News Briefs

Geological sciences chair to study in Antarctica

During the spring term 2008, LeeAnn Munk, chair of the Department of Geological Sciences, will be taking a semester sabbatical to Antarctica where she will study the transport of metals from glaciers to lakes for the McMurdo Long-Term Ecological Research project. This research is part of the National Science Foundation-OPP Grant awarded to the Byrd Polar Research Center at Ohio State University.

Follow Munk’s research online at www.leeannmunk.blogspot.com.

First recordings of Dena’ina songs and speech

“Dnaghelt’ana Qut’ana K’eli Ahdelyax – They Sing the Songs of Many Peoples,” written by adjunct professor Craig Coray, is about Dena’ina songs and includes a CD of the first recordings ever made of Dena’ina songs and speech. Recorded by Coray’s father and with the aid of linguist James Kari and Native elders, nearly all the songs on the recording have been translated. The book features photographs, annotations, transcripts and maps and will perhaps help to revive the language, song and dance traditions. This text is only being distributed in Dena’ina communities.

Parking enforcement begins Tuesday, Jan. 22

Spring semester is here and Parking Enforcement begins January 22. Avoid a citation by purchasing your spring semester parking permit! Spring Platinum (garage) permits, Yellow permits and Green permits can be purchased online at www.thepermitstore.com. Platinum permits are sold on a first-come, first-served basis and are selling out fast. Permits can also be purchased at the Parking Services office located in the basement of the UAA Campus Bookstore.

Cabin Fever Debates winners to receive $1,000

Registration is now open for the 3rd Annual Cabin Fever Debates, UAA’s intramural debating tournament. The competition will be held on Tuesday evenings in February and March 2007.

Teams are selected in a preliminary competition that culminates in a final-round competition. Each member of the champion team will receive a $1,000 award and the opportunity to compete in the U.S. Universities Debating Championships in April.

The Cabin Fever tournament is open to all UAA undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a minimum of three credits. Topics and sides for each debate will be drawn from Alaska, national and international issues. All experience levels are encouraged to participate.

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For more information, a schedule and registration, visit the Cabin Fever Debates website at cabinfeverdebates.uaa.alaska.edu.