaska's Geophysical Institute has joined forces with NASA to create a high-resolution digital elevation model to study the Okmok volcano of Alaska's Umnak Island. With satellite imagery gathered by NASA, researchers at the Alaska Synthetic Radar Facility will be able to produce a contemporary topographic map of Okmok. The new data is part of the effort to create new, precise maps of Earth's active volcanic regions.

 

Author discusses politics and family

A reading and discussion with author Ken Wiwa will be held at the Wilda Marston Theatre Oct. 27 at 6:30 p.m. Wiwa will be discussing the modern Nigerian nation state, his father's accomplishments and the struggle a son endures when trying to establish an identity in the shadow of his successful father. “In the shadow of a saint,” is sponsored by Amnesty International at UAA and is free to the public.

 

Students join war on drugs

The third annual Students for Sensible Drug Policy Conference will be held at George Washington University Nov. 10-11. The conference features seminars on subjects such as zero tolerance programs on campus and harm reduction at raves.

 

UAA student wins scholarship

University of Alaska Anchorage business student Vanessa Norman is the first recipient of the World Trade Center Alaska Institute Professional Intern Scholarship. Tesoro Alaska, Chugach Alaska Corporation and CSX Lines are sponsors of this year's scholarship. The scholarship will allow Vanessa to go to Chile in November on a mission to better understand supply chains for high-value seafood distribution.

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ANWR on hold

Opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration has been put on hold. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle announced his decision to pull the energy bill from committee and to rewrite the bill within the Democratic Party.

ANWR is a small part of the extensive bill, which covers things such as the deregulation of electrical companies.

 

Alaska-based missile system receives funding

Federal funds have now been allocated for an Alaska-based missile defense system. Chris Nelson, the state coordinator for missile defense, says he believes the issue has gained momentum. Nelson said about $3 billion was deleted from this year's budget for missile defense, after Sept. 11 the money was returned.